The Rouge Roubaix is a 100-plus mile mostly-gravel grinder inspired, as its name suggests, by the great Paris-Roubaix road race. The similarities between the two events are few, for Paris- Roubaix is mostly flat and the route paved (even if it is with cobblestones in sections), whereas the Rouge Roubaix has more in common with the typical gravel grinder, as the video shows. I imagine the lycra-clad roadies (was one myself until I "saw the light", as Don puts it) in the video would have gladly exchanged their flat- and mechanical-prone machines for a sturdier Mtn. or cross-bike, at least on some of the rougher segments. And of interest to me is seeing countryside I used to cycle in Louisiana. What wouldn't I give for a sandwich at the Magnolia Cafe in St. Francisville, the start and finish of the event?