Tucked away between VT Route 14 and VT Route 16 of Vermont is piece of Vermont that feels real, honest, and wholesome. If you are familiar with Craftsbury, Vermont, you might be a nordic skier, as the Craftsbury Outdoor Center has over 85km of cross-country ski trails and is home to an Olympic development team. If you prefer two wheels over two skis, Craftsbury is home to this year's Raid Lamoille.
Always a ride, not a race, the Raid Lamoille features copious amounts of gravel riding (in excess of 80% of the routes are unpaved), legendary climbs, a choice of long and short routes with a phenomenal spread and craft beer awaiting finishers.
This year’s ride, rolls out of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center and will feature two routes – a 35-miler and a 50-miler – with an optional “Vermont Pave’” (Class IV) sector. The first 20 miles are entirely new terrain for the ride and 50-mile riders will then recognize some of the roads from past years.
This ride is it's a steady dose of Vermont's best.
In presenting a “Full Vermonty” experience the ride has many local partners helping to make the day a success: coffee from Paradiso Farms (sweetened with with UnTapped Maple syrup), Vermont Peanut Butter, Cabot Cheese and Untapped Mapleaid for pre and in-ride fueling. Additionally, the post-ride meal will be provided by the Craftsbury General Store, washed down with beer from The Alchemist and samples from Citizen Cider! They also have SAG support from our good friends at Vermont Overland.
The Raid Lamoille comes with a guarantee. While, we are pretty sure this looks like a gravel-grinding, hell-of-a-time, they guarantee exhaustion as the end. You know, the kind that can only be washed down with a cold beer.