Thanks for checking out SoupCan Racing's Amish Country Roubaix sponsored by Ride On of Wooster. Details of the race can be found at www.amishcountryroubaix.com. Follow us on facebook for more current information. This is a grueling gravel, dirt, and pavement road race in the heart of Amish Country that requires lots of climbing and good technical skills. Follow us on facebook. We are capped at 300 racers this year so get registered! Race day registration is available for $65 but will close at 11:30 (half an hour before race time at noon).
There will be a lead-car-paced, neutral roll-out from the fairgrounds up a short section of State Route 39, to a turn onto the first of many township roads. This is where the race really begins! The first few miles of racing sees a long, sustained, pavement ascent so be warmed up and ready to rumble! THIS IS NOT A CLOSED COURSE. Please, please, please pay attention to intersections, blind hills and corners, and stay right of center. You will need to follow signs and arrows to stay on course so PAY ATTENTION and call out turns and oncoming traffic. Some of the more traveled intersections will be marshaled. Lead vehicles will be present but we expect this race to spread out quickly. Riders who lose contact with the lead vehicle are required to obey all traffic laws. You will need to be self sufficient. Bring extra tubes and repair supplies along with plenty of fluids and food. Even the best racer will have trouble finishing this race quickly with a high average speed. NO PERSONAL SAGS! However, getting assistance from fellow racers, volunteers, or officials is OK. We will sweep the course to pick up anyone who can’t (or doesn’t want) to finish. As the course nears the finish there is a section of bike path used by recreational cyclists, walkers and horse-drawn vehicles. Be alert and courteous on the trail and keep in mind that the open roads in and around Holmes County are frequented by horses and horse-drawn vehicles. Horses can startle easily. A best practice is to make your presence known WELL IN ADVANCE of approaching a horse. A whistle, bell-ding or a calmly shouted “coming up” will give both the horse and its driver a chance to prepare for you to pass. Keep in mind, too, that the roads of Ohio’s Amish Country are constantly in use by non-motorized traffic—buggies, walkers, cyclists, horses; both day and night. Be careful and aware as you travel to and from the venue and plan extra time.