All rides will be remote starts with the exception of the Sunday ride which will be a mass start from UVM campus.
Below are the links to the GPS enabled routes. Please feel free to download these if you have a GPS system for you bike. Of course, we will have all the hard copies of the routes for you in your registration package.
Subtract 5.4 mi if starting from Leddy Park
Distance Options 20-58 miles
Start time: 10:00- 1:30 Please try to stagger your starts in small groups. The although Local Motion plans on running two ferries, space is limited to a maximum of 6 bikes per crossing (approx. 48 bikes per hour), so staggering starts will prevent build up at the causeway. We have a great ride in store for you! This ride will start from Burlington near the Lake, a very short distance from the campus (you have the option of riding directly to the start, a distance of approximately one mile) and go along the Bike Path until we reach the Champlain Causeway. From there we’ll continue to a short crossing via Local Motion’s Bike and Pedestrian Ferry (there is a small fee for this crossing and it goes to a good cause). Once across, we will be cycling in the Champlain Islands of Vermont. Please keep in mind that much of the route,particularly the causeway and West Shore Rd., is graded dirt. This is very passable by the average road bike and is certainly quite easy for a tandem bike. We will return via Ferry and along the bike path into Burlington. Thursday dinner is on your own, but have no fear, Burlington has a great variety of restaurants to choose from. It gets busy in Burlington this time of year so consider getting advance reservations.
New! for Thursday nights only the ferry will run until 9:00PM, so, you could attend the open air concert at Snow Farm Winery (food and drink available) or have dinner in the Islands!
Distance Options 26-61 miles
Breakfast at the UVM cafeteria is included. We will start from Champlain Valley School which is a 15-20 minute drive from UVM Campus. We start with a trip through the foothills with beautiful view of Camel’s Hump and the Bristol mountain range, then make an exciting descent to our lunch at The Inn at Baldwin Creek (Mary’s Restaurant)
From there we proceed to ride into picturesque Bristol for our Ice Cream Social will be held after lunch on the Friday ride. It is a short ride to Bristol, where we will be treated to artisan made ice cream from LuLu’s. After that stop we have several options to complete your ride which return to the start via Monkton and through Hinesburg. The return route has several options affording great views of the mountains, and the Lake as well as traveling through some really beautiful farm land. The return is fairly flat (longest ride has some rolling hills) so you can really enjoy your lunch at Mary’s.
Distance Options 34-66 miles
Breakfast, from 7am to 8:30am, is included. The ride start will take place at 9:00 AM from the Milton High School parking lot in Milton, a 25-30-minute ride from the UVM Campus. We will offer a choice of ride options after lunch with distances from 34-66 miles. Our lunch will be held at the Bayside Pavilion overlooking St. Albans Bay from 11:30-1:30. After lunch, we suggest a visit to Kilkare State Park at the very northernmost tip of St. Albans Bay, and a mere 5 miles from our lunch stop. We have several options for the ride to return to your car.
Distance Option: 16-57 miles
Breakfast, from 7am to 8:30am, is included. Our ride will have a mass start from the UVM campus and will offer distance options from 15-60 miles. The longer rides will be treated to a ride though at least one covered bridge. Those who decide on the longest rides will be treated to a covered bridge experience. A box lunch will be waiting on your return to the UVM campus.
We will provide all of the cue sheets and downloadable GPX files of the routes.