Event Date – June 30, 2018
The Vermont Gran Fondo is a non-competitive ride through Vermont’s Green Mountains. This ride will test your fitness with its challenging climbs. There are amazing views at the top each gap—savor them for a moment before you speed downhill.
Paper Registration Form DOWNLOAD HERE.
A Few Note Worthy Updates & Upgrades
- TIMING – Yes, we are adding timing this year. We will be capturing your overall time and on the KOM/QOM Lincoln Gap segment only (baby steps). Watch this space for more details.
- MOTO SUPPORT – After last years freak storm, we are doubling our moto support to 12. Those people ROCK!
- COMMUNICATION – Safety first!
- AFTER PARTY – More food vendors!
- HIPSTER LEVEL COFFEE – Victus Coffee will be pulling killer espressos and local roastmasters Vermont Coffee Co. will have iced coffee on hand. Get your fix your way.
- TENT…SIZE MATTERS – Doubled the size. Yeah, it got a bit tight in there last year.
- NUMBER 1 & NUMBER 2 – More porta potties! No more waiting…well, maybe a little.
- REST STOP SNACKS – Still working details…open to requests.
Four ride options:
- The Gran, Medio Difficile, Medio Facile* & Piccolo routes will cover small stretches of iconic Vermont dirt roads (approximately 10%). Dirt surfaces are hard-packed and easily navigable. *The Medio Facile covers only 1 mile of dirt, all at the start.
- Gran Fondo: 114 miles, 11,200′ of climbing (Appalachian Gap (west to east), Lincoln Gap (east to west), Brandon Gap (west to east), Middlebury Gap (east to west).
- Medio Difficile: 67 miles, 7,000′ of climbing (Appalachian Gap & Lincoln Gap)
- Medio Facile: 62 miles, 4,600′ of climbing (Brandon Gap & Middlebury Gap)
- Piccolo Fondo: 38 miles, 2,800′ of climbing
Registration/packet pickup/start/finish at Woodchuck Cider House, located at 1321 Exchange Street, Middlebury
- 8:00 am Gran & Medio Difficile riders will start
- 10:00 am Medio Facile & Piccolo groups will start – Full Schedule Here
- Riders must depart as a group–the intersection of Exchange Street and Route 7 will be controlled by police–dangerous to cross on your own.
- Online closes on Thursday, June 28, 5:00 pm. Click here to register.
- In person:
- Friday, June 29: 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm at Frog Hollow Bikes, 74 Main Street, Middlebury
- Saturday, June 30th: Gran & Medio Difficile – 6:00 to 7:30 am, Piccolo & Medio Facile – 6:00 to 9:30 am at Woodchuck Cider House, 1321 Exchange Street, Middlebury
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- Four amazingly scenic, challenging and well-marked routes
- A cool swag item–we’ve offered caps, t-shirts, socks, cups in past years…still nailing down this years item.
- Apes party with savory options from quality food trucks and ice cream from Farm House Chocolates, family & friends welcome
- Discounts at local hotels for the weekend
- Route signage marking every turn, cue sheets, route maps at each rest stop, and course marshals to guide you
- Rest stops atop every gap with the foods you expect at endurance cycling events (PBJ, Hammer Fuels and Fluids, an assortment of fresh fruits), plus a variety of specialty treats
- SAG support and mechanical support along the course including a crew of moto support on every course.
- Insurance coverage included in the registration
- Knowing that event proceeds will benefit bicycling initiatives in Addison County
Lincoln Gap Hill Climb Challenge: King and Queen of the Mountain
New this year is a timed Lincoln Gap Hill Climb Challenge with KOM & QOM trophies.
A custom KOM & QOM custom growler trophy is just the beginning…we are working on the details for swag bags for the champs.
Riders seeking a bit of additional motivation can empty the tank by attempting to set personal bests and compare themselves to others on each gap. Upload your climb times (for any or all of the four gaps) via Garmin or iPhone to Strava and compare your times on our event KOM and QOM segments for each gap.
All of the weekend’s activities are centered on Exchange Street, Middlebury, just off of Route 7, and approximately 1.5 miles north of downtown Middlebury. Click here for directions.
There are three parking lots, all within easy walking or riding distance to the registration area and start.
- 1330 Exchange Street
- 1321 Exchange Street, Woodchuck Cider House
- 1197 Exchange Street, Vermont Coffee Company & Stonecutter Spirits