Attention cyclists: the dates of the 2017 Vermont Challenge have been announced! From August 17 to 20, join other riders from across the U.S. and Canada in a tour through south and central Vermont. Enjoy the picturesque countryside, the quaint historic villages, and the incredible views during your journey. Strap on your helmet and pump up your tires for the Vermont Challenge!
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Everything to Know About the Vermont Challenge
The Vermont Challenge is broken up into two stages: Valley and Mountain. The Valley Stages begin out of Dana Thompson Park in Manchester, VT. The Mountain Stages begin out of Stratton Mountain.
One of the best parts about the Vermont Challenge is its customizability. If you’re not sure you want to take on all four days of the challenge, you can choose the three-day, two-day, and one-day package instead. The days you choose to ride do not have to be consecutive so you can pick which days sound the most fun for you! You can also choose between a long, medium, or short route. Meeting places and times for each route, as well as the length and ascent, are posted on the event website.
Each rider will receive goodie bags, a jersey, a t-shirt, a water bottle, and farm-to-table lunches. Riders will feel confident knowing they have a support system riding with them, assisting with any issues with bikes or giving advice on the best way to ride.
Check out the Great Extras!
The third day is definitely the most exciting. It features the “Ride Up” Bike Festival that’s designed to show riders how to take the challenge to the next level. The exhibitors at the festival will focus on training advice, equipment, bike fit, nutrition, hydration, and more! There will also be live music. In the evening, cyclists will attend a laser light show featuring the music of Pink Floyd. Tickets for this event are not included in the admission package.
Aside from the great planned activities, the Vermont Challenge organizers have plenty of suggestions for other fun things to do. After all, the Vermont Challenge isn’t just about the ride. If you’d like more sightseeing, the organizers suggest you check out Mount Equinox and other green mountain hiking trails. If you’d rather admire a piece of American history, visit Hildene in Manchester, VT. While you’re in Manchester, browse The Vermont Country Store.
Prepare for Your Ride at a GetAway Vacations Rental
Preparation is the most important thing when it comes to the Vermont Challenge. You want to make sure you’ve trained enough. You want to make sure your equipment is ready for the ride. And, most importantly, you want to make sure you are well rested and relaxed. That’s why a GetAway Vacations rental is the best option to prepare yourself for The Vermont Challenge. Consider staying at Butternut Hill Condo, which is located near Lake St. Catherine. This serene rental has two bedrooms and one bath, and comfortably houses four residents. It also has a queen-sized bed and two twin beds, making it perfect for a family! Browse our rentals and book your stay with us today! We look forward to having you.