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The 2017 Vermont Gran Fondo course brings back the Middlebury gap into the fray as the final gap climb. Rivaling many rides in the western U.S., Vermonters call mountain passes “gaps,” and you’ll traverse three of them: Appalachian Gap (west to east), Lincoln Gap, Appalachian Gap (west to east) again and finally, Middlebury Gap (east to west). We unfortunately miss the Brandon Gap due to road construction but, hope to return to the LAMB route in 2018. 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). The Gran course will again push the limits with 10K+ ft of climbing and 100+ miles.

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 every gap and mechanical/sag support is provided by local mechanics; Frog Hollow Bikes, VBT and Discovery Bicycle Tours.

Sounds challenging? You betcha! How about the Medio? The Medio distance (67+ miles) traverses the Lincoln and Appalachian gaps with 7K+ feet of climbing. Still too much for your taste then try the low calorie version, the piccolo: ~39 miles &  2,850 feet of climbing.

2017 Course Highlights

  • Sustained grades of 20% to 24% on Lincoln Gap–the steepest paved mile in the U.S.
  • Each route includes stretches of iconic Vermont dirt roads. They are hard packed and easily traversed: Approximately ~11 miles for Gran riders, ~15 miles for Medio and ~7 miles for Piccolo.
  • Loop De Doo Loop route for Gran & single loop for Medio & Piccolo.
  • Start/finish in Middlebury, VT from Woodchuck Cider House.
  • Rest stops at the top Middlebury, Appalachian, and Lincoln Gaps–all stocked with water, Gatorade, food, first aid supplies.
  • Country stores and bathrooms along the way in Bristol, Warren, Waitsfield, Hanksville, East Middlebury, Middlebury, Ripton and Lincoln.
  • Mechanical and “sag” support vans.

Gran Course (provisional as of 12/29/16)

Stats

  • Distance – ~108.6 miles
  • Start Elevation – ~449 ft
  • Max Elevation – ~2,415 ft
  • ~11,000ft of climbing (average of Strava & Map My Ride)

Climbs

  • Four Category 2 climbs
  • Two Category 3 climbs
  • Two Category 4 climb

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)

Course Links

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vermont gran fondo map

Medio Course (provisional)

Stats

  • Distance – ~67.5 miles
  • Start Elevation – ~449 ft
  • Max Elevation – ~2,555 ft
  • ~7,000 feet of climbing in total

Climbs

  • Three Category 2 climb
  • Two Category 3 climb

2 Gaps

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

Course resources

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vermont grand fondo medio

Piccolo Course (provisional)

Stats

  • Distance – ~39 miles
  • Start Elevation – ~449 ft
  • Max Elevation – ~1,863 ft
  • ~2,900 feet of climbing in total

Climbs

  • One Category 2 climb

2 Gaps

  • Middlebury (ascend & descend the west side) ~2,375 ft

Course resources

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vermont grand fondo piccolo

KOM Segments

(KOM & QOM Winner trophies only awarded to Gran riders)

Middlebury Gap (west to east) – Details not yet available.

Lincoln Gap

Appalachian Gap

Middlebury Gap (east to west)