About the tour.

Winding along quiet country backroads in the towns north of Vermont's small but vibrant state capitol, Montpelier - from Morse Farm through the hamlets of Adamant, Maple Corners, and Wrightsville. The route starts gently, and becomes more aggressive on the longer tours. Each course is well marked with arrows and signs, with 3 rest stops conveniently placed. A celebratory cook out awaits your return to Morse Farm, free for all riders and any who come to cheer you on.

Tour maps. Choose from 3 - designed by Olympic cyclist Pavel Cherkasov - inviting all exuberances to flourish.
Short tour map and cue sheet. 13.6 miles, gentle terrain, family friendly.
Medium tour map and cue sheet. 33.75 miles, ponds and pastures, fun for all.
Long tour map and cue sheet. 59.0 miles gravel grinder route with over 6000 feet of elevation gain, to challenge. The long tour will be non-competitively timed. Check out past results.

Staggered Group Starts: All of the "Long Tour" people will start together at 9:30 AM. (Along with any runners.) Then, at 10:30 AM we will do a second group start for all the Medium Tour and Short Tour cyclists.

In the news. The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, Burlington Outdoor Recreation Examiner and Vermont Sports.

What Kind of Bicycle Should I Bring? Mountain bike, cyclocross, or "hybrid" bike. Some people use road cycles, but with heavy touring wheels (32 spokes) and large tires (25-28mm). Electric bicycles also welcome! Our route follows regularly maintained dirt roads that are used by cars, not to be confused with unmaintained jeep roads. However, the surface is mostly gravel & dirt, not paved.

Dedication. This event celebrates the memory of Dave Blumenthal. Dave was a trail volunteer, and a good friend to many.

Thanks everyone for a great day at this year's tour! See you next year, always the last Sunday in June.

Check out 2016 photos from rider David Alden-St. Pierre.

Sunday - June 26, 2016

It's a classic ~ among the best one day bike tour routes in New England. Mountain vistas backdrop farmers haying in the fields. White steepled churches, historic barns. Waterfalls and lakes. The scenery is unbroken. And you are free to concentrate on the beauty because it is a fully supported ride with convenient food stops, well marked courses, and nationally certified bike patrol on duty. All wrapping up with a hearty, homestyle, picnic dinner. We invite you to join us next June at Morse Farm in East Montpelier, Vermont.

Take a slideshow tour of the event.
Or download the image gallery as a PDF file (3.2 MB).

key logistical support by

A great gang of volunteers.
Learn more about being an event volunteer.
And by -

Interested in sponsoring the CVCT? Contact us to learn more.

Thanks to our 2016 Sponsors

Also sponsored by:

Montpelier Rotary

Union Mutual Insurance of Vermont

Food and supplies generously donated by:

Schedule on Event Day

8:30 AM
Sign in opens.
9:30 AM
Long tour (bikes) and all runners start.
10:30 AM
Medium and Short bike tours start.
Open house BBQ all afternoon.
2:30 PM
Prize drawing.
5 PM
Course closes.

Contact Us Anytime

Mailing Address:
Cross Vermont Trail Association
PO BOX 116
Montpelier, VT 05601

Print Info

Download event information brochure and paper registration form as a PDF file (150 K).

Helping to Create a Family Friendly Greenway Across Vt!

The Central Vermont Cycling Tour started in 2002, as the EcoTour. And we still ride in support of healthy, active kids.

The tour is a fundraiser for the Cross Vermont Trail Association. We are working to build community paths - connecting
neighborhoods, schools, and parks - with the ultimate goal of a connected statewide network.

You are helping get kids (and all of us, frankly) off of the shoulder of Rte 2 and onto a path in the woods, in East Montpelier. Finally the pieces are coming together for miles of new trail and bridge over the Winooski River. It's going to be a big job - and a great trail!