The Vermont Gran Fondo Ride Coming June 14, 2014

Two bikers with helmets on white bikes, black shorts and white shirts riding along wheat field.
Every once in a while an event comes along that if you have the true grit to take on the challenge, you will come away with memories that will last a lifetime. The Vermont Gran
is one of those amazing events that is coming up June 14, 2014 in Hancock, VT. This premier cycling experience will truly test the skill, determination and fitness of each rider as it takes you up challenging ascents, down rushing hills and through breathtaking green valleys across the Green Mountains.
This race, which has been heralded as the best road biking experience in New England is not only put on to give cycling enthusiasts a great event to participate in but proceeds also got toward supporting bicycling in Addison County through programs, education, infrastructure and/or equipment. “Gran Fondo” is Italian and it refers to great endurance or long distance.Imagine if you will that this event is comparable to a marathon for running. It is a non-competitive ride in which the challenge is purely personal. It is you and the road against the clock. Whether you want to battle against the clock and push your pace or simply glide over the line within the allotted time, the choice is yours.
The Gran Fondo offers three ride options that cover four gaps: Lincoln, Appalachian, Middlebury and Brandon. Each one brings its own set of challenges, is well marked and offers breathtaking scenery. A little fun fact is that the Lincoln Gap provides riders with the steepest paved mile in the United States. Your three choices include:
Gran Fondo: 104 miles, 10,700’ feet of climbing (all four
Medio Fondo: 69 miles, 7,300’ feet of climbing (Lincoln
& App gaps)
Piccolo Fondo: 46 miles, 3,100’ feet of climbing (Brandon
& Middlebury gaps)
For all the details about this fantastic cycling opportunity visit the event website.
If you will be coming into the area for the ride, make your time here extra
special by staying with us at Swift House Inn. Our bed and breakfast in Middlebury, VT is just a half-hour from the starting line. Our classic Vermont country inn is a comfortable, relaxing home away from home.
So, grab your bike and contact us today at (866) 388-9925for reservation information.

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