Dirty South Roubaix
The locals have been doing long painful adventure rides for several years. We call them the “Dirty South” rides. These rides are a mix of pavement, gravel, dirt, mud and sometimes water. We continue to look for the most hills, most gravel and most painful route we can put together each year. Until last year, all of these rides have just been large group rides.
Some people want to hit it hard, some want to ride a casual pace and chat, and some just want to see if they can finish. Many people had been asking for a race…. So, last year we held the first Dirty South Roubaix. Everyone seemed to have a blast, so we are back for round two. Most people think Illinois is flat. Well, not so much down here in the Southern tip. There will be some flat sections of the course, but it will be littered with gravel and potholes.
The main course will be 100K + and will not disappoint. Last years route seemed well loved, so much of the route will be unchanged. Since the Larue Pine Hills and Trail of Tears State Park seemed to be the racers favorite sections, we plan to include them again. There are a few route changes that may find themselves into the course this year.
One major change for this year will be an addition of a shorter route offering for anyone who doesn't want to tackle the full 100K course. The shorter route will be somewhere close to half of the full distance. There will still be gravel and hills, just not quite as many miles of them. We hope that some who may be reluctant to tackle the longer gravel distance, may jump on this chance to be part of a great event.
The Carbondale Bike Surgeon has stepped up and is offering CASH for the 2 fastest male and 2 fastest female finishers of the 100k event this year. The prizes will be $200 for first and $100 for second. The third fastest male and female will receive free entry into next years event. This is for the overall fastest finishers.
One last thing : We have added a referral discount this year. If you share the link provided to you after you register and 5 of your friends use that link to register, you get a refund of $10 of your entry fee.
If you are looking for an awesome route, great challenge, killer scenery, beer, food and cool peeps to hang out with for a day, come check it out.