Tour de Kingdom 2016

THE MOOSE REDUX, Saturday, September 24, 2016.  We have a great route, recently repaved, with wide roads, long stretches, few intersections, light traffic, and some beautifully scenic stretches, especially along the upper Connecticut River.

We ran this “race” in June.  It was SO MUCH FUN we decided to REDUX it in September.

We start in East Burke at Mike’s Tiki Bar, head north on Route 114 through Island Pond, Norton, and Canaan, then South along Route 102 and the Upper Connecticut River, then back to Burke on Routes 105 and 114.  Here’s the map of the ride.  The Moose.

We’ve been waiting for years for these paving projects to be completed and we are happy to report that the roads are now ready for us.  Time to Ride.

This is a “timed event” not a “race.”  What does that mean?  It’s simple, You must obey all rules of the road, like

  • You must stop at all stop signs and traffic lights.  That would be Two in the course of 107 miles.  Yep.  Just Two.
  • You must yield to on-coming traffic during any left hand turn.  How many of those?  Two.  One’s at the stop sign in Island Pond.  Probably a good place for a support table.  One’s on the way back as you turn south on Route 114 coming out of Island Pond.  Two in the course of 197 miles.  Yep.  Just Two.
  • You must obey the speed limit, i.e., the 50 MPH speed limits that govern all but a few miles of this course.

This is 107 miles of open road that invites the speed and the challenge.

Prizes are awesome. Male and female winners will receive a six pack of ski tickets at Burke Mountain. (Along with beef jerky from Brault’s Slaughterhouse , a jug of Maple Syrup and a cedarwood medal which we call a “woodal.”)

Winners of the Team Challenge will receive single day passes at Burke Mountain for all members, The team can be any size between 3 and 10 riders.  We count the cumulative time of the fastest three riders to determine the winner.

Speedy or not, it’s a great ride.  You are just not going to find 107 miles of better roads anywhere in Vermont.

The Moose is supported throughout with SAG Wagons equipped by the Village Bike Shop and a great after party at Mike’s Tiki Bar with 30 Beers on tap.

It couldn’t be possible without the friendship and support of  Burke Mountain, Kingdom Trails, Mike’s Tiki Bar, and The Village Bike Shop along with Passumspic Savings Bank, Newport City Inn and Suites, NEK Tasting Center, and Community National Bank.

One day Fee: $65. Teams of five can register for $200 with each additional rider at $35 up to a total of ten.  And here’s the thing, WE ACCEPT THE CANADIAN DOLLAR AT PAR WITH THE US DOLLAR REGISTER HERE

Join us for this one day or join us for more days of guided rides during this year’s Fall Foliage Tour.

Fall FoliageTour

We’ve been hosting road cycling events since 2007 and have gradually expanded the days of supported riding on the asphalt to include a five day June Tour and another five day Fall Foliage Tour at the end of September at the height of Fall Foliage in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec.  And, we’ve teamed up with Burke Mountain Resort, Kingdom Trails, and the Burke Area Chamber of Commerce to help make this possible.  Shorter options are available on each day, but if you’re a cyclist who loves a high level, challenge, this Moose Redux will be right for you and your team.

During the past couple of years we have added a gravel road event that takes you through some of the most beautiful back roads through “the gut” of the Kingdom.  Kingdom Marathon (26 Miles) has been extremely well received, is growing, and is just plain fun.

Here’s what we got:

June 8 – 12, 2016: June Tour includes The Moose

September 21 to 25, 2016: Fall Foliage Tour, includes The Moose Redux

October 2, 2016: Kingdom Marathon

FEES ARE $65 PER DAY, $250 FOR FIVE DAYS, FIVE RIDERS FOR THE PRICE OF FOUR  (EXCEPT THE MOOSE WHICH IS 5 RIDERS FOR $200) AND, WE ACCEPT CANADIAN DOLLARS ON PAR WITH US DOLLARS.

EXCEPT KINGDOM MARATHON ($50)

REGISTER HERE

 

8 comments on Tour de Kingdom 2016

  1. Great to hear you’re doing the June tour again! I hope to be able to do the Wed & Fri rides. Around the lake has been a favorite ride the 3 times I’ve ridden it.

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