Aug 20 13

2014 ETR Rally

Mike Bianco

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Official 2014 VT ETR Pictures (Click)

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The 2014 Eastern Tandem Rally will be held in beautiful Burlington Vermont from July 18-20 and will be based out of the University of Vermont (UVM).

NEW!!

The GPS routes are now on the website! Go to routes to view and be able to download them.

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CAUSEWAY PHOTOS  Thursday 2014 (Click Here)

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!!!! Registration is done!!!!!

See you in July!!!!

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Directions to ETR 2014 Registration

ETR Registration from Interstate 89, Exit 14W.

This route begins as you merge onto Route 2 (Williston Rd/Main St), and ends at one of the parking areas.

UVM will post signs along the route.  Click here for Google Map Directions

   ETR Registration coming north on Route 7.

This simple and scenic route begins as you avoid maneuvering I-189, I-89, the Cloverleaf, and the Jughandle. You’ll travel on Spear Street, past the UVM barn. Sunday’s mass start route comes south on Spear St, so you’ll get a nice little preview! Click here for Google Map Directions

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ETR 2014 Registration Times

Coming soon

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WELCOME to the 42nd ETR and to Burlington Vermont (VT)!

 Welcome!!!! We are planning to have a great Eastern Tandem Rally  in Vermont, the aptly named “Green Mountain State”.  To share a small part of beautiful Vermont with you, we will be riding in Chittenden, Addison, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. We will be riding  along the shores of Lake Champlain (almost a Great Lake, denied!), along streams, in the hills and through covered bridges. Keep your eyes open for Camel’s Hump, aka “Crouching Lion”. This recognizable mountain is this year’s logo. From the bike, you will be viewing “the hump” from the west. You will see many aspects of it through your stay,  it will always look a little different. We wish you a wonderful time and please do not hesitate to approach us with your comments and questions.

 

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW:

* When you arrive at UVM, look for the Housing/Registration Check in Signs. Tell people you are with ETR.

* VT winters can be tough, it takes a toll on our roads.

Please be cautious and safe!

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WARNING: There may be wild parsnip along the roadsides. DO NOT TOUCH ! It is a yellow flower resembling Queen Anne’s lace. Avoid skin contact as it will cause irritating skin rashes and burns.

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***Early Birds *** – Wednesday arrivals wanting a quick ride??????  Please call Susan at 802-578-4576. From the Round Church in Richmond  we will be riding down and back along the Winooski River. Easy, pretty and fun!

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Notice Thursday Riders :You will need a ticket to board the bike ferry for Thursday’s ride. It costs $12/bike and can be purchased when you register. The Exact amount is preferred, no credit. Local Motion runs the bike ferry, it is a nonprofit advocacy group for cyclists, your $$ will be going to a good cause!

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Those of you who will be here on Thursday morning, breakfast is not included (Friday, Sat and Sunday breakfasts were included in your registration fee).

Here are some breakfast recommendations:

Rustic Roots, Shelburne

Penny Cluse

Skinny Pancake

Mirabelles

Magnolia Bistro

Sneakers Bistro, Winooski

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Dinners, except for the  Saturday Night Cruise will be on your own.

There are numerous places to eat downtown and the surrounding area.

Refer to the ETR site for recommendations, 7 Nights magazine will be  in your goodie bag for reference or call Sal at 802-363-0963.

It is recommended you MAKE RESERVATIONS BEFORE YOU COME TO VT.

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**It is essential you get to the boat on time-6:00 Saturday pm**

Options to get downtown:

* From the dorm it is a 20 minute walk down the hill to the boat.

* You may ride your bike.

* Parking is challenging in Burlington. Allow time to find a space. We recommend you park in a parking garage.

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Please get to the remote starts on time. Be prompt.

FRIDAY 9:00 @ Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, VT

On Friday, remember to bring your ice cream tickets for Lulus. Your tickets will be in your bags.

