Join us at RAS Gravel Ride Saturday 6/29/19

RAS Gravel Ride

5th Annual RAS Gravel Adventure!

  • 41.6 Miles
  • 4000 ft of climbing
  • Famed JHR Climb with 21% grade
  • 88% Gravel

Event date:  Saturday, June 29, 2019

Start time:  9am

Inspiration for this ride came from the Vermont Overland and the increasing popularity to ride on dirt versus payment. 

If your looking for a challenging Saturday morning effort with good people, fast riders and a cause that drastically needs the attention of the medical field, then the RAS Ride is for you. RAS Gravel along with Vermont Rare an organization that cares deeply about creating a community in Vermont and beyond for those living with and affected by rare disease. We intimately know the challenges of the rare disease journey.  As passionate cyclists, we also know that there are parallels that exist between cycling and walking the rare disease path. Challenges are made easier when taken together – this is the very essence of gravel adventure riding.

The ride begins out of Wild Wings Nordic Center in my home town of Peru, Vermont at 9am.  As many returning riders can attest, the 42 miles and 4000 plus elevation gain covers some of the most scenic gravel and Class IV roads in Southern Vermont. 88% taking place on dirt, it’s sure to test your off road skill set.

If you're not sure if you have the right bike you should consider renting a Gravel Bike from us, take 15% off your rental fees with advanced reservation:

Bike Rentals 

About the ride

Expect some good ups and downs throughout the course, and about 4000 vertical feet of climbing throughout a 40+ mile course. A cross, gravel, mountain or fat bike will be your ride of choice for this event, something with 32 cc or bigger is really what’s calling your name.  You can find a good pace; hit some intensity with the lead group or take it easy and still get back for lunch. This is not a super long event but don’t be fooled, it is difficult. There is a sustained 5 mile climb up Moses Pond Road and a 21%, 900 meter climb up Johnson Hill Road which will both bring on some pain.  In 2017, a class VI extension from Stone Place to Priest Lane has made a more challenging 3 mile finish.

If you're not sure if you have the right bike you should consider renting a Gravel Bike from us, take 15% off your rental fees with advanced reservation:

Bike Rentals 

The purpose of this event is to support, educate and raise awareness for children with rare disease.

Shane is 8 years old now, born in December of 2010 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH.  Probably a good thing too as it wasn’t long before Shane found himself with a team of fine doctors there.  Several months after arriving home things just weren’t right.  Shane was starting to have trouble nursing, sleeping, reflux, slow movements, the term “Failure to Thrive” was thrown around a lot and also not exactly developing like your typical 6-9 month toddler.  But really, what is “typical or normal”.  So his mom and I continued on the current course with doctor follow-ups, tests and overnights in DHMC.  To make a long seven year story short, in the late spring of 2014 Shane was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, CFC, https://cfcsyndrome.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/CFCBrochure2017.pdf that lies on the RASopathy pathway.  At eight, Shane is the way Shane is and I wouldn’t change a thing.  He deals with his struggles in stride on a daily basis and I continue to learn from his heart, determination and vigor.  Starting first grade this fall has been the next big step along Shane’s road.

If you're not sure if you have the right bike you should consider renting a Gravel Bike from us, take 15% off your rental fees with advanced reservation:

Bike Rentals 

More info at: https://www.support4shane.com

Registration at: https://www.bikereg.com/40099

June 22, 2019 by Randy Elles
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