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Hey clarksonxc when are you going up for the ride?

Ry staying at Berlin at my end. Do you know any good food places there which must be close to Barre or Montepelier? At my end a Mom and Pops Italian place would work. 

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Hey Zman!

Here are a couple of Italian recommendations I can make in that areas:

Ladder 1 Grill (as Clarksonxc stated) - large menu, some Italian options - Barre
Mr. Z's - all Italian (good calzones) - Barre
Positive Pie -best pizza around, in my opinion - also have by-the-slice - Barre and Montpelier
Basil's Pizzeria - close 2nd to Positive Pie for pizza - Barre
Domino's - it is what it is ... - Barre and Montpelier
Simply Subs - mostly take-out - Barre
Sarducci's - finer-dining Italian rest. - excellent food, but can be a little busy and more expensive - Montpelier
J. Morgan's - also, finer-dining w/ some Italian options - great food - large portions - more expensive - Montpelier

Hopefully one of these will do the trick!

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Ry - I had my heart set on stopping at Prohibition Pig on the drive in, but it makes more sense to hit up Positive Pie (which has been on my list for a long time anyways!) that night instead.  Can't go wrong either way!
As for the morning of, we were hoping to grab an early breakfast.  We were looking at the Village Restaurant, right on main street across from PP.  Any other recommendations?

Zman - We'll be rolling in from Potsdam late afternoon/early evening on Saturday.  We stayed down in Barre last year, and ate at the Ladder 1 Grill.  I believe they had some Italian dishes on their very big menu.  It is Fire Company inspired, so a pretty cool atmosphere.  Breakfast at Maria's bagels was well worth it.  I'd suggest stopping at Vermont Bicycle Shop if it's open.  I don't know about you, but we don't have many gravel/adventure focused shops where I live.  VBS was a breath of fresh air in that regard!


Hey Clarksonxc!

You won't go wrong with Positive Pie! They have a wood-fired oven in Hardwick, so they turn out some great pizza (and could be a good comparison for the wood-fired pizza we'll have for Sunday's ride).  I highly recommend the fried brussel sprouts (however, I'm a vegetarian, so perhaps a bit biased . . .).

I wish I could speak to the Village Restaurant, but I've honestly never been there.  Looking at the reviews, it looks like a pretty good breakfast spot, and it opens at 6:00.  If you happen to be running late, we will have some freshly made apple cider donuts from Burtt's Apple Farm, which are incredible!

I also can't agree with you more about the Vermont Bicycle Shop - it is a great bike shop, and Darren (the owner) is awesome!

Sincerely -

Ry
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Hey Ry:

Thanks a lot for those food recommendations. I do use Trip Advisor some for that but nutin like eating where the locals eat.

I didn't hear back from you on a pre ride with a local rider for some tribal knowledge at my end. I could do an easy say 30 mile ride either Friday or Sat. even though Sat. would probably work better and would even settle for 20 miles if you have lots of hills up there and wouldn't mind riding some of the nasty stuff before the ride instead of being surprised ride day. 

Hope this can be worked out.
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Hey Ry:

Thanks a lot for those food recommendations. I do use Trip Advisor some for that but nutin like eating where the locals eat.

I didn't hear back from you on a pre ride with a local rider for some tribal knowledge at my end. I could do an easy say 30 mile ride either Friday or Sat. even though Sat. would probably work better and would even settle for 20 miles if you have lots of hills up there and wouldn't mind riding some of the nasty stuff before the ride instead of being surprised ride day. 

Hope this can be worked out.
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Hey Zman -

I apologize for not replying about a pre-ride. I would be happy to host a pre-ride on Friday afternoon, starting at 5:00pm at the Cabot School (where Ride the Ridges begins and ends).  i'd love to on Saturday, but we will be putting together all the last minute details of the ride, and sadly I have to work that day :-(  However, this would give you, and any other interested rider, a general sense of some of the types of roads we'll be traversing at this event. We won't hit the Peacham sections - where a good chunk of the 100k exists - but I still think this would be good for legs and for an idea about Cabot Ride the Ridges!  I think we could easily take on the 30k route, and quite possibly a good chunk - if not the entirety - of the 60k route. I'd like to leave it as a "wait and see" based on time/weather/other riders as far as the route is concerned. I'll advertise this opportunity late next week to all pre-registered participants and see if we can't get a handful of riders to come out and join!

I'll see you on the 7th for the pre-ride, and on the 9th for the "real deal"!!

