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

  • 08/23/2017 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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    08/26/2017 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
  • 08/27/2017 8:45 am - 08/27/2017 8:46 am

    Leader: Joyce; Co-Leader: Dave

    The 40-mile (M) route goes north to Fairfax, through Buck Hollow into Fairfield, returning via St. Albans. The longer loop (58 M/S) continues into Sheldon. There are potential food stops in St. Albans, Georgia and Fairfax.

  • 09/03/2017 7:45 am - 09/03/2017 7:46 am

    Leader: Brian; Co-Leader: Matt

    A great, challenging ride in New York State. Follow the Ausable River from Port Kent to Lake Placid for the 80-mile (S) option or turn around prior to Lake Placid for the 64-mile (M/S) version. Food stops include Keeseville, Ausable Forks and Lake Placid. Bring money for the ferry. Meet: Burlington Ferry Dock at 7:45 for the 8:10 Ferry.

  • 09/09/2017 - 09/10/2017 All day

    Enjoy a weekend of bike touring in the Northeast Kingdom. You may ride on either Saturday (Moose Country Meandering) or Sunday (Willoughby Wanderings) or do both rides. After the Saturday ride, camping is available at Pat and Tom's house just outside East Burke; early birds get beds or floor space in the house.   BYOB drinks and/or potluck BBQ for anyone who is interested on Saturday afternoon/evening.  There is also the Tiki Bar in East Burke which is not to be missed.

  • 09/09/2017 9:30 am - 09/09/2017 9:31 am

    Leaders: Pat and Tom  -- Day 1 of the NEK Weekend

    67 (S) loop up through Norton and Canaan on routes 114, 102 and 105 with (hopefully) more moose than cars. Meet at the Island Pond fishing access or along Route 195 in front of the Irving store.

  • 09/10/2017 9:15 am - 09/10/2017 9:16 am

    Leaders: Pat and Tom  -- Day 2 of the NEK Weekend

    47-mile (M/S) ride up through Sutton and Barton, along the shore of Lake Willoughby and through part of Willoughby State Forest. A 30-mile (M) version of the ride returns to Burke via Route 5.

  • 09/10/2017 9:15 am - 09/10/2017 9:16 am

    Leader: Joyce; Co-Leader: Dave

    This hilly ride starts out on scenic Pleasant Valley Road with a rest stop at The Cupboard in Jeffersonville. A 45-mile (M) option returns via Route 104 and 128, while the 65 mile (S) option heads north to Bakersfield and then to Fairfield, Fletcher and Fairfax before returning though Westford and Essex.

  • 09/17/2017 7:30 am - 09/17/2017 7:31 am

    Leader: Kevin; Co-Leader: TBD; Metric Century Leader: Lou

    Three rides, all following the same route for the first 25 miles with a food stop in Bristol. The Metric Century is 62 miles (M) via Bristol and Vergennes. The full Century is 100 miles (S) traveling down to the Crown Point Bridge and returning through the Champlain Valley. Those looking for an extra challenge can do the Double Gap Century which is 113 miles and includes the Middlebury and Appalachian Gaps.

  • 09/24/2017 9:45 am - 09/24/2017 9:46 am

    Leader: Brian; Co-Leader: Matt

    Ride 50 or 60 (M/S) miles through the rolling hills around Eden with your choice of a long, gradual climb up Route 105 or a shorter, steeper route on Route 242 up to Jay Peak. This year the route will be done backwards to avoid the traffic we have encountered on Route 100 in the past, as well as the thumpa-thumpa on the downhill for those the long ride.

  • 10/01/2017 10:00 am - 10/01/2017 10:01 am

    Unofficial touring rides have no designated leaders or route. Route is determined by riders who show up that day at the suggested starting location and time.

  • 10/08/2017 10:00 am - 10/08/2017 10:01 am

    Unofficial touring rides have no designated leaders or route. Route is determined by riders who show up that day at the suggested starting location and time.

  • 10/15/2017 10:00 am - 10/15/2017 10:01 am

    Unofficial touring rides have no designated leaders or route. Route is determined by riders who show up that day at the suggested starting location and time. Only starting time is shown in Event listing due to variations in rider speed and specific route chosen.

  • 10/22/2017 10:00 am - 10/22/2017 10:01 am

    Unofficial touring rides have no designated leaders or route. Route is determined by riders who show up that day at the suggested starting location and time.

  • 10/29/2017 10:00 am - 10/29/2017 10:01 am

    Unofficial touring rides have no designated leaders or route. Route is determined by riders who show up that day at the suggested starting location and time.