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This brand-new, mixed road route has every thing it takes to become a classic. Just as Paris-Roubaix has its many sections of pavé, the 64 miles of La Crosse – Nodine – La Crosse has six sections of gravel. (We’re just calling it L-N-L, or “The Ell of the North.”) Just under a third of the route is unpaved. Like most good classics it has hills, and plenty of them. There are five big climbs, all of them gravel, with over 4000 feet of vertical in 64 miles. Two of them qualify as true Driftless monsters (over 400 feet vertical and 14% or greater grades). While the climbs are gravel, the downhills are paved, making for fast and safe descents. The midway point at Nodine is also a rest stop for those requiring nutrition, hydration, or just a break from the ride — but remember, the riders of Paris-Roubaix don’t take breaks!
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