Vermont Gran Fondo

Vermont Gran Fondo

June 26, 2021 - Bristol, Vermont, USA

The Vermont Gran Fondo traverses four gaps with 11,000+ feet’ of climbing back and forth across the spine of the Green Mountains. If the climbs don’t take your breath away, the views will. Rush downhill, rest up as you ride through verdant green valleys, pass working farms on your way to the next challenging ascent. Sound daunting? Try  the Medio Fondo with 6,000+ feet of climbing over 64 miles. 

The Lincoln Gap features the steepest (24%) paved mile in the U.S!

2020 routes to be announced after January 1st

Fab apres ride party at the start/finish in Bristol, VT.

Typical support with rest stops at 20-25 mile intervals.

Mechanical and sag support

2017 Vermont Gran Fondo


Routes: 64, 105 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Start Times / Itinerary

6 - 7:45 am: Gran & Medio registration & number pickup
8 am: Gran & Medio rides start
2 - 7 pm: Apres party at Woodchuck Hard Cider

CLOSED Gran Route see event details 130 miles Lincoln Gap Challenge & Bragging Rights   $150
  • ~130 Miles, 4 Gap route. The course will likely be a figure-8 climbing Middlebury Gap west slope, Lincoln Gap east slope, Brandon Gap west slop, Middlebury Gap east slope. Venue in Bristol, VT.
CLOSED Medio Difficile (includes Lincoln Gap) see event details 85 miles Bragging Rights   $120
  • Want to challenge yourself on the Lincoln Gap without the distance commitment of the Gran...then choose this course.
CLOSED Medio (NO Lincoln Gap) see event details 85 miles Bragging Rights   $120
  • 85 miles climbing Brandon Gap west slope and Middlebury Gap east slope.
CLOSED Piccolo see event details 40 miles Bragging Rights   $95
  • Short Distance
CLOSED Event Staff & Support see event details       $0


What's Included?

Two amazingly scenic, challenging and well-marked routes
Professional ride day photography—unlimited downloads post-event—no additional fees
Entry into apres-ride party (tickets available for family & friends)
Route signage marking every turn, cue sheets, route maps at each rest stop, and course marshals to guide you
Rest stops every 20-25 miles
SAG support and mechanical support along the course
Insurance coverage included in registration

Packet Pickups

Friday, June 28: 12  to 6 PM at Frog Hollow Bikes, downtown Middlebury

Saturday, June 29: 6 to 7:45 AM Bristol Rec. Field, Bristol, VT

Prize / Race Categories

This is a non-competitive event. There are awards for King/Queen of the Mountain for the Lincoln Gap only.

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Registration/Entry On the Day
Pre-Packet Pickups
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Controlled Intersections
Roving Mechanical Support
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Strava KOM
Strava QOM
Personalised Bib (Name and QR Code)
Downloadable GPS files
Post Ride Shower
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Number of Timed Hill Climbs
Four Hill Climbs
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
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