Courtesy of Town of Killington
Spectators cheer for cyclists during the Stage Race’s Circuit Race last year. The town of Killington estimates the race brings about 1,200 people to town.
KILLINGTON — The Killington Stage Race returns for the sixth consecutive year this weekend, bringing with it hundreds of top competitive cyclists from across the country. This year’s race is expected to draw over 1,300 competitors and spectators for the three-day event, May 23-25.
Race Director Gary Kessler has seen momentum growing over the last several years and expects another great turnout. “We’re pleased to see the number of racers we have registered so far,” says Kessler. “Cycling fans should get ready to see some spectacular action by some amazing athletes all weekend long.”
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 set against the landscape of Vermont’s Green Mountains. These include an 18-mile circuit; a 61 or 76 mile point-to-point race featuring the five mile climb up East Mountain Road; an the Individual Time Trial, an 11-mile course that’s relatively flat.
“We’re looking forward to the return of the Killington Stage Race,” says Amy Morrison, director of the Killington Pico Area Association. “It’s a great kickoff to our summer season and a wonderful way for both cyclists and spectators to experience the beauty of the region.”
In 2014 the race brought an estimated 1,200 people to town, resulting in an estimate of $650,000 in direct spending to the region.
“The Town of Killington is delighted to bring the Stage Race back to the Heart of the Green Mountains Memorial Day Weekend,” stated Seth Webb, town manager. “Each year the event brings thousands of people who rent rooms, eat in our restaurants and shop at our stores. The race has made the town lively on what was traditionally an extremely quiet weekend.
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