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About the Darn Tough Ride

The Darn Tough Ride is a road cycling event held in Stowe, Vermont, annually on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Every year, hundreds of cycling enthusiasts and their friends and families gravitate to the picturesque New England village of Stowe to be a part of the Darn Tough Ride, the perfect cycling adventure, incorporating some of the most celebrated unique routes, challenging climbs, and exhilarating descents in Northern Vermont.

The King and Queen of the Mountain Competition, two timed hill climbs over Smugglers Notch offers an extra challenge for those seeking a little more out of their day. The best part, you get all this, and there is no fundraising needed!


Darn Tough Ride is a huge success across the board! Over $5,000 raised to benefit Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports

Mission accomplished for the third edition of the Darn Tough Ride this past Sunday is Stowe. Some 125 riders registered for Stowe’s only road cycling event, and treated themselves (and their bicycles) to a friendly family ride, a challenging 45 mile ride, a scenic 65 mile ride, or a full darn tough 100 mile adventure.

The event, presented by Darn Tough Vermont, the Northfield-based sock manufacturer is mainly a friendly bicycle ride aimed at getting cyclists of all levels to ride together and enjoy scenic Vermont routes. For many, it is also an opportunity to push outside one’s comfort zone, mainly by climbing the tough and demanding Smuggler’s Notch ascent. For the more competitive cyclists, the ride also offers a competitive component, a King and Queen of the Mountain competition, two timed hill climbs, over Smuggler’s Notch, 5.3 miles on the Stowe Side, and 3.1 miles on the Jeffersonville side. 


Toughest of Them All Award back for 2014!

August 4, 2014

Darn Tough Ride is happy to team up with the Catamount Trail Association and their upcoming Northface Race to the Top of Vermont in creating the ultimate award, and toughest award Vermont has to offer!

The most prestigious "Toughest of Them All Award" will be awarded at the conclusion of the Darn Tough Ride to the fastest woman and the fastest man to complete both events. Participants can either run or ride in the August 24th Race to the Top of Vermont, and ride in the 100 Darn Tough Century Ride.