VO Maple Adventure Ride, April 3, 2016

VERMONT OVERLAND

MAPLE ADVENTURE RIDE!

Ran in conjunction with Vermont Sugar Maker’s Open House Weekend, VOMAR is an epic gravel road bicycle ride featuring a different destination working Vermont sugarhouse every year!

This year, our featured sugarhouse is Newhall Farm!

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Also, our featured charity for this ride will be the Reading-West Windsor Food Shelf!

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CHECK OUT LAST YEAR’S VOMAR:

2015 Vermont Overland Maple Adventure Ride

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REGISTER HERE

Date/time:  Sunday, April 3 at 10 am

Location (start/finish/reg):  419 Baileys Mills Road, Reading, VT 05062 (registration opens at 8:00 am)


Saturday, April 2:  This epic ride will be part of Woodstock’s Maple Madness weekend!  Bring the family up to the Woodstock Inn and enjoy the following awesome activities:

*  Tapping a maple tree on the Woodstock Green

*  Sugar on snow (if we have snow!)

*  Maple pop corn

*  Maple leaf scavenger hunt in downtown Woodstock village

*  Saturday evening maple celebration at Suicide Six Ski Area featuring local foods, craft beers, live music with Sabrina Brown and a “Maple Taste Around” with local chefs serving tastings of their favorite maple recipes

*  For dinner, swing over to Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock for their incredible farm-table chow and all-star lineup of hard to find craft beers on tap.

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Sunday, April 3:  VERMONT OVERLAND MAPLE ADVENTURE RIDE!

Registration/Start/Finish:  Opens at 8:00 am.  419 Baileys Mills Road, Reading, VT 05062.  

Start time:  10:00 am sharp

An incredibly scenic gravel road circumnavigation of the Reading, Vermont area featuring a tucked-away, destination sugarhouse at full boil.   We’ll have cue sheets for everyone and the route will be completely marked with high-visibility signs at each turn so you can go at your own pace.

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Sags:  We’ll have a refreshment stop at the featured sugar house with unparalleled maple-themed sag fare!  Try the best sports drink on the planet:  partially boiled sap!

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Distance:  27 miles(ish), 1.5-4 hours including the stops.

COURSE MAP AND CUE SHEET:

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11846034

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Need a bike?  Head to Woodstock Sports at 30 Central Street, Woodstock, VT 05091 and they can rent you the perfect bike for VOMAR!

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Terrain/difficulty:  Climby, narrow, beautiful rural dirt roads with THREE SECTORS of “Vermont Pave” (unmaintained town roads).  Depending on the weather, the road conditions could range from frozen solid with sand spread on them to all-out mud season!  The beauty of this circuit is that, if at any time you feel like calling it a day, you can simply turn and head back to the start/finish.  Either way and any way, this ride will be an amazing and challenging adventure!

Pace:  Go at your own.  I can tell you that there will certainly be a front group going hard on the climbs, but there will also be plenty of folks riding steady to just enjoy the scenery.

Support:  We’ll have Vermont Overland’s now famous 4×4 support team out there.  Have a problem?  Just flag down one of the Jeeps or Land Rovers!

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Weather:  We’ll go in any weather, so plan on it and dress properly!

Post ride:  We’ll have some home-made snacks and perhaps a drop of Newhall Farm Ice Cider on hand back at the start/finish, but, after the ride, we’re all headed to Keepers Cafe  down on the corner of Baileys Mills Rd and Rt 106 for some beer and hot soup before heading home!

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Bike:  Any.  Gravel, cyclocross and hard-tail mtb are optimal.  Fat bikes aired up are very nice as well.

Entry fee:  $35.

[As with all VO events, Juniors ride/race for free]

Do it for the adventure.  Do it for the fitness.

Do it for the ice cider!

REGISTER HERE

Do it for the beanies!

 

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