Long Trail Century Ride
Bridgewater Corners, VT
June 23 2018
The 8th Annual Long Trail Century Ride to Benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, slated for Saturday, June 23, will offer more tread and gear options again this year as event organizers bring back last year’s inaugural mountain bike component plus the 40-mile road route to this annual fundraiser. Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers’ inspired Steal Your Peach, plus Duppy Conquerors, an eight-piece Bob Marley tribute band, are scheduled to play for the after-ride party. 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 at Saturday morning’s “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. Participants can either ride for the whole day or join the apres-ride party at Long Trail Brewery, which kicks off at noon.
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 8th Annual Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive. The event raised more than $250,000 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 2018-2019 season OR mountain biking during Summer 2018 (non-peak dates only; expires 5/30/2019).
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 Century 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.
The Long Trail Brewing Company is located in Bridgewater Corners, Vt. and has been producing an exceptional family of fine ales since 1989. Today, as the leading handcrafted beer in Vermont, Long Trail has demonstrated it fills a niche in the market for quality craft beer. Located in the heart of the Green Mountains, Long Trail takes the words “environmentally conscious” seriously and lives that eco-minded philosophy every day at the brewery. Long Trail’s facility is truly unique, as it was designed to minimize the impact on our environment and was recognized in 2009 by receiving the Vermont Governor’s Award in Environmental Excellence for resource conservation. Also, Vermont’s Green Mountain Environment Association has named the water produced by the brewery’s artisan wells as “Vermont’s best drinking water.” For more information, visit www.longtrail.com.
Steal Your Peach band is the brainchild of Rev Tor, whose other bands, Rev Tor Band and the Last Waltz Live are well known throughout New England. This new band features an amazing mashup of everyone’s favorite material from both the Grateful Dead and also from the Allman Brothers Band. Songs flow from one to another and fans crazing for their favorite music from their lost heroes are responding.
Duppy Conquerors have quickly become the most beloved tribute to the music of Bob Marley in New England. Their amazing interpretations and performances have gained them notoriety from their Boston home base to events all over the northeast. Featuring a full band, horns, backing vocalists and the amazing voice of Greg Roy who is breathing new life into this masterful work.
Video from GerryJ