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May 24, 2017

Speed and distance: Road bikers compete in three-day challenge, over 150 miles

Speed and distance: Road bikers compete in three-day challenge, over 150 miles

Killington Stage Race returns for Memorial Day weekend

The Killington Stage Race (KSR) is a three day bicycle stage race held on Memorial Day weekend in and around Killington.

Cyclists from across the U.S., Canada, and international racers from as far as Bermuda and New Zealand traveled to Killington for the Memorial Day Weekend to participate in the Killington Stage Race, a legendary northeast cycling event, according to the Rutland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Registration for the 2017 KSR closes on Thursday, May 25 at 8 a.m. There is no race day registration. The race offers a $3,000 prize for the top men’s and women’s field.

Killington Resort will be opening many of its summer activities for the Memorial Day weekend, which coincides with this year’s stage race. These include the Beast Mountain Coaster and Skyeride. They are also working to open their Skye high ropes course and Terra-Maze. They will also have some mountain biking trails open for downhill fun. It looks like there will also still be skiing over Memorial Day weekend, too!

Stage 1: “Lookout & First Stop Circuit Race” Saturday, May 27

With start times ranging from 8:55 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. men and women will race 2-4 laps around the approximately 18-mile loop from the base of the Skyeship Gondola to Calvin Coolidge State Park on Route 100A to Plymouth and back on Route 100 to Route 4.

Stage 2:“Champion System Road Race” Sunday, May 28

With start times ranging from 8:55 to 10 a.m. men and women will race a 61- or 76-mile course from the Skyeship Gondola on Route 4 in Killington, up 100 North through Pittsfield to 107, then south on Route 12 through Barnard to Woodstock, then back west on Route 4 to Killington. (The 15 mile extension goes out to Bethel and back.)

Stage 3: “Long Trail Brewery ITT” Monday, May 29

The final sprint is “11 miles of fun!” race organizer state on the KSR website. With only 400 feet of elevation gain it’s also pretty flat for Vermont. Individual start times will be posted after Stage 2. Racers will run in reverse order of their placing, i.e. if you are leading you will start last in your field; if you are last on GC you will start first in your field. The race headquarters is at Long Trail Brewery on Route 4 in Bridgewater Corners.

For more information visit killingtonstagerace.com.

Photos by Robin Alberti

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