Frequently Asked Questions
If you don’t find the information you’re looking for here, please email Todd or call 802-377-7871.
Is the Vermont Gran Fondo a race?
This is definitely not a race—it’s a non-competitive ride that is not timed or scored. No awards will be presented other than to the KOM/QOM winners for each of the hill climbs. KOM/QOM winners will be determined by using data from Strava. We hope you’ll join us for the challenge of it all.
Do I need a racing license to participate?
No racing license is needed or required. It is important to remember that the Vermont Gran Fondo is a ride, not a race. All cyclists are encouraged to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery each route has to offer. Every cyclist will be insured individually through our insurance carrier. The cost for the insurance is included in the entry fee.
Where can I see the course routes?
Maps for all four courses are posted on Strava. Click here for links to all four course maps.
What kind of swag comes with my entry?
- Every rider will get an awesome custom-designed merchandise items. Over the years we’ve done a cap, t-shirt, socks, Kleen Kanteen stainless steel cup. Wait to be surprised by 2018’s swag item.
- Free entry into the apres ride party. Family and friends are welcome and can pay for their food and beverage with cash.
- Bragging rights for completing four Green Mountain gaps!
When does registration close?
On-line registration closes Thursday, June 28 at 5 p.m.
Can I register in person?
Yes, two options:
- Friday, June 29th from 12 to 6 pm at Frog Hollow Bikes, 74 Main Street, Middlebury
- Saturday, June 30th from 6 to 7:30 am for all categories (Medio Facile and Piccolo available until 9:30), at Woodchuck Cider House, 1321 Exchange Street, Middlebury
Where and when do I pick up my number and swag?
Same as above. Absolutely no mail outs.
If I ordered clothing (jersey, shorts, t-shirt) when will I receive them?
You can pick up your merchandise when you pick up your number and swag bag. Again, no mail outs, please.
Can someone else pick up the packet for me?
Yes. We’re all grown-ups. Neither an ID or a permission slip is required.
Will I receive any confirmation once I register?
You will receive a confirmation email from our online registrar, BikeReg.com. If you believe you registered but didn’t receive a confirmation, email Todd or call 802-377-7871 to confirm your registration status.
Do you offer a pre-ride mechanical check?
We encourage you to have your bicycle thoroughly checked by your local mechanic a week or two before the ride. We will also offer a pre-ride mechanical check on Friday, June 29th at Frog Hollow Bikes, 74 Main Street, Middlebury (where you’ll pick up your number and swag).
There will also be mechanical support available the morning before the ride from 6 to 9 am, also at Woodchuck Cider House as well as at various points along the course.
Where do I park?
There is parking for approximately 70 cars at Woodchuck Cider House. Once those spots are filled, you’ll be directed to other parking lots across the street or an adjacent building.
How do riders line up at the start?
It is a mass start—keep in mind this is not a timed event, so there is no glory in being the first to return.
Are the roads closed for traffic?
All roads are open to traffic with the exception of the crossing of Route 7 and Exchange Street within the first ¼ mile of the ride. Many intersections will be manned by law enforcement—you are expected to obey the officers’ directions.
At all times riders must obey all traffic laws and ride on the right-hand side of the street in single file. Riders must follow the instructions of police officers, course marshals, and volunteers.
How fast do I have to ride?
You can ride at whatever speed you’re comfortable with—however, each of the gaps has steep downhills and you’re expected to remain in control and be considerate of other riders and vehicles along the route.
Will there be restrooms at the start/finish and on the course?
Yes, there will be porta-potties at the start/finish and at each rest stop. There are country stores along the routes and many will have bathroom facilities.
What happens if for some reason I cannot ride that day?
The Vermont Gran Fondo does not offer refunds or permit name changes to an entry.
Will the ride be canceled for any reason?
It will be run rain or shine unless there is an event such as an Act of God or the participating towns deem it unsafe. The event committee will take under advisement rescheduling or offer refunds after that time.
What if I wish to change between distances?
We can accept changes between any of the distances. You will be asked to pay a difference in the registration fee if you are upgrading your distance. If you are downgrading to a shorter distance, there are no refunds. These changes can be made any time until the gun goes off at 8 am on June 30th.
How many rest stops will there be?
There will be at least six official rest stops:
- Lincoln General Store (Gran, Medio Difficile, Piccolo)
- Jerusalem Store – WATER ONLY (Gran & Medio Difficile)
- Appalachian Gap (Gran & Medio Difficile)
- Lincoln Gap (Gran & Medio Difficile)
- Chipman Inn, Ripton, at the junction of Ripton Road & Route 125 (All routes)
- Brandon Gap (Gran & Medio Facile)
All stops will be stocked with the foods you expect at endurance cycling events (PBJ, PowerBar Fuels, and Fluids, a wide assortment of fresh fruits), plus a wide variety of specialty treats.
What if I can’t finish the ride?
There will be support vehicles on the course for any medical emergencies and/or to provide transportation back to the start/finish area. There is a decision point after the ascent/descent of Lincoln Gap for Gran riders to turn off and shorten their ride to the Medio distance.
What will the weather be like?
Temperatures range from the 60s to 80s in July. In past years the mornings were damp, but cleared off to be lovely sunny days. However, New England weather is known for its unpredictability so be prepared for anything!
Is there a minimum age for participants?
There is no minimum age for participants, but we caution that these courses are challenging and demanding. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times while on the route and must have their registration form and waiver signed by their legal parent or guardian.