Cycling event returns to Memorial Day
Registration is now open for the 2013 Killington Stage Race,
which is set to return to the region May 25-27. One of
cycling's top Eastern events, this race attracts over 600
competitive cyclists annually from across the country for three
days of racing one of New England's most challenging
courses. It also provides a huge annual boost to the local
economy during a historically slow time of year.
Race Director Gary Kessler says momentum for the race continues to
build each year. "Since the return of the Killington Stage
Race in 2010, we have seen growing interest and look forward to a
great event once again this May with some fresh pavement and
improved bridges along with a few other changes that will make for
a fantastic race."
Popular with cyclists and spectators alike, the Killington Stage
Race is a series of three races structured to cover a variety of
terrain and distances, and set against the cool, lush landscape of
Vermont's Green Mountains. Amateur and professional racers
kick off the weekend on Saturday, May 25 at the Killington Skyeship
with the Citizen's Circuit Race, featuring an exciting sprint
during every lap. Sunday's Stage 2 is the 62-mile road race
featuring the brutal 5-mile climb up East Mountain Road to the
finish. This year, for the first time, a Gran Fondo has been
added to the road race. Monday features an 11-mile individual
The Killington Stage Race was founded in 1987 and ran for 14
years before being cancelled in 2000 due to a lack of funding. It
was revived in 2010 by the Town of Killington's Department of
Economic Development and Tourism.
"The Stage Race is a spectacular cycling event that brings great
crowds and a competitive spirit to town during a holiday weekend
that used to be considered the off-season. It is a fantastic
way to kick off the summer tourism season and showcase our region,"
says Killington Town Manager Seth Webb.
Registration for the 2013 Killington Stage Race is now open on
at www.killingtonstagerace.com. Registration closes on May 21
at 5 p.m. Organizers are also looking for volunteer course
marshals, sprint judges, and drivers for support vehicles.
The Killington Stage Race is sponsored by the Town of Killington
and directed by App Gap Productions. More information can be
found at www.discoverkillington.com.