Weather in Vermont can be fickle any time of the year, and April could bring snow or temps in the 70's. On Friday, the day before the ride, temps were in fact in the low 70's with some rain. Saturday morning, the temp had gone down to the low to mid 40's, but fortunately with no rain. The sky LOOKED like it wanted to rain all morning, but that never happened.
Anyway, with several hundred people at the start line, there were several hundred different rider styles and bikes, from full-on touring fat bikes, to cargo bikes, to full suspension mountain bikes, to hybrids to "Bicycle Industry Approved" Gravel Bikes(R). Because, you know, only certain bikes have been designed and tested to be ridden on gravel.
We finally got the "go," and en mass, we rolled out through downtown Montpelier to the hills. In fact, there wasn't much of a "warm up," as the first four miles were essentially up hill. In summary, I loved it.
The whole ride was well marked and very well supported. While there was only the one food stop, there was a constant flow of support vehicles driving back and forth checking on people. It would seem that they were ready to help at any step of the ride. Some more mile markers (there were 2 or 3 I think), or maybe some mileage info on the cue sheet might have been nice, but that's the only thing that I think was lacking. I was just too lazy to look at my phone to check Strava.
Before taking off, Jean had us tour several of the local books stores, kitchen stores and antique stores to further support the local economy, but finally it was time for hot showers and photo editing (not at the same time).
We had a great time, and Onion River Sports did an amazing job. We'll definitely be back next year, and we'll be back in the area this summer as we try for the Central Vermont Cycling Tour again... See ya then!
Check back here later this week for video!