It’s that time of year again – race calendars are out and planning is well under way. Not sure what my objectives are for this year. Perhaps more of a mix between racing and cycle touring. Maybe even a Grand Fondo. Needless to say, a summer on the bike is very much in the picture. I will soon be kicking off the season in one of my favourite cycling holiday places – myself and a small group of friends are going to Mallorca! From there – who’s to say….a weekend of riding the hills of Vermont perhaps!
An interesting noticed passed through my inbox recently – the question – “Are you up for the Challenge”? How could I not look into that??? If you feel you are up to the challenge – go to their website at www.vtchallenge.com – go out for a weekend of riding in the hills of Vermont – I am sure you won’t regret it!
It looks like the Vermont Challenge will be covering some of Vermont’s finest – including the legendary Middlebury Gap. Imagine cruising along through the rollers in the ancient basin of Lake Champlain – you can see that you are going to start to climb as you go from farmland to forest. Before you know it, you turn a corner and it is on – the climbing begins. You have no frame of reference for where the climb will end as you wind your way up hill. After the crest of the Gap – you start your descent – wind in your face, good pavement below your tires. An epic day in the saddle will be yours.
Nothing says cycling in Vermont more than the peloton emerging from the covered wooden bridge!
I took the time to ask a couple quick questions to one of the organizers, and this is what she had to say:
AnitaMac: How many people are you expecting for this ride?
VtChallenge: approximately 1500 riders. We already have clubs from Italy that have committed to the Challenge.
AnitaMac: Who is the weekend geared towards?
VtChallenge: This is not a beginners weekend. There will be choices, but the riders need to be able to cover an average of 30 – 40 miles (48 – 76 kms) in the hills.
AnitaMac: What about logistics? Where will the riders stay? What about their bags?
VtChallenge: Riders will book their own accommodations. There are links on the website. There is plenty of accommodations available as the region is full of winter ski chalets. Luggage will be transported to the next inn.
Check out the website for more details about the 3 ride options. Click here to link to more information about the routes.