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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) and now one of the world’s steepest climbs by Global Cycling Network (GCN). The Gran course will again push the limits with 11,000 ft of climbing and 109 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 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 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”), a little longer than the Difficile but, no steep grade of Lincoln Gap(15% average) and 1k less in elevation. Still too much for your taste? Then try the low calorie version, the Piccolo: ~39 miles and  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.
  • 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.
  • Loop De Doo Loop route for Gran & single loop for both Medio routes & Piccolo.
  • Start/finish in Middlebury, Vermont 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, East Middlebury, Middlebury, Ripton and Lincoln.
  • Mechanical and “sag” support vans.

Gran Fondo Course (provisional as of 3/21/17)

Stats

  • Distance – ~108.6 miles
  • Start Elevation – ~449 ft
  • Max Elevation – ~2,415 ft
  • ~11,000 ft 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)

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Medio Difficile Fondo Course (provisional)

Stats

  • Distance – ~68 miles
  • Start Elevation – ~449 ft
  • Max Elevation – ~2,555 ft
  • ~7,100 ft of climbing in total

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

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Medio Facile Fondo Course (provisional)

Stats

  • Distance – ~78 miles
  • Start Elevation – ~449 ft
  • Max Elevation – ~2,555 ft
  • ~6,300 ft of climbing in total

Climbs

  • Three Category 2 climbs
  • One Category 3 climb
  • One Category 5 climb

2 Gaps

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

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Piccolo Fondo Course (provisional)

Stats

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

Climbs

  • One Category 2 climb
  • One Category 5 climb

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KOM Segments

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

Lincoln Gap

Appalachian Gap

Middlebury Gap (east to west)