Covered Bridges of Chittenden County

05/07/2017 9:45 am - 05/07/2017 9:46 am
Wheeler Natural Area (dirt parking lot)
1707-1713 Swift St, South Burlington, VT 05403, USA

Cue sheet

Leader: Dorothy; Co-leader: Kevin

Covered Bridges of Chittenden County – 23 (E), 30 (E/M) and 36 (M) mile options of rolling hills through Shelburne and Charlotte with the longer ride going through Ferrisburgh.  Possible food stops include the Old Brick Store in Charlotte (no bathrooms) or a convenience store in Ferrisburgh for the long ride. Visit up to four of the five covered bridges in Chittenden County – the Shelburne Covered Bridge and the Holmes, Sequin and Quinlin bridges in Charlotte.

Related upcoming events

  • 05/23/2018 All day

    The GMBC Wednesday evening rides start and finish in South Burlington, Wheeler Dirt Lot (see map) and travel through Shelburne and Charlotte. Groups (12 or fewer) form based on estimated average speed. The emphasis is on sharing the road and riding responsibly while getting a good workout on the bike. All groups ride the same route each week; the fastest group starts first. Specifics for each ride (e.g. start time, weather, parking) are announced through the GMBC email list.

    Are these rides for me? These rides are recommended for people with some experience riding in a group. Serious effort (within each individual's ability) is expected, but these rides are for anyone who likes a good workout and is able to maintain at least a 15 mph average, i.e. non-racers welcome! Faster groups are likely to have some individuals driving the pace and they may not regroup. Riders off the pace may drop back and ride with the following group. The last group will usually regroup at a few key points and usually tries to avoid leaving anyone behind. If you want a faster, strictly racer/hammerhead ride, consider the Tuesday Evening Training Ride.

    Average speed guidelines:

    • Group A:  average speed 20-22+ mph
    • Group B:  average speed 17-20+ mph
    • Group C:  average speed 15-17 mph with regrouping at key locations

    Route28.1 mi / 450 ft ascent. Route may be shortened or changed in early and late seasons.

    Start times vary during the year (because of the sunset)!! Riding with front and rear lights is recommended all season.

    • Early season (through April): on the road at 5:30 PM or earlier
    • Prime season (May through August): on the road at 6:00 PM
    • Late season (September until ??): on the road at 5:30 PM or earlier
    • Bad weather (current or imminent): most likely cancels ride

    Disclaimer: Ride at your own risk.  GMBC provides guidance on safe group riding and sharing the road, but assumes no liability.  It is your responsibility to know and adhere to Vermont laws.

    GMBC is volunteer-based and sometimes volunteers cannot make the ride.  This may lead to groups not being formed and the lack of regrouping points on the ride.  We encourage you to talk before the ride, form groups, talk about safety and have a great ride!

    • Start: Wheeler Dirt Lot on Swift St, South Burlington (see map)
    • Park: Usually in the lot unless another event moves us closer to Cairn's Arena

    Questions? Send John an email

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    05/26/2018 All day

    The GMBC Saturday (VP) rides are longer rides compared to the evening training rides. Routes vary each week and often have significant climbs. Groups (12 or fewer) form based on estimated average speed. The emphasis is on sharing the road and riding responsibly while getting a good workout on the bike. Specifics for each ride (e.g. start time, weather, parking) are announced through the GMBC email list.

    Are these rides for me? These rides are recommended for people with some experience riding in a group. Serious effort (within each individual's ability) is expected, but these rides are for anyone who likes a good workout and is able to maintain at least a 15 mph average, i.e. non-racers welcome! The riders regroup at a few key points and usually try to avoid leaving anyone behind. If you want a faster, strictly racer/hammerhead ride, consider the Tuesday Evening Training Ride.  Another alternative for both fast riders who want a break from climbing App Gap, as well as riders who prefer a more moderate pace and distance are the Touring Rides (usually on Sundays). Touring rides typically become longer and have more climbing as the season progresses.

    Start times vary during the year. Riding with front and rear lights is recommended all season.

    Disclaimer: Ride at your own risk.  GMBC provides guidance on safe group riding and sharing the road, but assumes no liability.  It is your responsibility to know and adhere to Vermont laws.

