3rd Annual RAS Ride & Trail Run Peru, Vermont

3rd Annual RAS Adventure Ride & Trail Run 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 the drastically needs the medical fields attention, then the RAS Ride is for you.

My ride begins out of my home town of Peru, Vermont at 9am and as many people who road the first year can attest to, this covers some of the most scenic gravel and Class IV roads in Southern VT.  I started this endeavor a year ago as a passionate cyclist with a cause.  Searching for answers, research dollars, educating myself as well as others is one of my top priorities for my youngest son Shane who has a rare genetic disease.  So if you too are passionate about something; enjoy strong community and friends, do things with a purpose, love to ride and are excited about a new challenge, this might be the perfect fit!

Testimonials from 2015:

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!

“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.”

Those two quotes say it all for me.  This year I’ve added a section to come a little closer to 40 miles door to door from JJ Hapgood Store in Peru.

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There we will celebrate your hard work with a beverage and a excellent selection of home cooked grub!  So sign up soon!!  Click the BikeReg link below to register or to make a donation as a non-rider:
BikeReg will be available Jan. 15 2017


As far as the ride goes I would recommend a cross, gravel, mountain, fat or road bike.  If you are an experienced rider to these type of events a road bike with 28- 33 cc tires will work fine, 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 2:34 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, plenty of options; like the sustained 5 mile climb up Moses Pond Road or the 21%, 900 meter climb up Johnson Hill Road will bring on some pain.  In 2016, we’ll add a short class VI section early on in Landgrove off of “Buffman Hill”.

Click Here to go to the Course Directions Page.

Click Here, for the link to the map on Strava:

Please carry your own nutrition for the ride but there will be 1 manned water/ aid station at the halfway point fully stocked with gels, hydration, bananas, pickles, syrup shots and more, as well as a unmanned water (only) at 20 miles.  For all participants there will be a fabulous raffle with donated items from the sponsors below immediately follow the completion of the event.

Thanks for your Support;

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305 Main St. Peru, Vermont 05152  802-824-4800
Links to some of our other sponsors:

Vittoria Tires

Killington Mountain School

Peak Performance Ski Shop, Killington VT

IGA Londonderry

Smith Sport Optics

Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind


Simple Bars

Manchester Bagel Works

and special thanks to Tracy Wilson Beers (webmaster)

A SAG wagon will be bringing up the rear in case of any major issues but 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 fair amount of up and down so stay focused on the road ahead of you.  All turns will be marked with a pink arrow or road paint.

If you have any questions please contact me at bailey.j6989@gmail.com

This is a benefit for RASopathies USA


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