The OVERLAND, August 27, 2017

THE OVERLAND

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 The Overland is a 49-mile dirt road bicycle adventure ride featuring 5,600 feet of climbing, seven sections of “Vermont pavé” (unmaintained ancient public roads), a beautiful rural historic ski area start/finish and an awesome party afterwards.  It’s the ultimate overland adventure ride.   Open dirt roads, amazing scenery and an epic course unlike any you’ve ever ridden before, all within a beautiful Vermont pastoral setting.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2017

Suicide Six Ski Area, 247 Stage Road, Pomfret, VT

9 AM START

REGISTRATION OPENS AT 7 AM

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The Overland Tips – 2017 from Vermont Overland on Vimeo.

Ned Overend talks about the Overland with Outside Magazine:

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Ned Overend Is the Champion Cyclist Who Never Grows Old

And VO makes Sports Illustrated!

(500 rider field limit so register early!)

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THERE ARE ONLY 750 SPOTS AND THE RACE SOLD OUT WELL IN ADVANCE LAST YEAR, SO DON’T WAIT TO REGISTER!!!

***ENTRY FEE INCREASES TO $95 ON

JUNE 1, 2017!!!***

WORRY-FREE REGISTRATION!  As with all VO events, if you can’t make it, you may assign your registration to whomever you like.  Simply log back into your bikereg account and change the rider information to your replacement before registration closes prior to the event.  No need to even contact the promoter!

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The purpose of this race is to promote the wonderful world of overland adventure riding.  Experience what it’s like to ride your bike on roads that are not only incredibly beautiful but are, most importantly, largely free of hostile car traffic.   Throw in some ancient unmaintained roads for technical challenge and the real adventure begins!

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The Overland is an open ride so anyone can enter.  From the more aggressive riders gunning for the win to the local biker out for the challenge, everyone will start together at Suicide Six Ski Area.  The riders will embark at 9 am sharp on the amazingly picturesque “ronde” course meandering through some of the most lovely countryside in New England.

Six-time National Cyclocross Champion, Tim Johnson, will be riding The Overland as will former World Tour rider and 2016 Dirty Kanza winner, Ted King!!!  How often do you get to line up against riders of this caliber in the very same ride?!

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And this is where the Overland stands alone (at least here in the US):  pavé!  The course features seven sections of unmaintained public roads we lovingly refer to as “Vermont pavé.”  The pavé sectors vary in difficulty ranging from Category 4 all the way up to the Hors Categorie Oude Kwaremont, but all are rideable on a standard cyclocross or gravel racing bike with low gearing (and very rideable on a mountain bike).

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The riders will descend into South Royalton village at nearly the half-way point where they will be greeted with an amazing sag station sponsored by Worthy Burger.

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After gorging themselves at the sag, the riders will hit the Hors Categorie “Arenberg Forest” pavé section named after the famous brutal pavé section in Paris-Roubaix:

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Then the riders will descend on pavement into Barnard village where they’ll be treated to the second sag stop at about the 34 mile mark.  This sag will be all about the locally made maple syrup product as Woods Syrup, based right in Barnard, is sponsoring same.   The KMS Cycling Team will be generously providing water support for this stop.

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KIDS’ RACES AND FUN CENTER!  While the riders are out on the road, there will be some awesome kids’ races near the finish area at Suicide 6 sponsored by the Red Wagon Toy Company located at 41 Central Street in Woodstock village!  The Woodstock Inn & Resort will also feature a Kids’ Fun Center located near the kids’ race course with a slip & slide, bouncy house and other fun activities for the kids ($10/child for all kids’ races activities)!


Once the riders arrive back at the ski area, they’ll be greeted by their fellow riders who will be watching from Suicide Six lodge!   And wait til you see the finish stretch!

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 And to reward everyone, we’ll have a huge post-ride party with local food and beverage sponsored by our local nano-breweries, the Woodstock Inn & Resort and Eureka Foods Kombucha.  Not only will you experience the best bike riding of your life, you’ll experience that best food and drink as well!

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The Overland is a ride built on grit and determination.

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But with a large dollop of fun and soul thrown in for good measure.

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RECON RIDE, SATURDAY AUGUST 26, 2017

On Saturday, August 26, join our featured pro, Tim Johnson, for a casually-paced 1-1.5 hour no-drop recon ride covering pavé sections 1 and 2!  The ride will leave at 2 pm from Suicide Six Ski Area in South Pomfret.  After the ride, join us at the Worthy Kitchen at the east end of Woodstock Village from 4-8 pm where you can also register for the ride!

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(750 rider field limit so register early!)

CLICK HERE FOR OVERLAND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS!

AND DON’T FORGET TO BUY YOUR OVERLAND KITS ON SALE AT THAT RACE!

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Click on THIS LINK for the course map/cue sheet site.

