Vermont Overland Grand Prix powered by Beanery Brewing, August 23, 2015

VERMONT OVERLAND GRAND PRIX

“The Overland”

powered by Beanery Brewing!

 A 51 mile dirt road bicycle race featuring 5400 feet of climbing, seven sections of “Vermont pavé” (unmaintained ancient public roads), a beautiful village downtown start/finish and an awesome street party afterwards.  It’s the ultimate overland bike race.   Open dirt roads, lead motorcycles, 4×4 support vehicles and a course unlike any you’ve ever ridden before, all within a beautiful Vermont pastoral setting.

CLICK HERE FOR 2014 VOGP RESULTS!

CLICK HERE FOR RYAN DUNN’S EXCELLENT PHOTOS FROM LAST YEAR’S RACE!

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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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(500 rider field limit so register early!)

The Overland is an open race 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 in downtown historic Woodstock Village.  The racers 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 racing The Overland!!!  How often do you get to line up against a rider of this caliber in the very same race?!

Ryan Dunn Photography

Ryan Dunn Photography

Ryan Dunn Photography

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 sections vary in difficulty, but all are fully rideable on a standard cyclocross or gravel racing bike with low gearing.

Drummond Cycles Custom Dirt/Gravel Racing Bike

There is one particularly difficult section of pavé we are nicknaming the “Koppenberg” after the famous climb in the Tour of Flanders.  Again, fully rideable, but nevertheless very challenging, and there are five full sections of pavé after this separated by fast, flatter dirt road stretches where riders will naturally regroup and classic road race tactics will come into play.

Ryan Dunn Photography

The racers 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 and Vermont Law School with a water and shuttle service provided by the KMS Cycling Team.

Ryan Dunn Photography

After gorging themselves at the sag, the racers will hit the most challenging pavé section in the race, the “Arenberg Forest,” named after the famous brutal pavé section in Paris-Roubaix:

Ryan Dunn Photography

Immediately after which the riders will emerge onto a brief section of tarmac where they’ll sprint it out roadie-style for the familiar-for-some KOM sprint.

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.

And while the racers are out on the road, there will be some awesome kids’ races in Woodstock Village sponsored by the Red Wagon Toy Company located at 41 Central Street, Woodstock (see VOGP Schedule of Events for details)!


Once the riders arrive back in Woodstock Village, they’ll be cheered on as they make their way up the dreaded 20% gradient DOUBLEDAY HILL, the seventh and final section of pavé!  What’ll make this section so thrilling is that the Beanery Brewing beer pavilion is located right at the base of the hill, so there will be throngs of spectators encouraging everyone to charge up the last climb of the race!

Ryan Dunn Photography

 And to reward everyone, we’ll have a huge post-race party with local food and beverage sponsored by Vermont Smoke and Cure and Worthy Kitchen.  Not only will you experience the best bike riding of your life, you’ll experience that best food and drink as well!

The Overland is a race built on grit and determination.

Ryan Dunn Photography

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

Ryan Dunn Photography

RECON RIDE, SATURDAY AUGUST 22

Come to Woodstock on Saturday 8/22 and join our featured pro, Tim Johnson, for a 1.5-2 hour no-drop recon ride covering the beginning and ending portions of the course, including pavé sections 1, 2, 3 and 7!  The ride will leave at 2 pm from the Woodstock Inn & Resort lobby.  After the ride, join us at the Worthy Kitchen at the east end of Woodstock Village at 6 pm where you can also register for the race!  

 

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(500 rider field limit so register early!)

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VERMONT OVERLAND GRAND PRIX KITS!

Click on the image below for the course map site:

For a complete photoessay of the course, click HERE.

Watch Peter Jr. climb the Koppenberg here:

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CLICK THE FOLLOWING FOR A DETAILED PARKING AND COURSE MAP OF:  Woodstock Village

FAQ:  

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 90%.  The pavement sections are purely transitional with the exception of the 3k KOM and the downtown finish course.

What type of bike is optimal for the Overland:  A cross bike or gravel race bike with at least 28c tires and low gearing (34×32 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.  Or, if you really want to know what the absolute ideal bike is for pretty much all gravel racing, it’s the Drummond Cycles custom dirt/gravel bike.

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, next to the start/finish line, will be open and ready for business.  In fact, they’re a major race sponsor and will be providing water to all the riders!

Where should I park?  Anywhere you can find space BUT NOT WHERE THERE’S A CONE RESERVING THE PARKING SPACE (downtown shopping and church district).   Lincoln Street is a great place to park (see village map link above).  Of course, if you come up the night before and stay in Woodstock village, you can just ride your bike to the start and home from the finish.  We highly encourage this as Woodstock Village is a gorgeous place to visit and it’s sidewalk sale weekend!

Where are the bathrooms?  There’s the Woodstock village comfort station located in the Mechanic Street parking lot (right on the course, just before the footbridge section) and, thanks to HB Energy in Springfield, VT, we’ll also have 12 porta johns located near the start/finish line near registration and Woodstock Sports.

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 Woodstock Sports at 30 Central Street, Woodstock next  to the start/finish line.  Registration will open at 7 am on race day.  We will also have number pickup and race-day registration from 6-8 pm at the Worthy Kitchen restaurant on Saturday, Aug 22.  Race-day registration fee is $80, so it’s best to register online!  [All race day registrations will go directly to the KMS Cycling Team fund].

How will you start so many people at once?   The course is open euro-style with moto protection up front so there’s lots of time and space to move up.

Will all of the intersections have marshals?   No.  We’ll have police closure in the villages and some marshals at the busier paved road intersections, but, other than that, we’ll have marking chalk on the ground marking the course turns.  All riders will be required to obey general road signs.   And keep your head up for the rare oncoming vehicles on the dirt roads.

How will the course be marked?  The course will be marked ENTIRELY with colored marking chalk on the road.  You’ll see a chalked arrow 100 meters from a turn, then another one 50 meters from a turn, then a big arrow going through the turn.  The arrows will be tough to miss and they’ll be tenacious enough to last through a rainstorm.

Will there be other 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?   The winner will finish sometime around noon.  We’ll keep timing open until 3 pm.  Everyone finishing prior to 3 pm will receive a formal time and placing.  We’ll also break the times out into 10 year age groups.

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.

 

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

Do I need a license to race?   No, this is an open race. 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.  We’ll have bail out points all along the course where you can cut back to Woodstock (just turn south on any road and you’ll end up in Woodstock!).   We only ask that you do not cross the finish line upon your return to town as it will cause problems with timing.

Can I walk the pave sections if I can’t ride them?  Of course.  In fact, it’s advisable if you’re new to the dirt road scene.  The pave sections 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 and our Woods Maple Syrup sag stop in Barnard Village.  Leave the processed race 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 beer tent on High Street.

Where’s the food after the race?  We’ll have loads of free chow being served by our generous race sponsors in the vendor area on High Street located near the base of Doubleday hill.  Just present your race number to the vendors for your free chow.  Then, after you’re finished cheering for your fellow racers on the finishing circuit, make your way down to Bentley’s Restaurant for our post-race celebration!

 

Is there a host hotel?  Yes, the Woodstock Inn & Resort has special room rates for Saturday and Sunday nights.

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 VOGP? A video says a thousand words:

VOGP 2014 from Justin Lillie on Vimeo.

 

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(500 rider field limit so register early!)

 

 

 

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