THE DEERFIELD DIRT ROAD RANDONNÉE (D2R2)

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

Lo­ca­tion Deerfield, Mass. Date Aug. 19

Dis­tances 180 km, 160 km, 115 km, 100 km, 64 km (Green River tour), 26 km (fam­ily ride), mys­tery ride Cost US$120–$160, de­pend­ing on regis­tra­tion date; US$10–$40 for the fam­ily ride, de­pend­ing on age Web­site franklin­landtrust.org/d2r2

The course de­scrip­tions for D2R2 are ex­plicit about its steep ups and thrilling downs, but past par­tic­i­pant James Cook said the hills are some­thing that must be felt to be ap­pre­ci­ated. “I did 3,900 m of climb­ing over 187 km,” he said. “A cou­ple of the climbs are out­ra­geous. One peaks at a 27 per cent grade on gravel. Other climbs are re­lent­less, grind­ing up washed out goat tracks. All of this is tough in the first 100 km, but be­comes oth­er­worldly af­ter 10 hours.“There are six route op­tions, rang­ing from a 26-km fam­ily ride to the epic 180-km choice. If you like sur­prises, you could also opt for a long (180 km-ish) or short (100 km-ish) mys­tery ride on a route an­nounced day-of.

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