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Old 08-20-12, 09:02 AM   #1
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I Survived D2R2

Did the metric. When they say the route follows the "narrowest, oldest, twistiest, quietest, and most-scenic roads available," they mean it. Some of the roads were no more than Jeep tracks. The cue sheet for the 100K said 7,900' of climbing, and I believe it. Long stretches of double digit grades both up and down, often on rock-strewn dirt "roads." (Some were old carriage paths.) The final descending stretch had several areas that were washed out. I am already healing a broken collar bone and didn't want a matching pair so I picked my way down the hills. As a result, my average speed for the entire route was in the single digits. Most hard-core group of riders I have even seen in one place. Lots of fat-free bodies with bulging thighs. I don't remember catching up to anyone.

Most scenic ride I have done east of the Rockies. The final rest stop in Shelburne was at a hill-top orchard. You could see Mt. Monadnuck in New Hampshire. A couple who was 10 min. behind us on the first leg saw a mother bear and cub.

We were out on the road for 9 hours. Some of that was due to the fact that we did not realize that, except for a few turns, the route was not marked. We had no cue hseet holders and thus had to stop to pull out the cue sheets from our pockets and memorize the next few turns. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Will try to post some photos later. Didn't take too many because of the pace of the ride. The ones I did take don't do the ride justice.
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Old 08-20-12, 09:15 AM   #2
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Sounds like a lot of fun.
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Wow. That sounds like an adventure! Congrats!
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Old 08-20-12, 12:10 PM   #4
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Sounds like a lot of fun.
You should check it out next year. In addtition to the longer, technical route, they have a 40 mile, mostly flat out and back to the common lunch stop at a covered bridge spanning the the Green River.

The metric used 10 miles of that route, which means most of the total climbing was actually packed into 52 miles. If you do one of the longer routes, you can opt to take the flat way back to the finish. For us, lunch came at mile 33, so we could have done 53 if we wanted to, but we didn't want to wimp out.

I don't know how those people had the nerve to bomb some of the descents. The last dirt section was pretty much like a one-lane Jeep track with ruts and rocks and areas of washout. It was probbaly once an old carriage road. The last photo in this set shows the average condition of the road:

There we many places where it was worse. People were flying down it at what looked like 20+ mph. My jaw nearly dropped when a couple on a tandem whizzed by.
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Sounds like a fun challenge. Congrats. Oh, and nice pics!
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