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 4 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. Check out past non-competitive timed results.

Sign-in and start riding anytime between 8 and 10. All riders can begin at the time that works best for them, between opening of registration at 8 AM and the closing of registration at 10 AM.

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.

Sunday - June 25, 2017

"I did the Central VT ride last summer. It was one of the coolest and most challenging rides I did all year (I did about 15 gravel grinders last year). I’ll be back again this year! Awesome event!" ~ John Spinney, QT2 Systems Training Specialist and Ultra Coach

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.

New for 2017:
* flexible start; sign in and ride anytime from 8 - 10
* for the long tour, a 4th food stop (in East Calais, mile 17.8)
* and a Morse Farm Maple Creemee for every registrant (what the heck)

Take a slideshow tour of the event. Or download the image gallery as a PDF file (3.2 MB). And check out 2016 photos from rider David Alden-St. Pierre.

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 2017 Sponsors




Schedule on Event Day

8:00 AM
Sign in opens. Start your ride
anytime from 8 - 10.
10:00 AM
Sign in closes.
11:00 AM
Cookout starts and
runs all afternoon.
2:00 PM
Prizes drawing and
hula hoop challenge.
5 PM
Course closes.

Contact Us Anytime

Mailing Address:
Cross Vermont Trail Association
PO BOX 116
Montpelier, VT 05601
Phone:
802-498-0079
Web:
www.crossvermont.org

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!