Check out Reese Brown’s awesome photos from the 2017 VOPM:
VERMONT OVERLAND PRESENTS
VO PAVÉ MADNESS!!!
A 23 mile epic mountain bike/fat bike adventure ride comprised almost entirely of rocky, muddy and climby Class 4 (unmaintained) roads! Ridiculously steep climbs and crazy rocky, muddy descents as well as roads that look more like riverbeds than trails, this ride will be insanely challenging (although all totally rideable) and, as with all VO cycling events, you’ll feel like you’ve been around the world by the time you finish!
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Ride starts at 10 am sharp (one big group)
(only 200 spots so don’t wait!)
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!
Supporting the Reading / West Windsor Food Shelf
Course: Downright gnarly. But still rideable for the more technically adept riders. Make no mistake. This course will be like nothing else you’ve ever ridden. Start with a gradual dirt road climb through beautiful open farm country, then enter the first pavé sector and the real action begins. The key in the technical sections will be to pick your line wisely. Do that and you have a good chance of riding that section. Choose poorly and you’ll be hoofing that section for sure, but, hey, that’s all part of the adventure. We’ll all be in it together and, by the time you finish, you’ll feel like you’ve been to the top of Mt. Everest and through the Amazon jungle all in one ride!
Pace: Go at your own. I can tell you that there will certainly be riders going hard at the front, but there will also be plenty of folks riding steady to just enjoy the scenery. The big challenge will be to ride the whole course without dabbing. You do that and you’ll earn the moniker PAVÉ MASTER!
The course will be marked with arrows that look like this:
Support: We’ll have Vermont Overland’s now famous 4×4 support team out there. Have a problem? Just flag down one of the Land Rovers!
Sag: There will be a heavily stocked sag stop at 14 miles in Five Corners, an actual ghost town!
Weather: We’ll go in any weather, so plan on it and dress properly!
Post ride: We’ll have an awesome local food truck on the premises for after-ride chow and amazing nano-brewed IPA on tap, both available for purchase (not included in entry fee). And, as always, we’ll have the finest Kombucha in the land on hand for samples and purchase:
Bike: You’ll want to bring your mt. bike or fat bike for this crazy ride. Gravel bikes will not cut it on this terrain.
Entry fee: $45.
Free camping: Feel free to come up the day before, ride Raid Lamoille and then head down to Reading and camp for free at the venue next to the river! Only request is have all camping gear in your vehicle by 8 am on Sunday morning to make room for more cars.
Here’s Ansel Dickey negotiating one of the course descents!
See you in July!