Vermont’s Gran Fondo – June 14, 2014
The Vermont Gran Fondo is our own version of Vermont’s famed LAMB* ride traversing four gaps with 10,700’ of climbing back and forth across the spine of the Green Mountains.** If the climbs don’t take your breath away, the views will. Rush downhill, rest up as you ride through verdant green valleys, pass working farms on your way to the next challenging ascent. Sound daunting? Try one of the shorter, two gap rides—Medio Fondo or the Piccolo Fondo.
JUST ADDED! Vermont Gran Fondo Strava Segment Challenge p/b Velocio
Riders (Gran & Piccolo routes) seeking a bit of competition can empty the tank through our Gran Fondo Strava Challenge. Upload your final climb time via Garmin, iPhone or Android to Strava and the fastest male and female ride up the Middlebury Gap segment will earn recognition as “Ram of the LAMB” and “Ewe of the LAMB”. They’ll each win a $100 gift certificate from the high end cycling clothing company, Velocio.
*What’s a LAMB? The LAMB is an acronym for the Lincoln, Appalachian, Middlebury and Brandon Gaps. The Lincoln Gap features the steepest (24%) paved mile in the U.S. The Gran Fondo distance/ascent is 104 miles/10,700’. The Medio Fondo distance/ascent is 69 miles/7,300’ (Lincoln & App gaps). The Piccolo Fondo distance/ascent is 46 miles/3,100’ (Brandon & Middlebury gaps).
**As we’ve obtained approval from the towns the event travels through, we’ve had to adjust the Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo courses so that riders traverse the Appalachian and Lincoln Gaps in that order, versus the opposite. Thus, the mileage and ascents have changed from what was published in our preliminary marketing materials.