Gorge Roubaix returns

Gorge roubaix riders from last year’s successful inagural event power up a gravel road east of The Dalles.

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Gorge roubaix riders from last year’s successful inagural event power up a gravel road east of The Dalles.

The 2014 Gorge Roubaix Cycling Race comes to The Dalles later this month, and after last year’s highly successful inaugural ride, organizers are adding an extra day to the hybrid cycling event. Set for March 29-30, the Roubaix utilizes the scenic countryside, typically dry weather and gently rolling roads of Wasco County to attract riders for the unique race format hatched from the demand early season conditions place on riders and their equipment.

Last year 250 participants turned out for the race, run by The Dalles-based Breakaway Promotions. The course utilizes a mix of paved and gravel roads — a format inspired by the Spring Classic racing season in Europe that rewards riders for not only fitness levels but well-rounded biking skills, problem solving, proper gear selection and midrace maintenance and repair.

Day one of the race brings back last year’s course east of The Dalles, which received rave reviews from participants. The course rolls through the region’s desert and rolling wheat country, with narrow and challenging sections, elevation gains and descents. Depending on category of entry, course lengths will run from 36-71 miles and top finishers in each will receive either cash prizes or merchandise.

Day two introduces a new course from The Dalles to Mosier, with plenty of dirt riding along the way. Distances range from 33-60 miles. An awards ceremony and after party at Clock Tower Ales in The Dalles will follow the second day of racing.

For more details or to register, visit the event’s Facebook page at facebook.com/GorgeRoubaix.

More from Breakaway Promotions

Breakaway Promotions has several events scheduled this year for the Columbia Gorge region, starting with the Gorge Roubaix. An exciting new event set for May 31, called the Hood 2 River Relay, is a multi-sport relay race starting with alpine skiing on the slopes of Mount Hood and ending with kayaking on the Columbia River in Hood River. A separate story for the event will run in the March 19 Hood River News.

Also scheduled for the upcoming season are the following: April 19, Gorge Mt. Bike Race (short track racing in Cascade Locks); May 3, Cherry Blossom Fitness Festival (The Dalles); June 8, Gorge-us Gals Ride (The Dalles); June 14, Mt. Hood Cycling Classic Kid’s Race (The Dalles); June 22, Tour de Hood Challenge (Hood River); Sept. 14-15, Double Cross (cyclocross racing, Hood River); Sept. 28, Columbia Gorge Gran Fondo (Hood River); Oct. 26, Columbia Gorge Marathon (Hood River). For more info on these events visit breakawaypromotions.com.

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