Vermont Gears Up for Bike Season


Montpelier, Vt.—From bone-rattling descents to leisurely loops, Vermont’s summer cycling season offers an impressive variety of biking events, set against some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country. Biking enthusiasts will find classic dirt road rides, challenging stage races, nationally acclaimed single-track, guided tours and family festivals throughout the Green Mountain State this summer.

Students in the Wilderness Photography class at St. Michael's College put together this video on mountain biking in Vermont. Many thanks to Jerry Swope and his students: Morgan Jenkins, Braden Kerwin, Jack Lund, Ryan Williams, and Sam Davies.

Early season adventures kick off with the 2015 Gravel Grinder in Waterbury on April 19, and the Muddy Onion Gravel Grinder in Montpelier on April 26. Both events are subject to the vagaries of mud season, but organizers say that’s part of the fun of springtime dirt road rides.

Stage race season begins Memorial Day Weekend with the Killington Stage Race, one of cycling’s top Eastern events. More than 600 competitive cyclists are expected to take on one of New England’s most challenging courses. Memorial Day also marks the opening of Vermont’s bike ferry on the Island Rail Trail in Colchester.

Throughout the summer, cyclists can enjoy guided, van-supported tours of Vermont’s legendary landscape, tackle lift-serviced mountain bike trails, or attempt the steepest paved mile in the U.S (a 24% grade) up the Lincoln Gap from Warren.

“Vermont welcomes cyclists of all abilities,” said Megan Smith, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. “We offer gorgeous shorelines, lightly-trafficked roads, and some of the best mountain biking in the east. Our farms, forests, and bike-friendly inns are the perfect backdrop for two-wheeled touring.

The 2015 season of Vermont biking events runs the gamut from gentle to grueling:

2015 Gravel Grinder, Waterbury, April 19

Muddy Onion Gravel Grind, Montpelier, April 26

Killington Stage Race, Killington, May 23-25

Tour de Heifer, West Brattleboro, June 7

June Tour de Kingdom, Orleans County, June 10-14

Vermont Gran Fondo, Middlebury, June 13

Vermont CARES Champ Ride for HIV Prevention, Burlington, June 13

NEMBAfest @ Kingdom Trails, East Burke, June 19-21

Switchback Bike for the Lake, Milton, June 20

Bikes, Bevs & Beats, Stowe, June 26-28

Long Trail Century Ride, Killington, June 27

Going the Distance Ride, Brattleboro, June 27

Central Vermont Cycling Tour, East Montpelier, June 28

Vittoria Eastern States Cup, East Coast Showdown, Killington, July 4-5

Islands Bike Tour, South Hero, July 11

Farm to Fork Fondo—Vermont, Pittsfield, July 12

Cycle the City, Burlington, July 19

Onion River Century Ride, Montpelier, July 25

Green Mountain Getaway, Burlington, August 1-2

Vermont Mountain Bike Fest, Brownsville, July 31-August 2

Vittoria Eastern States Cup Enduro, Mount Snow East Coast Showdown, August 2

Bike n’ Brew, QBurke Mountain Resort, August 8

Harpoon Point to Point Bike Ride, Windsor, August 8

Vermont Challenge, Stratton Mountain Resort, August 13-16

Champlain Basin Bike Tour, Milton, August 23

Echo Lake Road Race & Swim, East Charleston, August 22

Vittoria Eastern States Cup Enduro, Sugarbush Resort, August 22-23

Northface Race to the Top of Vermont, Stowe, August 23

Green Mountain Stage Race, Waitsfield, Sept. 4-7

Dirty 40, Derby, Sept. 5

Darn Tough Ride, Stowe, Sept. 6

Vittoria Eastern States Cup Enduro Finals, Killington, Sept. 6

Kelly Brush Century Ride, Middlebury, Sept. 12

Open Streets BTV, Burlington, Sept. 13

Triple Crown Enduro Race, QBurke Mountain Resort, Sept. 19-20

2nd Annual Tour de Kingdom Fall Foliage Tour, Barton, Sept. 23-27

Tour de Farms, Bristol, Sept. 26

Kingdom Marathon, West Glover, October 4

Halloween Ride, Burlington, Oct. 24

Circumburke Challenge, Burke, October 25

For more information about summer events, check out the Vermont events calendar.