SATURDAY 9:00@ Milton Elementary School, Milton, VT

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If you are interested in additional riding while you are in VT, check out the Green Mountain Bicycle Club at thegmbc.com,  select their Day Touring Rides.

Bike storage rooms will be open from 6:30 am – 6:30 pm.  Your bikes may be kept in your dorm room.

Parking your car: If you have bikes on a roof rack, you will need to park in either University Heights or Harris Mills parking lots. If not, you can park in the parking garage. You will receive your parking pass when you get your dorm keys.

If you have any questions, please connect  us.

We hope you have  a fabulous time!

Susan and Sal

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Jerseys

The Jersey art is finally available. We apologize for the delay but we wanted to get the artwork just right. Please keep in mind the colors are not exact in the picture and will be adjusted, for example, the greens will be darker and more rich. ETR2014jersey

NEW!!

ALL of the pages are open so check out:

FAQs

Things to do/Dining/Fun

(reserve your Friday dinner out early, as we have lots of restaurants but they fill up!!)

Registration Materials

Lodging

Itinerary

Costs

Routes

(We have all the routes listed here and they are GPS enabled)

Extended Tour Options

Vermont Brewers Festival (sold out)

ETR 2014 Jersey

These show up as buttons on the right side of the 2014 Rally main page. We will be adding to them frequently so check back.

Burlington is located in the Champlain Valley in Chittenden County next to beautiful Lake Champlain with a western view of the Adirondack Mountains in New York, with our own Green Mountains to the East. Because there is so much to do and see here, you may want to arrive early (or leave late!). On Thursday, July 17th, we will lead a special one of a kind ride on the Burlington bike path leading into the Causeway/Boat ferry connecting to Grand Isle. Although we will lead this ride, we will also provide route sheets to all participants. Here is a little preview of what we have planned. There will be more to follow shortly. Registration will be available in January 2014. Keep checking back! Eastern Tandem Rally    July 18-20, 2014 Optional rides will be organized for Wednesday the 16th and Thursday the 17th Optional Guided Tours will be available both before and after the Rally (see link) Lodging: University of Vermont (UVM) Breakfasts: UVM cafeteria On Friday, we ride through the small Vermont towns of Hinesburg and Huntington. At the stop sign, a right turn will take us down through Little Appalachian Gap, with stunning views of the mountains. (For the more adventurous, make a left turn and climb the Big App Gap!). Once we’re nestled in the Bristol mountain valley, we’ll stop for a nice lunch at Mary’s, a beautiful country inn; then it’s on to Bristol, a quaint old Vermont town. We’ll stop at the Town Green and have wonderful artisan made ice cream served by Lulu. The hardest part was picking out the flavors as the all are amazing The regular ride will then head back through Monkton with gorgeous farmland views under the backdrop of Bristol Ridge. The first half of the ride offers moderate climbing. After lunch, the ride is just as scenic, and pretty flat. We will offer an a longer option from Bristol. Saturday’s ride starts in Milton and proceeds on lightly traveled roads through farm country. Then our track moves us along the scenic Lake Champlain shoreline, where we arrive at St. Albans Bay Park for lunch catered by Bayside Pavilion. We will have several return options, including a visit to Kilkare State Park with an optional short ferry ride to Burton State Park, or a longer loop that goes north to Swanton and back. Saturday evening we board the Spirit of Ethan Allen, where you will be greeted with a welcoming drink and the warm camaraderie of your fellow tandemers. We depart the dock at 6:30 for a dinner cruise on Lake Champlain. This is sure to be one of the highlights of ETR 2014. Sunday’s ride will be a mass start from the UVM Campus and will take us along a very scenic route where you can view Mt. Mansfield and Camel’s Hump to the east and Lake Champlain to the west. We will wind our way south to Charlotte where you can stop and snack at the Old Brick Store, then mosey along through a covered bridge near Lake Champlain and head back to UVM, where a box lunch will be awaiting you prior to your departure.   Here’s a little slideshow to whet your appetite.

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