We've have so much fun with our 5-day Tour de Kingdom in June, we do it again in the fall! Five days of supported rides on both sides of the border with brilliant foliage to add to the wonder of the ride. Each of these days also offers optional routes of varying distances. The five day package is becoming increasingly popular among those who love to ride, with group dinners each night for those who want to visit with other cyclists after a great day of riding. Can't be any question that our cycling territory of Orleans County, northern Essex, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec is THE place where Fall Foliage starts. And when the weather is right, there is just no better time to ride!
Wednesday, September 24th -- 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, its a feast. And speaking of feasts; a big hit of the day is the
stop at Willeys Store for lunch on the way through Greensboro.
Thursday, September 25th -- 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 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 dont see at least
three meece (If its good for a Goose, its good for a Moose) during
this ride, theres something noisy about your bike!
Friday, September 26th -- 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
Saturday, September 27th The Kingdoms Legendary Lake Region:
This course takes riders through the Kingdoms 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 Kingdoms Great Lake, Lake Memphremagog.
Sunday, September 28th - 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 Kingdoms 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. As always, we offer shorter
options for those who enjoy a more recreational, less challenging
The Tours are specifically designed to allow you, your partner, and your friends to travel through some of the best countryside in the northeast, while staying at one of many lodging options (of your choice) for the entire event. We offer the opportunity for different levels of cyclists to enjoy their days riding routes that are comfortable for them and returning to enjoy dinner and evening activities together. Pick a single day to ride, a few days, or all five. On the five day offerings we also arrange for group dinners at different area restaurants each night - what we call The Long Tables of Newport and Derby. We order off the menu, but sit at long tables family style, and have some fun. Just a great way to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones.