The Vermont Challenge was named a Top Ten “must” ride in 2017 by Map my Ride and Under Armour coming in at #7
The Vermont Challenge was named “Top 8 rides of your life” by Vermont Sports
The Vermont Challenge is comprised of four glorious days of riding with riders from across the U.S. and Canada. Come ride through the picturesque countryside, covered bridges, river valleys and historic villages of south and central Vermont.
The Vermont Challenge offers a terrific split format: 2-day "Valley" & 2-day "Mountain" Challenges - two amazing experiences for you to choose from or challenge yourself. Choose to ride all 4-days for the best experience at a fraction of packaged tour prices.
The Vermont Challenge announces its strategic partnership with the Gran Fondo National Series (GFNS).
The Vermont Challenge Gran Fondo will now be part of "The Series". The GFNS is an Haute Route partner who is dedicated to creating the world's most prestigious multi-day event series for amateur cycling. Haute Route's partnership with the GFNS underscores its commitment to amateur cycling in the United States and includes cross-marketing opportunities for Haute Route and GFNS, as well as registration benefits for riders who choose to participate in both the Vermont Challenge and the Event Series. For more information, please visit https://www.granfondonationalseries.com
New Route that Finishes atop Mount Equinox
We are very excited to announce a brand-new 56-mile route on Sunday, August 19th, unlike any other in the USA: a road stage that finishes atop the fabled Mount Equinox. Mount Equinox, at just under 4,000 ft., is highest peak in the Taconic Mountain range and is the longest paved mountain road east of the Mississippi at 5.3 miles, longer than Mount Washington's access road. It has an elevation gain of 3,186 ft. with an average grade of 12%. Cyclists riding any of the other new medium or short routes this day will have the opportunity to add this iconic climb to finish their ride. Riders can also separately opt to complete the Time Trial up Mount Equinox.
We've extended the Gran Fondo route by adding in another fabled climb in Vermont – "The Alps". In addition to climbing last year's Terrible Mountain, there will be a 10-mile respite before you reach the "The Alps" in Reading that rises to an elevation gain of 852 ft. over 3.8 miles.
We've added 3 timed segments to our Gran Fondo. You'll receive a sensing chip that will clock your time and immediately provide us with the results so we can award you on our podium.
All riders who choose to ride for 3 or 4 days will receive the 2018 full cycling kit. In addition to your jersey you will get a pair of shorts or bibs. All other tour riders will receive only the jersey.
The new 2018 jerseys will be men's and women's specific – no more unisex jersey!
Any past rider of the Vermont Challenge who recruits a brand new participant for 2018 will receive $40 in Vermont Challenge "bucks" for each new rider they recruit.
These bucks can be used towards any merchandise purchase or a credit towards their 2019 registration.
Thursday 8/16: Dana Thompson Park Manchester Center: Check in: 7:00, Rides depart: 8:00
Friday 8/17: Dana Thompson Park Manchester Center: Check in: 7:00, Rides depart: 8:00
Saturday 8/18: Stratton Mountain Resort Welcome Center Check in: 6:00, Rides depart: 7:00
Sunday 8/19: Mount Equinox Skyline Drive, Manchester: Check in: 7:00, Rides depart: 8:00
Pricing, excluding lodging
The 4-day Grand Challenge – August 16-19
$459 before 3/1
$499 after 3/2
$529 after 5/1
$549 after 7/1
$569 after 8/1
The 3-day Challenge – Pick any 3-days from August 16-19 (can be non-consecutive)
$359 before 3/1
$399 after 3/2
$429 after 5/1
$449 after 7/1
$469 after 8/1
The 2-day Challenge – any 2-days from August 16-19: Choose 2 - Valley or 2 - Mountain stages
$$259 before 3/1
$299 after 3/2
$329 after 5/1
$349 after 7/1
$369 after 8/1
Vermont Challenge Fondo Saturday, August 18: The Gran, Medio, Gran Piccolo or Piccolo) or The Mountain Equinox Stage Sunday, August 19th
$159 before 3/1
$179 after 3/2
$189 after 5/1
$209 after 8/1
Please note: Ride registration excludes 6% Vermont sales tax and registration service fees, which will be added to your total at time of check out.
• Vermont Challenge stylish jersey
• Vermont Challenge tech t-shirt
• Water Bottle
• Fully stocked Goodie Bag: "The Vermont Challenge Goodie bag blows away all other rides I've ridden by far"
• All Farm to Table lunches each day plus group dinners that are associated with the tour you selected
• Fully-supported rest stops
• Tech and sag support
• Bike tech support each morning
• $30 of your registration goes to our 6 benefactors: 4 food banks, Stratton Mountain Urgent Care & Grace Cottage Hospital