“This extraordinary loop weaves a selection of storybook-farm dirt roads, flowy New England singletrack, and rugged historic woodland paths to create a circuit of some of the world’s best and most coveted craft beers.” – Bikepacking.com
The Green Mountain Gravel Adventure, inspired by bikepacking legends Joe Cruz and Logan Watts, is arguably one of the best adventure routes in the Northeast. In six days, you’ll pedal 250 challenging miles and climb nearly 22,000 feet. Though some miles entail riding on smooth asphalt, nearly 70% of the route is off-road — ranging from well-maintained gravel roadways to burly unmaintained Class IV dirt lanes to super fun single-track. Heck, you’ll even come across a few gnarly stretches where you will surely need to dismount and push your steed.
You’ll start and end your trip in Burlington, a vibrant and forward-thinking college metropolis. Along the route, you’ll pass through quaint New England villages, rolling farmlands, and forested trails. You’ll see plenty of idyllic postcard-worthy scenes, including red barns, covered bridges, and colorful Holstein cattle. If you admire expansive views of green mountains and dips in pristine blue lakes, you are in for a treat! And if you like brews, you are in for a treat as well! As Vermont proudly holds the title of “Craft Beer Capital of the United States,” there will be a whopping seventeen opportunities along the route to relish in your favorite liquids. Bike responsibly!
This trip is offered through Discovery Bicycle Tours. Discovery has historically offered high-end, inn-to-inn, van-supported bicycle tours. Guests have enjoyed staying in boutique inns, dining in fancy restaurants, and being pampered by our guides. Discovery is excited to expand its horizons by offering a new kind of tour called “Adventure Trips.” Our Adventure Trips are for riders who appreciate a more gritty and rustic travel experience while still being fully-supported. The routes focus on remote, off-road surfaces, often involving gravel, dirt, and single-track. Guests will camp in tents, with an occasional night indoors. Guests will provide their own bicycles and be responsible for their own basic bike maintenance, such as fixing flats and cleaning and lubing chains. Guests will also provide their own camping gear. When available, riders will dine in restaurants, supplemented by meals prepared by an on-staff cook. A van will be available to ferry gear and food. However, the van’s purpose is not to serve as a sag vehicle, as riders are expected to pedal every mile of the route. This is just the first of many domestic and international Adventure Trips!
* This trip is also being offered July 19-25, 2020.
* The Vermont Brewers Festival, which is held at the Burlington Waterfront Park, runs from July 17-18, 2020. Plan your travels accordingly.
* For details on the route itself, check out our Green Mountain Gravel Growler Route.