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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!


Huge Success for the Fourth Edition!

by Pascale Savard, photo credit: Keenan Grady, Lioneye Aerials

Mission accomplished for the fourth edition of the Darn Tough Ride this past Sunday is Stowe. More than ever, the ride lived up to its name, and then some. Some 175 riders came and conquered Smuggler’s Notch in one Darn Tough adventure, riding 48, 60 or 100 miles, each route going over the Notch twice under sunny skies and temperature in the high 80s.

Five hand cyclists took the start from the Commodores Inn for the 10 mile gruesome ascent of Smuggler’s Notch. First to cross the line was Jordan Carrell, of South Burlington in an amazing 47.06, second was David Santamore of Plainfield, Vt. in 1:33:36, and third Erik Kondo, of Lexington, MA, riding his Bomber all-terrain bike in 1:47:56. QOM was Hayley Sweeney of Tunbridge, Vt. No small feat conquering the Notch on a hand cycle. These athletes embraced the challenge, gave it their very best, and went home a little tougher, and feeling a lot more accomplished, spent and charged from the experience.


2015 Routes Announced

Stowe, Vt. - Vermont was the lucky recipient of record snowfall this past winter and boosts record skier visit at most of its mountains. The state also hit record days for cold temperatures which created significant damage to some of its more traveled roads, especially the ones with already less than ideal surface conditions.

For road cyclists, this unfortunate situation means that favorite rides often need to be altered to avoid either badly damaged and dangerous roads, or extensive construction zones that can translate into miles of riding on stripped pavement, gravel, or dirt. 

That being said, all of the Darn Tough Ride's routes, except for the family ride, have been re-routed for 2015. For the past three years, the event has used the same popular routes for the 45 and the 65 mile rides, and changed the 100 mile route in 2013 because of road construction in Montgomery Center and Jay Peak. This year, those roads are in terrible conditions, and there is no way that we want to send our cyclists anywhere near them.