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The Vermont Gran Fondo course for 2019 includes a double ascent of Appalachian Gap, Middlebury Gap and of course, the pinnacle climb of Lincoln Gap. Rivaling many rides in the western U.S., Vermonters call mountain passes “gaps,” and you’ll traverse four of them: Appalachian Gap (west to east), Lincoln Gap (east to west),  and Middlebury Gap (east to west). With a 24% maximum grade and an average grade of 15%, the east side of Lincoln Gap is reported to be the steepest paved mile in the U.S., according to Bicycling Magazine (June 2008) and now one of the world’s steepest climbs by Global Cycling Network (GCN). The Gran course will again push the limits with 10,736 ft of climbing and 114 miles.

Lincoln Gap Named in top 9 Steepest Climbs in the World

Depending on your level of fitness and aggression you should expect to be in the saddle 5 to 10 hours. Refueling stops will be available at the peak of Appalachian Gap, Lincoln Gap, and other critical locations. In addition, mechanical/sag support is provided by local mechanics at Frog Hollow Bikes.

Sounds challenging? You betcha! How about the Medio? The Medio Difficile distance (67+ miles) traverses the Appalachian gap and Lincoln Gap with 7K+ feet of climbing. If that sounds like too much for your palate, try the Medio Facile (aka “Challenge Lite” with more distance but, less climbing), and skip out on the steep grade of Lincoln Gap(15% average)by taking on Appalachian Gap and Middlebury Gaps for a total of 77 miles and 6,110′ of climbing. Still too much for your taste? Then try the low-calorie version, the Piccolo: ~39 miles and  2,850′ feet of climbing.

2019 Course Highlights Announced!*

  • Sustained grades of 20% to 24% on Lincoln Gap–the steepest paved mile in the U.S.
  • Gran Fondo, Medio Difficile & Facile Fondos and Piccolo Fondo routes include stretches of iconic Vermont dirt roads. They are hard packed and easily traversed: Approximately ~11 miles for Gran riders, ~15 miles for Medio Difficile, ~3 miles for Medio Facile, and ~7 miles for Piccolo.
  • Start/finish in Middlebury, Vermont from Woodchuck Cider House.
  • Rest stops spaced at approximately every 20-mile marker – all stocked with water, Gatorade, food, first aid supplies.
  • Country stores and bathrooms along the way in Bristol, East Middlebury, Middlebury, Warren, Ripton, Lincoln, and Hancock.
  • Mechanical and “sag” support vans.
  • Full Moto support.
  • FULL COURSE GPS FILE DOWNLOAD – Provisional

Gran Fondo Course *(Provisional)

Stats

  • Distance – ~109 miles (175 km)
  • Start Elevation – ~449 ft
  • Max Elevation – ~2,415 ft
  • ~10,580 ft (3225 m) of climbing

Climbs

  • 5 Category 2 climbs
  • 2 Category 3 climbs
  • 1 Category 4 climbs

4 Gaps

  • Appalachian (west to east) 2,371 ft
  • Lincoln (east to west) 2,415 ft
  • Appalachian (west to east) 2,371 ft
  • Middlebury (east to west) 2,123 ft

Course Links*

  • Complete Course details on Strava
  • Download the GPS files (includes all courses) – DOWNLOAD
  • Printable PDF Cue Sheet DOWNLOAD

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Medio Difficile Fondo Course* (Provisional)

Stats

  • Distance – ~67.6 miles (108.8 km)
  • Start Elevation – ~449 ft
  • Max Elevation – ~2,555 ft
  • ~6,921 ft (2109 m) of climbing

Climbs

  • Three Category 2 climbs
  • Two Category 3 climbs

2 Gaps

  • Appalachian (west to east) 2,371 ft
  • Lincoln (east to west) 2,415 ft

Course resources

  • Complete Medio Difficile Course details on STRAVA
  • Download the GPS files – (includes all courses) – DOWNLOAD
  • Printable PDF Cue Sheet DOWNLOAD

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Medio Facile Fondo Course (Provisional)*

Stats

  • Distance – ~77.7 miles (124.3 km)
  • Start Elevation – ~449 ft
  • Max Elevation – ~2,555 ft
  • ~6,117 ft (1864 m) of climbing

Climbs

  • Two Category 2 climbs
  • One Category 5 climb

2 Gaps

  • Brandon (west to east) 2,176 ft
  • Middlebury (east to west)

Course resources

  • Complete Medio Course details on STRAVA
  • Download the GPS files – (includes all courses) – DOWNLOAD
  • Printable PDF Cue Sheet DOWNLOAD

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Piccolo Fondo Course (Provisional)*

Stats

  • Distance – ~38.8 miles (62.4 km)
  • Start Elevation – ~449 ft
  • Max Elevation – ~1,863 ft
  • ~2,846 ft (867.5 m) of climbing

Climbs

  • One Category 2 climb

Course resources

  • Complete Piccolo Course details on STRAVA
  • Download the GPS files – (includes all courses) – DOWNLOAD
  • Printable PDF Cue Sheet DOWNLOAD

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*Based on the average calculation of Strava and Map My Ride.


KOM Challenge

This year’s KOM/QOM challenge is a little different. Lincoln Gap is the focus and will have official timing for the first time. We are awarding beautiful Vermont-made, laser etched solid maple trophies to the top three men and women.

If you want to compare your results on STRAVA to other riders make sure to check these segments.

Appalachian Gap (west to east)

Lincoln Gap (east to west)

Brandon Gap (west to east)

Middlebury Gap (east to west)

*all route details are subject to change at any time.

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