Wed, Aug 28, 2013 07:21 PM
During four days from Aug. 14-18, Southern and Central
Vermont hosted the Vermont Challenge, a non-competitive cycling
235 rider's arrived from 14 states and 2 Canadian
provinces on Wednesday evening, Aug.14 at Stratton
Mountain. The youngest rider was 18 and the oldest was 73,
with the median age of 52 years old. 27 percent of the riders
On Thursday riders made their way down the mountain to Manchester
and rode extended routes into East Arlington and then out to
Pawlet. They spent the night in Manchester, where they were treated
to a outdoor concert at Dana Thompson Park, the Farmers Market at
Adams Park, and some local cuisine at Manchester restaurants.
For the second leg of the event cyclists mounted their bikes on
Friday embarked on a 64-mile journey that wound past Lake St.
Catherine, Poultney, Middletown Springs, Wallingford, and Okemo.
But before departing Manchester the crew held a ceremony honoring
Wendy Cram a long time resident of Manchester and avid cyclists and
skier even at the age of 92! Wendy rang the start bell and the
riders were off to Okemo!
Saturday brought the long ride: a legendary 100 mile jaunt north
up Route 100, past the Killington access road, through
Rutland, Pittsford, Brandon, Whiting, Lake Dunmore and the Brandon
Gap. Riders circled back through Rochester and Stockbridge to
complete the ride in Killington. As an added bonus Vt Challenge
cyclists rode along with the runners of the "100 on 100 Relay
Race." It was an exhilarating 10 mile long celebration with runners
cheering on the cyclists, and cyclists returning the high-spirited
John Sohikian, the founder and president of the Vermont Challenge
noted that "all the riders finished Saturday with a total sense of
satisfaction will smiles on their faces for a job well done."
Sunday launched the final leg of the tour. Everyone saddled up at
the base of the Killington access road and headed back to Stratton
by way of Ludlow, Chester, and Londonderry. This included a
wonderful stop at Magic Mountain where cyclists were greeted, once
again, with open arms and warm smiles.
In the end, this was 275+ miles of incredible scenery, peaceful
countryside, and extraordinary interaction with local
Next year's event will be August 13-17, 2014. For more info visit