IRR 3.0 - Irreverent Road Ride: Choose Your Own Adventure
Waterbury, VT, Sat Aug 2, 2014
Choose Your Own Adevnture on IRR 3.0.
In our third year, we have added in variations on the original route that will be called out on the custom cue cards.
The "original" route is long, over 125 miles, and it takes in some of the most challenging and beautiful roads here in Vermont.
The route is over 85% dirt. The majority of that dirt is found on well maintained dirt and gravel roads, but the remainder are on Class IV roads. Class IV roads are often referred to as: Double Track, Jeep roads, Vermont Pave', ATV trails, etc. These sections will be challenging both to you and your bike.
But fear not, the most challenging sections will have ride-arounds.
There is a large selection of water stops and convenience stores along the way, so you can either opt to be self-supported, or you can stop and buy food and drinks along the way; it's up to you.
There are swimming holes to be found out there as well.
Ride distances can vary from just under 60 miles to full 125+ miles.
We don't have any equipment requirements for the ride, again, it's up to you. The original intent of the ride 3 years ago was to ride road bikes with 23mm tires and traditional road gearing, because every bike is a gravel bike.
We do recommend a bike with a wider tire (28mm or bigger), stable geometry, and riding position that you'll enjoy for a long time. Our personal bikes will likely be cyclocross bikes outfitted with file tread tires.
Recommended gearing: 34x28 or lower.
Extreme recommendation: mountain bike shoes and pedals, or other walking friendly footwear.
Expect to average 12-14 MPH depending on fitness and neediness for speediness.
The nearly finished route can be found here:
Video shot by: Daniel Sapp
Edit by: Nick Czerula