Start date: 09/30/2023
Let's change it UP-Year 9 We're in Reverse! ~Vermont Rare Gravel Adventure!
Do you love rambling along class IV roads next to babbling brooks?
Connecting up Gravel roads for a 40 mile loop?
Get satisfaction from short but burly climbs?
Been meaning to get to VT for It's challenging Pave'?
Why not #vermontraregravelride this Year?
"Grassroots GRavel" at its Finest!
Gravel Roads, Fall Foilage, Fine Folks, Outstanding Class IV!
The Hidden Jem of So VT
Use your GPS - minimal signage
Start/Finish and post ride gathering at Wild Wings XC ski center
What to Expect
This is not a Race, Settle in at your Pace, Some will smash the pedals and That's OK,
Music is back! Delicious Food and Local Drinks
Several Feeds along the way
Maybe A bit more Challenging then You Think?
Ride Description and Profile
- Specific details to come.... THIS YEar we are going reverse - something different!
- counterclock wise loop - straight into N Landgrove to Danby Mt Tabor RD, right on FR 279, left on Landgrove RD to Lawerence Hill - Moses Pond down FR 17 (Jenny Coolidge) and out to RT 100 South through the village of Weston.
- Piper Hill Road, then Dale Rd.
- Up Johnson Hill (17-20% 0.9 of a mile), left on Hells Peak Road, Right - Barker Rd., Right on Landgrove Rd.
- Left to Ridge Road, Right onto Brook Road and the penultimate section of Class IV.
- Anderson Rd to Stone Place, Priest Lane and Home!!
There are a few short sections that some riders may want to dismount and walk or jog. And that's Okay, go your own pace; the challenge is as important as the journey!
* As we did in 2020 We will be adhering to the Vermont State Covid guidelines as required. https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel Please mask if you are not vaccinated and keep your 6 feet of distance.
This ride is calling for cross, gravel, flat bar mountain, or the like ~highly discourage any road bikes! 35 cc and above tire choice will serve you well. There is no "hike-a-bike" ALL totally ridable Class IV.
Water + Food
There will be 2 refueling/ Feed stations; one at 14 miles (top of Marsh Cross and Dale Road) and 28 miles at the top of Holt Mtn Class IV stocked with GU gels, GU hydration, bananas, pickles, syrup shots and more. We do recommend you carry plenty of water and your own nutrition as well.
Race day parking
Plenty of parking at Wild Wings Nordic Center. Follow Hapgood Road east out of Peru Center. At the town garage bear left onto North Road. Follow North Rd. appox. 2 miles, bear left at the folk, 500 meters to Wild Wings XC.
THANKS TO OUR SPONORS
Wild Wings Nordic Center
Ungrounded Coffee Roasters
Pinkus Family Chiropractic of Manchester
Norse House Ski Shop, Bondville VT
Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind
Wohler Realty Group
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping
Lodging options in the area
Bromley View Inn, Winhall VT https://www.bromleyviewinn.com/
SeeSaws Lodge, Peru https://www.seesawslodge.com/
VT state park - Hapgood Campground, Peru http://www.recreation.gov/
Winhall Campground, Londonderry http://www.recreation.gov/
http://www.landgroveinn.com/ if quaint Vermont country inn is a bit more your Speed!
Ride with a Purpose - All Proceeds go to Rare Disease Research and Advocacy
I started this endeavor eight years ago as a passionate cyclist with a cause. Building community, Advocating for a cause, challenged with the parallels between gravel riding/ racing, walking the rare disease journey and educating myself and others, about childhood rare disease. I am not a charity but work directly with Vermont Rare, Rasopathies Network, CFC International amongst others to educate people on rare disease and finding ways to improve the lives of young people and families that live with a rare disease. So if you to are passionate about something; enjoy strong community and friends, do things with a purpose, love to ride and are excited about a new challenge, Vermont Rare Gravel might be the perfect fit!
“Have you ever been on a ride when the vibe and flow is just right? That was the feeling of the RAS Adventure Ride. With a great mix of classic Vermont dirt roads, limited amounts of tarmac and many challenging miles of off-road segments, you have all the elements of a classic dirt road event in the making. I hear that there will be even more off-road sections next year, so it’s only going to get better! Be sure to mark this event on your calendar for next year – you won’t want to miss it.”
- 2015 Participant Testimonial
"Thanks for another great RAS ride! It was my girlfriend's first travel event, and her longest ride ever! She survived and enjoyed it, even the crazy hill around mile 30!" ~2018 Participant
If you cannot ride, would like to make a donations or for more information go to https://vermontrare.org