4th Annual RAS Gravel Adventure Ride 2018
Event date: Saturday, June 30, 2018
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
Expect some good ups and downs throughout the course, and about 4000 vertical feet of climbing throughout a 40+ mile course. A cross, gravel, mountain or fat bike will be your ride of choice for this event, something with 32 cc or bigger is really what’s calling your name. You can find a good pace; hit some intensity with the lead group 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%, 900 meter climb up Johnson Hill Road which 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. A good rule of thumb is to have your own hydration and nutrition for the ride and use the aid stations for supplementation.
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 tube and air is recommended. There is a fair amount of changing terrain and surfaces so please stay focused on the road ahead of you and obey all the “rules of the road”. All major turns and will be marked with bright orange arrows.
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