MAPLE ADVENTURE RIDE!
An epic gravel road cycling tour of active, rural maple syrup sugar houses!
CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF THE 2014 VOMAR
and HERE for Steve O’s video of the start!!
Date/time: Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 10 am
Location: Woodstock Sports, 30 Central Street, Woodstock, Vermont
Saturday, March 22: This epic ride will be part of Woodstock’s Maple Madness weekend! Bring the family up to Woodstock on Saturday, March 22 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 Bentley’s downtown for an awesome evening, including Live Music with Clay Canfield and even dancing after 10 pm.
Sunday, March 23: VERMONT OVERLAND MAPLE ADVENTURE RIDE!
Registration/Start/Finish: 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: 10 am sharp
Course: An incredibly scenic gravel road circumnavigation of Woodstock connecting tucked-away, backcountry sugar houses at full boil. We’ll have maps for everyone, including an online version, and the route will be completely marked with VO arrows 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 refreshment stops at the featured sugar houses with maple snacks and drinks galore. Try the best sports drink on the planet: partially boiled sap!
Distance: 40 miles (ish), 3-4 hours including the stops.
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 Long Trail, home-made snacks and perhaps a drop of VT Maple Bourbon on hand at the finish at One High Street, but, beginning at 2:30 pm, we’re all headed to the Worthy Kitchen for their awesome Sunday brunch before heading home!
Sanction: Nope, all open.
Bike: Any. Cyclocross and hard-tail mtb are optimal.
Entry fee: $25. Do it for the adventure. Do it for the fitness. Do it for the beer!
Do it for the beanies!
AND DON’T FORGET TO ORDER YOUR VOGP KITS!
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