|Welcome to the Vermont Challenge –|
A challenging bicycling tour plus Gran Fondo you don't want to miss!
The Vermont Challenge is a challenging bicycle challenge that traverses Southern and Central Vermont over 3 or 4 days plus a one day Gran Fondo century option on Saturday for all riders. We draw upon the energy of local businesses and people of Vermont, key ski resorts, restaurants and farms in each local community that we visit to support our riders.
We partner with the Stratton Foundation to help us donate funds we collect from your registration fees to worthwhile community projects and local Vermont food banks:
• Black River Good Neighbors; Okemo, Windsor County
• Jamaica/Wardsboro Community Food Pantry; Stratton, Windham County
• BROC Community Action & Rutland Methodist Church 'Feed the Freezer'; Killington, Rutland County
• Meals on Wheels; Manchester, Bennington County
We offer cyclists the chance to complete a century over one of Vermont's legendary "Gaps" across the spine of the Green Mountains with stunning vistas in each direction. The Vermont Challenge is fast becoming one of the major bicycling events in the United States and you can be part of this very special ride and challenge yourself!
The Vermont Challenge is supported by Vermont Tourism & Marketing, Stratton Mountain Resort, the Town of Killington, the Vermont Country Store, People's Bank, Okemo Mountain Resort, Okemo Valley Regional and Manchester & the Mountains Chambers, and many more amazing sponsors.
Here's what riders are saying about the 2012 edition of the Vermont Challenge
The Vermont Challenge has one overwhelming advantage: It offers a beautiful country side on quiet roads.
– Ed, 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!
– Keith, New Britain, CT
Thanks so much for the VT Challenge a truly an awesome event for an important cause. I must say this was one of the BEST organized and professionally produces 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 years VT Challenge and I will be sure to pull in additional riders.
– David, Tinton Falls, NJ
The routes were great and the people were friendly. You hosted a great event.
– Chris, Hillsborough, NJ
Other comments from our riders:
• Beautiful scenery, relatively quiet roads, friendly and accommodating volunteers
and a great swag bag!
• Totally awesome...I have done dozens of rides and this ranks among the best.
Don't change a thing!
• I liked everything about the VTC. It compared favorably with the Gran Fondo
New York and the Harpoon B2B, which I've ridden
• I believe the atmosphere was one of the best aspects of the Vermont Challenge,
people were very friendly and all smiles
• Vermont is beautiful...that was the best aspect of the tour and some of
the people I meet on the tour. All in all a very nice group of people
• I liked the size (number of riders), the duration (4 days), the location (VT),
the challenge and the distances each day
• Gorgeous routes, beautiful scenery, options for snacks/drinks/bathrooms along
the way, bags waiting at next destination, comfy places to sleep with nice restaurant options
2014 Vermont Challenge
The people of Vermont welcome you to tour Vermont's beautiful landscape, replete with rolling farmlands, bucolic villages, and quiet country roads. The Vermont Challenge is a friendly experience drawing on the qualities of the people of Vermont. The Ride incorporates four major VT ski resorts and a signature town as our key hosts for meals and lodging.
For those of you who've ridden with us before, we are planning to alter the routes slightly to surprise you and to keep things exciting for you!
When: The Vermont Challenge runs from August 13-17, 2014
• The 4-day Grand Challenge, including Gran Fondo Saturday
• The 3-day Weekend Challenge, including the Gran Fondo Saturday
• The 1-day Legendary "Gap" Century Gran Fondo, 73 & 65 mile shorter options
The Grand Challenge
The Grand Challenge, our signature tour, begins at Stratton Mountain Resort on the evening of Wednesday, August 13th. The Grand Tour then continues to Manchester, Okemo Mountain Resort and The Town of Killington before returning to Stratton Mountain Resort on Sunday, August 17th. This route offers some of the best cycling roads you'll find in the U.S. In addition, you have the option of completing an amazing Gran Fondo century on Saturday August 16th that crosses the Brandon Gap, one of Vermont's six Legendary Gaps across the Green Mountains, before finishing that day on the access road at The Town of Killington!
The Weekend Challenge
Short on time? Then choose our Weekend Challenge that begins Thursday evening, August 14th in Manchester and finishes back at Stratton Mountain Resort on Sunday August 17th. This route, like the Grand Tour, provides you with the option of completing an amazing Gran Fondo century that crosses the Brandon Gap, one of Vermont's six Legendary Gaps across the Green Mountains. We offer bus transportation back to Manchester on Sunday since you started there.
The One-Day Legendary Gap Century Gran Fondo, 73 & 65-mile ride options
Can't take a day off from work, but want to really challenge yourself? Then come ride our one-day Legendary Gap Century/Metric Century which begins and ends at Killington Mountain Resort on Saturday August 16th and crosses the legendary Brandon Gap before returning to Town of Killington for finish lunch/ party.
There are two shorter 73 & 65 mile routes offered that head south towards the beautiful picture post-card villages of Ludlow and Woodstock looping through gorgeous roads along the Black River. The 65 route avoids the climb up Sherburne Pass. Once you've complete the 65 mile route you can drive up to the finish party/lunch at the Lookout Bar & Grille on the Killington Access Road with all the other riders.
You Have a Choice in Lodging
Grand and Weekend Challenge, as well as the 1-day Gap Century riders will choose lodging at the resorts or participating local B&B's, Motels or Hotels through our Resort Accommodations service. You make your reservations; your bags will be tagged and moved to your next lodging location for those participating on our multi-day tours.
Please note: If you choose to stay at a private home or a property not booked through Resort Accommodations, you'll be responsible for transporting your own bags or you can select during registration to have our service move your bags for an additional daily luggage handling fee.
