Barry-Roubaix: Biggest Bike Boom Yet?
February 20, 2013
Barry-Roubaix is becoming crazy big even by bike-crazy standards. What's going on? In 4 yrs it's up to 3000 RIDERS???!!!
And it's a HARD dirt ride. It'll break yer legs off. Where do these people come from?
As far as I know the promotion is a one-man show, to boot! -- Ol' Rick Plite! Go, Rick!
It's not quite as big as Iceman yet, but it's far younger. And probably a simpler org, but who knows.
I did the half-race 2 yrs ago and it almost killed me, tho I managed a nice midpack finish due to my XC skiing up to the week before. But no riding was silly. There are at least a dozen really big steep dirt hills! 1st gear strainers. Your legs need to be ready for intensity.
OK, there are several distance options, but the 36-miler is the main game, while the 62 is the Scary Big for the pros. Even the 24-mile "little" loop is tuff. So it's not like there are thousands of duffers going around the block and padding out the entries. It's all tuff!
The winners of the 36 roll 20mph. Leaders of the 62 go almost 22mph!
And it might be cold and muddy!
Who are these people?
'Cross is still tiny in comparison, yet this is darn crossish.
It's coming ... it's coming ... March 23.
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