Hilly Billy Roubaix 2019

Some days my job takes me to the most interesting places. Little did I think that a small corner of West Virginia about twenty minutes from Morgantown would be that place. However, for two years running I have been going out to Core, WV for the Hilly Billy Roubaix, a gravel race of epic proportions.

Now in it’s 10th year, the Hilly Billy Roubaix, also known as the HBR, is a must do for any adventure rider or gravel lover. There are two different lengths, the full race at 70 miles and the Lite at 35 miles. Full disclosure, I have only done the Lite. The HBR has everything you need; deep gravel, pavement, climbs, descents, and best of all, Little Indian Creek Road.

Little Indian Creek is a four mile bombed out dirt road. It starts innocuously enough with hard dry gravel run in to the start of a slippery mess. There are huge puddles that can’t be forged and must be ridden around. A creek crossing and then massive craters filled with water. Mud is everywhere and riders need to take the smartest lines or risk crashing of bogging down in knee deep slime.

The video that follows is my run in with Little Indian Creek Road this year.

one lap around the sun, in images

This is a post I have been working on for a while now.  I wanted to see what a year in my photos would look like.  I took out the videos that I shot, but left in all the stills, whether they were from my iPhone or a GoPro or DSLR.  These aren't all the images that took in the year, clearly the photo blogs from the end of last year show that.  These images are the ones that I carry around with me in my pocket. They tell the story of my lap . . . . I hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them.



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