From our Trail Master-Mike Bell
Now that we’re just days away from the 2018 Vermont 50, we want to tell you about some huge changes.
A Quick Public Service Announcement-Be Cool and Keep Our Race Going
- NO PRE-RIDING!
Respect for our landowners’ private properties is the only way we can continue to keep the Vermont 50 going. The trails that are open for one day a year are not fair game for anyone. OK?
- Be nice out there!
You will encounter motorists on public roads. You will encounter landowners spectating on the trails that cross their properties. They have every right to be there – don’t jeopardize the event for thousands of future participants – one bad gesture or comment to the wrong person can wreak havoc. We can’t tolerate those kinds of actions and it could cost you your finish. Thank you!
What’s New, well…
High school racing is back!
Vermont Youth Cycling will be holding a race on the morning of Saturday the 29th. We’re excited to be supporting Vermont’s future race stars, so show up early and cheer them on as they tear up Ascutney Trails!
For more info, check out https://vtyouthcycling.com/
Major Course Changes! Wait, What?
For many of you who have been a part of the Vermont 50 family in past years, you’ll see big updates this year.
The first thing you’ll notice when you arrive at the newly opened Ascutney Outdoors Center is that we’ve relocated the Start and Finish lines.
In fact, we’ve got a whole new village area for the weekend festivities!
Out on the main course, several sections have been completely redesigned to keep things fresh, fast, and awesome.
We’ve kept the classic course highlights in place for you, and maintained the basic route stats of elevation and road/trail ratios, but we’ve boosted this year’s scenic value in a big way.
Say hi to the cows in a true Vermont barnyard, enjoy the views of fellow racers charging down steep valley paths, and reacquaint yourself with some long-lost singletrack favorites.
In total, you’ll see almost 8 miles of completely new course routing.
Want more details-check out our Course Description page.
See you On Course!
For more information about our race be sure to check out our website: vermont50.c0m
PS – remember, if you’re not signed up to race, there’s still plenty of need for volunteers!
The Vermont 50 Kids FREE Fun Mountain Bike Rides and Runs online registration closes on Thursday, Sept. 27 at noon.
You can still do Walk-Up registration on Saturday from noon-1 p.m. but there will be lines.
Each child will need to have a SIGNED WAIVER form.
Rides and runs are open to children under 14.
Racer Check-in Saturday Sept. 29 Big Tent Noon-1 p.m.
Race Time: Saturday September 29
Bike Races -2 p.m.
Run races-3:30 p.m.
(followed by a Treasure Hunt for the little ones approx. 4-weather permitting!)
Info about the Kid’s Races, visit our Kids Page
FREE Fun Rides 1mile or 2 miles Starting at 2 p.m.
FREE Fun Runs 1/2 mile, 1 mile 5 Km Starting at 3:30 p.m
These rides and runs are generously sponsored by
A SUPER cool Raffle for Cannondale Cujo Bikes
2-24 inch frames, 2-20 inch frames, four bike in all!
Thanks to our GENEROUS Race Sponsor CANNONDALE we have four (4),
YUP, count ’em 4 kids bikes to raffle off!
All proceeds to benefit Vermont Adaptive
Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Kids Race Registration table on Saturday, September 29 from noon until 2 p.m.
Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5 of $20 for an arm’s length!
Winners will be drawn around 4 p.m. near the kids race finish area, so parents-have your kids raffle tickets ready even if they are still on course!
You must be present to win, we’ll call the raffle ticket three times then move on to the next lucky ticket.
GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE
And THANKS FOR SUPPORTING VERMONT ADAPTIVE
Online Shopping Closes Sept. 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Our online closes Wednesday, Sept. 26 at midnight ET but you’ll still be able to shop for OFFICIAL Race Merchandise at the Race Merch Table in the BIG TENT.
Saturday, Sept. 29 noon-5 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 30 11 a.m.- 4 p.m..
Net proceeds go to support Vermont Adaptive.
Orders placed online must be picked up at the Merchandise Table during Race Weekend.
Lots of T-shirts styles