2014 Charity Bike Rides in Vermont

BY Lisa Friedman

There are several Vermont Charity Bike Rides to enjoy this summer. Vermont is such a beautiful place to enjoy and viewing it ‘up close and personal’ from a bike is very special. You see so many things that you would never notice in a car – including the wonderful scents and sounds of nature. This summer has some fun charity bike rides planned in Vermont…

Switchback Bike For The Lake – Sandbar State Park, Milton – Saturday June 21st, Routes of 25, 50, 70 or 100 miles

Long Trail Century Bike Ride – Killington – Saturday June 21st, Routes of 20, 60 or 100 miles

Islands Bike Tour – South Hero – Saturday July 12th, Routes of 10 or 25 miles

Champs Challenge – Vergennes – Sunday July 20th, Routes of 8 or 40 miles

Ride to Cure Diabetes – Burlington – Saturday July 26th, Route of 100 miles

Green Mountain Getaway Bike Vermont – Burlington – Saturday & Sunday August 2nd & 3rd, Routes of 50, 80 and 100 miles each day

Harpoon Point to Point – Saturday August 9th, Routes of 25, 50 or 100 miles

Burlington to Portland Aids Vaccine Bike Trek – Burlington – Monday August 11th to Friday August 15th, 430 miles

The Vermont Challenge – South Londonderry – Thursday through Sunday August 14-17. Not for the faint of heart – Routes of 197 to 287 miles with over 19,000 feet of steep climbing over four days!

Champlain Basin Bike Tour – Milton – Saturday August 23rd, Route of 60 miles with 3,930 feet of climbing

Darn Tough Ride – Stowe – Sunday August 31st, Routes of 45 or 65 miles with 7,300 feet of climbing

Kelly Brush Century Bike Ride – Middlebury – Saturday September 6th, Routes of 25, 50, 65, 85 and 100 miles

Tour de Goat – Colchester – Sunday September 14th, Routes of 10 and 30 miles. This is the first annual Tour de Goat!

Tour de Farm – Shoreham – Sunday September 21st, Routes of 10, 25 and 50 miles

I am hoping to attend many of these rides. Next weekend will be my first century ride (100 miles in a day) in about eight years. It sure is nice to be out riding again and enjoying all of the great scenery Vermont has to offer while benefitting some worthy charities.

Last weekend, I rode in the 60 mile Tour de Heifer and two weeks ago, rode the 55 mile Lund Bike Tour. These are very well organized events and a lot of fun.

Come on out and ride for a good cause. Hope to see you there!

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