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Just wanted to put this ride out there for those that may be interested.  Beautiful gravel roads, manageable class IV, and no death-defying singletrack.  Pretty low key with a modest entry fee.  Several well stocked aid stations, well marked course, and wood fired pizza at the finish.  We did it for the first time last year and we'll definitely be going back.  100k has over 7000ft of elevation gain so bring your climbing legs!

I've done a handful of Vermont gravel rides and fondos, and to me this is the quintessential Vermont gravel event.  
https://www.bikereg.com/cabot-ride-the-ridges
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Can you give me a link/blog report of a ride or write up of somebody doing it a previous year. I like to do some homework or what JOM calls over at gravelcyclist tribal knowledge so I can get a feel for the ride. I did come across a website Minuteman Road Club that lists around 50 gravel/fondo/rando/road rides in the MA/VT/NH area for the year on a blogspot. I see he lists the Cabot Ride the ridges as 75-80% ? dirt. I am good with that as I didn't want to drive all that distance and only do a 40-50% gravel bike ride.


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I'm considering this ride. I have a camp in North Haverhill NH and the dirt roads here are spectacular even compared to some of the paved roads at home. Will be doing the Rose Mountain Rumble for sure and hope to meet some of you there.
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Thanks for posting...I am trying to keep rides in my future as goals to keep me going this summer as I am working thru some issues in my hip.  This looks like it may fall in my wheelhouse.


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It's awesome that you guys are thinking of doing it!  Me and my gf both agree, this ride should be way more popular than it is.  I just think that their advertising wasn't reaching the right people, and that's what kept it from hitting it's full potential.
Zman - as for a write up, it is pretty small so I doubt you'll find much of anything.  I can post some pics here from what I have.  I can confirm it is at least 75-80% unpaved.  As for my report, first and foremost there is a ton of climbing.  Over 100ft per mile easy.  5 aid stations; two of which are "mobile" which means the RD drives out and sets up a table and waits.  We were never in danger of running out of food or fluids.  Two of them were a table that other volunteers set up that you hit twice (once going out and once on the loop back) and the last one was at a farm.  Woodfired pizza cooked right at the finish.  Very casual and low key ride.  Course was marked so well you didn't even need the cue sheet.  The class IV (unmaintained) roads kept it interesting but not too dangerous.  I think the steepest I saw was 18%.
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It's awesome that you guys are thinking of doing it!  Me and my gf both agree, this ride should be way more popular than it is.  I just think that their advertising wasn't reaching the right people, and that's what kept it from hitting it's full potential.
Zman - as for a write up, it is pretty small so I doubt you'll find much of anything.  I can post some pics here from what I have.  I can confirm it is at least 75-80% unpaved.  As for my report, first and foremost there is a ton of climbing.  Over 100ft per mile easy.  5 aid stations; two of which are "mobile" which means the RD drives out and sets up a table and waits.  We were never in danger of running out of food or fluids.  Two of them were a table that other volunteers set up that you hit twice (once going out and once on the loop back) and the last one was at a farm.  Woodfired pizza cooked right at the finish.  Very casual and low key ride.  Course was marked so well you didn't even need the cue sheet.  The class IV (unmaintained) roads kept it interesting but not too dangerous.  I think the steepest I saw was 18%.


FYI Gravelcyclist and even this site is always looking for other people to contribute or do a write up on rides/races. Maybe if this was done on the ride/race it would help to promote it some. From my end I luv to read about rides and get some feel for the ride.

This is the report or info I was looking for. I am in unless my collarbone nerve pain would start acting up and I didn't get the training in I need. The Pony Express ride in Kansas kind of spoiled me for all other gravel riding/racing I have done. The first mile or less going out of town was a hard road and the rest was gravel.

Thanks for the info.
Zman


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