David Palan's Barry-Roubaix Race Report

David Palan reports on his return to racing in 2014 with his age-group at Barry-Roubaix.

The 2013-2014 cyclocross season was anything but what I had planned. An injury in August sidelined me for much of the racing season. I did manage to participate in a few races which included a podium finish at Veterans Park in Ann Arbor. ...
Somewhere in the fuzzy haze that indoor trainer sessions induce, I let someone convince me that riding a dirt road race would be a good idea. I decided to target the Barry Roubaix Classic Gravel Road Race. For road racers Barry-Roubaix represents the first race of the season — an early spring race and an opportunity to determine early season fitness. For me, Barry-Roubaix represented the end of ‘cross season — a late winter opportunity to put to rest a frustrating season of ‘what ifs’ and ‘if onlys.’

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