Tour de Kingdom 2017

Eleventh Annual Tour de Kingdom


We offer a “full plate” of cycling in the Spring and the Fall on carefully selected back roads of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  Our offerings have grown over the years.   Five days of fully supported rides in  June and again in September.  Do one day or do them all.  New to the Tour this past year is The Moose and The Moose Redux which offer a great opportunity for fine, fast riding on some of the smoothest, most beautiful, and most “car hungry” roads in Vermont.  Wrapping up the season is our Fly to Pie – Kingdom Marathon.  It’s a “vista riddled” 26-mile bike (and running) race on dirt roads through “the gut” of the Kingdom to Parker Pie in West Glover.  All the pizza you can eat, a great band, and a cash bar with local beer on tap including Hillstead Farm.

Here are the dates

June 7 thru 11, 2017 – The June Tour – Five Days of Fully Supported Rides

June 10, 2017 – The Moose – a 107 Mile Timed Event

September 20 thru 24, 2017 The Fall Foliage Tour – Five Days of Fully Supported Rides

September 23, 2017 The Moose Redux – Another 107 Mile Timed Event

October 8, 2017 – Fly to Pie – Kingdom Marathon – 26 Miles on Dirt Roads

June Tour

June 7 thru 11, 2017 – The June Tour offers five days of SAG supported rides on carefully selected stretches of road that showcase The Northeast Kingdom at it’s very best.  Quiet back roads 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.  Each day has long routes and shorter options.  Just like ski areas have differently rated slopes.  Great for clubs with varying interests and abilities in riding.

And, each night we select a different “favorite” local restaurant and have them set up the long tables where those who want to gather after a day of cycling can do so.  Those who are done with us and want to eat on their own will know where NOT to eat.

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 some slabs 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 and the moveable feasts we organize in different restaurants each day of the Tour.  We meet at The EastSide Restaurant, 47 Landing Street, Newport, Vermont at 8:00 am and leave at 8:30 am.  Beer on the deck, when we return.

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 less hilly options (one is 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 Route 102, 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 start at Island Pond and just do the Norton, Canaan, Bloomfield loop.

THE MOOSE, is a “timed event,” with some great prizes and wonderful spirit.  These roads are smooth, wide, mostly repaved in recent years.  Racers must obey all of the rules of the road.  That means you have to stop at all stop signs.  But, hey, there are only two in the entire 107 miles.  For more information about The Moose, click here.

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

Canadian Dollars Accepted at Par with US Dollars

Special discounts for groups: 5 for the price of 4 and 25% discount for all additional riders


Fall Foliage Tour

Toward the end of September, we do these five days of riding all over again as Fall Foliage hits the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  The fall colors can be spectacular and on the right kind of a day, we’ve had experienced cyclists say that a day’s ride was one of the best of their lives.

As with the June Tour we gather at 8 and leave at 8:30 am. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at The EastSide Restaurant in Newport, VT and on Saturday and Sunday at Mike’s Tiki Bar.  Each evening we organize The Long Tables of Newport and East Burke, just as we do in June.  Here are the dates with maps.

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 — Guided Ride through Orleans Central

Thursday, September 21st, 2017 – The Western Hill Country

Friday, September 22nd, 2017 — Ride Around Lake Memphremagog

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 – The Moose

Sunday, September 24th, 2017Lake Region Century.

Fees: $65 per day or $250 for all five days

Canadian Dollars Accepted at Par with US Dollars


Fly to Pie – Kingdom Marathon

Doin’ the Dirt through “the gut” of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont

We close down our cycling season with this, very special event: we offer three biking options, 26.2, 17, and 13.5 miles, on dirt roads starting at Lakeview Aviation at the Airport in Coventry and ending at Parker Pie, West Glover with all the pizza you can eat, a great band, and a cash bar with great local beer, including Hill Farmstead.

For more information, click here.




8 comments on Tour de Kingdom 2017

  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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