After taking 2009 off, the challenging and popular road cycling race returns, tackling a longer, more difficult course featuring hilly dirt sections as well as smooth, fast pavement.
Boulder, Colorado, April 11, 2010 -- More than 400 cyclists are expected to compete in the Boulder-Roubaix race, on the rural roads north of Boulder, Colorado. First-timers and seasoned pros alike will tackle an 18.7-mile loop, just under half of which is dirt. The first Boulder-Roubaix took place in 1992 and has since become one of the most hallowed races in the western US.
“It’s all the best unpaved sections north of town,” explains Chris Grealish, owner of DBC Events, a cycling-event promotions company. “We hold our race the same day as the ‘Queen of the Classics’, the French race that goes from Paris to Roubaix, near Belgium, on the old cobblestone roads.”
Veteran cyclists revere the Boulder-Roubaix; a win in the event makes a rider’s career. Legends like Roy Knickman have won here, as well as current top professionals like Chris Baldwin, a national champion. The event is part of the Colorado competition for the Best All-around Rider and Best All-around Team (BAR/BAT), which crowns the state’s best rider and team for the 2010 season.