From epic paddling races in Brattleboro to open water swims and the biggest mountain bike festival in the northeast at Kingdom Trails, it’s a big weekend in Vermont. Here are our picks for great events.
Head north for this weekend-long celebration of all things mountain biking, beer, summer, demos, gear and group rides, plus live music and clinics. Don’t miss the special Lawson’s Finest Liquids brew: Kingdom Trail Ale. Music from Roots of Creation on Friday night, with clinics all day Saturday and Sunday followed by more live music and camping onsite.
Test yourself in this ridiculously challenging, mountainous road race with options for a 108-mile, a 65-mile a 77-mile and a 39-mile ride. This year’s Gran Fondo course includes a double ascent of Appalachian Gap, one climb up-and-over Middlebury Gap and of course, the pinnacle climb, Lincoln Gap.
Head to Stratton Mountain for this family-friendly ride over rivers, through the woods, across the Townshend Dam and through the historic Scott Covered Bridge. A 19-mile mostly downhill course from Stratton Mountain Resort to Grace Cottage Hospital.
Ride 41.5 miles of mostly gravel roads with 4,000 feet of climbing and the famed JHR Climb, with a 21 percent grade.
Hosted by NEKOWSKA, this is the summer season open water swimming kickoff, with 2, 4, 6 and 10-mile swims from the Clubhouse in Derby Bay on Lake Memphremagog. Plan to use islands as buoys in this adventure swim.
Choose between a 9-mile and a 3.5-mile flatwater course on the Connecticut and West Rivers in this canoe, kayak, surf ski or SUP race. Plan to race 9 miles or do a recreational 5-mile paddle. Proceeds benefit the West River Trail.