This year's Melburn Roobaix has sold out. Overnight no less. For those who got in you'll get an email shortly to confirm your confirmation which should iron out the last little hiccup from Friday.
I would like to do the Roobaix, but I don’t have a fixy. Can i do it on a road or mountain bike?
Good question, Steve.
In distance terms the course in a shade under 40km. You'll have from 11am to 4pm to cover that distance. This gives you plenty of time to make new wheeled acquaintences, get lost, find yourself, take detours, repeat your favourite sector, stop for coffee, for mechanical and physical breakdowns, and still make it to Roobaix velodrome.
It's a ride - not a race. There is no prize for 1st, 2nd, 3rd or last. There is no prize for the lightest bike, but maybe there should be one for the heaviest.
If you have done any of the previous 5 editions you'll know that a FIXY, particularly a brakeless one is perhaps the worst bike you could choose to ride the cobbles on.
For Roobaix first-timers, let it be said you can ride whatever you want. A bike, trike or unicycle. An old bike, a new bike. A steel, alloy or carbon frame. One gear or 33. Big wheels or small or a combination of. The cobbles are harsh, so the bigger the tyre the plusher the ride.
Only recumbents are prohibited.
The Black Sheep of Roobaix.
Read last year's entries for reference.
Not only will you gain free entry, but you'll get a sweet bonus - even better than Mum's Jam.
What are you riding?