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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!

 

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.

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Tips from our Sponsors

June 8th, 2015 - Chronic Saddle Discomfort. Part 1 - Toe Pointing

This article is brought to you by our sponsor Fit Werx, a bike shop focused on professional bike fitting.

Some of the more chronic ailments riders have are saddle issues. Whether it is friction and sores; numbness and pressure on the soft tissue up-front; or sore sit bones, saddle issues are no fun at best and extremely limiting at worst. If you know your bike is well fitted, what else could be going on? 

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