Farm to Fork Fondo

Farm to Fork Fondo - Champlain Islands

July 21, 2019 - South Hero, Vermont, USA

Stunning lake and mountain views, quaint villages, quiet meandering roads, fresh and fantastic local foods -- this is Vermont, the heart of the small farm movement.

Farming has always played a large role in the lives of Vermonters, but today it faces more pressure than ever before and much of the state's quiet country landscape is in danger.

In the late 1700's Vermont was filled with self-sufficient farmers, consuming everything they grew on their land. Then sheep were introduced and became a major source of income until the Civil War when dairy cows began to take prominence. Milk and dairy products have since been the state's signature, recently accounting for as much as 79% of Vermont's annual agriculture revenues.

But farming in Vermont is changing. There are fewer and fewer farms and less and less of the land in the state is used for agriculture. Rising land prices and taxes have lead to residential development of many of Vermont's farms. The ones that have survived hold the prime farmland or have diversified into beef cattle, pigs, turkeys, eggs, apples, honey and maple syrup. The brightest change recently has come from young Vermonter farmers creating artisan cheeses, craft breweries, high-quality organic fruits and vegetables, and more.

Featured Farms

Snow Farm Winery 
Hackett's Orchard
Goulet Farm
Hall Home Place
Darby Farm

Menus

Post-ride Farm To Fork Barbecue by Wheelhouse Farm Catering
Meet The Farmers Dinner by Wheelhouse Farm Catering
Aid Station 'Small Bites'

Gran Fondo - 93 miles

Dozens of Vermont farms. Breathtaking views and rolling green hills in and around Lake Champlain. Earn your feast. Dine in style.
 
Approximately 3,000 feet of elevation gain
7 Aid Stations at local farms
4 Ride With GPS timed segments

Medio Fondo - 55 Miles

Get up close and personal with Lake Champlain and a variety of local Vermont farms along its borders. Enjoy the light breezes and take in the gorgeous summer-in-Vermont views. All of the Gran Fondo experience in a tighter package.

5 Aid Stations at local farms
3 Ride With GPS timed segments

Piccolo Fondo - 29 Miles

Bucolic landscapes, working farms and stunning views on and around Lake Champlain. Your favorite Sunday drive, now on two wheels. We've packed the picnic.

3 Aid Stations at local farms
1 Ride With GPS timed segments

Ramble Ride - 7 Miles

See some farms and lovely views by bike. Wave to your friends. Cross the finish line. Relax and dine. Happy tummies ride local. 

Farm to Fork Fondo - Champlain Islands

 

 
Routes: 7, 29, 55, 93 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
 
Start Times / Itinerary

SATURDAY JULY 20, 2019

 • 4 to 7pm Packet pickup and wine sampling at the tasting room
 • 6:30pm Meet the Farmers Dinner (tickets required)
 

SUNDAY JULY 21, 2019

 • 7 to 8am Packet Pickup Forto Coffee Station, and Bicycle Tune-Up Station open
 • 8:30am Farm to Fork Fondo (Piccolo, Medio and Gran) departs (pre-registration required)
 • 10:30am Ramble Ride departs
 • 11:30am to 6pm Post-Ride Farm to Fork Barbecue and Festival Market open (tickets required)
 • 1 to 5pm Live music
 • 5pm Volunteer Competition Awards Ceremony
 
What's Included?

All participants will receive:

 • Celebratory mass start
 • Deluxe aid stations at working farms with small bites from the farm
 • Ticket to the post-ride Farm to Fork Barbecue
 • One post-ride finisher brew included with your registration (21 & over)
 • Raffle tickets for more than $10,000 in prizes including new Bianchi bikes
 • Beautiful, well-marked, and well-supported rides with police support, marshals and signage
 • Professional course support to assist you out on the road
 • Customized Farm to Fork Fondo souvenir number plate
 • Commemorative finisher's prize
 • Farm to Fork Fondo swag bag featuring cycling products, and local goodies
 • Ride with GPS timed segments with age and gender-graded rankings
 • Free on-site parking
 • Special lodging rates at area hotels
 • Some pretty fantastic memories and more
 
Facilities
Adequate Car Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Sign On Desk
Registration/Entry On the Day
Pre-Packet Pickups
 
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Marshalls
Escort / Police Escort
Controlled Intersections
Roving Mechanical Support
Neutral Support Vehicles
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
 
Features
Electronic Start/Finish Hill Timing
Strava KOM
Strava QOM
Category / Race Prizes
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Photos
Personalised Bib (Name and QR Code)
Downloadable GPS files
Finish Line Chute
 
Nutrition
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
 
Number of Timed Hill Climbs
Four Hill Climbs
 
Event Size
500 - 1999 Riders
 
 
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