#Melburn-Roobaix

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A Nice 2016 Melburn Roobaix Recap Video

The Melburn Roobaix is a ride that takes riders all over the city of Melbourne, Australia, seeking out cobbled back-alleys and streets. It’s a “fun ride” with no real competitive edge to it and finishes with a big after party at an old velodrome. Here’s a nice video recap from this year’s event and see the full race report at FYXO!

the 2015 Melburn Roobaix

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the 2015 Melburn Roobaix

It’s crazy to think that the Melburn Roobaix is in its 10th year and that registration is already almost open… This year, each registrant gets free access to the Melbourne Custom Bicycle Show as well as a commemorative cap. I gotta say, I’ve got the itchin’ to pick up a ticket again.

Head to Melburn Roobaix for more information and to Coffee Supreme in Melbourne on April 18th and 19th to register early.

The 2014 Melburn Roobaix

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The 2014 Melburn Roobaix

There are enough competitive races, or rides that look like races in the world and the Melburn Roobaix is not one of those events. Instead, Andy and Melody White from FYXO aim to bring people together, from all “rolls of life” to take a leisurely spin around Melbourne’s many cobbled back-alleys and bike paths. I.e. off the beaten bike path…

With over 2,000 registrants this year, planning was essential. Rider registration the day of was streamlined, there were now two route options, with over 40 variations for completion and yes, plenty of prizes, all of which were drawn from a lottery. It didn’t matter how fast or slow you completed your manifest, as long as you did so, you were eligible for prizes.

So… what is the Melburn Roobaix all about? I don’t know how to answer that, other than it’s all about the participants. There’s no overwhelming demographic, not one specific type of bike reined supreme. Rather, a broad sampling of the Melbourne cycling community attends each year. Commuters, ex-racers, current racers, weekend bike path warriors, enthusiasts, cool kids, kinda cool kids, first timers, party goers, costumed freaks, costumed geeks and yes, even people on Melbourne’s rentable city bikes.

I have to say, after spending over six hours in the rain, following meandering packs of people wearing soaking wet costumes, looking for cobbled alleys, I’m convinced this is truly one of the most down to Earth events in the world. Everyone was more than stoked to ride around in the pissing rain, into headwinds and without a care in the world. The people are what make it so much fun and this Gallery is dedicated to just that: the people of the 2014 Melburn Roobaix.

Many, many, many thanks to the people of Melbourne (particularly the patient drivers), the crew from Brisbane / Queensland I rolled with, the volunteers, vendors and FYXO for making this such an enjoyable event!

Now if I can just figure out why all “Roubaix-themed” events wreak havoc on my camera gear!

FYXO: Fauxnago Melburn Roobaix Prize Bike

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FYXO: Fauxnago Melburn Roobaix Prize Bike

Wow. The Fauxnago Master of Skids is complete. This very well may be the best Melburn Roobaix prize to date. Head over to FYXO to see all the details and enter for your chance to win this bike at the 2014 Melburn Roobaix.

If you’ll be in attendance, make sure you read this post at FYXO as well.