Registration for the Barry Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race in Hastings is still open until noon on April 18, or until the 3,500 racer cap is met.
Serious bike racers as well as those in it for exercise and fun, will be tested by rolling gravel roads, pavement, a mile of rough two tracks, rocks, sand, mud, and possibly snow and ice as they traverse the scenic roads of Barry County.
Rain or shine, snow or fog, the largest gravel road race in the world starts in waves at 10 a.m. on Green Street on Saturday, April 21. Cyclocross, mountain, road, single speed, fixed gear, fat bikes and tandem bicycles are welcome in any category.
Four race lengths challenge riders of all abilities; The 22-mile “Chiller,” 36-mile “Thriller,” 62-mile “Killer” and the 100-mile “Psycho-Killer.” The Fat Bikes have specific categories in 22 and 36-mile races. A Team Competition option is sponsored by Cyclinglawyer.com
Hastings Police Department Ambassadors will be on hand to welcome riders and offer general information, like where to park. City officials have said they enjoy working with the sponsors of the race, calling the bikers as a group the most polite people who are part of an event that brings thousands of people to Hastings.
There are $34,000 in cash and prizes; a huge after party and an awards ceremony for top finishers. Founder's beer and food vendors are available inside the awards party.
The Barry-Roubaix is a participating race in the Michigan Gravel Race Series.