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FAQ:  

Where’s the start/finish, parking and registration?   At Suicide Six Ski Area located 247 Stage Road, Pomfret, Vermont.  Race starts promptly at 9 am.  Neutral start for the 1st kilometer.

What kind of bike race is this?  Road race?  Cross race?  Mountain bike race?   It’s a little bit of all three.  It’s an overland bike race.

What percentage of the course is dirt?  About 92%.  The pavement sections are purely transitional with the exception of the 3k KOM stretch.

What type of bike is optimal for the Overland:  A cross bike or gravel specific bike with at least 32c tires and low gearing (34×36 is a nice lowest gear).  You may need a mountain bike rear derailleur to make it work.  For those new to dirt road riding, a hard tail mountain bike is perfect.  Road bikes on as big a tire as you can fit are third best. [NB:  With two additional sections of pave this year, for those just riding to finish and on the fence between a cross and mt bike, you may want to go with the latter.]

Is there a bike shop in town in case I need to have my bike tuned or pick up some a spare tube and CO2?   Yes, Woodstock Sports, located at 30 Central Street, Woodstock will be open and ready for business and will have a tent at the start/finish area.  In fact, they’re a major event sponsor and will be providing water to all the riders!

Where are the bathrooms?  Thanks to HB Energy in Springfield, VT, we’ll also have many porta johns located near the start/finish line and registration at Suicide Six.

Where’s number pick-up/registration?  Register online by clicking on the links above or below.  Number pick-up and day-of registration will be at Suicide Six near the start/finish line.  Registration will open at 7 am on race day.  We will also have number pickup from 4-7 pm on Sat, Aug. 26 at the Worthy Kitchen restaurant in Woodstock.

Will all of the intersections have marshals?   No.  We’ll have some mandatory police protection at the busier paved road intersections, but, other than that, we’ll have clear red arrow signage.  All riders will be required to obey general road signs.   And keep your head up for the rare oncoming vehicles on the dirt roads.   LIKE WE ALWAYS SAY, THIS RACE IS WON ON THE CLIMBS, NOT THE DESCENTS, SO PLEASE BE SAFE OUT THERE.

How will the course be marked?  The course will be marked ENTIRELY with simple, clear red arrow signs on 8.5×11″ signs.

Will there be prizes to win?  Yes.  We’ll have locally-made prizes for the top three mens and womens podium finishers as well as special KOM winner prizes.

Will every finisher get a time?    We’ll have a timing clock so you can check your finish time, but that’s it.  As has often been said, “In gravel racing, anything behind first place doesn’t matter (true) and that the winner’s name should be recorded in a dusty notebook that is squirreled away at the town library. This suits us just fine.”

Will there be support vehicles for spare wheels?   Yes and no.  There will be 4×4 support vehicles on the course, but mainly for emergencies and major mechanical issues. For punctures, you’re on your own.  Because the riders will be pretty spread out on the course, there’s no feasible way to run wheel support vehicles.  So leave the tubulars at home and ride some good, solid clincher cross tires aired to at least 55 psi.  Anything less and you’re risking pinch flats.  Also, don’t forget to bring a spare tube and air source and you should practice your changes to minimize time losses in case of a puncture.

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Will the ride be canceled for inclement weather?  No.  The ride will go off in any weather.  Some say the worse the better!

Do I need a license to ride?   No, this is an open timed fondo style ride. Anyone can enter.

Can I race to raise money for another charity?  Absolutely, by all means.

What if I can’t finish?   No problem.  Many will not be able to finish.  Just turn south at pretty much any point in the course as all roads lead back to S. Pomfret.

Can I walk the pavé sectors if I can’t ride them?  Of course.  In fact, it’s advisable if you’re new to the dirt road scene.  The pavé sectors are relatively short (most less than 1 k), so it’s no big deal to walk portions of them or even all of them.

Will there be sag stops for those just racing to finish?  Absolutely.  We’ll have our Worthy Burger sag stop in S. Royalton village, our Woods Maple Syrup/KMS Cycling Team sag stop in Barnard Village plus a water-only stop with 8 miles to go.  Leave the processed ride food at home and embrace the Vermont way by eating locally-produced real food.

Will there be an awards ceremony?  Yes, we’ll hold an awards ceremony at 1:30 pm near the finish line.

Where’s the food after the race?  Right next to the finish line catered by the Woodstock Inn & Resort.

Is there a host hotel?  There is not as we pretty much fill all of the local hotels.  A great resource for local accommodations is the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce.

Does the race benefit any organization?  Yes, the race benefits our junior cycling program, the Killington Mountain School Cycling Team.

How can I sponsor the event?  Click here for details.

What’s the general vibe of the Overland? A video says a thousand words:

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(750 rider field limit so register early!)

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