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Team Belgianwerkx Race Report- Barry Roubaix 2017

Team Belgianwerkx Race Report- Barry Roubaix 2017

Jon S.

Was this your first Barry Roubaix?

This was my first attempt at the famous Barry-Roubaix. Since cross is usually my focus I never really seem to have a great deal of miles in this time of year. I’ve considered it many times but whenever it came close I would think there’s no way with as little training I have in so far. This year I was determined to get it done. Mostly because I have some similar races planned for a littler later in the year. My main goal for this year is the “Crushar” in Utah if everything goes as planned.

 

Which distance did you do and why?

62 miles. There were other distances?? ūüôā If I’m going through all that trouble to get up there I’m going long.

 

What was the most memorable part of the ride for you?

The obvious answer you might think would be the weather. Thirty-nine degrees and raining is certainly memorable, well at least unforgettable. Not to sound hokey but really the most memorable thing for me will be the people, the fellow cyclists and the locals. It was freezing rain out, just down right miserable out and there were families with their kids who came to the end of their driveways to wave at the riders and shout out some encouraging words, there was a group of people outside of an old church handing out water and Cliff bars to riders 10 miles from the finish. Why? Nothing better to do in Hastings? Nope, I just think there were some kind people along the way. One guy that really stood out was a gentleman who was in all camouflage gear (hat, jacket, bibs and boots) with a full grey beard. In my mind he looked like he could have been a veteran. He reminded me of my father. Anyways, he was all the way at the end of his muddy driveway with his pick-up all by himself in the rain giving a genuine heart felt fist pump and cheer to every rider that passed by. That was crazy and probably the most memorable moment for me.

 

Would you do it again? If yes, would you do anything differently?

That’s a great question and one that I asked myself. Immediately after the race the answer was NO! I would not be doing this again. I swear I quit cycling three-times during that race and swore to myself “I’m done with this sport”. Cold is one thing, wet is another thing but cold AND wet is just plain not fun especially when you throw in hills, mud and 15 mile an hour winds.

That being said I’ve already had discussions with some fellow riders about signing up for next year. Yes, we’re’ doing it again. For this year the game changer was clothing. I don’t own a lot of rain gear and the water resistant gear I do have is anything but light and once it got wet it got heavy. I looked at purchasing lightweight rain gear prior to the race but the prices are outrageous for the good stuff. My guess. It’s worth it. Gloves were tricky. My hands froze so much it was difficult to shift gears because I couldn’t feel the buttons. If anyone knows of a good breathable rain glove I’m all ears. My bike setup is a Giant TCX Advanced Pro Disc, Ultegra Di2 with Clement Explor MSO tires (~30psi) mounted to HED Belgium+ rim with DTS 350 hubs and worked flawlessly. The tires are 36mm and I never felt like I needed a wider tire, the Di2 shifting never failed to shift despite all the rain and gravel that was thrown at it.

All in all a great experience and for sure I will be doing this one again.


 

Piermario B.

Was this your first Barry Roubaix?

For me this was the first time at Barry Roubaix. ¬†I had wanted to participate for several yeasr, but it never worked in my calendar before, so that is what I get for not doing it in the past…a very cold and wet Barry Roubaix. ¬†I loved the experience though.

 

Which distance did you do and why?

I signed up for 62 miles and trained for it, but made a race decision to just finalize the 36 miler.  The terrain was very slippery and due to the buildup of gravel and sand in the derailleur I had some mechanical problems.  Did not feel my toes despite all the rain and winter equipment so sacrificed some mileage instead of some toes.

 

What was the most memorable part of the ride for you?

Despite the rain, cold and wind, everyone was great.  From the organizers to volunteers to police to other racers.  All were enthusiastic and happy to be there and partake in such a great race made epic by the conditions that morning.

 

Would you do it again? If yes, would you do anything differently?

I will definitely do it again and next time have better shoe covers and socks to avoid the problems I had with toe temperature.  I used my cross bike with cross tires instead of the gravel tires I had purchased (last minute decision due to the conditions) and would do the same in the future.  I can see how the gravel tires in a dry day would be great and make the speeds faster.


 

Jeff W.

Was this your first Barry Roubaix?

First completed.  Had mechanical issues 2 years ago and DNF.

 

Which distance did you do and why?

62 miles- The time and effort that is needed to get to this event. The longer distance is worth the effort and entry fees.  Also a great test to fitness very early in the season. Completed in 4 hours and 30 minutes with 2 short stops at SAG stations.

 

What was the most memorable part of the ride for you?

Just looking at the riders in the soaked rain and mud and the determination to finish.  Riders were very positive considering the circumstances of the weather and conditions.

 

Would you do it again? If yes, would you do anything differently?

Yes, trying to look ahead to next year. I believe I could lower tire pressure and would have had less slipping problems with my rear wheel.  Especially on in the mud and the climbing.


 

Chris M.

Was this your first Barry Roubaix?

Yes, first.

 

Which distance did you do and why?

62 miles. If I’m driving that far needs to be more than a 3 hour ride.

 

What was the most memorable part of the ride for you?

Fighting to finish.The ride was a struggle more mentally than physically. I had to dig pretty deep to keep the legs turning. It meant so much to me to finish that I wouldn’t quit, but I was tested at times.

 

Would you do it again?

If yes, would you do anything differently? As soon as it was over, I vowed to go back. The ride was harder than I expected and I thought it would be hard. My biggest issue was something I also ran into at the 2016 Cheesehead Roubaix, leg cramping. I’m going to change my hydration ahead of events. Also, it would be easier if I wasn’t pushing as much weight around. Last, I plan to change my training ahead of the event. Need more harder efforts. I had plenty of 50+ mile rides, but they were mostly in packs. Since I was solo most of the Barry, I’d like to train more alone and on higher resistance surfaces.

 

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