About the Vermont Gran Fondo
The Vermont Gran Fondo was born from the cumulative passion of a group of local cyclists looking for a more challenging local event. Most of the Addison County based cycling events were geared towards recreational cyclists looking for a more relaxed ride and because this segment was fairly well accommodated for, it was time for something else in the mix. The VTGF was inspired by the mystic of the LAMB, a local term for the bucket list 4 gap ride to conquer Lincoln Gap (Rated the steepest paved mile in the US), Appalachian Gap, Middlebury Gap and the Brandon Gap: not necessarily in that order. Our inaugural event set the standard at 100+ miles climbing 10,000+ ft over predominately paved roads but, always some level of dirt roads: it is Vermont after all. The VTGF is truly a challenge. Ride it if you can.
The Vermont Gran Fondo is produced by Ride It If You Can Llc. The organizing committee is made up of cycling enthusiasts and athletically-inclined tourism and business development representatives. Event proceeds will be distributed via grants to municipalities and non-profit organizations with the purpose of enhancing bicycling in Addison County through programs, education, infrastructure and/or equipment.
In 2017 event proceeds were donated to:
- Purchase of 5 public bike repair stations placed in key locations along popular cycling routes.
What’s a Gran Fondo?
Gran Fondo is Italian for ‘big ride’.
Gran Fondo events are long distance, mass-participation cycling events – not races – that have become immensely popular in Italy and the rest of Europe and are a fast-growing phenomenon in the United States. Participation is open to recreational and competitive amateur cyclists alike, and thousands of riders of all abilities participate. While Gran Fondo events are not races in the traditional sense, they go well beyond the scope of most recreational or charity bicycle rides.
Gran Fondo events are cycling’s equivalent of running’s marathon. As with the 26-mile running event, rather than racing other participants, most participants challenge themselves in a personal battle against the course, the distance, and, ultimately, the clock. While some faster riders will push the pace, the majority of participants are happy to complete the challenge within the allotted time.
The Vermont Gran Fond wouldn’t take place without the generous support of our sponsors. More than 900 riders have participated during the event’s first four years. And, they bring their families and friends to cheer and watch the riders. Wouldn’t you like to get your organization’s name in front of this audience of affluent, athletic people?
In 2017 we recognize the support of the following businesses:
- Woodchuck Cider
- Addison County Chamber of Commerce
- Frog Hollow Bikes
- J.P. Carrara & Sons
- Schneider & Palcsik Injury Lawyers
- Vermont Coffee Company
- Vermont Sun
- Caroline’s Dream
- Hammer Nutrition
- Klean Kanteen
- VBT Bicycling & Walking Vacations
- Wickles Pickles
- November bicycles
- Vermont Tourism
- Addison Independent
- Vermont Sports Magazine
- Vermont Ski & Ride
If you would like to generate more business and be recognized as a supporter of the Vermont Gran Fondo, please contact Todd Warnock about becoming a sponsor.