June Tour de Kingdom
June 7 thru 11, 2017 the June Tour is back. We offer five days of SAG supported rides on carefully selected stretches of road that showcase The Northeast Kingdom at it’s very best. Quiet back rods that are favorites of our local cyclists. Light traffic and recent repaving make for some of the best cycling in the northeast. We provide the lunches, the maps, the directions, and roving SAG wagons that are fully equipped by the Village Bike Shop in Derby. We love the coming of lilacs along the roadside and the lush greens that come with High Spring in the Kingdom.
AND on Saturday, we invite you to DO THE MOOSE, a timed event with some great prizes for individual winners (six packs of lift tickets at Burke Mountain and day passes at Kingdom Trails), not to mention a couple of pounds of Brault’s Beef Jerky and some Couture’s Maple Syrup to the winners of the Team Challenge. Then again, many may just want to savor a great ride, on great roads. It’s Lilac Season and there are many spots where you can smell them along the roadside as you ride by. So here’s what we got:
Wednesday, June, 7th, 2017 — Guided Ride through Orleans Central: We start the Tour off with a ride on our most favorite roads in Orleans County: Down Routes 5 and 16 through Barton and Greensboro, over to Craftsbury, and up route 14 through Albany and Irasburg. There is certainly more spectacular scenery in the country. But to our senses, there is no road more subtly beautiful in all of Vermont than Route 14 heading north. Could be the scenery. Could be the knowledge that we are heading home. Either way, it’s a feast. And speaking of feasts; a big hit of the day is the stop at Willey’s Store for lunch on the way through Greensboro. We meet at The EastSide Restaurant, 47 Landing Street, Newport, Vermont at 8:00 am and leave at 8:30 am.
Thursday, June 8th, 2017 – The Western Hill Country: A day in the “Hill Country” is intended to challenge those riders who live for the climb, taking them through the Kingdom’s western “hill country,” over Lowell Mountain and up and down the flanks of Jay Peak and back. With just about 6,500 feet of vertical climb, this century route is designed to “grind your gears.” As always, we offer a shorter option (About 44 miles) for those who enjoy a more recreational, less “challenging” experience. We meet at The EastSide Restaurant, 47 Landing Street, Newport, Vermont at 8:00 am and leave at 8:30 am.
Friday, June 9th, 2017 — Ride Around Lake Memphremagog: This ride is a favorite of our local Kingdom Velo Group – In 2010 we added this ride and folks really love it — a guided tour around Lake Memphremagog with stops at Georgeville, Magog, The Abby, and Mansonville. This 80 mile route is a great way to “warm up” for the weekend. Or do it as a stand-alone day and forget the rest. But, you better bring your passport! It involves International Travel and is just so much fun. We also offer a shorter ride up to Georgeville and back. We meet at The EastSide Restaurant, 47 Landing Street, Newport, Vermont at 8:00 am and leave at 8:30 am.
Saturday, June 10th, 2017 – The Moose . We gather at Mike’s Tiki Bar in East Burke at 8 am with a start at 8:30 am. We head north up Route 114 through Island Pond to Norton and Canaan and then down one of the most beautiful and serene stretches of the Connecticut River before returning to Island Pond and then back to East Burke. Here’s a link to Saturday’s Century Course Map. For those looking to ride a shorter distance, we shuttle you to Island Pond and just do the Norton, Canaan, Bloomfield loop.
DO THE MOOSE, is a timed event, with some great prizes and wonderful spirit.
Sunday, June 11th, 2017 – Lake Region Century. 8:30am start. At Mike’s Tiki Bar. The route takes you through the legendary lake region of the Northeast Kingdom – by Willoughby, Memphremagog, Seymour and Island Pond before bringing you back to East Burke. Here’s a link to Saturday’s Century Course Map. We also offer a less strenuous but equally beautiful 45 mile option that brings you along the shores of Lake Willoughby and Crystal Lake. Here’s the link to the 45 Mile Course Map.
Fees: $65 per day or $250 for all five days
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