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    LDC, Burlington VT Environs

    Looking for long routes in the Burlington, VT area.

    Moving to the north north side - near the Winooski, 127, and the lake.

    Looking for long rides with plenty of climbing.

    60 miles + would be a good place to start.
    Centuries and a half would be great.

    How to:
    Get to the back side of Mansfield?
    Morrisville, Lake Elmore?
    Down to Warren and Waitsfield?




    Looking into local clubs and resources, so I'll have some of that info, if it is available.

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    the best way to get to the backside of mt mansfield is over smugglers notch... nice ride... rt 15 east to Jeffersonville... then hang a right on rt 108... the notch is over 2000'... and then fun descent into Stowe... for a really challenging ride turn around in Stowe and go back over the notch...

    from where you are Jeffersonville is probably 35 miles, depending on route... the notch is about 8-9 from there... Stowe is about 17 from Jeff via notch... bring the camera

    then once ya conquer smuggs... there are some real challenges a little south... rt 17 between Bristol and Waitsville there's this little speed bump called Appalachian Gap... it goes up about 2400'... had me practically crying when the grades bounced up over 20%... only on the switchbacks did I notice the 20% grades but it's damn steep

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    Quote Originally Posted by knoregs
    the best way to get to the backside of mt mansfield is over smugglers notch... nice ride... rt 15 east to Jeffersonville... then hang a right on rt 108... the notch is over 2000'... and then fun descent into Stowe... for a really challenging ride turn around in Stowe and go back over the notch...

    from where you are Jeffersonville is probably 35 miles, depending on route... the notch is about 8-9 from there... Stowe is about 17 from Jeff via notch... bring the camera

    then once ya conquer smuggs... there are some real challenges a little south... rt 17 between Bristol and Waitsville there's this little speed bump called Appalachian Gap... it goes up about 2400'... had me practically crying when the grades bounced up over 20%... only on the switchbacks did I notice the 20% grades but it's damn steep
    I've gone out 15. Seems I missed the turn to 108. I just kept riding and riding.
    I've driven over the notch several times - mainly with friends and family in town for sight seeing.

    App Gap is fun. Been up there for the GMSR (course marshall, not racer), and to ski at MRG.

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    some good riding on the other side of the lake too... lots of climbing in the Adirondacks... I've been itchin' to ride out to Saranac Lake and back via Lake Placid... my thinking is the Grand Isle ferry heading out and returning on the Burlington ferry... of course after the 1 hour crossing on the Burlington ferry, it'll be hard to get motivated for the last 25 miles home

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    Quote Originally Posted by knoregs
    some good riding on the other side of the lake too... lots of climbing in the Adirondacks... I've been itchin' to ride out to Saranac Lake and back via Lake Placid... my thinking is the Grand Isle ferry heading out and returning on the Burlington ferry... of course after the 1 hour crossing on the Burlington ferry, it'll be hard to get motivated for the last 25 miles home
    Got some ideas for that too... seems easy enough to get over and back.
    Riding along the Ausable would be fun...

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