    GMBC is volunteer-based and sometimes volunteers cannot make the ride.  This may lead to groups not being formed and the lack of regrouping points on the ride.  We encourage you to talk before the ride, form groups, talk about safety and have a great ride!

    • Questions? Send John an email
  • 05/26/2018 9:45 am - 05/26/2018 9:46 am

    NOTE: GMBC touring Ride is on SATURDAY this week due to Vermont City Marathon on Sunday!

    Leader: Kerry, Co-leader: George

    Light, rolling hills with beautiful views by the lake.  The 35-mile (E/M) route goes out to Kill Kare Park and returns while the 50-mile (M) route continues on to Swanton and back.  Both rides can break for food at St. Albans Bay.

    Georgia Park and Ride - For those coming from the Burlington area, we suggest carpooling at the Colchester Park and Ride at Exit 17 off I-89 or perhaps meeting at UVM or Veterans Memorial Park in South Burlington.

  • 06/03/2018 9:15 am - 06/03/2018 9:16 am

    Leader: Bryan; Co-Leader: Holly; Social Ride Leader: Donna

    One of the flattest rides of the season with a food break at the 20-mile mark.  The 28-mile ride (E/M) circles Grand Isle and includes some dirt.  The pace will be more casual than the long ride.  Riders on the 58-mile (M) ride can visit St. Anne's Shrine (bathrooms and picnic tables but no food) and also a fossil bed.  Unlike other GMBC rides, this one splits between the short and long at the beginning.

    Folsom School, South Street in South Hero - Those coming from the Burlington area may consider carpooling from the Colchester Park and Ride, Exit 17 off I-89, UVM or Veterans Memorial Park in South Burlington.

  • 06/09/2018 10:00 am - 06/09/2018 10:01 am

    Introductory Ride for new riders. We will go 12-20 miles at a leisurely pace for folks new to road cycling. Our goal is to teach new cyclists the rules of the road and how to ride in a group.

    Event time listed is START TIME. Actual total event time varies depending on riders attending, routes used, daily weather events etc. Typical Introductory rides last approximately 2 hours.

    Leader: Kevin Batson, Co-leader: Holly Creeks

  • 06/10/2018 9:15 am - 06/10/2018 9:16 am

    Leader: Tom Kennedy; Co-Leader: Glen Brooks; Social Ride Leader: Donna Leban

    This route travels south through Huntington via the beautiful Hinesburg Hollow Road.  The short route is 25 miles (M) and returns to Williston via North Road while the long one is 47 miles (M/S) and continues through North Ferrisburgh to the lake and back through Hinesburg. The social ride will be a less hilly alternative route.

    Meet by the tennis courts at Williston Central School

     

  • 06/17/2018 9:15 am - 06/17/2018 9:16 am

    Leader: Ralph, Co-Leader: Amy; Social Ride Leader: Donna

    Both rides head out Lake Road and across the bicycle-friendly Champlain Bridge. The 43-mile route (M) stops at Crown Point while the 55-mile route (M) makes a loop on the New York side through Port Henry

  • 06/23/2018 10:00 am - 06/23/2018 10:01 am

    Introductory Ride for new riders. We will go 12-20 miles at a leisurely pace for folks new to road cycling. Our goal is to teach new cyclists the rules of the road and how to ride in a group.

    Event time listed is START TIME. Actual total event time varies depending on riders attending, routes used, daily weather events etc. Typical Introductory rides last approximately 2 hours.

    Leader: John Bertelsen, Co-leader: Karla Ferrelli

  • 06/24/2018 9:15 am - 06/24/2018 9:16 am

    Leader: Dave; Co-Leader: Joyce

    This rolling hill ride (60 M/S) passes through Georgia and Milton before heading to St. Albans Bay for a lunch break and over to Swanton.  The shorter version (40 M) turns around after the lunch stop.  This ride has a short stretch along the shore of the Lamoille River and a longer stretch along Lake Champlain.

    Meet at Jasper Mine Road, off Route 2 heading towards Grand Isle. Parking is limited at the start. Overflow parking is available at the Colchester Park and Ride on Route 7, just north of Chimney Corner (junction of Routes 2 and 7). Allow a few minutes to ride from the Park and Ride to the GMBC ride start.

