Cycling and biking the back roads of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, the Eastern Townships of Quebec, and the North Country of New Hampshire.
June 4th thru June 8th
Wednesday, June 4th -- Guided Ride through Orleans Central: We start the Tour off with a ride on our most favorite roads in Orleans County: Down Routes 5 and 16 through Barton and Greensboro, over to Craftsbury, and up route 14 through Albany and Irasburg. There is certainly more spectacular scenery in the country. But to our senses, there is no road more subtly beautiful in all of Vermont than Route 14 heading north. Could be the scenery. Could be the knowledge that we are heading home. Either way, it’s a feast. And speaking of feasts; a big hit of the day is the stop at Willey’s Store for lunch on the way through Greensboro.
Thursday, June 5th -- Guided Moose Loop With A Twist:Our friends from the White Mountain Velo showed us this route. The day starts in Island Pond, and heads north to on Route 114 through Norton and Canaan, tips its cap to a stretch in the Northwoods of New Hampshire (only appropriate) and then returns down the Connecticut River to Bloomfield and back to Island Pond. If you don’t see at least three meece (If it’s good for a Goose, it’s good for a Moose) during this ride, there’s something noisy about your bike!
Friday, June 6th -- Guided Ride Around Lake Memphremagog:This ride is a favorite of our local Kingdom Velo Group - In 2010 we added this ride and folks really love it -- a guided tour around Lake Memphremagog with stops at Georgeville, Magog, The Abby, and Mansonville. This 80 mile route is a great way to “warm up” for the weekend. Or do it as a stand-alone day and forget the rest. But, you better bring your passport! It involves International Travel and is just so much fun. We also offer a shorter ride up to Georgeville and back.
Saturday, June 7th – The Kingdom’s Legendary Lake Region: This course takes riders through the Kingdom’s legendary lake region. We offer four loops of differing lengths: 25, 50, 80, and 100 miles. These routes take riders through fields and forests and past farms and lakes, including Lake Seymour, Island Pond, Lake Willoughby and, of course, the Kingdom’s “Great Lake,” Lake Memphremagog. This day also offers a Gran Fondo style “timed event” on the Century loop starting at 7:30 am. We welcome team participation and for the team with the fastest three times over the course of Saturday and Sunday, we will be donating $500 to a charity of their choosing.
Sunday, June 8th - The Western Hill Country: A day in the “Hill Country” is intended to challenge those riders who live for the climb, taking them through the Kingdom’s western “hill country,” over Lowell Mountain and up and down the flanks of Jay Peak and back. With just about 6,500 feet of vertical climb, this century route is designed to “grind your gears.” This is the second day of the Double Century Challenge, with the timed event starting at 7:30 am. Shorter routes are also available for those who enjoy a more recreational, less “challenging” experience.
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