Start/Finish: East Barnard Community Club, 5324 Broad Brook Rd. East Barnard, VT, 05068.
Start Time: 9:00AM
Time Limit: 7h45m (RUSA Gravel Time Formula)
RUSA-submitted route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39164730
The ride has 5,800 feet of climbing and over 60% gravel, along with a few long descents on pavement. Most of the roads are very quiet and the scenery is classic Vermont!
Camping Pre Ride
Camping will be available on Friday night prior to the ride and some refreshment afterwards. The campsite is at the ride organizer’s home. The exact address will be sent to registered riders, but here’s a description from him on the setup:
Grassy tent sites and a tree area for hammocks are available, along with a pond for swimming if it is hot. The start is about 1/4 of a mile away.
There will be a grill available Friday night, along with water and ice. Pancakes and coffee will be served to anyone camping prior to the ride on Saturday. We recommend bringing any other food and beverages needed since the nearest store is 6 miles away.
Parking will be available across from the East Barnard Church on Allen Hill Road, rights at the corner of Allen HIll Road and Broad Brook Road. Additional parking will be available nearby on Broad Brook Road if needed. There are no stores at the start/finish, so plan on having whatever you need pre and post ride in your car.
The East Barnard Gravel Populaire will take in some of the best gravel roads in the towns of Barnard, Pomfret, Woodstock, Sharon, Tunbridge and Royalton. Starting in the quiet village of East Barnard, the route climbs up Allen Hill Road on the way to Wild Apple Road. The first class 4 road is a section of Wild Apple with some rock ledge that is easily rideable along a ridge, followed by a fantastic scenic descent on a smoother gravel section. After climbing up Stage Road to Barnard, you reach the first services at the Barnard General Store. Take a break by Silver Lake before heading down a long paved descent into Woodstock. More services are available in Woodstock at mile 23, including the iconic Gillinham’s and the Village Butcher. The next services are at mile 55, so make sure you have plenty of food and water.
Leaving Woodstock, you slowly climb up gravel roads to the very end of High Pastures Road, where the second section of class 4 road looks more like a trail into the woods. The track climbs to the ridge about a mile south of where the Appalachian Trail crosses the same ridge, then smooths out for a descent to Cloudland Road. This section contains some larger ledge and rocks, but is rideable so be cautious. Cloudland Road takes you back up into Pomfret and then another long paved descent to Howe Hill Road. Look for the Highland Cattle on Howe Hill Road, then descend all the way to the White River in Sharon.
Fay Brook Road leads into more miles of gravel roads, old farms and even a round barn as you slowly climb into Tunbridge. A paved descent along the First Branch of the White River takes you to South Royalton, where there are several stores and the First Branch Coffee Shop. You probably won’t have time to stop at the iconic Worthy Burger in town before you continue along a paved road down along the White River. After a few miles, you go through a narrow bridge under the train and head up Broad Brook Road and ust over five miles of gravel up this road leads you back to East Barnard and the finish.