The summer is hot and D2R2 in Deerfield, Massachusetts is only 16 days away. I have been training when time permits, alternating between my cyclocross aand fixed gear bikes. I have been increasing my on and off road hillclimbing, in order to best duplicate the planned 100k and 8,500 feet of climbing. The bike that I will use for this famous event will be my tried and true 2001 Jamis Nova cyclocross bike. It has had some evolution over the years. I believe that this configuration will best suit the planned terrain.
Frame...2001 Jamis Nova Reynolds 631,comfortable on road, stable off road, durable, not the lightest around. The 55cm c-c size with 32c tires gives me a good standover height.
Fork...Tange steel, a replacement as the original fork was cut too short. This fork with 80mm of spacers gives me a comfortable seat = handlebars height.
Wheels...Mavic Open Pro front, Mavic Open Sport rear, Ultegra hubs, DT spokes
Tires...Ritchey Speedmax 700x32c, good on and off road,sheds mud great
Crankset...Sugino XD, 46/36/26
Rear derailleur...Shimano XT
Cassette..11-32, plenty of gear range for plenty of hills
Pedals...Crank Bros Candy SL... Thanks to Richard Sachs, who turned me onto these pedals as he lapped me in a cyclocross race when I couldn't clip in my muddy shoes into Shimano mb pedals.
Bag...Arkel Tailrider...tough, well organized, aerodynamic, has its own rain cover just in case.The rear rack gives some water/mud protection.
Seat... Selle Anatomica ...this seat brought me back from the brink of recumbent cycling. I am sold on the Brown/Peterson theory of seat height = handlebar height for best comfort.
This setup will give me plenty of gears for the expected 27% off road climbs, and great flexibility for the on/off road nature of the event, be it dry or muddy, ( I like muddy! )
I'm just a guy who likes to ride. Not the fastest. Not the slowest. I am always seeking new riding challenges. This blog records my experiences in the saddle, as they relate to the rest of my life. Hopefully, those who read it will be able to share with and learn from me.