How ‘Bout Them Apples? That’s what you call starting off the 2022 season riding a gorgeous course with all your riding buddies after being cooped up all winter!
Come on out and join enthusiastic riders of all skill levels at our 8th annual Road Apple Roubaix! This is an opportunity to tour some of the quiet, less-traveled back roads out in Amish country, along with some gravel roads and trails! It is the time to get outside after a long winter and see all of your riding friends after the cold weather hibernation and show off all your latest new bright fluorescent spandex and shiny, blinged out cycling gear!
Just beware of any Road Apples along the way as the northern portion of the course takes you into the fourth largest Amish settlement in America. There are two route options which are 27 miles and 47 miles which both include “Heckle-Hill” and several gravel segments. For 2022, the short course is the same as years past and the long course is approximately 2.5 miles longer than last year. Courses are all very well marked and gps files are available for download.
The event starts in the hometown of the event organizers and meanders through the neighborhoods of our esteemed RAR gang recruits! It means a lot to bring cyclists into our area and rock our small town of Garrettsville’s Main Street, bringing out our favorite local DJ, the mayor, the youth teams and getting the community involved! Road Apple Roubaix was officially set up as a non-profit and all funds donated or put back into the event to keep the fun continuing.
The event is ran as a grand fondo meaning we offer timing with timing chips (so you can see your yearly results and how you stack up to others). However, results are for bragging purposes only as there are not awards. There are also several Strava segments along the course, with the most notable being the ascent up Alpha Road aka “Heckle Hill” where a crew will be out to “encourage” you up the hill while providing “hand-ups”. For the KOM and QOM that crush the segment on the day, they will be rewarded with a COMP entry for next year to come back and crush it again!
Road Apple Roubaix Fun and Shenanigans!
After collecting your share of gravel and mud, riders will return to our host venue, Slim & Jumbos to enjoy food and drink while rehashing every twist and turn of your shared adventure. Upon return, the winners will be announced of our large raffle compliments of our many wonderful local sponsors. Certainly, there are likely to be some other shenanigans on the day as over the years we have had quite the post ride entertainment with some arm wrestling and push-up contests!
It has always been the goal to make sure riders feel like they get a good big for their buck. Included in the very reasonable registration cost, riders will receive our very coveted custom Road Apple Roubaix pint glass & event t-shirt will be included in your entry fee (register early to guarantee yours..limited to first 370 registered.),* post-race free award winning chili and 1 complimentary drink* All entries will receive one free ticket. After all of the fun stuff has been paid for, donations will be going to local organizations, including an introduction to biking for youth in the area–doing good while having a good time is the way to go.
So grab your bikes, bar mitts or fenders and come on out for what is sure to be a fun day! Register online.