Ride around the great lake, July 26.
5am start @ Old Spokes Home in Burlington, VT.
Chartered bike ferry, scenic views, unique ride taking in our great lake.
Tentative option for 100 miles, 200k and 300k.
Celebrate Champlain 300k
Join the Berkshire Brevets and Audax Vermont for this unique brevet around Lake Champlain to celebrate the Quadricentennia of Samuel de Champlain's discovery of our great lake. The route circumnavigates most of the lake - from Burlington to Rouses Point to Plattsburgh and on to the Crown Point bridge and back.
The ride departs 'audax' style from Burlington along the lakefront bike path to catch the chartered Local Motion bike ferry on the Colchester - South Hero causeway. Sunrise views of the lake, the northern Green Mountains, and the Adirondacks are visible as we float across 'the cut' as a group.
Quiet flat to rolling roads (dirt and paved!) await as we proceed north to our first control at Hero's Welcome (don't miss the cinnamon buns and other homemade baked goodies). Rounding the top of the Vermont side of the lake at Rouse's Point we'll turn the wheels south and enjoy lake and mountain views on the New York side. The ride follows quiet lakeside roads to Plattsburgh and on to Port Kent. Century Riders (tentative) can take the Burlington / Port Kent Ferry back to VT. Riders wanting a medium length route can bail out and board the ferry to Charlotte, VT and enjoy 200k of the route.
300k riders will push further to the south - enjoying a change in terrain and passing over Ausable Chasm and through Westport. From the lakeside we’ll explore some quiet roads along the lakeside from Moriah Center to Port Henry turning south to Crown Point. Across the bridge to the rolling farm country of Addison County brings us back to Vermont on the home stretch. We head towards Middlebury then north to Vergennes and east crossing two covered bridges on our way to Hinesburg. Our final push northward brings us back into Burlington for nearly a double century of scenic Champlain Valley cycling.
RUSA sanctioning for this brevet is pending. Final route and cue sheets will be available at the ride start. Time limit for the 300k is 20 hours. Controls will be at local businesses along the route. Lights required for the 300k. All bikes are welcome - but there are stretches of gravel and dirt - tires of 25mm and up are recommended. Fenders recommended as the ride runs rain or shine. If weather closes the bike ferry an alternate route will be offered. All RUSA Rules for Riders will be followed. Riders are assumed to be on their own, self supported ride. No support is offered - if a rider abandons it is their responsibility to arrange transportation and safe return to the start.
Start location is the Old Spokes Home, 322 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT.
Parking is on street and in a select location across from the shop at Good News Garage.
Rider check in begins at 4:30 am. Final comments, directions, and bike check at 4:45 am. Ride starts promptly at 5:00 am.