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

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    07/01/2017 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
  • 07/02/2017 8:45 am - 07/02/2017 8:46 am

    Leader: Matt; Co-Leader: Brian

    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.

  • 07/05/2017 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

  • 07/09/2017 8:45 am - 07/09/2017 8:46 am

    Leader: Lou; Co-Leader: Kerry

    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.

  • 07/16/2017 8:30 am - 07/16/2017 8:31 am

    Leader: Brian; Co-Leader: Matt

    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.

  • 07/23/2017 8:45 am - 07/23/2017 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.

  • 07/30/2017 8:45 am - 07/30/2017 8:46 am

    Leader: Matt; Co-Leader: Brian

    Enjoy a scenic tour through the countryside of Waitsfield and Warren with a visit to Moss Glen Falls. Turn around at the falls for a 35 mile (M) ride or continue up Middlebury Gap with a stop at Texas Falls before turning around for a 60 mile (M/S) ride.  A stop at the Warren Store is always popular and the general store in Hancock provides an additional respite for those on the long ride.

    Meeting at: Waitsfield Elementary School (on the left traveling south on Route 100). For those coming from the Burlington area, we suggest carpooling at the Richmond Park and Ride at Exit 11 off I-89.

  • 08/06/2017 7:45 am - 08/06/2017 7:46 am

    Leader: Kevin; Co-Leader: Viola

    50 (M/S) miles starting with the Burlington to Port Kent ferry. The hilly terrain on the New York side brings beautiful views of the lake. The second ferry will take us from Essex, N.Y. to Charlotte and we’ll return on flatter terrain back to Burlington. Bring money for the ferries.

    Meet at 7:45 for 8:10 ferry

    After the ride, join other club members at the PICNIC!

  • 08/13/2017 8:45 am - 08/13/2017 8:46 am

    Leader: Phyl; Co-Leader: Tom

    The hilly 41-mile loop (M) goes through Eden and Johnson, while the 55-mile ride (M/S) passes more covered bridges in Montgomery Center, returning through Bakersfield.

    Jeffersonville Fish and Wildlife Access (3/10th mile north of Route 15 and Route 108 intersection, across the bridge).

  • 08/19/2017 - 08/20/2017 All day

    Enjoy a weekend of bike touring in the Upper Valley. You may ride on either Saturday (Horse Country Ride) or Sunday (Pomfret Perambulations) or do both rides. After the Saturday ride, cyclists can 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.

  • 08/19/2017 9:15 am - 08/19/2017 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.

  • 08/20/2017 9:00 am - 08/20/2017 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.

  • 08/20/2017 9:15 am - 08/20/2017 9:16 am

    Leader: TBD; Co-Leader: Amy

    This 40-mile (M) ride takes low traffic roads from Hinesburg to Bristol. Those doing the short loop (27 miles) can stop at the Bristol Bakery for an out and back but those on the longer loop will add a loop through New Haven and Bristol before earning their pastries. Meet: Clifford Lumber, across the road from the Hinesburg General Store, Route 116. Up to 10 cars may park at the store in the very back of the store lot. Please do not block access to store patrons!

  • 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.