Fully Stocked Rest stops will be offering food and nourishment at roughly 20 - 25 mile intervals with more options and additional stops for 2014.
4-day Grand Tour:
• Kick-off dinner party: 8/13
• One group dinner – Ludlow: 8/15
• Lunches all four days
• All breakfasts provided by sponsored lodging through Resort Accommodations beginning at 6 am
3-day Weekend Tour:
• One group dinner – Ludlow: 8/15
• Lunches all three days
• All breakfasts provided by sponsored lodging through Resort Accommodations beginning at 6 am
1-day rides on Saturday 8/16: Gran Fond Century, 73 & 65-mile routes:
• A hearty breakfast to fuel up before the ride served up by your hotel beginning at 6 am
• A full lunch and finish party will be offered for an extended period of time to accommodate various completion times
• We offer all one-day Gran Fondo riders (all ride levels) a pasta & salad buffet with grilled chicken after
you check in at the Lookout Restaurant on the Killington Access Rd, Friday evening 8/15 from 6-9 pm.
Key Logistics and rider services for 2014
• Bus transportation offered in Manchester to get around and enjoy the towns
• Bus transportation for the last day short route back to Stratton from Magic Mountain rest stop
• Bus transportation back to Manchester for those starting there
• Massages are available at Killington on Saturday 8/16 and hot showers and massages at Stratton on Sunday 8/17
Evening activities include local bands playing at each venue.
A Fun, but a Challenging Ride Experience Awaits You!
The rides will be fun...but also challenging because, after all, Vermont is the Green "Mountain" state! Grand and Weekend Challenge riders may choose a daily mix of long or shorter routes: so you can customize your ride experience from 220 up to 275 miles of riding for the entire 4-day Grand Challenge or 150 to 225 for the 3-day Weekend Challenge. Whichever tour you choose, we offer a challenge for you! Don't worry if you're not up to the maximum challenge, we offer a daily short route that averages 45-55 miles so you can experience all the beauty that is Vermont!
Please Note: The Vermont Challenge is Not Designed for beginners or lower intermediates.
We strongly recommend that you possess above average bike handling skills and ride 30-40 miles on a fairly regular basis and can maintain average speeds above 14.0 mph to finish each day's routes in a timely manner.
|A Message from Megan Smith|
Commissioner, Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM)
We, the people of Vermont, welcome you to our beautiful state. Come ride The Vermont Challenge and enjoy our open vistas, rolling farmlands and our Green Mountains. Come savor our cuisine and our friendly people that are here to make sure your ride through our state is a memorable one. We know that once you bicycle on our open and quiet roads you'll be back year after year. Welcome to Vermont and The Vermont Challenge!
|A Message from the Founder – John Sohikian|
The Vermont Challenge combines both our love of bicycling and Vermont to bring you the very best of both experiences. Vermont offers some of the best bicycling routes America has to offer. The routes that you'll travel include some of our favorite roads. We, the team at The Vermont Challenge, in conjunction with Stratton Mountain Resort, Okemo Mountain Resort and The Town of Killington along with the Manchester and The Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, Addison County Chamber of Commerce, Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce, and Killington Chamber of Commerce welcome you to experience Vermont on two wheels with us. Savor our fine cuisine, smell the wildflowers and green grass and laugh with the warm and friendly people. 86% of the riders surveyed in 2013 stated they'll be back for the 2014 edition, so why not join them!
The Vermont Challenge is designed to be a challenging ride open to all intermediate and advanced cyclists. We encourage you to consider raising funds for the communities. Fund raising is definitely not required to ride with us, but we hope you consider raising a few hundred dollars for the people of Vermont and receive premium gifts as thanks for your effort.
So why not make the Vermont Challenge an annual tradition and it will become one the highlights for your summer riding season for years to come!
Grand Tour Arrival Day: Wednesday, August 13th - Stratton Mountain Resort
Join us at the Kick-off Party at Stratton Mountain Resort after checking in from 5:00-8:00 pm. The kick-off party is included for those who have signed up for the 4-day package! There will be a sponsor expo at the Stratton Base area, along with local bands playing and bike tune-ups.
Weekend Tour Arrival Day: Thursday, August 14th - Manchester
Those of you who plan to ride The Weekend Tour should plan to arrive Thursday afternoon to check in between 5:00-8:00 pm and get situated at your hotel.
One-Day Legendary "Gap" Century/Metric-Century Arrival: Friday evening August 16th - Town of Killington
Those of you that plan to ride the one-day century/metric-century should plan to arrive Friday evening to check in between 5:00-8:00 pm or Saturday morning by 7:00 am.
Why Ride The Vermont Challenge?
The Vermont Challenge is the only bicycle Challenge that tours Southern and Central Vermont over 3 or 4 days and draws upon the creative energy of local businesses and people of Vermont, key ski resorts, restaurants and farms in each local community that we visit. We offer cyclists the chance to complete a century over one of Vermont's legendary "Gaps" across the spine of the Green Mountains with stunning vistas in each direction. The Vermont Challenge is fast becoming one of the major bicycling events in the United States and you can be part of this very special ride and challenge yourself!
Vermont Challenge offers each rider
• Vermont Challenge Jersey - one of the finest soft tech fabrics available
• Vermont Challenge Tech T-shirt
• VTC Water Bottle
• Fully stocked Goodie Bag: "The Vermont Challenge Goodie bag blows away all other rides I've ridden by far"
• All Meals associated with the tour you selected (Please see the About the Ride section for all meal details)
• Fully-supported rest stops
• Sag Support
• Bike tech support each morning
• Bus transportation in Manchester
• Nightly entertainment – great bands
• $25 of your registration fee is a tax-deductible contribution to the Stratton Foundation's Vermont Challenge
Community fund that supports the towns we ride through.