On Memorial Day, our favorite bike route gets competitive.

Echolake2Of the many great outdoor activities that October Country Inn guests have to choose from, one of our favorites, is an 18 mile bike ride from OCI, past the Longtrail Brewery, up a quiet winding road through a forested valley past the Calvin Coolidge historic homestead and Plymouth Cheese Company, down hysteria hill through Plymouth and up past Woodward lake, and finally back down to the Ottauquechee River where you follow it back to the OCI.

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For detailed route directions see www.vermontbikerides.com

Usually, if it’s a busy weekend, you might encounter a couple of other cyclists along the way.  But usually not.  However, if you should happen to pick the Friday of the Memorial Day weekend, you’ll have plenty of company.  This day marks the start of the annual Killington Stage Race which consists of a circuit race of between two to four laps around the same 18 mile route.

killstageSome years ago, the Killington stage race was a five stage event considered to be one of the most prestigious road cycling events in the Eastern U.S.  After a 10 year hiatus, a reduced 3 stage event came back in 2010.  Besides Friday’s circuit race, there’s a 61 mile road race and a time trial.  It’s really exciting to see these tightly grouped racers quietly whoosh by.  You can feel the energy in the air.  If you’ve ever thought about giving it a try, they have a citizen’s class for the circuit race to give you that opportunity.