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Welcome to the Vermont Challenge,
Challenge Gran, Medio & Piccolo Fondo plus the "Ride Up" Bike Festival

The 4th annual Vermont Challenge, August 13-16 is a challenging bicycle tour that traverses Southern Vermont over 2, 3 or 4 days including the signature Saturday 8/15 Gran, Medio & Piccolo Fondo plus the "Ride Up" Bike Festival for all riders, presented by our title sponsor Stratton Mountain Resort!

For our 4th year we've created something very unique & exciting!

• On Saturday (8/15) the highlight of our ride that day will be winding up a four-mile climb to Stratton Mountain Resort for the only mountain resort-top Gran Fondo finish east of the Continental Divide.

• In addition to the 100 mile Gran Fondo, the Vermont Challenge will offer: Medio (65 miles) and Piccolo (26 miles) Fondos so the entire family & other club members can join in the fun!

• We'll be creating a "Ride Up" Bike Festival in conjunction with our title Sponsor Stratton Mountain on Saturday 8/15 at Stratton's village!

• The Ride Up Bike Festival is designed to show you how to take your riding to the next level with exhibitors focusing on: training advice & equipment, nutrition, hydration and more

• Manchester and Stratton become our home bases for all four days so you can stay in the same hotel for the duration of the tour.

• We're offering shorter tamer routes each day in addition to our tough challenging routes so your friends, significant others and club members can join in all the fun!

• Friday Rides begin and end at the Vermont Country Store for a great BBQ! All riders can enjoy both Vermont's Premier Country Store and the BBQ as all rides end at their Store in Weston.

• You'll have access to your cars for the multitude of activities you can enjoy on your own each afternoon.
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, 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 2014 stated they'll be back for the 2015 edition, so why not join them!

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 of the highlights for your summer riding season for years to come!
Giving Back to our Vermont Communities
While we don't require fundraising, we encourage all riders to make a donation to our partner – the Stratton Foundation. We take $25 of your registration fee plus any extra donations you make to support worthwhile community projects and local Vermont food banks. 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 which has an important economic impact on the communities.
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Stratton Mountain Presents The Vermont Challenge Gran, Medio & Piccolo Fondo plus the Ride Up Bike Festival on Saturday 8/15
We've teamed up with the team at Stratton Mountain resort to offer our riders something very special and unique! On Saturday (8/15) the highlight of our ride that day will be winding up a four-mile climb to Stratton Mountain Resort for the only mountain-resort Gran Fondo finish east of the Continental Divide. In addition to the 100 mile Gran Fondo, the Vermont Challenge will offer both the Medio (68 miles) and Piccolo (26 miles) Fondos so the entire family can enjoy the ride and weekend festivities.

Saturday's Ride Up Bike Festival at Stratton will include live music, craft brews, bicycle test rides, clinics, bike fitting, training, nutrition & hydration advice plus yoga & massage all designed to help you "Ride Up" and take your riding to the next level.

Saturday and Sunday events (8/15 and 8/16) at Stratton will include live music, craft brews, Vermont fare and farmer's market, contests and entertainment for the kids and, of course, bicycle test rides, clinics, training and nutrition.

John Sohikian, founder of the Vermont Challenge, is excited to team with Stratton Mountain Resort to offer a Gran Fondo in the true tradition of European Gran Tours. "We looked at how we could create something unique for our riders, and a mountain resort finish really offers something they can't find anywhere else in the Eastern U.S." stated Sohikian.

