Dairy Roubaix Ride Report

10277646_10103074508851497_5533140650549480916_nLast weekend I participated in the Dairy Roubaix—my first gravel grinder. It was an unsupported ride from Wyalusing State Park put on by a husband-wife team that host challenging bike rides for friends in beautiful spots around the state. While the official distances were 54 and 107 miles, riders seemed to cover those and a variety of distances in between. Nearly 300 cyclists lined up for the roll-out on Saturday morning. Some people raced, others rode. I chose the 54 mile route and rode to finish.

Having not done much cycling over the winter, the distance itself was daunting. Throw in a bunch of steep hills and gravel roads on a CX bike, and that definitely upped the challenge. We rode with a pack of friends and teammates for about half the ride, then split off with a smaller group for the second half. The only water stop came at mile 26, where, despite warnings on the website of the contrary—“No snacky snack. Nada”—I was delighted to find animal crackers, bananas, and salty sunflower seeds for the taking. We were also lucky to have the most gorgeous spring day.

I loved the laid-back feel of the entire weekend. There was no registration fee for the ride—just an opportunity to provide a donation to help cover expenses. There was also a group camp site available, where we reserved spots in a bunkhouse along with 12 friends. I was instantly brought back to summer camp. On Friday night, there was a quarter barrel in the mess hall, and on Saturday morning, oatmeal and Kickapoo coffee were served before the 9 a.m. start time. It was also our friend Greg’s birthday on Saturday, so after the ride, we celebrated with plenty of food, beer and cake. Great friends, beautiful scenery, and a challenging bike ride—a perfect weekend in my book.1609809_10103074510573047_5871951290178925764_n

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2 Responses to “Dairy Roubaix Ride Report”

  1. Krista

    This sounds like so, so much fun!

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