Back in 1999, a rider named Jon Anderson got the idea to start a group ride in his old stomping grounds around St. Francisville, Louisiana, West Feliciana Parish and Wilkinson County, Mississippi. Jon had been riding these roads since the early 80’s, as a form of escapism and reflection.
It wasn’t until the early 2000’s that the Rouge Roubaix shifted from being a group ride to a sanctioned event. Racers from all over the Southeast came out for promises of punchy, steep climbs, lots of gravel, scenic roads and yes, pain. It boasts 100 ish miles, with 30-40 miles of undulating gravel and dirt roads.
This year Amateur riders are able to take part in the Gran Fondo on the Saturday and then get to watch the Pro's on Sunday.
Riders from all over the country will gather in the sleepy Louisiana parish of West Feliciana and set out on a journey that carries them over some of the most horrendous road surfaces known to man.
The annual Rouge Roubaix cycle race has become a cult classic for racers and adventure seekers alike due to its length (over 100mi), roads ranging from bad to non-existent and some wicked steep climbs and breathtaking scenery - if you have time to actually look around!
1999 Rouge Roubaix I Ride
2000 Rouge Roubaix II Ride
2001 Rouge Roubaix III STIGSOMME
2002 Rouge Roubaix IV STEVENVIQUERIE
2003 Rouge Roubaix V NATHANBUSCH
2004 Rouge Roubaix VI BRICEJONES
2005 Rouge Roubaix VII JASONSNOW
2006 Rouge Roubaix VIII MICHAELOLHEISER
2007 Rouge Roubaix IX MICHAELOLHEISER
2008 Rouge Roubaix X AARONBOYLESTON
2009 Rouge Roubaix XI CHRISTIANHELMIG
2010 Rouge Roubaix XII MATTHEWDAVIS
2011 Rouge Roubaix XIII GREGKRAUSE
2012 Rouge Roubaix XIV ADAMKOBLE
2013 Rouge Roubaix XV TYMAGNER
2014 Rouge Roubaix XVI HEATHBLACKGROVE
2015 Rouge Roubaix XVII WINSTONDAVID
2016 Rouge Roubaix XVIII TRAVISMcCABE
2017 Rouge Roubaix XIX THOMAS BROWN