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Killington on the rise as New England’s cycling destination

Summer 2012 brings three top-level cycling events to the Killington region

KILLINGTON-Killington may be known throughout New England for being in the heart of the stunning green mountains, but it's the roads through those mountains that will be getting the attention this summer.

This year, the town of Killington welcomes not one, not two, but three major cycling events to its winding roads and mountain passes.

The cycling season kicks off on Memorial Day Weekend with the famous Killington Stage Race, which attracts more than 600 cyclists from across the country for three days of racing one of New England's most challenging courses. The cycling season continues June 23 with the Long Trail Century ride - also offering 20 and 50 mile courses - to benefit Vermont Adaptive Sports. Finally, on August 18, the multi-day, non-competitive Vermont Challenge will arrive in Killington as a stop on its cycling tour of the State.

"The Killington Stage Race has long been recognized as one of the most challenging and prestigious cycling races on the east coast," says Suzie Dundas, director of economic development & tourism for the Town of Killington. "And by introducing the first-year Vermont Challenge, and supporting the second year of the Long Trail Century ride, we're offering every level of cyclist the chance to explore our region through an event."

Phil Black, creator of the Long Trail Century Ride, adds: "We took this on last year to get the ball rolling, and this year with Long Trail, Killington Resort, the town and the entire community behind it, it's going to simply be an amazing event-not just the ride, but the après party as well. We think it will become a signature Killington event-benefiting an amazing organization-for years to come."

The Long Trail Century Ride provides beginner and intermediate courses, the Stage Race offers a challenge, including a five-mile uphill finish, and the Vermont Challenge offers cyclists a chance to see more of the fabulous Vermont scenery. This final race route will take participants past mountain lakes and beaches, through quaint towns, past village greens and centuries-old country stores, and over the very roads that were rebuilt not long after being destroyed by Hurricane Irene in August 2011. 

"We couldn't be happier to see the growth of Killington as a cycling destination," adds Dundas. "It's a state unrivaled in its scenery and New England charm, and there's no better place to see that than from Killington's location here in the heart of the unspoiled Green Mountains."

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