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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!

 

Ready for the 2015 Edition of the Darn Tough Ride!

Stowe, Vt. - Spring has finally sprung in Stowe and after a long cold winter, Smugglers' Notch is finally about to open. Bikers are out in full force, enjoying the fresh air and a good dose of warm sun.

Preparations are in full swing for the 4th edition of the Darn Tough Ride, Stowe's ONLY road cycling event, to be held on Sunday, September 6th, 2015. If you have had the chance to ride with us before, you surely have appreciated how we thrive on putting together a first class event for all level of riders, without loosing the friendly and welcoming approach so many events often lack.

We are about three months away and now is a perfect time to start your preparations for a visit to Stowe for Labor Day Weekend. Come with friends and family and waste no time to sign up and save money on entry fee. If you plan to stay at the Commodores Inn, act today as they are filing up quickly for the big holiday weekend. Save even more by calling directly and mentioning the Darn Tough Ride when booking a room. 

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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. 

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