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The 9th Annual Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride presented by Long Trail Brewing (formerly known as the Long Trail Century Ride, slated for Saturday, June 22, will offer more tread and gear options again this year as event organizers bring back the mountain bike component plus the 40-mile road route to this annual fundraiser. The goal is to raise more than $300,000 for adaptive sports and recreation at this annual fundraising event.
In addition to event classic road routes that include the 100-, 60- and 20-mile rides, mountain bikers now can join the cause during the “Snowshed Lap Session” at the Killington Bike Park at Killington Resort. Mountain bikers will have early access to the Snowshed lift and are encouraged to complete as many laps as they wish during the morning.
More than 40 cyclists with disabilities plus their assistants and guides, as well as more than 700 cyclists and mountain bikers are expected to turn out for the for this annual event. The event raised nearly $300,000 last year, which supports the organization’s annual operating budget, participant scholarships, lessons, expensive adaptive equipment, and more.
Riders from around New England and East of the Mississippi are expected to participate in this year’s event. All ride routes including a family-friendly 5K bike ride, start and end at Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners (except the mountain bike session, which is at Killington Resort). An after-ride festival with live music is open to the public beginning at noon for all to enjoy—riders and spectators alike—featuring live music, face painting, kids activities, a vendor village, silent auction, adaptive equipment demos, and more. For those not riding, party-only tickets may be purchased at the door. The event is held rain or shine.
Those who register by June 1 will receive a Killington ticket voucher, valid for one day of skiing during the 2019-2020 season OR mountain biking during Summer 2019 (non-peak dates only; expires 5/30/2020).
Cyclists check-in Friday night at a pre-ride party at Killington Resort, and rides begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday from the brewery on Route 4. Rider registration is $70 and includes a Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride wicking t-shirt, food and support at aid stations during the ride, entry to the après-ride party complete with food and entertainment, plus a commemorative drinking glass. Registration fees increase June 1. The Après-Ride Party is open to the public and admission at the door is $20/adults and $10/kids on Saturday beginning at noon. Each rider is responsible for a minimum $100 fundraising requirement.
This year’s sponsors to date include: Long Trail Brewing Co., Killington Resort, Lookout Tavern, the Killington Pico Areas Association, Farrell Distributing, Ski Vermont, Darn Tough, Cabot Cheese, Monster Energy, and many in-kind donations.
Registration, pricing, information, and more can be found at charityride.vermontadaptive.org.