  • 07/01/2018 8:45 am - 07/01/2018 8:46 am

    Leader: Brian; Co-Leader: Matt; Social Ride Leader: Donna

    The mostly flat 60 mile (M) loop heads up from Grand Isle over the Rouse’s Point Bridge and down through scenic, low-traffic lakeside roads in New York and returns via the Grand Isle Ferry. The short ride (50 miles – E/M) circles Isle LaMotte and returns on the Vermont side. Both the leader and co-leader will ride the long loop.

    Meet at Grand Isle Ferry Parking Lot. Those coming from the Burlington area may consider carpooling from UVM or Dorset Park, South Burlington.

  • 07/08/2018 8:45 am - 07/08/2018 8:46 am

    Leader: Lou; Co-Leader: Holly

    Three options; 23 (E), 38 (M) and 48 (M) miles will travel some familiar roads and some less traveled. The short ride will not ascend to Monkton Ridge but all rides will have some nice descents which, of course can only reached by some nice ascents, none of which are too hard. Lots of food stops available along the way.

  • 07/15/2018 8:30 am - 07/15/2018 8:31 am

    Leader: Kevin; Co-Leader: Phyl

    Meet at 8:30 for the 9AM ferry. (E/M) and 55 (M/S) options of hilly terrain on low-traffic roads in New York. There are two potential stops for ice cream. Bring money for the ferry and food stops. The shorter version of this ride skips the big hill out of Willsboro.

  • 07/22/2018 8:45 am - 07/22/2018 8:46 am

    Leader: Dave; Co-Leader: Joyce

    51 (M) and 64 (M/S) rides on low traffic roads near the Canadian border. This is a reworking of our old Almost to Canada ride which eliminates some of the higher traffic roads while crossing the Missisquoi River twice and travelling along the shore of Lake Carmi. Meet at the Tracker Supply Co. Parking Lot on Highgate Rd.

  • 07/28/2018 9:15 am - 07/28/2018 9:16 am

    Leader: Pat; Co-Leader: Tom

    All 3 rides start in South Royalton.  The short ride (26 M) will travel north to Chelsea and return; the medium (40 M/S) continues up Route 110 to the top of the hill in Washington and back; and the long ride (51 S) goes to Chelsea, up to the Vershire heights, then down into the CT river valley, back through Strafford and Sharon to S. Royalton. There are two country stores in Chelsea, and additional ones in W. Fairlee and Strafford on the long ride. Meet at the North side of the South Royalton Green.

    After the ride, cyclists may camp out in South Royalton, stay at an area hotel, or return home. There is a $10 fee for camping, part of which might be refunded. Talk to Pat and Tom to get more info about the camping.

  • 07/29/2018 7:45 am - 07/29/2018 7:46 am

    Social Ride Leader: Donna

    This ride starts with the ferry to Port Kent and heads north to the recreation path through the Old Air Base into Plattsburgh. From Plattsburgh, riders will take the ferry across to Grand Isle and down to South Hero. Riders then have the option of taking the Local Motion ferry to Colchester and the Burlington Bike Path (43 E/M with packed gravel) or following the Champlain Bikeway on Routes 2 and 7 (50 M). Bring money for the ferries. Meet at 7:45 to catch the 8:10 ferry.

  • 07/29/2018 9:00 am - 07/29/2018 9:01 am

    Leader: Bryan; Co-Leaders: Pat and Tom

    This 50-mile ride (M/S) heads up Howe Hill, then down the lovely Pomfret Road to West Hartford and the White River.  After a climb over the hill to Woodstock, we’ll ride along River Road to pick up Route 12.  Another climb will bring you into Barnard and a stop at the excellent general store by lovely Silver Lake.  North Road provides you with some lovely views to the west, then back 107 to 14 to the Royalton green. Meet on the north side of South Royalton Green.

    The day before the ride, cyclists may camp out in South Royalton or stay at an area hotel. There is a $10 fee for camping, part of which might be refunded. Talk to Pat and Tom to get more info about the camping.