Melburn Roobaix 2017

Event: Melburn Roobaix 2017
Distance: 40km (ish)
Date: Sunday 25th June 2017
Location: Melbourne
Organised by: FYXO

The Queen of the Classics – Paris Roubaix is one of the oldest and most gruelling one day race in the world. For over 100 years it has forced it’s participants to ride from the south to the North over abandoned farm roads, in a bid to hold aloft a trophy of a single cobble stone.
Melburn Roobaix is furthest thing from a race, in distance, speed or spirit. While the cobbles feature heavily, and the ride also concludes in a velodrome, this is a day to rekindle the wonder of your youth spent exploring the neighbourhood, hanging out with friends, making new ones and discovering a part of the city you never knew existed.
Dress up, ride whatever you like, the wilder the better with prizes awarded to the ‘cutest couple’ and the ‘most awesome foursome’. Other prizes to be won are for ‘craziest contraption’, ‘dirtiest rider’ and ‘Spirit of Roobaix’ – you can even ‘Win your weight in Beer’ thanks to Temple Brewing.

Melburn Roobaix 2017
The plan was to arrive at the Hawthorn velodrome at 9am, but buses on the Hurstbridge line meant other plans were required, and our warm up ride had us arriving at bit after our planned timing. After a chat we collected our musettes and maps, scanned the route and headed out for the pavé.

I found navigation harder this year, stuffed if I can read the grey type on the grey background, earlier in the ride there were a lack of the coreflute arrows that were ubiquitous in prior years (some were replaced with arrows sprayed on the ground). A minor niggle, but notable.

The plan had been to go en-masse with costumes this year, but other matters got in the way and this fell in a heap – in the end we did choose a mainly no lycra dress code for the day.

After dropping in at Temple Brewery and attempting to win our weight in beer, we ducked around the corner onto Lygon St to have some lunch (and some band aid application to fix up some earlier cobble spills). It was then back onto the bikes and “Go West!”

I totally stuffed the directions for sector 4, having found ourselves back on the eastern side of the freeway we continued to sector 3 … sorry guys 😦

After arriving at the velodrome with only just enough time to submit our question sheets in the barrel, it was time to queue for a beer 🙂

★ Flickr 2017-06-25 Melburn Roobaix 2017
📈 STRAVA or it didn’t happen: Melburn Roobaix 2017
🗺️ Relive:
Next?: The Trail Running Series – Race #2 Smiths Gully

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