We’ve corrected a glitch with BikeReg – the correct start location for the VT400k is the Waterbury, VT Park and Ride. (Not Burlington, VT) Apologies for any confusion. Map Link
Course check from this weekend is complete – the route is incredible – stringing together the nicest (and scenic, with climbing) N/S paved roads in central Vermont. Parts of the route are remote, with towns interspersed at regular intervals. Bring good lighting and a backup if you will be riding through the night – there is a good possibility that you may see moose inbound on Rt. 100.
Note that the last 85 miles will have limited services for late finishers. All convenience stores inbound on VT Rt. 100 close at 10pm – so please plan accordingly. The last control at Ludlow is a 24h gas station / convenience store and you may find other options open as you pass through town. (I can vouch for the taco place across the road – it was the dinner stop on my ’09 Fleche.)
Final cue should be done by Wednesday. Registered riders can email for the cue – mike (dot) beganyi (at) gmail (dot) com.
*Note the the VT rides are self supported with minimal NERds volunteers on course. I’ll be on course Saturday morning at the start and first control, and then see riders at the finish. Emergency telephone information will be on the cue sheet and the brevet card.
Our VT 400k route has been certified by RUSA. This route is a scenic tour around much of our great state – taking in the Green Mountains, a slice of the Connecticut River valley, long portions on both Rt 12a and Rt. 100, and quaint small towns like Saxton’s River, Putney, Grafton, and Rochester, VT.
Our halfway stop will be at the famed West Hill Shop in Putney, VT. Some good friends run the place – and they have let me know that in addition to our humble little event passing through town they are running their annual Tour of the Valleys ride. It is also their 40th Anniversary – they will be hosting a party that will start at 3pm, just about right for mid pack randonneurs to arrive and enjoy a festive refueling. They are serving as a stocked control – so they can take care of the go-fast guys and gals too.
The preliminary course can be seen here. Official cue sheets will be verified and finalized in the next two weeks, and will be sent to registered riders upon request.