Green Mountain Bike Club day touring rides for August

Rides with the Green Mountain Bike Club are free and open to the public. Carpooling is encouraged. Riders must wear helmets and obey the rules of the road. If weather is questionable, contact ride leaders before heading out. Bikers under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent. For more information, go to

Saturday, Aug. 12
Ride: Tour de Tunbridge — 64 miles (moderate/strenuous) without a shorter option and with an elevation profile that is reminiscent of a stage in one of the classics. The ride starts out a climb out of Barre and then swoops down Route 14 through Williamstown Gulf. After cruising through bucolic countryside and past covered bridges, the route turns in Royalton and heads back on Route 110 for a long and gradual ascent through Tunbridge, finally climbing up through another gulf to Washington Heights where there is an astounding vista followed by a sweet descent through Washington and past the Barre stone quarries. Much of the route has been recently repaved.
Meeting time: 9 a.m. at Spaulding High School, Ayers Street, Barre
Leaders: Steve and Jeanne Barner, 434-4497 /

Sunday, Aug. 13
Ride: Covered Bridges of Franklin and Lamoille County — The hilly 41-mile loop (moderate) goes through Eden and Johnson, while the 55-mile ride (moderate/strenuous) passes more covered bridges in Montgomery Center, returning through Bakersfield and past the Cold Hollow Sculpture Park off Boston Post Road.
Meeting time: 8:45 a.m. at Jeffersonville Fish and Wildlife Access (3/10th mile north of Route 15 and Route 108 intersection, across the bridge).
Leader: Phil Littler, 309-2464 /
Co-leader: Tom Kennedy, 735-5359 /

Saturday, Aug. 19
Ride: Upper Valley Weekend Horse Country Ride — All three rides start in South Royalton. The short ride (26 miles, moderate) will travel north to Chelsea and return; the medium (40 miles, moderate/strenuous) continues up Route 110 to the top of the hill in Washington and back; and the long ride (51 miles, strenuous) goes to Chelsea, up to the Vershire Heights, then down into the Connecticut River Valley, back through Strafford and Sharon to South Royalton. There are two country stores in Chelsea, and additional ones in West Fairlee and Strafford on the long ride. After the ride, cyclists can camp out in South Royalton on Pat and Tom’s land, stay at an area hotel, or return home. There is a $10 fee for camping, part of which might be refunded. Talk to ride leaders to get more info about the camping.
Meeting time: 9:15
Meeting place: North side of the South Royalton Green
Leader: Pat Stabler, 781-929-9085 /
Co-leader: Tom Evers, 617-605-0928 /

Sunday, Aug. 20
Ride: Upper Valley Weekend Pomfret Perambulations — This 50-mile ride (moderate/strenuous) heads up Howe Hill, then down the lovely Pomfret Road to West Hartford and the White River. After a climb over the hill to Woodstock, we’ll ride along River Road to pick up Route 12. Another climb will bring you into Barnard and a stop at the excellent general store by lovely Silver Lake. North Road provides you with some great views to the west, then back on 107 to 14 to the Royalton Green.
Meeting time: 9 a.m. at the north side of the South Royalton Green
Leader: Bryan Harrington, 899-2908 /
Co-leaders: Pat Stabler and Tom Evers, 781-929-9085 /

Sunday, Aug. 20
Ride: Bound for Bristol Bakery — This 40-mile (moderate) ride takes low traffic roads from Hinesburg to Bristol. Those doing the short loop (27 miles) can stop at the Bristol Bakery for an out and back but those on the longer loop will add a loop through New Haven and Bristol before earning their pastries.
Meeting time: 9:15 a.m. at Clifford Lumber, across the road from the Hinesburg General Store, Route 116. The store is temporarily closed but we believe parking spots will be available.
Leader: Jessica Barnum, 335-1889 /
Co-leader: Amy Ross, 324-2137 /

Sunday, Aug. 27
Ride: Buck Hollow and Beyond — The 40-mile (moderate) route goes north to Fairfax, through Buck Hollow into Fairfield, returning via St. Albans. The longer loop (58 miles, moderate/strenuous) continues into Sheldon. There are potential food stops in St. Albans, Georgia and Fairfax.
Meeting time: 8:45 a.m. at Milton High School
Leader: Joyce McCutcheon, 893-1690 /
Co-leader: Dave Merchant, 825-3808 /

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