Week One Northeast Kingdom and the White Mountains
Arrive Burlington, Saturday, July 12th
Depart Burlington, Saturday, July 19th
533 Averages 92 miles per day 26,900' of climbing
This unique part of New England offers some of the finest cycling roads in the eastern US--complete with challenging climbs, brake free descents, moose spotting opportunities, and jaw dropping scenery. The riding is complimented by visits to some great towns and villages where you can sample bake goods, local beers and brews and creemies.
Sunday The NEK and the White Mountains tour leaves from Burlington and travels north through small towns along the east side of Lake Champlain into river valleys until finally riders come to the long climb out of Richford, Vermont over Troy Mountain. A quick left at the bottom leads to the final ascent of the day to the Jay Peak Ski Resort which will be our hotel for 2 nights. Jay Peak Ski Resort boasts over 6 restaurants, gift shops, a small grocery store and a water park. If an indoor water park is your cup of tea - the Pump House has chutes and surf!
On Monday, riders will travel through quaint towns, by lakes, over mountains in a loop ride that ends back at Jay Peak. The Museum of Everyday Life and Moose Crossings are some of the highlights of monday's rid as well as some mountain descents.
The next day's ride, Tuesday follows routes along the Canadian border until the riders cross into New Hampshire and finish inthe town of Colebrook which boasts the number 1 rated bakery Lez Rendez Vous Bakery in New Hampshire as well as Mostly Muffins and Moose Muck Coffee House – where riders will stop for cookies and coffee.
Wednesday starts out with a climb over Dixville Notch--the town that always votes first in the Presidential Elections--and then follows rivers with many resident moose, until the final climb up Crawford Notch to the hotel in the Mt. Washington Valley. Dinner shuttle service from our lodge to the Historical Mt. Washington Resort. The Resort, which opened in 1902, offers fancy table cloth or grill pub dinings.
Thursday morning, riders cross back into Vermont and end the day in historical Stowe at the Green Mountain Inn, located in the downtown district close to fine restaurants, pubs and shops.
The final day, Friday's route starts with a long climb up to Smuggler's Notch Pass at 2,160 feet. This narrow winding road is only open in the summer months and is lined with many 1,000 ft cliffs. The highest mountain in Vermont, Mt. Mansfield stands just south of the pass.Our final miles travel back toward Lake Champlain before ending in Burlington.
Week Two Lakes and the Seaway
Arrive Burlington, Saturday, July 19th
Depart Burlington, Saturday, July 26th
Averages 86 miles per day 18,700' of climbing
This week begins by crossing Lake Champlain heading into the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. Then we head north all the way to the shores of Lake Ontario and along the St Lawrence Seaway. During our final few days we ride passed the 1000 Islands region, across the farmlands and conclude with a final ferry ride back into downtown Burlington.
Day 1 Sunday Cross onto the Champlain Islands then ride the ferry from Grande Isle to Plattsburgh, New York. The day ends along the shores of Lake Placid but not before you have the option of cycling up the 1936 historic auto road to the top of Whiteface mountain which gives you a 360 panoramic view of the region reaching out to Vermont and Canada.The paved toll road rises over 2,300 feet in five miles from the toll booth. Stop in for coffee at the Castle Cafe located at 4,610 feet! Lake Placid lies at the base of Whiteface Mountian but there are 20 miles remaining to ride! Some riders can choose not to ride up the mountain and instead leave lunch directly and head to the Olympic Town of Lake Placid - full of museums, restaurants and shops. A free Village Trolley takes visitors around town.
Day 2 Monday Ride through the Adirondack Park past lakes and the mountains. There you can visit the Adirondack Museum, in Blue Mountain Lake, on the way to Old Forge where you spend the night.
Day 3 Tuesday You will ride to the shores of Lake Ontario ending in Sackets Harbor. Visit the War of 1812 national historic sites within walking distance to our hotel. We sleep downtown near great restaurants and breweries.
Day 4 Wednesday Before leaving Sackets Harbor you will enjoy a fabulous breakfast at the Tin Pan Galley. The best stuffed French toast you have ever eaten! Then ride along the shores of Lake Ontario and turn east at the mouth of the St. Lawrence river. The spectacular Wooden Boat Museum on the route is a must stop! Not to be missed even if you're a land lubber. Lodging in Ogdensburg, overlooks the St. Lawrence Seaway so you can watch huge vessels cruising by.
Day 5 Thursday Leave Ogdensburg and ride through the farming communities eventually ending up on historic highway 99. Once a toll road, when it was completed in 1832, now this challenging road meanders passed ponds and streams. The day ends in the town of Malone.
Day 6 Friday Crisscross back through the Adirondack Park stopping for lunch at the Ausable Chasm before jumping onto the ferry boat for a cruise back to Burlington.
Week Three 7 Gaps and the Terrible Mountain
Arrive Burlington, July 26th
100 miles per day
Depart Burlington, August 2nd
How many ways can you say climb? Ascend, rise, scale, soar, go up? If these words make your heart beat faster, this tour is for you. And while there are a lot of climbs, there are equal stunning descents as riders cross the Green Mountains numerous times.
Day 1 Sunday departs from Burlington and spends most miles in the flatter river valley to Bethel, Vermont where the first serious climb leads riders to Barnard and then down Quechee Gorge for the night.
Day 2 Monday starts with a gentle warm up through Woodstock, then on to Mt. Ascutney in Brownsville where riders can climb to the top on the auto road. This climb has the same grades as the famous Mt. Washington Hill Climb but is not as long. Leaving Ascutney, the route ascends the Vermont Alps and then drops down into Ludlow where another long climb up to the top of Okemo awaits.
Day 3 Tuesday begins with Terrible Mountain and is followed by climbs and descents through towns like Tinmouth, Tarbell, Danby and Wallingford and ends in Rutland.
Day 4 Wedneday This day riders climb past Killington, drop into Stockbridge, meander along the river to Bethel and then face their first gap (Rochester) as they travel to Sugarbush Resort where they will spend 2 nights.
Day 5 Thursday GAP DAY Brandon, Middlebury, Lincoln (with sections of 22% grade and a bit of hard packed dirt on the descents) and Appalachian Gaps not to mention the climb back to the Sugarbush Resort. Had enough?
Day 6 Friday includes 2 gaps (Roxbury is optional) on the ride back to Burlington.
·http://www.northeastcycling.com/six_gaps.html·is an excellent website with all of the details on the VT gaps for those who want to know ahead of time.