Vermont Self Guided Biking Details
We custom-design your Vermont vacation itinerary based on the mileage you want to ride each day. Generally, you would need to cover a minimum of 18-20 miles a day to actually ride from door to door between our inns. We can arrange days above 50 miles, and can vary the distance each day if you choose. Most of our guests find daily distances in the 25 – 40 mile range to be just about right. At a leisurely pace of 7 or 8 miles per hour, this is a half-day in the saddle, but you’ll expand that with pauses for sightseeing, snacks, rest, and to take in the views. If you would like to come and ride, but want to cover less than 20 miles a day, we work with you to create an itinerary where you can ride loops from the inns, returning to them each night.
We are not called the Green Mountain State for nothing! While “Vermont ain’t flat,” the routes we use are considered “rolling farmland”; you will be riding up and down, but won’t have any long significant grades. One of our guests characterized it as a “quarter mile up, half mile down, half mile up, quarter mile down” experience. We can arrange some mountain passes such as Brandon Gap and Middlebury Gap if you prefer the challenge of a sustained climb (like 12% for more than a mile, in an overall climb of 8 miles).
Our cyclists are pleased that we have obtained a license to furnish a RideWithGPS app to display turn-by-turn routing cues on your phone, spoken aloud if desired.
It is rare that we lose an entire day of riding due to rain. By checking the weather in the morning, you can sometimes plan to wait it out if they promise clearing (local aphorism: “Raining at seven? Done by eleven”), or, on the other hand, ride a little more purposefully if conditions start out fine but are predicted to deteriorate in the afternoon (this would be more common on summer days with afternoon thundershowers in the forecast). Always, if you feel a certain day may be too wet for your taste, or you’re just too tired from the previous day’s ride, let us know, and you can generally catch a ride to the next inn with the luggage shuttle or one of our very cooperative innkeepers.
A choice of hybrid (recommended) or road (available) rental bike is included in the package price. Bikes come equipped with helmet, water bottle, a small trunk on a rear rack; and each pair or group of bikes comes with a mini-pump, spare tube, adjustment kit, and lock. Most often, these are Raleigh, Kona, or Jamis branded equipment, and they will be in exceptionally good mechanical condition for you. While bikes are included, advance sizing with the bike shop is absolutely required, as we have arranged to have rental bikes delivered to your first inn and picked up from your last inn. If you do not need or want rental bikes, deduct $25 per person per rental day.
Because all of our cyclists are on customized itineraries riding in many directions, no sag wagon is provided. We transfer your luggage from inn to inn while you ride, and emergency roadside service (often a pick up by our luggage staff) is always avialable, as is a hotline in the very rare event of needing us for a phone call while cycling. But please do not plan to have an emergency: you should set out from your first inn with the expectation that you will pedal yourself to your next inn, choosing your distance accordingly. You will have multiple ways to reach us, and cell coverage is generally available in the cycling area. Our top-notch bike shop is also on-call for emergency roadside repairs for a fee payable to them.