For the second year running, we drove to Wyalusing State Park to ride the Dairy Roubaix. It’s a beautiful course, in and of itself. And, since it falls one week before Trans Iowa, it serves as a useful final shakedown for gear, baggage, and nutrition.
Also, it’s hilly and predominantly gravel. I rode the 54 mile course. The 107 mile course ups the gnar by a factor of 10 while doubling the distance. Not something I felt I should be doing one week before Trans Iowa. Next year, perhaps.
All of these photos were taken by Nathan Vergin, who also rode with me all day, even though he was riding geared and could have certainly ridden away from me on several occasions. I thank him for that.
The gravel was smooth and compact. And dry.
There’s just the barest hint of green, in all of that brown and gray.
More gravel, more hills.
I rode the Devil in its final TI setup. 39x19t drivetrain with a Revelate Tangle, a Mountain Feedbag, and the Camelbak Mule. None of the baggage was filled to capacity, though I might add either a small underseat bag or a second Feedbag at Trans Iowa. It depends on how much clothing I need to take. The front rack and one of the bottle cages will also be removed beforehand, and lighting added.
Open farmland, after riding in the valleys for a while.
The man himself. Riding makes him smile, most of the time.
The only dampness on the entire course, after we’d gleefully dropped another group and were riding alone.
There was some pavement, and some of it was fast. Not pictured: the swoopy paved descent on which I hit 44.5mph.
For every valley, there is a creek.
At the finish, there’s some cyclocross. This year, they added sand. Gun it, or run it–there’s no middle ground. (For the record, I cleared it, then dabbed in the grass so that I didn’t get tangled in the course tape).
Stats: 54.5 miles, 14.6mph average moving speed, 3,025 feet of climbing.