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40-Mile Gravel Grinder

We've provided a 40-mile gravel grinder route below for your reference, but you can create your own experience for the 2020 Point to Point. To participate, simply register, raise a minimum of $150 for the Vermont Foodbank, and follow the instructions on the Ride Overview Page to track your ride and share your results. 

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*Photographs seen on this page are courtesy of Vermont Social.
 
Gravel Grinder Photograph: Courtesy of Vermont Social

40-Mile Gravel Grinder Description

  • This ambitious dirt road tour follows some of the least-traveled, hidden-gem roads of the Capital region. With more than 4,000 feet of climbing, this route will test your strength and endurance as you pedal through Vermont’s iconic landscape of mountainside farms, sugarbushes, orchards, and small lakes.
  • After climbing out of Montpelier into the highlands of East Montpelier, you’ll pass a sweeping view of the distant Granite Hills (mile 3.0) before descending into woods and rolling farmland to the first of three sections of unmaintained Class IV road (mile 8.3-8.9).
  • As you make your way northeast past dairy farms, you’ll negotiate a steep, twisting descent (mile 12.0) before climbing into the tiny village of North Calais (mile 16.2) on the edge of Number 10 Pond (aka Mirror Lake).
  • You’ll pedal beneath a barn that extends over the road (mile 19.5) as you make your way to another remote stretch of beautiful Class IV road through the woods (mile 21.1-22.1), followed by a climb over Apple Hill (mile 25.2).
  • When you emerge into open fields, you’re headed southwest, back toward Montpelier. A short, scenic Class IV section (mile 31.4-31.8) leads to a climb to the top of the last ridge where you’ll be rewarded with dramatic views of the Worcester Range to the west (mile 33.5).
  • After descending to the valley, you’ll follow the North Branch of the Winooski River to your finish line at the State House (mile 39.3)
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