June 22-23—BRIDGEWATER, KILLINGTON—The 9th annual Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride presented by Long Trail Brewing (formerly known as the Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports) is set to rock and roll, Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23.
Live music at the after-party includes the Starline Rhythm Boys, plus Duppy Conquerors, an eight-piece Bob Marley tribute band. The goal is to raise more than $300,000 for adaptive sports and recreation at this annual fundraising event.
In addition to event classic road routes that include the Cabot 100-, 60-, 40-, and 20-mile rides, mountain bikers now can join the cause at Sunday’s downhill timed session at the Killington Bike Park at Killington Resort.
The after-ride party is included in the rider registration fee and is also open to the public with live music, a huge vendor village, kids activities, face painting, Lazy Cow ice cream and a specialty BBQ and beer menu for the event, massive silent auction, photo booth, adaptive equipment demonstrations, and more. Admission at the door is $20/adults and $10/kids on Saturday beginning at noon.
More than 40 cyclists with disabilities plus their assistants and guides, as well as up to 700 cyclists and mountain bikers are expected to turn out for the Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride. The event raised nearly $300,000 last year, which supports the organization’s annual operating budget, participant scholarships, lessons, expensive adaptive equipment, and more.
Riders from around New England and East of the Mississippi are expected to participate in this year’s event. All ride routes including a family-friendly 5K bike ride, start and end at Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners (except the mountain bike session, which is at Killington Resort). The event is held rain or shine.
Cyclists check in Friday night at a pre-ride party at Killington Resort, and rides begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday from the brewery on Route 4. Rider registration is $70 and includes an event wicking t-shirt, entry to the après-ride party complete with food and entertainment, plus a commemorative pint glass. Each rider is responsible for a minimum $125 fundraising requirement.
Registration, pricing, information, and more can be found at charityride.vermontadaptive.org.