SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
5-9p RŌKA Welcome party at Hatchet. Join us for a drink or meal!
12-6p Save time and ZIPP THE LINES. Just come and pick up your registration packet on Saturday between 12p-6p and you’ll be entered to win a ZIPP 303 wheelset!
12-6p Visit the Cannondale Spokeasy, the Velocio Airstream “Rosie”, SRAM/ZIPP, RŌKA’s custom bar, and SILCA’s cafe (free coffee!)
1 PM Shakeout Ride led by Ted and Laura King and friends
6-7:30a packet pickup, coffee by SILCA + UnTapped waffles
6-7:30a CARPOOL AND ARRIVE EARLY TO PARK!
7:45a Cochran Road Closure
8:15a Staging begins on Cochran Rd for start for both distances
8:30a: OFFICIAL MASS START FOR ALL
12p: food/beer and post race festival begin
6:30p: finisher cutoff
WILL THE COURSE BE MARKED?
We are taking a page from the leaders in the gravel community and following Dirty Kanza's precedent to be self-navigated. First and foremost, gravel is a tribe. We want to encourage camaraderie and community. Additionally, Vermont is a state with unadulterated beauty and one big reason is its lack of sign pollution—billboards do not exist here! Therefore, we are eliminating sign pollution and the chance for course sabotage which can happen. We have a number of ways to help you prepare for navigation:
A cue sheet will be provided at registration pickup. Please bring it with you.
Make friends on course—that’s why gravel is fun because you interact with others. Not sure of the turn? Say hi to the person next to you who can assure you!
Load the course on your GPS device—instruction and links to come in July.
Listen to a podcast between Ted King and the esteemed VT race director, Peter Vollers, in which the issues surrounding course markings are discussed: https://soundcloud.com/iamtedking/tk031 (specifically, beginning at 33:00).
Do not cut the course. If you need to cut the course, please announce to the race director as your finish will not official.
Yes. Bikereg.com will facilitate the transfer and once you initiate, you’ll receive a link with instructions. You may also use that same link from your confirmation email to switch to a different category. No need to contact us. You can make all the changes yourself.
We created a Facebook transfer forum to help facilitate: https://www.facebook.com/groups/871858753161328t
CAN I TRANSFER MY ENTRY or CHANGE MY CATEGORY?
What kind of Bike should I ride?
We like to say “run whatcha brung” because… BIKES! So many bikes are so capable these days, that many options will work. You’re looking for the ideal mix of speed, comfort and agility. The deft adventure seeker might opt for a road bike with file-tread 32s and disc brakes, but you might enjoy the ride and have more success with something more like a cx/gravel bike and 38-40c tires with knobs. Whatever you decide, there’ll be advantages in different sections of the course.
Deft Adventure Seeker: Cannondale Synapse with SRAM AXS for a full gear range, Rene Herse Stempede Pass 32c tires
Comfortable Adventure Seeker: Cannondale Topstone Carbon with SRAM AXS, Rene Herse Steilacoom Pass 38c tires
IS IT A RACE OR A RIDE?
All participants will don a number—so yes, it will be a competitive event whether you’re racing your fellow riders or racing your own limits. In the spirit of "keep Vermont weird", Rooted Vermont will follow a mullet protocol: business in the front, party in the back. There will be authentic (and awesome) Vermont prizes, but there will not be a prize purse.
Rooted Vermont’s slogan, “return to gravel” is a reminder of the roots feel that has drawn us to this type of racing. We want to see gravel flourish but maintain its grassroots feel.
DO YOU OFFER REFUNDS?
No. We will not be offering refunds or comped entries for the next year of any kind. We are working very hard to put on a stellar event for all of our riders, and first class events cost a tremendous amount of time and money to do things right. We’ll be sorry to miss you, but please try and arrange a transfer on our FB page or with another interested friend/rider.
Are SUPPORT CREWS ALLOWED?
Support crews are not allowed on course except to pick up a rider who is abandoning the event. By all means, cheer and observe, but any support provided will deem that rider immediately disqualified. Let’s maintain the spirit of gravel where you’re prepared, self sufficient and support your fellow participants should someone need help.
We’ll send details of aid stations prior to event day. There will be adequate water, UnTapped hydration mix, UnTapped waffles, UnTapped maple syrup and some special surprises to help fuel your day.
As always, call 911 in case of a medical or severe emergency.