When: Sat., June 4, 9 a.m. 2016
The Vermont Gran Fondo isn’t a bike race, per se. In Italian the name means “great endurance” or “long distance,” and that’s exactly what the Green Mountain State’s take on the noncompetitive cycling event is all about. The 103.5-mile course offers cyclists the chance to hurl themselves through four ultra-challenging mountain gaps: the Appalachian, Moretown Mountain, Roxbury and Lincoln gaps — and that last one boasts the steepest paved mile in the United States. An exercise in endurance and enjoyment, the ride includes stunning mountain views, iconic Vermont dirt roads, five covered bridges and — for those who make it — an after-party at Stonecutter Spirits.