If you are considering doing the Barry Roubaix race, or if you have already done it and want more insights, this is the post for you! We will give you an overview of the race, course options, bike setup tips, lessons learned, videos of past races and more!
Barry Roubaix claims to be cycling’s largest gravel race in the world with four different distances to chose from: 100, 62, 36 and 22 miles. Thousands of racers show up from all over the country for a chance to win some prize money and party like rock starts afterwards.
Here is an overview:
I raced Barry Roubaix in 2015 for the first time. In fact, it was my first bike race ever, and I had no idea what to expect and was nervous as hell! I did the training and was prepared to ride hard for 62 miles, however, I did not know how to fuel, hydrate, position myself, etc…
That’s why I decided to write this post, so that you can be ready! Below are my top tips.
For all courses, the roads are predominantly gravel (at least 90%). I recommend a lightweight gravel tire assuming the conditions are dry. In 2017 I plan to run the Gravel Grinder TLR 33. I’ve been testing this tire for months now and love it, it’s light. The puncture protection with the Clement LAS is adequate given the smooth gravel conditions. In prior years I ran a 700×38 and 700×36 tire setup.
The added weight of the wider tire is not worth the gain in traction and/or ride comfort. Plus there is only one technical section (the jeep trail) and the sand pits are short and infrequent. You are better off running through the sand in exchange for a faster rolling gravel tire.
Here is the 62 Mile Course Profile and route.
In summary, I believe Barry Roubaix is by far the largest and best run gravel race in the Midwest. The course is a good mix of gravel roads, punchy hills, technical trails, and some asphalt roads. In addition, the locals come out to support the racers and the cars seem to be on their best behaviour.
Lastly, if you have signed up for the race but have not been doing much training, is unsure how to prepare, or if this is your first time, sign up for the Endurance Lab and train with us! Many of our members will be participating in the race.
Hope to see you out there!