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Old 03-24-17, 12:31 PM
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Rides near Ludlow, Vermont

A friend has offered to let me crash in his condo on Okemo at some point this summer. It's a bit early to be asking, but does anyone have suggestions for a ride? I'm thinking I'll probably go for two days.

I will devote one of the days to climbing up Okemo. Starting in Downtown Ludlow, that will be 4 miles with 2100 v.ft., which will be about 3x the longest I've ever climbed. Thus, I'll probably make the ride short that day.

The other day, I'd like to go on a longer ride (at least a metric, maybe a century) with lots of scenery and small climbs but no major climbs. Any suggestions? Are the highways in that area safe to ride?

Thanks in advance!
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The entire state is safe to ride and in many ways a bicycle touring Mecca. Route 100 is commonly used by bicyclists traveling north and south, and follows the grain with some climbs as it hops to the next valley over.

If you ride 103 to the east, be aware that it begins to drop after Chester and you'll have a climb coming back.

There are some nice circular options, ie. Chester and Londonderry, or Woodstock in the other direction. As I mentioned, there's a grain, so going east or west will entail some climbs, and I don't suggest going east to the CT River, because of increased traffic 9 (plus the climb back).

You might search for a contour map, then plan based on destination interest with the terrain a planning factor.
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My in-laws had a house in Tyson, just up Rt 100. I got in a LOT of great road rides in this area. All were hilly. All terrific. Traffic and cars were never a problem.

Some loops:

- Up 100, east on 100A (short very steep climb), east on Rt 4, south on 106 in Woodstock (its on the south side of the park that splits Rt 4, then west on 131 to 103 to Ludlow.

- Alternative to above is go west off 106 in Felchville on Tyson Rd. back to 100 in Tyson and south to Ludlow.

- West on 103 to south on 155, the north on 100 again (big hill, big descent). 28 miles.

- Extend on the last by staying on 100 to Londonderry, then east on 11 to 103 north and back to Ludlow (56 miles).

- Also 103 east to US5 north a bit to 44A north to Mt. Ascutney State Park, 20 some odd miles over (downhill mostly) then the hill climb, then back. "Ascend 2300' in 3.7 miles on an entirely paved course. Average Grade 12%. Some sections in excess of 19%."

If you have a gravel/cross bike, the possibilities are endless as there too many dirt roads to name.

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Old 03-27-17, 12:18 PM
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Thanks to both of you for the suggestions. I can't wait for the summer (but need to do a bit more hill training, lol).

Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
If you have a gravel/cross bike, the possibilities are endless as there too many dirt roads to name.
I have a hybrid, but with road tires. Is there a reliable source of information on which roads in the area are paved and which are dirt? All else equal, I'd prefer to take scenic roads, popping out to major roads every 30-40 miles to refill bottles (and maybe rest ).
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Old 03-27-17, 03:39 PM
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Every road is scenic. The more scenic, the hillier.

This pdf has some of the dirt roads, I'll try to dig up some more info.

https://www.vermontvacation.com/~/me...016.ashx?la=en
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Old 09-05-17, 02:35 PM
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I took my Vermont trip last week and thought I'd report back.

Day 1. I warmed up, rode to the peak of Mt. Okemo, and went back to the condo. The ride was under 10 miles total, including the 4.1-mile climb gaining 2,200 v.f. If you give me credit for the tacking, I probably climbed for 8+ miles. This was the hardest cycling day of my life, despite the short distance. It gave me new respect for the guys who complete the grand tours.

Day 2. I started with the route suggested by @steve_b. (Up 100, east on 100A, east on Rt 4). I then continued on Rt. 4 into New Hampshire, took local roads south south through Claremont and almost into Charlestown. I crossed back into Vermont and rode into Springfield, went west on 11, then north on 103 to Ludlow.

My only mistake was assuming that city streets in the middle of a town didn't need to be vetting as much as rural roads do. Well, guess what? Grove Street in Springfield is an unpaved wall, with a steep section approaching 15%. Oops.

Day 3. I woke up feeling good, so I took a bonus ride before leaving. I took a loop around Mt. Okemo, starting South on 100, then North on 155, then East on 103.

Days 2 and 3 both ended with climbs up to my friend's condo, which was about 700 v.f.

All in all, it was a great few days, and I thank those of you who helped me plan it. The link to vermontvacation.com was particularly helpful.
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Old 09-05-17, 03:46 PM
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Thanks for the ride reports. NOBODY ever reports back !.

Possibly we forgot. Vermont is hilly, just heads up.
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