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Vermont Gran Fondo increases places for 6-Gap Gran-X Option

Due to demand for the Gran-X (6-gap, 150 mi, 14700’ of climbing) course, another 40 slots have been opened up for 10th Anniversary Edition

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Vermont Gran Fondo increases places for 6-Gap Gran-X Option

The Vermont Gran Fondo, renowned for its challenging and scenic routes, proudly announces a thrilling addition to its 10th-anniversary event: introducing the 6-Gap option. In this milestone year, participants will have the opportunity to conquer the iconic Appalachian Gap, Roxbury Gap, Rochester Gap, Brandon Gap, Middlebury Gap, and the internationally acclaimed Lincoln Gap – the steepest paved mile in the United States, acknowledged as one of the world's most challenging climbs by Global Cycling Network (GCN).

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Vermont's Green Mountains, the Vermont Gran Fondo has been a fixture in the cycling community for a decade. This year's 10th-anniversary event promises to elevate the experience by offering cyclists a new route option, the Gran-X: 150-mile route encompassing approximately 14,700 feet of climbing, showcasing the region's natural beauty and providing a test of skill and endurance.

The 6 Gaps

- Appalachian Gap: A challenging ascent second only to Lincoln Gap in grade, with panoramic views, setting the stage for the demanding yet rewarding journey ahead. 

- Roxbury Gap: Winding through charming towns and rolling hills, offering cyclists a picturesque interlude before the next ascent, the eastern slope of this small but challenging gap.

- Rochester Gap: Showcasing Vermont's pastoral beauty, cyclists will traverse farmlands and experience the tranquility of the countryside.

- Brandon Gap: A dramatic elevation change through dense forests, revealing stunning vistas at the summit.

- Middlebury Gap: Combining the energy of a college town with the serene beauty of the Green Mountains, this gap challenges riders with ascent and descent.

- Lincoln Gap: The pièce de résistance, known for its unparalleled steepness, with recognition from GCN as one of the world's most challenging climbs. Be ready to face the most demanding gap as the day's final climb.

Sound Daunting?

The Vermont Gran Fondo invites cyclists of all levels to join this milestone event, celebrating a decade of cycling excellence in the heart of Vermont. As participants take on the 6-Gap option, they will test their limits and become part of a community that shares a passion for cycling and a commitment to pushing boundaries.

The iconic 4-gap LAMB ride remains a staple offering as the 109-mile Gran Fondo course with 10,000 feet of climbing and takes in at least four gaps. You’ll going to need a triple or a compact front chain ring, with a larger rear cassette to keep your legs spinning.

For those not up to the Gran Fondo or the new 6-Gap, there’s the Medio Fondo which is 80 miles and 5,500 feet of climbing with at least two of the more prominent Gaps. There’s also the Piccolo Fondo which is 40 miles with around 2,700 feet of climbing and no Gaps.

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Part of the SUAREZ Gran Fondo National Series

The Vermont Gran Fondo is part of the 2024 SUAREZ Gran Fondo National Series (GFNS), which creates the opportunity for riders at Vermont Gran Fondo to earn Series points and qualify for the 2024 USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championships in Maryland.

As part of the Series, points will be awarded based on timed sections on each of the four gaps.

VTGF’s Green Mountain Gap Challenge trophies will be awarded to the top three men and women rider times on the Lincoln Gap, as has been done in the past.

Photo: Part of the SUAREZ Gran Fondo National Series

Such is its reputation; the Northeast’s top Gran Fondo attracts hundreds of cyclists from all over North America and internationally, especially those who love a real climbing challenge!

From the very beginning, the Vermont Gran Fondo has always had a special emphasis on rider experience, testament to its sell-out status since it started!

There are fully stocked rest stops and toilets with the foods you expect at an endurance cycling event (PBJ, Hammer Fuels and Fluids, an assortment of fresh fruits), plus a variety of specialty treats.

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The three amazingly scenic, challenging, and well-marked routes are signed marking every turn, with cue sheets, route maps at each rest stop, and course marshals to help guide you.

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

Afterward you can enjoy the much-loved Après ride after-party with local food and brews while swapping stories and enjoying the sunset, all at the Bristol Recreation Club in Bristol, VT.

Enjoy local food, and locally-produced beverages (beer, of course!) in the massive party tent.

Entry into the party is included in your registration fee.

For those traveling from afar, there is a comprehensive list of local lodging options here for you to enjoy your experience and time in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

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For full details, please visit: http://vermontgranfondo.com or click the register now button. 

About the Vermont Gran Fondo

The Vermont Gran Fondo is an annual cycling event that has been a staple in the Green Mountain State for a decade. Known for its challenging routes, breathtaking scenery, and vibrant cycling community, the event attracts participants from across the region and beyond. The 10th-anniversary edition promises an unforgettable experience for cyclists seeking the ultimate test of skill and endurance in the heart of Vermont's natural beauty.

Early morning view of the mountains with the summit of Lincoln Gap in the distance

Photo: Early morning view of the mountains with the summit of Lincoln Gap in the distance