The night before the Barry Roubaix 62-mile gravel race, Mackenzie Woodring seemed to be relaxed, but it was clear that agitation was constantly threatening to surface. The first race of the season is always tough, a 62-mile race with tubular tires was a gamble, and Woodring wanted the win.
The next morning though, she was feeling confident. Her new sponsor, Foundry, had supplied her with a customized Foundry Auger (reviewed in Cyclocross Magazine Issue 20) and with a weight of a mere 15.9 lbs fully built, it was built for speed. The geometry, she explained, wasn’t just for cyclocross. It was designed with gravel racing in mind, so the geometry was a bit less aggressive than a standard cyclocross bike, which fit Woodring’s intentions for the bike perfectly. She elected to stick with cantilever brakes, eschewing disc brakes, though Foundry only offers disc models for the Auger model available on their website. The brushed carbon blended deceptively into the sea of bikes at the start line, but once the whistle blew, it was one of the first to take off.
And it was the first one to the finish line, though hardly anyone notices as Woodring came in for the open women’s win in a large pack of master’s men and off-the-back elite men.
Check out the gallery below for an up-close-and-personal look at her new rig, and make sure you’re subscribed to Cyclocross Magazine or buy a back copy of Issue 20 to see what we thought of the Foundry Auger. And be sure to check out the Foundry Auger on our bike directory.
In Issue 20 of Cyclocross Magazine, we have a huge feature on gravel riding, looking at the rides, the rigs, and the characters that make up the scene. Woodring’s choice of tubulars and her decision to race with as little as possible, relying on the feed zone section of the race, is different than what most of our gravel junkies in Issue 20 suggest, but when the race is done in under four hours and every minute counts (versus a 200+ mile ride/race), different choices can be expected.
We previously profile the elite men’s winner Justin Lindine’s Redline Conquest Pro, the only difference for the Barry Roubaix was that he elected to use a Challenge Grifo XS file-tread tires.
- Frame: 2012 53cm Foundry Auger
- Fork: Whiskey fork
- Groupset: 2011 SRAM Red build with a Force front derailleur
- Brakes: TRP CX8.4 linear pull brakes
- Handlebars and seatpost: Easton EC 90
- Stem: Ritchey WCS Carbon Matrix 4-Axis
- Saddle: Sells SMP Evolution
- Pedals: CrankBrothers Eggbeater 11 pedals
- Crankset: Cannondale SISL2 BB30 crankset
- Chainrings: Wick Werks 46 x 36
- Wheels: Zipp 404 carbon tubulars
- Tires: Challenge Grifo tubular tires at 50psi.
- Headset top: Extralite
- Total weight: 15.9 lbs