Tag Archives: D2R2

Friday Group Ride #285

Friday Group Ride #285

The fastest I have traveled on a bicycle is somewhere between 51 and 52mph. That’s somewhere north of 80kph for our metric friends. It was on Ed Clark Road during D2R2 five years ago. Ed ...

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Friday Group Ride #279

Friday Group Ride #279

I didn’t want to climb off, but I did. It was clearly not a hero kind of day, the sort where you can push out into the red, back off a little, find your rhythm and rise to the challenge in ...

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That Dirt Road Thingy

That Dirt Road Thingy

I used to live in Western Massachusetts. I can assert that it is some of the best riding in the entire country. Here’s why: Massachusetts was one of the first areas in North America settled ...

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Meet Us in Deerfield (D2R2)

Meet Us in Deerfield (D2R2)

Padraig and I will both be in Western Mass/Southern VT tomorrow for the Deerfield Dirt Road Randonee, better known as D2R2. Padraig will be riding a custom Seven all-terrain, travel bike, the ...

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Friday Group Ride #226

Friday Group Ride #226

I’m not allowed to grip a handlebar for 8-10 weeks. In fact, I’m typing this with my right hand and left thumb. The rest of that hand is close to useless after I severed two tendons ...

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Friday Group Ride #220

Friday Group Ride #220

I first rode D2R2 three-and-a-half years ago. I rode it on a Surly Crosscheck, because that’s what I had that seemed even vaguely appropriate. The next two years I rode it on a custom road ...

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Friday Group Ride #188

When the trail you’re riding ends in the ocean, literally in the ocean, you have done something right, especially if that trail also ribbons left along a cliff that hugs the shoreline. ...

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D2R2 2013

At 5:45am, heavy fog sits in all the hollows and rolls up to the roadside and leaves everything beneath it wet. We park in the fresh-cut field and walk over to the registration tent where all is ...

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Survival Mode

You are moving, but not without pain. Where is this pain coming from? Your back? Your legs? Your mind? You are ashen, gray. This would be apparent if there was a mirror handy, but there is ...

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D2R2 2012

We drove out in a rain storm, eyes tilted skyward, half in fear, half in silent prayer, but the sky cleared as we rolled into the meadow, the white registration tent like a beacon in a stormy ...

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