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Vermont’s Green Glory

Summary

Vermont

Set off into the Green Mountain State for your next cycling adventure! Whether climbing Smugglers’ Notch, or cruising along the shoreline of Lake Champlain, Vermont’s incredible landscape provide a diverse selection of challenging and beautiful rides. Beyond the incredible scenery, you’ll have the opportunity to cross iconic covered bridges and explore a number of quaint mountain towns which produce some of the finest beer, cheese, and maple syrup in the world. Join us to discover Vermont’s green glory and unique charm.

Road bike
6 days
402 km / 250 mi
$ 2,595.-
  • Specialist cycling guide and ‘on the road’ support staff and vehicle
  • Custom Fitting on 2018 Specialized Diverge Comp Cycle.
  • Use of Garmin GPS Unit.
  • 5 nights’ accommodation.
  • Luggage Transfer each day.
  • Supported Nutrition stops, Snacks/Drinks for Ride

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Details

Type
Road bike
Duration
6 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
60-80 km / 37-50 mi
Total distance
402 km / 250 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, room & breakfast
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
09 Jun 2019 - 14 Jun 2019
16 Jun 2019 - 21 Jun 2019
30 Jun 2019 - 05 Jul 2019
07 Jul 2019 - 12 Jul 2019
21 Jul 2019 - 26 Jul 2019
28 Jul 2019 - 02 Aug 2019
11 Aug 2019 - 16 Aug 2019
18 Aug 2019 - 23 Aug 2019
01 Sep 2019 - 06 Sep 2019
08 Sep 2019 - 13 Sep 2019
+ 2019 start date:September 22, 29 October: 13 and 20.
Start
Burlington
Finish
Burlington
Airport at start
Burlington International Airport,
Airport at finish
Burlington International Airport,

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 2,595.-
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 689.-

Itinerary

Day 1 - Burlington to St. Albans

Meet with your group and cycling specialist this morning for a custom bike fitting and tour briefing. Begin your journey with an incredible scenic ride around Lake Champlain, and keep your eyes open for Champ, the local equivalent to the Loch Ness monster. Enter the Missisquoia National Wildlife Refuge. End the first night of your adventure in St. Albans, a charming village peppered with breweries, coffee shops, and gift shops.
Bonus Miles: If you’re feeling good, take on additional 15 miles to ride along the coast and into Vermont Farm country before returning to St. Albans.
Route: via Lake Champlain and Missiquoi Wildlife Refuge, Distance: 33 miles, Elevation Gain: 711ft
Accommodation: Hampton Inn St. Albans

Day 2 - St. Albans to Stowe

Put the relatively flat ride of yesterday behind you, because today you will conquer Smugglers’ Notch. Set off through the rolling hills and farmland surrounding St Albans, while keeping an eye on the shadow of the Green Mountains and Mt. Mansfield looming ahead.
Lined by barns, fields, and farms in the shadow of Mt Mansfield, a ride through Pleasant Valley is considered by many to be one of the most scenic in Vermont.
Stunning waterfalls, huge cliffs, and an incredible summit vista will be your reward. We end today’s ride in the beautiful mountain town of Stowe. Be sure to visit the Alchemist Brewery to try their Heady Topper IPA, thought to be one of the best in the world.
If the Notch wasn’t enough, indulge in an additional climb up to the historic Trapp Family Lodge. Built by the singing family that the film, The Sound of Music is based upon, the Trapp Family Lodge offers a rewarding view overlooking Stowe and the surrounding Mountains. Explore the new Trapp Family brewery serving bar food and German style beers.
Route: via Smugglers’ Notch, Distance: 46 miles, Elevation Gain: 3825ft
Accomodation: Green Mountain Inn

Day 3 - Stowe Loop

This days round trip to the adorable community of Morrisville could be completed in enough time for a free afternoon hike or activity around Stowe. Hike the Stow Pinnacles, or if you didn’t make it yesterday, venture up to the Trapp Family Lodge. If you’d like to stay in the saddle, extend your ride along the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. The rail trail offers a well maintained 34 mile round trip along the Lamoille River to and from the town of Cambridge. This route offers spectacular views of the Green Mountains, and Vermont’s farm country, and provides numerous opportunities to visit and support a number of local businesses along the path. When satisfied with your ride, explore downtown Stowe and enjoy a relaxing massage.
Route: Stagecoach Loop, Distance: 18 miles, Elevation Gain: 1150ft.
Accomodation: Green Mountain Inn

