The team gathered on Friday afternoon to discuss our Saturday plans and when we realized that only 4 riders were available to travel to Exeter we began to question the benefits of driving 2.5 miles to Exeter for a very short race. So, we pulled the plug on the Exeter race and rode the D2R2 course as a longer training ride. No van time and 5.5 hours of saddle time proved to be exactly the right choice and even though we didn’t race, I’m claiming a “W” on the day!!! The D2R2 is an epic ride through western MA and southern VT:
We chose to ride the 100km version of the ride (the 180km was a bit intimidating) and had one of the best days of riding I’ve had in New England. The ride is mostly on dirt roads and the first 50km involved a vertical mile of climbing, mostly on roads of mixed surface with dirt, loose gravel and sometimes larger rocks and ledge. We encountered few cars but many sheep, cows and enthusiastic dogs! The final 50km wound through river valleys and we followed the Green River back south to Greenfield. The damage from Hurricane Irene was evident everyone and the boys were especially impressed with the washed out bridges and landslides along the upper reaches of the Green.
A phenomenal day in the saddle, a perfect Saturday afternoon for DA cycling and check out the Deerfield Cycling Facebook page for images and video!