3rd Annual RAS Gravel Adventure Ride Peru, Vermont
Second Event of 2017 in support of Shane and RASopathies research!
Event date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Start time: 9am Bike/10am 10k Trail Run (6.3 miles)
My inspiration for this ride came from the Vermont Overland and the increasing popularity to ride on dirt versus payment. If your looking for a challenging Saturday morning effort with good people, fast riders and a cause that drastically needs the attention of the medical field, then the RAS Ride is for you. RAS Gravel along with Vermont Rare an organization that cares deeply about creating a community in Vermont and beyond for those living with and affected by rare disease. We intimately know the challenges of the rare disease journey. As passionate cyclists, we also know that there are parallels that exist between cycling and walking the rare disease path. Challenges are made easier when taken together – this is the very essence of gravel adventure riding.
My ride begins out of Wild Wings Nordic Center in my home town of Peru, Vermont at 9am. As many people who rode the first year can attest to, this covers some of the most scenic gravel and Class IV roads in Southern Vermont. The ride covers 42 miles and 4000 feet of elevation. 88% of it is on dirt and gravel roads.
You don’t want to miss this event
“Have you ever been on a ride when the vibe and flow is just right? That was the feeling of the RAS Adventure Ride. With a great mix of classic Vermont dirt roads, limited amounts of tarmac and many challenging miles of off-road segments, you have all the elements of a classic dirt road event in the making. I hear that there will be even more off-road sections next year, so it’s only going to get better! Be sure to mark this event on your calendar for next year – you won’t want to miss it.” – 2015 Rider
About the ride
As far as the ride goes I would recommend a cross, gravel, mountain, or fat. If you are an experienced rider to these type of events a road bike with 28- 33 cc tires will work, if not, a cross or mountain might be the better option. There are only a few short sections some riders may want to dismount and walk or jog along. Expect some good ups and downs throughout the course, and about 4000 vertical feet of climbing throughout a 40+ mile course. You can go at your pace; race it with the lead group in under 2:25 or take it easy and still get back for lunch. This is not a super long event but don’t be fooled, it is difficult. There is a sustained 5 mile climb up Moses Pond Road and a 21% grade, 900 meter climb up Johnson Hill Road. They will both bring on some pain. In 2017, a class VI extension from Stone Place to Priest Lane has made a more challenging 3 mile finish.
There will be 2 manned water/aid stations at 14 and 25 miles. They will be stocked with gels, hydration, bananas, pickles, syrup shots and more. But please do not rely on aid stations. Carry your own water and nutrition for the ride.
A SAG wagon will be bringing up the rear in case of any major issues. But, due to the nature of the event, an extra tire and tube is recommended. Please obey all the rules of the road, intersections, stop signs and especially the downhill gravel sections. There is a fair amount of up and down so stay focused on the road ahead of you. All turns will be marked with a green arrow or road paint.
For all participants there will be a fabulous raffle immediately following the completion of the event featuring donated items from our sponsors. A special thanks and shout out to Vonhof Cycles, Mark Robinson, Wild Wings Nordic Ski Center, Valvoline Quick Stops, Eureka Kombucha and Ungrounded Coffee Roasters.
If you have any questions please contact me.
I can’t wait to do it again next year!
“When I found out there was dirt road ride (and walk) in Peru, VT … I said, “Yes, perfect place”. When I dug a little deeper and learned that the ride was a charity/awareness event for RASopathiesNET…I said, “Yes, perfect purpose”. Riding with a REAL purpose, such as RASopathiesNET, makes the day much more meaningful…and I FELT IT that day. It was great to see the local community come together with a purpose, ride/ walk with a purpose, and celebrate our experiences with good food/ drinks at JJ Hapgood General Store/Eatery afterwards. Everything about it was perfect! I can’t wait to do it again next year!” – Participant 2015