In search of an new "A" race

Hey all – I’m in search of a new “A” race for 2023, and wondering if I can crowdsource some ideas from the group here.

An unfortunate casualty of Covid was the event that used to be my “A” race for the year – the Cherry Roubaix in northern Michigan.

The Cherry was unique in that it was a true road race, not a crit nor a gravel event. Also, it had a profile like the Tour of Flanders … lots of short punchy climbs. Profile below:

Road racing is basically dead in the Midwest outside of criteriums, and while I race a lot of gravel I did always look forward to a proper road event.

To sum up the following attributes would be the sweet spot of what I’m looking for:

  • Length: 40-70-ish miles (3 to 4 hours long)
  • Profile: punchy, selective climbs between 1:30 and 4 minutes … ~2000 - ~4000 feet of climbing
  • Type: Road race, or predominantly road where you could race on a road bike with 28s. Mass start is great, Fondo-type events are great as long as there is a timer and a podium :slight_smile:

I heard the conversation on the podcast last week about the Tour of the Battenkill, and that sounds interesting … any other events come to mind that fit the bill anywhere around the U.S.?

Thanks in advance!

Hey not sure if I’ve missed some announcement but:

Cherry Roubaix is still on BikeReg and it appears that you just have to register for the Cherry Roubaix Grand Fondo too.


A Road race in Ohio this year might fit your desires, depending on your road category.

Granville Road Race and Ohio State Championship Online Registration (

I’ve ridden the course - it’s punchy and fun.

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It’s in a different location, on a different date over different roads … they merged it with another ride (called Bike Benzie) … not the same. But I appreciate the thought.