GRAVELFEST will feature four solid days of all things gravel. Group rides, gravel-related seminars, pro-led rides and training tips and even the E-bike Extravaganza! Not only are e-bikes allowed on all of the regular group rides, there will be e-mountain bike rides through some seriously technical terrain demanding all from the serious e-mountain biker! Heck, bring all your bikes and really mix it up over the four day experience. And then, on Sunday, race the now internationally renowned OVERLAND gravel race!
Thursday, Aug 22 (check-in day):
Arrive anytime after 9 am, go through the drive-up registration, set up camp, go for a ride, open a beverage, relax and catch up with friends.
6 pm: Introduction meeting at main tent. Come meet your event organizers and staff and get a general overview of the event.
Friday and Saturday, Aug 23 and 24 (ride days):
5:30 to 7 am: Coffee and donuts at Pete’s Camp.
9:00 am to 4:30 pm: Self-navigating gravel rides! Vermont Class 3 (gravel) and Class 4 (unmaintained) roads are ideal for gravel riding. We’ll provide RidewithGPS routes for the best gravel rides in the region. Each map will include suggested stops at scenic vistas, historic sites, lunch stops at awesome localvore spots and other interesting attractions!
5 to 7 pm: Vendor area mingling, socializing, bonding, tribe-building. Come to the vendor area, grab a beverage from our vendor trucks and enjoy the party!
5 to 7 pm: Just for kids! Design your own gravel bike under the main tent. Drop the kids off at the main tent while you peruse the vendor area within a short distance away and within earshot.
Saturday 7 pm(ish): AWESOME RAFFLE sponsored by our vendors!
Sunday, August 25 (Overland bike race*):
* Your Overland bike race entry IS included in your Gravelfest entry!!
7:30 am: must have campsite put away to make room for Overland bike race parking.
7 to 9 am: fresh brewed coffee and home-made breakfast sandwiches available.
9 am: Overland gravel race starts. If you’re racing, great, but, if you’re not, head out for a ride to a place on the course to cheer the racers on and then come hang with everyone at the finish afterwards!
3 pm: Event closes. Goodbyes.
GRAVELFEST will be held at VO HQ at 419 Baileys Mills Road in historic Reading, Vermont. The property features multiple camping pastures, riverside camping, woods camping, a swimming pool, outdoor shower and potable water at the house. We also have two awesome country stores all within five miles of us for provisioning, one of which has an amazing farm-table breakfast/lunch cafe! Fuel is five miles south in Downer’s Corners which is also where the best Maple Creemee in VT is located: The Villagers!
Food: We’ll have vendors on site with food available for purchase as desired. We’ll have Springmore Farm and Abracadabra Coffee serving breakfast sandwiches and locally-roasted coffee for breakfast and we’ll also have our incredible local food trucks here serving their amazing farm-table fare! For those wanting a bit more pampering, just walk down the road to our local farm-table bistro, Keeper’s Cafe!
MEALS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR ENTRY FEE. YOU CAN PURCHASE FOOD ON-SITE FROM OUR VENDORS (CASH ONLY) OR BRING YOUR OWN FOOD TO COOK AT YOUR CAMP. GOOD TO BRING BACK-UP FOOD ANYWAY JUST IN CASE VENDORS RUN OUT.
GET OUT THERE! We’ll teach you how to navigate using RidewithGPS so you’ll be able to ride any gravel event in the northeast without even needing to look for a directional sign! You’ll be able to test your skills and equipment over a wide variety of gravel terrain. When you get back to the venue in the afternoon, grab a beverage and come over to the vendor area and just hang out, meet all sorts of fun-loving, interesting, like-minded people and thoroughly enjoy yourself.
Camping in Vermont in October is not really my thing. Is there a host inn nearby? Yes! Check out our ACCOMMODATIONS page above.
Can I just come and register at the event? We’re afraid not. All registrations must be online from the registration page.
IS MY OVERLAND RACE INCLUDED IN MY GFEST ENTRY? Yeeeeup, sure is. If you decide not to race, no problem, but we’d love it if you hung out and cheered on the riders at the finish!
Can I have a campfire at my campsite? Absolutely, BUT PLEASE USE A PORTABLE FIRE PIT OR CONTAINER. We'll have ample dry firewood on site from our neighbor with a donation box.
Can I come just for the day? We’re afraid not. We do not offer a day pass. It’s all or nothing with GRAVELFEST.
Can my friends come and park their car on the property and then join me at my registered vehicle campsite? We’re afraid not. There is no non-participant parking on the property.
Will there be facilities at the event? Portajohns, fresh water and rubbish removal. The rest is up to you.
What if I need help with my bike? Fear not! Cannondale’s awesome Tech Support team will be here all weekend.
Can I bring my family and the dog? Of course. We love dogs! Just watch out as Violet (VO’s Jack Russell Terrier) will want to play with your dog!
Who’s responsible for me when I’m “off-campus?” While we’ll go to great lengths to ensure your comfort and safety at the venue, during the day, when you go out into the wilds of Vermont, you’re on your own. All planned gravel routes are merely suggested and they are all on public state and town highways. While there will likely be other groups coming through, you will truly be on your own out there. Go alone or go in small groups, but just be aware that our responsibility for you stops at the gate of the farm.