"Stratton has been a proud partner of The Vermont Challenge since the beginning," said President and COO Sky Foulkes. "The organization is first rate and the routes are scenic and challenging, rewarding the rider in so many ways. This year's Challenge will truly showcase the Stratton and southern Vermont summer experience and we look forward to hosting participants and their families."
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The Buzz
Here's what riders are saying about the 2014 edition of 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

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."
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2015 Vermont Challenge Outline

When: The Vermont Challenge: August 12-16, 2015

Challenge Options:
• The 4-day Grand Challenge: 8/13-16
• The 3-day Challenge: Any three day combination between 8/13-16
• The 2-day Challenge: Any two day combination between 8/13-16
• The 1-day Gran, Medio and Piccolo Fondo: 8/15

Route Overview by Day
• Thursday 8/13: Southern routes out of Manchester – 65, 45 or 30 miles
• Friday 8/14: Routes to/from the Vermont Country Store plus BBQ! – 53, 35 or 25 miles
• Saturday 8/15: Gran, Medio & Piccolo – 97, 68 or 26 miles respectively all departing and ending
   at Stratton Mountain or Bondville. Two Strava timed segments: KOM & Sprint
• Sunday 8/16: Northern routes out of Manchester – 58, 40 or 24 miles
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Meals & Festivals

All Tours:
Fully Stocked Rest Stops will be offering food and nourishment at roughly 20 - 25 mile intervals. All breakfasts provided by sponsored lodging.

Grand Challenge
• Kick-off dinner
• Lunches each day
• Group dinner

3-day Challenge
• Lunches each day
• Group dinner

2-day Challenge
• Lunches each day

Gran, Medio & Piccolo Fondo
• Dinner the night before at Stratton
• Breakfast
• Lunch & Festival at Stratton Base area
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Pricing and What's Included

What's included in your ride package
• 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
• Fully-supported rest stops
• Sag support
• Bike tech support each morning
• $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.

The 4-day Grand Challenge
    • $399 by 6/11
    • $449 after 6/12
    • Voted by last year's riders as the best experience and value
    • Includes the one Day Gran Fondo Saturday

The 3-day Challenge
3-day tour: any 3-days from 8/13-16
    • $299 by 6/11
    • $349 after 6/12
    • Includes the one Day Gran Fondo Saturday

The 2-day Challenge
2-day tour: any 2-days from 8/13-16
    • $199 by 6/11
    • $229 after 6/12
    • Includes the one Day Gran Fondo Saturday

The Gran, Medio & Piccolo Fondo Challenge
    • $149 by 6/11
    • $169 after 6/12
    • Route options: 101, 65/62 and 26 miles

Remember all pricing includes the 2015 Vermont Challenge Jersey if you register before June 13th.

Please note: Ride registration excludes 6% Vermont sales tax & Bike Reg service fees which will be added to your total at time of check out.
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2015 Vermont Challenge Daily Logistics
The Vermont Challenge Preliminary Schedule

Wednesday, August 12
5:00-8:00 pm: Ride check-in Stratton
6:00-8:00 pm: Dinner at Stratton

Thursday, August 13
7:00-8:00 am: Rider check-in
8:00 am: Ride depart – Dana Thompson Park, Manchester
12:00-2:00 pm: Lunch at Dana Thompson Park, Manchester
5:00-8:00 pm: 3-day & 2-day rider check-in at Dana Thompson Park, 340 Park Recreation Rd, Manchester

Friday, August 14
7:00-8:00 am: Rider check-in at Vermont Country Store, Weston VT
8:00 am: Riders depart
12:00-2:00 pm: BBQ at Vermont Country Store, Weston VT
6:00-8:00 pm: Dinner: Multi-day riders & Fondo riders - TBD

Saturday, August 15
6:30-8:00 am: Fondo rider check-in at Stratton Mountain resort
6:00 am: Breakfast Stratton Mountain
7:30 am: Gran Fondo Century – Ride departs top of Stratton Access Road
8:30 am: Ride departs from – Bondville VT, base of Stratton Access Road
10:00 am: Ride departs from – Bondville VT, base of Stratton Access Road
12:30-4:30 pm: Lunch & Festival party at Stratton Mountain

Sunday, August 16
8:00 am: Ride depart – Dana Thompson Park, Manchester
12:00-2:00 pm: Lunch at Dana Thompson Park, Manchester
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