Almost in Canada Mostly Unpaved

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May 15, 2021 9:45 am - 9:46 am

Almost in Canada Mostly Unpaved

Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail kiosk
Address: 25 Severance Rd, Sheldon, VT 05483, USA

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25 miles (M) with over 1,300 feet of climbing on dirt and gravel back roads in Sheldon and Franklin, past many small farms, with great views of Jay Peak and Mt. Mansfield. There are some quiet sections of pavement and short sections on the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail and the railbed that will be part of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail when that trail is completed. Hammerheads can add a leaderless self-guided loop to the far end that would make their ride 47 miles with 2,851 feet of climbing. 

Meeting place: Sheldon, exact location to be announced

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  • May 22, 2021 10:00 am - May 22, 2021 1:00 pm

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    The GMBC "VP" ride and the Richard Tom Foundation (RTF) are combining for an informal gravel ride starting from Cochran's Ski Area. The ride is free, but donations to the Richard Tom Foundation are welcome. Burgers and Brats (courtesy of RTF) available after the ride! BYOB

    It is assumed that the COVID-19 safety precautions (i.e. wearing of masks and social distancing) will still be in force for the State of Vermont in May and all participants are expected to comply with the regulations in place at that time. Register for the ride and complete the Covid-19 attestation here.

    Please contact the organizer, John Williams, for more information.

  • May 29, 2021 9:15 am - May 29, 2021 9:16 am

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    This scenic 30-mile (M) ride goes from Underhill to Cambridge on mostly dirt and gravel roads past a myriad of old stone walls and not so old solar panels. Our midway point is the store at the end of Upper Pleasant Valley Road in Cambridge. If there is sufficient interest, at the end of the ride we can add an extra seven miles roundtrip to Poorhouse Pies in Underhill to share a delicious treat.

    Meeting Place: St. Thomas Church of Underhill, 6 Green Street

  • June 26, 2021 9:15 am - June 26, 2021 9:16 am

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    37 miles (M/S) with almost 3,000 feet of climbing. Ride past the birthplace of President Chester Arthur on a rolling loop through Fairfield and Bakersfield, on gravel and quieter paved roads.

    Chester’s Bakery on Route 36 in Fairfield.

  • June 26, 2021 9:30 am - June 26, 2021 9:30 am

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    NEK Gravel Weekend - Two Mountain Gravel - Class 2, 3 and 4 roads over Kirby Mountain to one of the most beautiful valleys in the Northeast Kingdom and beyond. Two variations to get there - one via more Class 4 road.  Then both travel along the lovely and relatively flat River Road to Gallup Mills and then up over Victory, back to 114 and East Burke.

    For Friday and/or Saturday night, cyclists can stay at Tom and Pat's house in Lyndonville, just outside of East Burke. Vaccinated folks can lobby early for a spot inside the house but there is plenty of camping in the yard. After the ride, drinks at the Tiki Bar.

    If parking at Mike's Tiki Bar is full, then go to the log yard, Kingdom Trails parking just before East Burke. We will meet by the Tiki Bar.

  • June 27, 2021 9:30 am - June 27, 2021 9:31 am

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    This is a lovely ride on gravel roads, including both class 4 and a CCC road through Willoughby State Forest. It starts at the north end of Lake Willoughby, traveling counterclockwise around the lake. The route heads to the west side of the lake and then by Wheeler Mountain on a Class 4 road, goes out to Route 5 briefly, and then the CCC road through the state forest to Route 5A. After a steep climb up to Newark Pond, the route climbs more on a Class 4 road up and down to Long Pond and back out to Lake Willoughby. Swimming at the lake afterwards.

    For Friday and/or Saturday night, cyclists can stay at Tom and Pat's house in Lyndonville, just outside of East Burke. Vaccinated folks can lobby early for a spot inside the house but there is plenty of camping in the yard.