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Smugglers Notch is a narrow mountain pass between Stowe and Jeffersonville VT

The most beautiful rides in Vermont

Ride Ratings & Weekly Itinerary for our Vermont Bicycle Tours

 
RIDE DEFINITION RATINGS 
 

The continuously rolling terrain in the tour areas can make some rides feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest. The Island rides have much fewer rollers and inclines, however, still expect some, as we say, “Vermont ain’t flat!” This ratings chart and associated terms provides the cyclist an expectation of each specific ride. Keep in mind any ride can be shortened if needed.

(easy to extremely challenging)

Vertical          Rating      Description
800-1000           R1                 Rollers with very short sections of 3-6%
1000-1200         R2                Rollers with short sections of 4-9%
1200-1400         R3                1/2  mile climbs of 8-10%
1400-1600         R4                1-2 mile climbs of 9-11%

1600-2000        R5                1-2 mile climbs of 9-11% with spots of 12-18%

Vertical = the amount of elevation gained in the total ride

Vermont Countryside Tour
3 Countryside days & 2 Island days

Each Countryside ride begins north of The Notch in Jeffersonville with low traffic, spectacular scenery and provides the true quintessential Vermont. The Island rides are scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday and are absolutely stunning!.  Wednesday’s ride will determine if The Notch can be attempted on Friday.

Monday – Countryside Ride

Jeff to Fairfax begins close to the Lamoille River with  mostly rollers, beautiful fields and fabulous mountains views. 24 miles R2 After returning to Jeff head up towards the Notch 30-34 miles R2

Tuesday – Island Ride

The South Hero ride travels past the colorful birdhouse forest (with dinosaurs!) and includes miniature castles  while riding next to the water most of the time! Some people say it’s the best ride in the Islands. 20 miles R1, Continue up West Shore right next to the lake and cross over past Lover’s Lane. 25 miles R1

Wednesday – Countryside Ride​

Jeff to Waterville and Belvedere passes by two covered bridges. This ride becomes more challenging into the ride and is a test for possible Notch climb Friday. 23 miles R2 Return to Hogback by Lamoille River. 33 miles R2 Continue towards Eden Pond. 33 miles R3 Complete circle through Eden. 42 miles R3

Thursday – Island Ride

Grand Isle to North Hero labeled as “The Jewel of the Islands”,  riding over the drawbridge, and next to the lake most of the time with gorgeous views of the Green Mountains and Adirondacks.  Some people say it’s the best ride in the Islands. 24 miles R1 W. Shore 28 miles R1 Bell Hill 33 miles R1 

Friday  – Countryside Ride​

Jeff to Bakersfield is one of the most beautiful countryside rides and is quintessential Vermont. The view returning to Jeff is one of the most spectacular mountain views Vermont has to offer!  21 miles R2 Continue to West Enosburg or to East Fairfield. 33-39 miles R2

Climbing The Notch could be added on for 37 miles R4

NOTE: This tour can be customized in length or ride combination. 

 Lake Champlain Island Tour
3 Island days & 2 Countryside days

The highlight of this tour is the Island Trail Bike Path on Friday which seems like you are actually riding on the water! All three rides on the Islands are riding next to the water most of the time. Tuesday and Thursday we head north of The Notch in Jeffersonville for some  quintessential Vermont rides with low traffic and spectacular scenery!

Monday – Island Ride

Grand Isle to North Hero, labeled as “The Jewel of the Islands”,  riding ove the drawbridge, and next to the lake most of the time with gorgeous views of the Green Mountains and Adirondacks.  Some people say it’s the best ride in the Islands. 24 miles R1 W. Shore 28 miles R1 Bell Hill 33 miles R1 

Tuesday – Countryside Ride​

Jeff to Waterville to Johnson via Hogback Road by the beautiful Lamoille River with fantastic mountain views. 20 miles R2

Wednesday – Island Ride

North Hero to Isle La Motte feels like stepping back into time. The highlight of this ride is unquestionably St Anne’s Shrine established in 1666. Regardless of your religious beliefs these grounds are beautiful, and quite humbling. 24 miles R1 Check out Alburg Dunes State Park which has best beach in the Islands 27 miles R1

Thursday – Countryside Ride​

Jeff to Bakersfield is the most beautiful countryside ride and quintessential Vermont. The view returning to Jeff is incomparable. 21 miles R2,

Friday  – Island Ride

South Hero to the Island Trail Bike Path is truly amazing and feels like riding right on the water. The ride also travels past the colorful birdhouse forest (with dinosaurs!) and includes miniature castles  while riding next to the water most of the time! Some people say it’s the best ride in the Islands20 miles R2 Eagle Camp 26 miles R2 Town Line 32 miles R2

NOTE: This tour can be customized in length or ride combination

Green Mountain Climbing Tour

3 Climbing days & 2 Island days

The Green Mountains have some really challenging climbs. Starting with the easiest and depending on your overall performance and ability we may adjust the schedule of climbs. Tuesday and Thursday are scheduled for Island rides.

Monday – Climb 

Starting from the Bristol Country Store and riding through the valley with the Green Mountains towering over us  on our left warming up for the climb to Middlebury Gap. This is a an 8 mile plus climb which begins with a very short 15% grade, continues along by a stream and up past the Snow Bowl ski area ending with a mile of tough 9-10% grade. 35 miles R4

Tuesday – Island Ride

South Hero to the Island Trail Bike Path is truly an amazing and feels like riding right on the water. The ride also travels past the colorful birdhouse forest (with dinosaurs!) and the Snow Farm Winery while right next to the water most of the time! Some people say it’s the best ride in the Islands 23 miles R1, Continue up West Shore right next to the lake and cross over past Lover’s Lane. 33 miles R2

Wednesday – Climb ​

This will be the toughest day of climbing with the East and West Appalachian Gaps. (one or both) Both difficult and average about 8-9% with 14-15% sections. The West Gap has a 4 mile climb prior to the 2.5 section so this is more difficult then the East.   East Gap from Warren 24 miles R5   West Gap from Bristol 32 miles R5

Thursday – Island Ride

North Hero, “The Jewel of the Islands’, heading south over the drawbridge to Grand Isle, riding both East Shore and West Shore Roads, Some people say it’s the best ride in the Islands 26 miles R1 On to North Hero Marina and Two Heroes Tiki Bar. 32 miles R2

Friday  – Climb ​

Ending the week with Smugglers Notch, my favorite,  from Jeff. It is 8 miles with the last 3 miles a pretty constient 8-9% although there is a little break of 1-2% before starting the last mile. The last mile continuously gets steeper and to 11% the last 1/4 mile entering The Notch, which is breathtaking!   Jeff side 16-26 miles R5    Stowe side through Moscow 26 miles R5

NOTE: This tour can be customized in length or ride combination