Gran Fondo National Series

The Vermont Challenge

August 15 - August 18 2019
Stratton, Vermont, USA

The Vermont Challenge LLC, is Vermont’s Premier multi-day tour, attracting 352 riders & volunteers from 35 states, and 4 Canadian Provinces

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.

Challenge Options

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.

The Vermont Challenge

 
Routes: 27, 46, 56, 77, 108 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
 
What's Included?

• 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

Facilities
Adequate Car Parking
 
Support for Participants
First Aid
SAG Wagon
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
 
Features
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Electronic Start/Finish Hill Timing
Strava KOM
Category / Race Prizes
Results Within 24 Hours
Photos
Personalised Bib (Name and QR Code)
Finish Line Chute
 
Nutrition
Feed / Aid Stations
Pre Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
 
Number of Timed Hill Climbs
One Hill Climb
 
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
500 - 1999 Riders
 
 
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