MAPLE ADVENTURE RIDE!
Ran in conjunction with the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce‘s Maple Madness Weekend, VOMAR is an epic gravel road bicycle ride featuring a different destination working Vermont sugarhouse every year!
CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF THE 2014 VOMAR
and HERE for Steve O’s video of the start!!
Date/time: Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 11 am
Location: Woodstock Sports, 30 Central Street, Woodstock, Vermont (registration opens at 9:30 am)
Saturday, March 28: This epic ride will be part of Woodstock’s Maple Madness weekend! Bring the family up to Woodstock on Saturday, March 28 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 madness dinner at Suicide Six Ski Area! Buy your tickets here:
* 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 Bentley’s downtown for an awesome evening, including Live Music with Clay Canfield and even dancing after 10 pm.
Sunday, March 29: VERMONT OVERLAND MAPLE ADVENTURE RIDE!
Registration/Start/Finish: Opens at 9:30 am. Woodstock Sports, 30 Central Street, Woodstock, VT. They will be open for business and carry all things gravel riding, including spare tubes, tires, pumps, CO2 cartridges, water bottles, etc.
Start time: 11 am sharp
Course: An incredibly scenic gravel road circumnavigation of Woodstock featuring a tucked-away, destination sugarhouse at full boil. We’ll have maps for everyone, including an online version, and the route will be completely marked with marking chalk on the ground at each turn so you can go at your own pace. We’ll be finalizing the course in the days prior to the race once we have a good idea of the weather in store for us.
Sags: We’ll have a refreshment stop at the featured sugar house with maple snacks and drinks galore. Try the best sports drink on the planet: partially boiled sap!
Distance: 25-30 miles(ish), 2-4 hours including the stops.
Want some real street (dirt road) cred? Do VOMAR on a fat bike from ride sponsor Fatbike Vermont Bike Rentals (contact them in advance to reserve your bike):
Terrain/difficulty: Climby, narrow, beautiful rural dirt 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 Woodstock village. 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 a sag wagon sweeping at the end, but, other than that, you’re on your own.
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 VT Maple Bourbon on hand back at Woodstock Sports, but, beginning at 3:30 pm, we’re all headed to the Worthy Kitchen for their awesome Sunday brunch before heading home!
Sanction: Nope, all open.
Bike: Any. Gravel, cyclocross and hard-tail mtb are optimal. Fat bikes aired up are very nice as well.
Entry fee: $25. Do it for the adventure. Do it for the fitness. Do it for the maple bourbon!
Do it for the beanies!