Tour de Grace takes cyclists from Stratton Resort to Townshend

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Tour de Grace bike ride from Stratton Mountain to Grace Cottage Hospital. Photo provided

TOWNSHEND, Vt. – Registration is open for the Tour de Grace Bicycle Rally – a unique, family-friendly ride held Saturday, June 29 to benefit Grace Cottage Hospital.

The scenic ride is 19 miles, mostly all downhill, from Stratton Mountain Resort to Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend. The route goes down country roads, through Jamaica Village, on the wooded Old Route 30 trail, over the Townshend Dam, and through the Scott Covered Bridge. Sturdy tires are recommended, and helmets are required. Bike rentals are available with advance request.

Riders start at Stratton Mountain Base Lodge between 8 and 10 a.m., and cruise at their own pace to Grace Cottage Hospital. The average ride time is an hour and a half to two hours. Busses and trucks 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 to your car – advance reservations required.

Rest stops along the route will provide riders with free beverages and snacks. Neon performance t-shirts will be given to the first 100 riders who sign up. Event may sell-out due to transportation limits so advanced reservation is recommended. 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.

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