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Thanks Ry for the pre ride on the 7th. I will see you then. I must say I am getting kind of excited about riding some VT. gravel.


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Hey clarksonxc when are you going up for the ride?

Ry staying at Berlin at my end. Do you know any good food places there which must be close to Barre or Montepelier? At my end a Mom and Pops Italian place would work. 

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Sarducci’s in Montpelier for good Italian; in an old warehouse by the river. There’s also a Positive Pie in Montpelier and a bunch of other places along State and Main Sts. Hunger Mt. Coop is just down from Sarducci’s if you want to hit the deli or just stock up on provisions. There’s also a big Shaw’s supermarket in Berlin. I don’t know Barre restaurants so well.
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I just posted this to all registered riders of this Sunday's event, but just in case someone from here hasn't yet registered, I am offering a pre-ride on Friday of 25+ miles with approx 2500 ft of elevation gain. We are meeting at the Cabot School at 5:15 pm to start, and some might be headed to The Den (Cabot's Hardware Store/Bar) following the ride for some liquid refreshment and food.
There are still 3 days to register at bikereg.com - and we do allow day-of registrations as well. We hope to see you this coming Sunday (and hopefully Friday afternoon as well).

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I just got back from the 510 mile road trip for the Ride the Ridges ride. I can't say enough good things about this ride. It has been the nicest/hardest ride I have done on the East Coast so far by a lot. I am tired but will do a ride report and some pics later.
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Zman -

Thank you so much for coming to our ride yesterday! It was so wonderful meeting you, going on our pre-ride on Friday, and speaking with you at the conclusion of our event yesterday. I'm also extremely glad that you appreciated what Cabot Ride the Ridges has to offer. We are super-proud to put on the type of event that we have here in North-Central Vermont, and feel we have something special to offer for all riders looking to enjoy the great outdoors, to challenge themselves up some seriously challenging gravel roads (but without significant safety concerns), and to feast on our amazing Vermont products such as VT cheeses, maple syrup, cider donuts, fresh apples, and wood-fired pizza with local veggies and meats.

We are just about to launch next year's event on BikeReg. It should be ready by tomorrow evening. In order to keep our event pure, we are going to limit our true "gravel grinder" distances to 75 riders per ride (both the 100km and the 60km). We were warned by a rider from Montreal that part of our allure is that we are a relatively "small scale" ride - and honestly, we were feeling the same. This is a fun and rewarding event to organize and run, but if it were to get too big, it would lose that feeling and become "commercial".  We definitely want to raise money for our local Mentoring program, but this is supposed to be a fun event - not something that feels like a "job" to organize, or impersonal like some great rides can become.

I'm so glad you joined us, enjoyed what we have to offer, and can add Cabot Ride the Ridges as your Vermont ride in your quest to ride 50+ gravel grinders in every US state.

Sincerely -

Ry
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Wow did I miss the cider donuts? I might have to come back for them. [confused] I would agree with you on the rider limit. I call that a grass roots kind of ride and what I also enjoyed about your ride. 


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Rode the 60K Sunday. It was a great riding day. This was my first organized ride and I don’t think I could have picked a better one. It had a nice laid-back feel with a good bunch of people; both riders and organizers. The views from the ridges were spectacular. Did I see somewhere that next year’s is during foliage season? That should be something!
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Greenhil -

Thank you so much for coming and enjoying Ride the Ridges this year!  I'm so glad you had a good time!
As for foliage season, sadly we will not be changing the date of our ride. We hold this event on the 2nd Sunday in September every year. While we have thought about trying to organize this event during foliage season, the riskiness of weather has tempered these thoughts. Even with this ride being the 2nd Sunday of September, we have had all kinds of different weather (this year's weather was by-far the best) - our 2nd year we even had spitting snow!  While VT foliage is absolutely breathtaking, it rains most days, which we worry could take away from the experience a bit.

That being said, some friends of ours are putting together the Peacham Fall Fondo this year on October 13th. This should be right around peak foliage season, is a 45 mile gravel grinder, and should be a blast! I'll be there, and hopefully some of you might join me as well!

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Thanks for straightening me out on the dates, Ry. I’m glad you’re sticking to Sept. for all the reasons you mention. I live in central VT so I’ll just enjoy the leaves from here!
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The 100k was the best route I've ridden. Beautiful, challenging, and interesting the whole time. I'll be riding this one again.
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