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August 15-18, 2019
Vermont Challenge:
Vermont Challenge Cyclists Out on the Road

Participants not only enjoy riding the Stage Tours, they also receive many special perks like arrival kickoff dinners, jerseys and shorts, goodie bags, shopping and dining discounts and many more things listed below – all compliments of the Vermont Challenge.

Tour Info

Drawing will be held on Sunday 8/19 at Mount Equinox during the awards ceremony. You do not have to be present to win.

Grand Prize
VBT Cycling Vacation for one person: "Tuscany by the Sea". 6 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels. Visit: Orvieto, Talamone, Porto Errcole, Porto Santo Stefano, Giglio Island, Magliano, Capalbio & Rome. Valued at $,3145. For more information on this amazing tour:

Second Prizes
7 nights of beachfront accommodations
(excludes airfare and requires a supplement fee ranging from $115-140 pp/night)
• St. James's Club Morgan Bay, St. Lucia
• Palm Island, The Grenadines, Los Establos, Panama, St. James's Club Antigua, The Verandah, Antigua

Third Prize
4-day 2019 Vermont Challenge Tour: valued at $500

Fourth Prize
4 Complimentary Tickets to The Dorset Playhouse, Dorset VT for their 2018 season

Other Prizes
• Full Battenkill his or her Kit compliments of Battenkill Bicycles
• Gift certificate to enjoy Land Rover Experience off-road training in Manchester Center
• Gift box of selected Pierce Bros. Coffee
• Gift box of Sock Guy bicycling socks
• Free dinner for two to select Manchester/Stratton Village restaurants

And many more to come – stay tuned


Jersey All 1 or 2-day riders will receive a 2018 jersey.

Jersey All 3 or 4-day riders will receive a 2018 full kit.

Tect Tee Shirt Not the typical cotton T-tech. Moisture wicking fabric.

Socks Matching kit socks that keep your feet comfy and dry. (included with the purchase of 3 Raffle tickets)

Water Bottle Specialized performance bottle.

Feed Station Fully supported food stations and Moto support.

Lunch Farm to Table lunches each day after the ride.

Dinner As least one sumptuous dinner (2 dinners if you ride all 4 days).

Goodie Bag The best fully stocked draw string goodie bag.

Dining and Shopping Dining and shopping discounts in Manchester and Stratton.

Tech Support Tech support at each start.

Free Beer One free beer per dinner from our local brewery partner.

Beneficiary Support our communities as a portion of your registration fee goes to support food banks and rural hospitals.

Mount Equinox Uphill Time Trial Prices for any registered stage ride also includes the $100 fee for climbing Mount Equinox.


Each rider is responsible for their own lodging. Tour fees do not include lodging. Manchester and Stratton offer numerous lodging choices depending on your needs and desires, but here are Sponsor hotels and our recommendation:

3 & 4-day riders – August 16-19:

Stratton's Black Bear Lodge is offering a terrific lodging package for all Vermont Challenge riders: Stay 3 nights and receive 20% off, stay 4 or more nights and receive 30% off already discounted nightly rate. You'll be able to drive down to Manchester for the starts on on Thursday, August 16, Friday, August17 and Sunday, August 19. You'll be right there for the start of the Fondo routes on Saturday, August 18.

There's also the the beautiful Taconic and Palmer House Hotels right in Manchester, and The Lodge at Bromley, which is situated 8 miles between Stratton and Manchester offering great rates. In addition, there's the Snowdon Chalet, a lovely 12-room motel overlooking Magic Mountain and just minutes to Stratton. Those coming as a team should contact Deborah at Winhall Estate for home and condo rentals.

Vermont Challenge Sponsor Motels/Hotels include:

Black Bear Lodge
and other properties
Stratton Mountain: Call 800-787-2886 for reservations)

Taconic Hotel, Manchester: Guests may also call our central reservations line at 844-861-5510 and say they are with the Vermont Challenge Room Block or by giving this code: PVC

Palmer House, Manchester: Call of reservations: 802-362-3600

Lodge at Bromley, Peru: Call for reservations & say your with the Vermont Challenge to get our special rates: 802-824-6941

Snowdon Chalet, Londonderry: Call Jen & say your with the Vermont Challenge to get our special rates: 802-824-6047

William Raveis Winhall
Real Estate, Bondville: Call Deborah to get our special rates on fully equipped homes and condominums at Stratton and the surrounding area. Perfect for families, clubs and teams: Office: 802-297-1550 or cell: 802-855-1972

Except for Stratton direct reservations link, above, please call and mention the Vermont Challenge to ensure you receive that discount rates with our sponsor hotels. There are many other lodging choices from budget to luxury for you to choose from in Manchester outside of our sponsors but they don't offer our great negotiated rates.



The Vermont Challenge mission is to provide the ultimate riding experience while striking a balance between the touring rider and the more serious cyclist. Offering a variety of scenic destinations that provide an authentic Vermont experience is our number one goal.

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