This past Saturday was the infamous Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee a.k.a the D2R2. With 600+ riders heading out on to three different courses a 180k, 100k, and the Green River 40 miler, there was a lot of Western Mass. and Vermont back roads to expierience.
I must admit I didn't follow the cue sheet exactly some of it intentional some of it not. There were some missed turns, some opportunity's taken, and some "hey let's see where this goes". but every road was a new adventure and I got to sample some of all three courses.
The D2R2 is certainly one of the most beautiful and challenging ride I've ever done. Designed to highlight some of the best roads and most scenic spots the Berkshire have to offer, ride designer Sandy Whittlesey certainly accomplished just that. My legs still feel the long climbs and bumpy desents two days later but, I can't wait to go do it again.
And at the end of the day...
after 90 miles of riding.
There is nothing better than good beer and good company to recount the suffering and glory of the day. You can check out more photos of the ride here. Also keep your eyes open for the film from Rapha.