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Welcome to the Challenge

The 2018 edition: August 16–19.

The Vermont Challenge has become the "must ride" cycling tour of New England in four short years. The Vermont Challenge fits a niche between the many one-day rides and the high end week long packaged tours. It's the best of both rolled into 4-day tour. Of course you can chose to ride less than all four days, but to truly experience the beauty of Vermont and this event, we strongly urge you to ride with us for 2 or more days. Join us for our very special 6th year anniversary and some new twists and turns.

The Vermont Challenge offers daily routes that are both challenging routes for elite recreational cyclists as well as tamer routes for all riders. The routes traverse Southern and Central Vermont over four days including a signature Gran, Medio and Piccolo Fondo for all riders on Saturday.

The Tour is Here!

There is an advantage to being part of the Challenge and here it is. The Vermont Challenge and Manchester 20/20 Cycling Task Force welcomes all Vermont Challenge riders, volunteers and their families. The Manchester 20/20 Task Force promotes Manchester as a Premiere Cycling Destination and welcomes you to the "Shires". Below are special offers for Vermont Challenge Riders. Just show your VTC wrist band.

Barrows House Inn & Restaurant, 3156 VT-30, Dorset – 802-867-4455 / Offer: 20% off food
The Dorset Inn Restaurant & Inn, 8 Church St., Dorset – 802-867-5500 / Offer: 20% off food
Mountain Goat, 4886 Main St, Manchester Center – 802-362-5159 / 15% one item of purchase
Battenkill Bicycle Shop, 99 Bonnet Street – 802-362-2734 / Offer:10% off anything in the shop for riders and volunteers (in addition to Bike Support)
Ye Old Tavern, 5183 Main St, Manchester Center – 802-362-0611 / Offer: 20% off Food (Reservation Suggested)
Garlic Johns, 1610 Depot St, Manchester Center – 802-362-9843 / Offer: 20% off food
Gringo Jacks, 5103 Main St, Manchester Center – 802-362-0836 / Offer: 20% of food
Depot 62, 515 Depot St., Manchester Center – 802-366-8229 / Offer: 20% off food
Seasons, 4566 Main St (Route 7A), Manchester Center – 802-362-7272 / Offer: 25% off food
Christo's Pizza & Pasta, 4931 Main St, Manchester Center – 802-362-2408 / Offer: 20% off food
Mistral's at Toll Gate, 10 Toll Gate Road, Manchester Center – 802-362-1779 / Offer: Free Desert with purchase of any entree
Manchester Farmers Market, Thursday 8/17 3:00-6:00 pm at the Town Green, Manchester Center / Offer: $2.00 to spending at market. Free bag of maple candy or a 10 ml maple syrup for spending $10.00
Mulligans of Manchester, 3912 Route 7A, Manchester Center – 802-362-3663 / Offer: 20% Off Food (Except Specials). Extends to full party, not just riders
Spiral Press, 15 Bonnet Street, Manchester Center – 802-362-9944 / Offer: 15% off
Starbucks, 365 Depot Street, Ste B, Manchester Center – 802-681-5008 / Offer: Providing Free Containers of Coffee at Dana Thompson Park (On Day 1 of VTC / Parade of Riders)
Mulligans of Stratton, 11B Village Square, Stratton Village – 802-297-9293 / Offer: 25% Off Food including Sushi (Except Specials) Extends to full party, not just riders
Verde, 11B Village Square, Stratton Village – 802-297-9200 / Offer 20% off on dinner to your riders. No alcohol. Extends to party - not just riders
Bar 802 Restaurant, Deli & Market, 19 Village Square, Stratton Village – 802-297-9850 / Offer: 20% of food
Firetower, 6A Village Square, Stratton Village – 802-297-2000 / Offer: 20% off on dinner to your riders. No alcohol. Extends to party, not just riders

Rider's Guide

Be prepared and download your copy today. Know before you go!
   

News Flash!


Read What They're Saying

Stratton Magazine and Adventure Cyclist Magazine

The Vermont Challenge has gotten a lot of attention and articles are being published about the Tour. Take some time to read what they are saying. Just click on the magazine covers below to read the articles.

Video Introduction

Experience the Vermont Challenge through the lens a rider and then come ride with us in 2018!

The Buzz

Here's what riders have said about the Vermont Challenge:

"Just a well-run event, great volunteers, well stocked rest stops, real food at the end, nice countryside, and good ride support. Nice job – the effort you put into it shows."
                  – Haverford, PA

"The routes were gorgeous, covering some of the most beautiful territory of the great state of Vermont. The food stops were fully stocked with smiling and friendly volunteers who encouraged and cheered us on. The volunteers were moved from one location to the next so we often got to see the same faces multiple times, which was fun! The meals, cookouts, etc. were also impeccably planned. It was obvious how much upfront work goes into the event – as well as during and after. It seemed like they had four times the volunteers they actually did!"
                  – Stamford, CT

"This was the best tour I have ever ridden. Food, routes, people. The volunteers were great"
                  – Foxboro, MA

"The CHALLENGE was the best part! I had butterflies in my stomach until I got to the top of Brandon Pass, worrying I'd bonk – but WHAT a feeling of accomplishment! There was impeccable logistical organization and a terrific choice of roads. It was really an outstanding event from start to finish. Kudos to all who organized and volunteered!"
                  – Cobourg, ON, Canada

"The Vermont Challenge has one overwhelming advantage: It offers a beautiful countryside on quiet roads."
                  – Hartsdale, NY

"A GREAT event! A good time was had by all... Looking forward to next year. KUDOS to everyone who worked hard to make this such an enjoyable event!"
                  – New Britain, CT

"Thanks so much for the VT Challenge – truly an awesome event for an important cause. I must say this was one of the BEST organized and professionally produced events I have ever been involved with. I have been cycling at a high level for a long time and you hit it out of the park to say the least. I very much look forward to next year's VT Challenge and I will be sure to pull in additional riders."
                  – Tinton Falls, NJ

The Photos

Take the opportunity to view the photography shot during this past Vermont Challenge. You can make selections and will have an opportunity to purchase the shots you like. To get started, click here.

Benefactor & Sponsors

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