What is D2R2???
“D2R2 is one of the hardest century rides in the world…. We designed it by placing pins in the map where the covered bridges and coolest sights were, then connected the dots with dirt roads. The flat valley roads of this region are mostly paved; the dirt roads access the remoter areas, and it is steep terrain. Our intent was to make the most beautiful ride we could …all we really want is for people to finish D2R2 saying, ‘Wow, that was really challenging, but totally worth it because it’s such a great bike ride.’…Please come planning to spend a full day out there, forgetting about your cylcometer, stay within your comfort zone and have a really great time on some of the most beautiful roads you’ll ever ride.”
Everything about this ride is
extraordinary; over 12 years of planning
Stone walls line the roads far more than
double-yellow lines. There are
dozens of maple-tree “allies” over 20
miles of rushing streams, four covered
bridges and countless farms, fields, and
forests. Riders may expect hours
of cycling without a single car passing.
The lunch-break checkpoint is a little
park with a National-Historic covered
bridge, timber-crib dam, and a swimming
hole that has been called one of the
most scenic spots in
Bicycles should be equipped with triple gearing and slightly wider tires (i.e. 25c-32c). Road conditions range from smooth clay to stony washout and puddles.
Seven key climbs reach 1400-2000’
elevation, and 16 smaller pitches exceed
13% gradient, including a 25% wall.
At mile 90 riders will tackle the hidden
back side of the lovely Patten Hill
District starting at 20% grade, the road
narrows to a bumpy 8’ land and ascends
960 feet vertical in 1.5 miles to a
grand overlook toward
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