The Vermont Gravel Traverse is a predominantly off-road route that traces a diagonal through the state of Vermont, from Canaan in the far northeast to Pownal in the far southwest. The route is modeled closely after the VTXL, which was inspired by ProTour rider Ted King and designed by Joe Cruz of bikepacking.com. At more than 340 miles in length (35+ miles longer than the VTXL), the Vermont Gravel Traverse has an impressive 33,500 of elevation gain — that’s an average of more than 4,800 ft. of climbing each day. The route travels along primarily smooth dirt and gravel roads … though there are a few sections of unmaintained Class IV roads that require an occasional hike-a-bike, even for the most technical cyclists.
This is a fantastic tour for those who appreciate remote landscapes, lots of climbing, lots of grin-inducing descents, and a comfy bed each night. Along the way, there are plenty of farmhouses, quaint general stores, swimming holes, and covered bridges to make you fall in love with the Green Mountain State.
The Vermont Gravel Traverse is one of the new type of tours offered by Discovery Bicycle Tours known as Adventure Tours. Guests provide their own bicycles and are responsible for their own basic bike maintenance, such as fixing flats and cleaning and lubing chains.
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