Start: 12:00 PM
Registration: 10:30—11:30 AM
Start/finish line: The base of Mount Ascutney
Free preregistration barbecue the day before from 5:30—7:30 PM
Ride day will begin at registration, where you will receive your cue sheet, a bib number to wear on the back of your jersey, and an event t-shirt. If you purchased a jersey, you will receive it at registration as well. Please be ready by 11:45 AM for a riders meeting prior to departure.
Have questions about the ride? Click below to read our FAQ sheet, which we hope will offer all the answers you need.
This year, 25-Mile riders will be treated with an entirely new course, designed to emphasize the scenic beauty and rolling hills of the area locally known as the Ascutney basin.
The ride starts out at the base of Mount Ascutney and heads east on Route 44 toward Windsor. The course then bears onto Back Mountain Road (Route 44A) and winds through the tall pines of Mount Ascutney State Park for several miles.
When Back Mountain Road ends and the route merges onto Route 5 South, riders pass through the little village of Ascutney before turning onto Route 131 (Mile 6.5), and head under Interstate 91. From there to Mile 19, 100-Mile riders will be riding the same road in the opposite direction. Don’t forget to wave!
Riding along Route 131, Mount Ascutney remains always present to the right. It is along this stretch that the course encounters its sole sustained climb—a moderate grade for several miles through a wide glacial valley.
After descending the other side, a series of narrow turns open up to Downer’s Corners—a crossroads and a rest stop location that is shared with the 100-Mile ride. Mileage at this point is approximately 13.8.
From here, the course turns north on Route 106. To the right, riders can watch for peregrine falcons flying above the cliffs of Little Ascutney Mountain and enjoy the view of Mount Ascutney in the background.
A couple miles further, the route passes through the scenic village of Reading—home to the Hall Art Foundation, Watroba’s Store, and the Reading Greenhouse. Be sure to come back through for fresh produce and craft beer at the greenhouse and great sandwiches at Watroba’s!
After a short climb out of the village area, the course turns right onto Route 44 East—the last section of the loop around Mount Ascutney.
Another series of narrow turns, and the road opens up into a wide valley with the mountain looming large in the foreground. Riding through the Village of Brownsville, take note of the Butcher & Pantry on the right—the little store and café with an always-changing and always-amazing chef’s menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The rest stop will offer water, electrolyte drinks, and energy food. In order to manage the operations of the ride, cyclists must leave the rest stop by the stated time. If you're having a slow day or struggling through any sections of the course, the SAG wagon will pick you up and jump you ahead to be sure you can complete the ride in time and enjoy the P2P Festival. You will be asked to agree to these terms when registering.
Riders must finish by 3:00 PM.
Mile 13.8 at Downer's Corners
Cutoff time: 1:45 PM