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PAC Tour is heading to Burlington, Vermont!

These summer week long tours are based out of the great city of Burlington, Vermont. Burlington is only 200 miles from Boston, 300 miles from New York City and under 400 miles from Philly. This makes joining PAC Tour on a summer cycling trip convenient for veterans that reside on the east coast as there is no packing and shipping the bike along with an easy drive!

Always on the “best places” to live lists Burlington sits on the shores of Lake Champlain with a view of the high peaks of the Adirondacks. · Home to the University of Vermont, Burlington is very bike and pedestrian friendly, boasts numerous brew pubs stocked with VT craft beers, a wide variety of great restaurants; all in a spectacular setting. Bike cases will be stored at the hotel. There is a shuttle service from the airport/hotel and the hotel/downtown. The nearby airport parking lots are convenient to leave a car during the week. The Best Western also has a Starbucks next door!

You can register for one week or combine all the weeks into one nice vacation. Combining weeks will save you $100 per week! These tours are focused on luxury lodging (when available) to give riders the best experience possible.

 

Week One Northeast Kingdom and the White Mountains Details

Arrive Burlington, July 12th

Depart Burlington, July 19th

Averages 92 miles per day 26.900' of climbing

 

Between these weeks on the waterfront in Burlington, Vermont

22nd Vermont Brewers Festival

July 18 & 19, 2014

Tickets go on sale May 15th, 2014.

 

Week Two Lakes and the Seaway Details

Arrive Burlington, July 19th

Depart Burlington, July 26th

Averages 86 miles per day 18.700' of climbing

 

Week Three 7 Gaps and the Terrible Mountain Details

Arrive Burlington, July 26th

Depart Burlington, August 2nd

Averages 82 miles per day 33,400' of climbing

Every Saturday is arrival day at the Best Western Windjammer Inn. Riders can ship their bike cases to and from this location: Best Western Windjammer Inn, 1076 Williston Rd., So. Burlington, VT 05403 (802)863-1125. Bike rentals are available from the Skirack and North Star Sports.

Coming in a day early allows more flexibility and fun! Book your early arrival directly with the Best Western Windjammer or through one of the travel web sites.

Check in Saturday morning, assemble your bike, go for a ride or explore downtown!

Saturday's ride is an 56 miler out and back to Waterbury, VT where you can tour the Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, or the Alchemist Brewery. Shorter routes are availalbe.

Whether it is a double scope of ice cream or a double IPA - Saturday's ride is sure to please!

Later that evening wander around downtown Burlington. The CCTA bus stop is 0.1 miles from the hotel and roundtrip is $4.00. Transfers are free. Magic Hat Brewery is open until 7 pm so enjoy Burlington as no group dinner is planned.

 

 

7 gaps and 1 Terrible Mountain Week

How many ways can you say climb? ·Ascend, rise, scale, soar, go up? ·If these words make your heart beat faster, this tour is for you. ·And while there are a lot of climbs, there are equal stunning descents as riders cross the Green Mountains numerous times.

Day 1 Sunday departs from Burlington and spends most miles in the flatter river valley to Bethel Vermont where the first serious climb leads riders to Barnard and then down into Woodstock for the night. ·

Day 2 Monday starts with a gentle warm up through S. Woodstock, then on to Mt. Ascutney in Brownsville where riders can climb to the top on the auto road. ·This climb has the same grades as the famous Mt. Washington Hill Climb but is not as long. ·Leaving Ascutney, the route ascends the Vermont Alps and then drops down into Ludlow where another long climb up to the top of Okemo awaits. ·

Day 3 Tuesday begins with Terrible Mountain and is followed by climbs and descents through towns like Tinmouth, Tarbell, Danby and Wallingford and ends in Rutland.·

Day 4 Wedneday This day riders climb past Killington, drop into Stockbridge, meander along the river to Bethel and then face their first gap (Rochester) as they travel to Sugarbush Resort where they will spend 2 nights. ·

Day 5 Thursday GAP DAY Brandon, Middlebury, Lincoln (with sections of 22% grade and a bit of hard packed dirt on the descent) and Appalachian Gaps not to mention the climb back to the Sugarbush Resort. Had enough?

Day 6 Friday includes 2 gaps (Roxbury is optional) on the ride back to Burlington.

·http://www.northeastcycling.com/six_gaps.html·is an excellent website with all of the details on the VT gaps for those who want to know ahead of time.