Bicycle Racers from Throughout VT Expected for ‘Gravel Enduro’ Race

Communities / Sep. 28, 2017 9:13am EDT

As many as 150 bicycle racers are expected to show up Oct. 7 for the second annual “Gravel Enduro” race over Central Vermont’s scenic and hilly back roads.

The brainchild of Braintree’s Zac Freeman, the race attracted about 80 riders last year, and he thinks the numbers might double this year. He’s aiming for 500 racers by the year 2200.

The Enduro is actually three races, of different lengths and difficulties. Competitors will gather at the Ayers Brook Goat Farm starting at 9 a.m., and starting time is at 11 a.m.

The “Braintree 3” race will be 18 miles in length, while climbing 2,700 vertical feet. The “Braintree 5” will cover 35 miles and climb 5,000 feet.

For those who really like to suffer pain, there will be the “Braintree 7” race—50 miles and 8,000 vertical feet of climb.

Race organizers will be offering support for the riders, including a “Sag Station” at the Braintree Hill Meeting House halfway through each of the races. The Sag Station will offer first aid, spare parts, vehicle support for tired riders.

Goat Farm Start/Finish

All races start and end at the goat farm, the site also of the second annual Central Vermont Brew Fest.

“The three distance options should appeal to a wide range of cyclists,” Freeman explained. “You can choose to simply ride at your own pace or choose to race for a coveted King of The Mountain award.”

Category winners will receive a custom bag stuffed with “amazing prizes,” he promised. All of the courses, he said, “will take your breath away with spectacular sweeping vistas throughout.”

Upon finishing the race, participants will be treated to tasty local food and a beer brewed especially for the race by Bent Hill Brewery, as well as live music. They will also find themselves at the site of the Central Vermont Brew Fest, featuring more than 60 beers and more.

“This special combination of events provides a unique experience in a stunning, rural Vermont setting,” Freeman promised. “I am proud to be hosting this in my hometown, supporting local businesses and showcasing Randolph/ Braintree’s expanding recreational opportunities.”

More information is at www.braintree357.com.

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