Day 4 - Stowe to Middlebury

Begin today’s ride heading south between the spine of the northern Green Mountains, and the peaks of the Worcester Range on Vermont’s Green Mountain Byway. The Byway will provide you with a spectacular mountain backdrop laced with historic homes, farmsteads, and villages. Passing through Waterbury, you will follow the Winooski River along the scenic River Road. After enjoying even more stunning exposure to the Green Mountains and a climb up Hinnesburg Road, you will be rewarded with a relaxing downhill, and cruise through the charming town of Bristol. Continuing south along the edge of the Green Mountains will bring you to our destination for the night, the town of Middlebury. Rejoin your group later in the evening for an included dinner and delicious beers from the local Otter Creek Brewery.
Shorter in mileage than our route down River Road, today’s Burner Route features a massive 1500ft climb around the Mad River Glen Ski Coop and Camel’s Hump State Park. On this route you’ll be exposed to more of the quintessential New England landscape and architecture as you follow a winding river through mountain ridgelines, hillside farms, and steepled villages. Upon your arrival in Bristol, continue south along Rt 116 to Middlebury.
Main Route: via River Road, Distance: 60miles, Elevation Gain: 3025ft.
Accommodation: The Middlebury Inn

Day 5 - Middlebury Loop

Today’s ride will take you on a loop of the beautiful countryside and into the Green Mountain National Forest just outside of Middlebury. Our main route will start your day off with a 3000ft climb before beginning the ride down to one of the most beautiful journeys in this region. Goshen Ripton Road is an 8 mile long partial dirt path with rolling hills and incredible views, taking you through the quaint towns of Ripton and Goshen. The rocky, rolling hillsides of the oddly named Satan’s Kingdom give way to the beautiful shoreline of Lake Dunmore. If you chose the main route today, you’ll have some time to relax by the lake or walk through the beautiful Branbury State Park while the Burners catch up.
Route: via Goshen-Ripton Road, Distance: 35 miles, Elevation Gain: 3446ft.
Our Burner Route will extend your ride 20 miles deeper into the Green Mountain National Forest along country roads. The beauty of this region is well regarded, as you will intersect with the Vermont Trail, which is the oldest backpacking trail in the United States, and an important section of the Appalachian Trail. This route is definitely not just a scenic ride however, as you’ll be challenged with two separate climbs of 2100ft, followed by some fast descents. The second descent will bring you through the Joseph Battell Wilderness to rejoin to the main route just outside the town of Goshen.
Burner Route: via Rochester and Dunmore Lake, Distance: 55 miles, Elevation Gain: 4100ft.

Day 6 - Middlebury to Burlington

All good things must come to an end as we begin the final ride of our trip. We hope you saved some energy, as today’s route truly embraces the rolling hillsides of Vermont’s farm country. Cross the iconic Pulp Mill covered bridge, built in the early 19th century. Weave through wide fertile valleys, pastures, and farms on your way to the town of Vergennes, and the incredible Lake Champlain Bikeway. This path features stunning views across Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks, which will accompany you all the way to our finish point in Burlington. Celebrate your successful adventure with your group in this fun and funky college town over an included lunch, and cold beer at a local brewery.
Route: via Vergennes and Shelburne, Distance: 38 miles, Elevation Gain: 1800ft

Map & Routes

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Bicycle

T Specialized-Diverge 2018 Specialized Diverge Comp Cycle.
The Specialized Diverge is not quite a cross bike and not completely a road bike. The Diverge is the perfect bike for this tour.
With clearance for up to 42 mm tires and a Future Shock that is geared specifically to riding smoothly over harsh terrain, Specialized notes that: “Sure, some have tried to make their cross bikes more road-capable and others have made their road bikes more adventure-ready, but we created one bike that makes no compromises between the two.”
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