76 miles of epic and very challenging off-road riding including 9,000 feet of climbing. The VT Monster is best attacked with a Cyclocross bike though Road, Mountain or Fat Bikes are also capable of handling the course.
This is a challenging rolling course primarily on Vermont’s quiet dirt roads. Plenty of climbing, flowing descents and epic vistas. We’ll roll out of the Jackson Gore Lodge (Okemo Mountain) and head through downtown Ludlow, as the only urban experience on the ride. Just outside of town and about 2.5 miles in to the ride, the course makes a left and starts the first substantial climb of the day. From there the course is primarily on 70% gravel roads with very little flat terrain. There are a few unavoidable paved sections that you’ll find a relief and a short respite for recovery before the course turns up again.
You’ll be transported back in time to the Shrewsbury Co-op at Pierce’s Store, a General Store nestled in the North Shrewsbury mountains that seems unchanged from a 100 years ago. The course passes through North Shrewsbury twice and where we’ll have a fully stocked rest stop and anything else you might need will be available at the general store.
There are two stops on the course (Mile 26 and 52) that will be stocked with water, a mixed sports drink (Gatorade), pickles and pickle juice, bars and gels. There is also a wonderful general store at the location where you can buy fresh baked cookies or other food supplies you might need.
View a detailed course map here.
Each person has his/her own needs but at a minimum each person should bring:
- Cell Phone
- 2 spare tires/tubes
- Frame pump or C02
- Portable multi-tool
- License and credit card
- On course nutrition – Food/Drink
NOTE: The course closes at 4:00 PM. If you are not through rest stop 2 (52 miles) by 4:00 PM, you will be redirected on a shorted route to the finish. The post-ride festivities at Okemo will take place from 3:00 – 7:30 PM.