TOWNSHEND, Vt. – Registration is open for annual bicycle ride to benefit Grace Cottage Hospital. This family-friendly event is perfect for anyone in decent shape who knows how to ride a bike!
The scenic route is 19 miles, mostly downhill, from Stratton Mountain Resort to Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend. The route goes down country roads, through Jamaica Village, on the Old Route 30 trail, over the Townshend Dam, and through the Scott Covered Bridge. Sturdy tires are recommended, and helmets are required. Rentals are available with advance request.
On July 7, riders start at Stratton Mountain anytime between 8 and 10 a.m., and ride at their own pace to Grace Cottage Hospital. The average ride time is an hour and a half to two hours. Busses return riders and bikes back uphill to Stratton. Or, if you prefer, ask about parking at Grace Cottage and taking the bus up the mountain first, then riding down (advance reservations required).
Rest stops along the route will provide riders with free beverages and snacks. Free performance t-shirts will be given to the first 100 riders who sign up.
Round up family and friends, enjoy the beautiful scenery, get some exercise, and support Grace Cottage Hospital.
The event will be held rain or shine. More information, a route description, and online registration are available at www.gracecottage.org/events, or call 802-365-9109.