Barry-Roubaix

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Barry-Roubaix
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Barry-Roubaix trophy
Race details
Date 4th Saturday in March
Region Michigan, USA
Nickname(s) Killer Gravel Road Race
Discipline Cyclo-cross
History
First edition 2009 (2009)
First winner Michael Simonson & Mackenzie Woodring
Most recent Derek Graham & Mackenzie Woodring

Barry-Roubaix[1] is a classic road/off road race featuring a variety of terrain and surfaces to test cyclists of all skill levels. The course is located in Barry County, Michigan at the Gun Lake Unit of Yankee Springs Recreation Area. Barry-Roubaix consists of rolling gravel roads (80%), pavement, one mile of rough two-track, rocks, sand, mud, and possibly snow and ice, along with 2200 feet of climbing.[2] The race features three distinct levels of competition. The Beginner/Intermediate riders complete a 21-mile course, the Expert riders complete a 34-mile course, and the Elite/Pro riders complete a 64 mile course. The name "Barry-Roubaix" is a reference to the famous spring classic Paris–Roubaix race in France. Barry-Roubaix is run on the fourth Saturday in March.

History[edit]

2009[edit]

Started in 2009, Barry-Roubaix's inaugural event staging took place at the historic Long Lake Outdoor Center in Middleville, Michigan, also in Barry County. On March 28, the 274 racers[3] were treated to perfect conditions; cool and sunny weather prevailed.

2010[edit]

The race was moved to its current location due to anticipated growth in attendance. The 2010 race was held on March 27. 673 racers[4] faced sunny but cold conditions, as the race start temperatures were only 34 degrees with a 15 mph biting wind out of the southeast.

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