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Thread: D2R2 - the deerfield dirt road randonnÉe -- '12, '13, '14, '15, '16, '17, & 2018

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    Default D2R2 - the deerfield dirt road randonnÉe -- '12, '13, '14, '15, '16, '17, & 2018

    This ride will be brutal, regardless of the course you choose.

    Let's share our tips to ease the pain and avert any potential mechanical disasters.

    You'll be doing a lot of climbing, and most of it will be seated. Therefore, your crotch won't be as dry as usual and if you don't normally grease your chamois you will be in REAL pain; like belt sander to the butt pain. I found this out the hard way.

    So spread whatever it is you want on your shorts. If you don't, this is the ride to start. In some cases, it's even worth carrying your ointment to reapply, perhaps at the crib dam porta-johns, or even in the woods. Carry a small packet of travel tissues.

    Water alone won't stave off muscle cramps. I suggest carrying electrolyte powder in a plastic bag or some of the handy dissolving tablets. It's possible that one person in your group could be the designated electrolyte sherpa and that would be enough. Share the load.

    Re: following the map. If you're in a group, designate one person to read the directions, preferably the person who doesn't need reading glasses. Place the cue sheets in a ziplock bag so they don't disintegrate from sweat when you need them. They can be tucked in your shorts leg for easy access. Another person can keep track of the mileage to the cues. Trust those cue sheets; they're remarkably accurate.

    Don't blindly follow the rider(s) ahead of you unless you're sure they know the course. I've deliberately lead others astray just to see if they had a clue-nope.

    If you're gonna use a hydration bladder, pack it with ice, throw it in the freezer, then pull it out the "day of" and THEN fill it with water. It'll easily stay cold for 4-6 hours. Cold water is nectar out there, but an entirely frozen Camelbak doesn't do you any good. I learned this the hard way, too.

    Anybody else?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Polack View Post

    Anybody else?
    yes - have a nice day and then go home.
    franklin county is quiet for 364 days a year.
    kidding atmo...

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    im doing this tom officer style. 1 water bottle, and a standard crank.

    if you've trained correctly, you can do this anyway you'd like.

    (sorta kidding)
     

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    i am going seinfeld - i scratched out the '28' on my cassette and stamped in '25' atmo...

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    A few nuggets:

    Come prepared to navigate, and just don’t assume you can follow wheels.

    Cut the cue sheets 4”x6”, and coat them with hair spray for water/sweat resistance. I highlight the lefts and rights different colors so I can tell which way to turn when I’m bouncing all over the place. Then staple them to my handlebar bag to use as tear-offs.

    Mezzo piano on the climbs, mezzo forte over the top, and fortissimo on Green River Rd.

    Zip up your jersey on descents (bzzzzzt . . . yow!)

    Stop at the Colrain Supergas for a tomato juice, V8, and/or Red Bull.

    Bring a Rolaids or three for cramp insurance (Ca and Mg).
     

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    i just had 4 extra bottle cages fastened to my limbs as a concession to the event.
    for at least one day a year i am a true all-rounder atmo.

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    strap on a blow-up doll onto your down tube. don't ask me why i know this.
     

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    Btw, her name is Irene.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Polack View Post
    Don't blindly follow the rider(s) ahead of you unless you're sure they know the course. I've deliberately lead others astray just to see if they had a clue-nope.
    Anybody else?
    really? kinda dick, no?
    what, lesson in life or something else?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveP View Post
    really? kinda dick, no?
    what, lesson in life or something else?
    It was a study in human behavior. Don't worry; once I proved my point, without saying anything about my experiment, I turned them around.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Polack View Post
    It was a study in human behavior. Don't worry; once I proved my point, without saying anything about my experiment, I turned them around.
    WOW. No soup for you.

    Anywho, It's just a bike ride and an supported one at that. If your fitness is not razor sharp than don't ride hard...just ride...you'll be fine. I TOTALLY agree wrt navigation. If you don't know where you are going than stay the eff' off the front and if nobody is infront of you and you still don't know where you are going, hunker down, build a shelter and pray for rain. A simple wired odometer that can be reset between turns is a very good way to navigate. The queues are accurate, Sandy does good work.

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    Ride the drops on the rough downhills. It's real easy to have a hand come unglued from the hood when least expecting it.
    Raise your glass of Preservation Ale after the ride to celebrate your success
     

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    Good thinking Wayne.

    * Zip your jersey up and point to your sponsor.

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    This ride is so well supported that there is no need to be a camel. I lost one of my two water bottles on an early descent, and never really noticed the deficit, since there are so many manned and unmanned water stops along the course. If you're in good shape, the 100K should take 5-ish hours or so, and there is plenty of food along the way.

    Choose your gearing based on fitness level and overall strength. If you have doubts, get close to 1:1 and you'll be fine. A compact front combined with one of SRAMS mid cage RD's and their 32T cassette makes it easy and modest $ for any road or CX bike.

    If you suck at navigation, just ride Pucci's wheel, he's a human GPS and knows every turn by heart.

    Stop for the peaches at the top of the hill. Chat with the nice old folks that volunteer and serve them.

    Buy a raffle ticket when you register and support the FLT (if you haven't already).

    Say thank you to all of the volunteers at registration and at the stops.

    Have fun... it's a bike ride through a beautiful part of the country.

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    Endurolytes rule.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Polack View Post
    It was a study in human behavior. Don't worry; once I proved my point, without saying anything about my experiment, I turned them around.
    i thk that you should put up a bunch of arrows pointing the wrong way...
    would be a great test for the 700 people out there.
    see how the basic human emotion of bullshit works.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveP View Post
    i thk that you should put up a bunch of arrows pointing the wrong way...
    would be a great test for the 700 people out there.
    see how the basic human emotion of bullshit works.
    You are being ironic, no ?

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    The new drill is to drive the route day of ride to fix the vandalized road marks.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    i just had 4 extra bottle cages fastened to my limbs as a concession to the event.
    for at least one day a year i am a true all-rounder atmo.
    So you'll be on your cross bike then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pruckelshaus View Post
    So you'll be on your cross bike then?
    with a bottle cage, any bike is a 'cross bike atmo.

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    So, y'all, I remember reading last year plenty were on 700x25. Am I mistaken and doomed? I am not reading as much of that this time around.
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