Davide Loro won the first Blizzard bike club race of the season, the Roubaix #1, on Sunday, March 10. The race took place on the icy, snowy, windy 22.6km Baldonnel loop.
Loro was first with a time of 55 minutes and 40 seconds. Dan Webster was second with a time of 1:01:21, and Gary Hilderman third at 1:05:49.
A Roubaix (pronounced Roo-Bay) is a 3 race winter training series to get riders out biking after a long winter hiatus. All three races in the series start and finish at the Baldonnel School with distinct different routes. Bikers use grip tires like those on a mountain bike, cross bike, or fat bike, whichever they prefer.
This series started in 1996 by Jason Pearson (the winner) to herd the riders out and off the trainers. This is the 23rd edition of the Roubaix series. Pat Ferris has a record six wins, while Robert Sapp is the current two-time defending series champ.
Roubaix #2 is set for next Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. at the Baldonnel School.
Visit www.blizzardbikeclub.com for the club schedule and more info. The Blizzard Bike Club has been an active road and off road club since 1982, now in it’s 37th year!
— Pat Ferris