Eugene Roubaix

Riders Entering Gravel Section (2008 Roubaix)

The Hell of the North-west? Maybe for some, but this 13-Mile loop Circuit Race is unlike any other road race here in Oregon:  it’s got gravel (1.5 miles of gravel, that is). For most of us it is the closest thing we will ever get to racing the prestigious Paris-Roubaix. And it is right in our backyard (check map for race location)- the Eugene Roubaix!

The best part of this race is where the gravel is located. The final 2.6km consists entirely of coarse dirt and rock pieces, which abruptly ends, leaving you with a short 200m of paved road between you and the finish line. Trying to get a good finishing position in the gravel is not an easy thing to do, so those with a poor sprint may consider trying to get away on the short quick climbs. No matter what type of racer you are, the lure of dirt in your face and the challenging terrain will leave you with a smile on your face.

Laurent Brochard

Best of all, racing is all about having a good time- and what would make a race more Eugene than including a mullet competition? That’s right–this will also be the ever-so-popular “4th Annual Eugene Roubaix Mullet Competition” in honor of former world champion Laurent Brochard.

So if you don’t have any plans for Saturday, May 1st, come out and show your stuff! More information on the race (or other races) can be found at the OBRA website. For those not interested in proving themselves on the gravel (or prefer racing against a clock), the local Hutch’s Time Trial Series begins on May 4th. Hope to see you there!


Author: David Wells