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Vermont Farm To Fork Fondo Celebrates Cycling, Local Farms July 12

Vermont Farm To Fork FondoFarm to Fork Fondo - Vermont will combine a beautiful bicycle ride through Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest and enduring farmland with hundreds of cyclists from beginners to professionals, aid stations with treats straight from local farms, and a post-ride farm-to-fork feast.

The cycling and local food event July 12 is designed to bring awareness to support and celebrate the symbiotic relationship between cyclists, farms and beautiful landscapes.

“Beautiful country roads are what cyclist seek out to ride on and they are kind of an endangered species in this country. I had this idea that it makes a lot of sense for cyclists to support local farmers not only because of the great food they produce, that makes us healthier people and better athletes, but also because they preserve the beautiful landscape that we seek out and enjoy on a bicycle. The whole event is about supporting that symbiotic relationship between cyclists, local farmers, and beautiful country landscapes,” event creator Tyler Wren of Wrenegade Sports told SnoCountry.com.

“It is getting tougher and tougher for the smaller farms to make it, and they are reinventing themselves to survive,” Wren added. Participants will have the opportunity to meet the farmers, get to learn more about their stories, and help support them by joining this community cycling event.

Although there will be some competitive elements, the event is not a race and all levels of cyclists are encouraged to join in.

“One of the goals of Wrenegade Sports is to create achievable challenges for people of all abilities. We have a really tough 100-mile ride for the real enthusiast that will get people coming in from out of state. We have a ten mile option that is pretty much flat with a farm stop half way that is intended for people with a rusty bike in their barn. We want to inspire the people in the Pittsfield, Killington, and Rutland area to get on their bike for this event,” said Wren.

All of the rides will offer aid station stops at working Vermont farms featuring locally-sourced treats, like maple candies from Mom and Pop’s World’s Best Maple Syrup, Sharp Vermont cheddar cheese from Liberty Hill Farm, and fresh ice cream from Kiss the Cow Farm.

In an added twist to make the event not only run smoothly but have some fun doing it, volunteers who will assist riders at intersections and aid stations are encouraged to join a team that will work to earn donations for a chosen farm organization. Volunteers compete by making sure each and every cyclist has an enjoyable day. The more creative, enthusiastic, and fun the team is, the more it will be remembered by the cycling participants. At the end of their rides, cyclists will vote for their favorite team of volunteers, which will then determine the size of the donation Farm to Fork Fondo will make to that charity.

One hundred percent of cash sponsorships and cash donations will go to the volunteer competition. An early registration price discount is available to all participants through midnight Monday, April 20.

Photo: Support local farms and the Vermont cycling community at the Farm to Fork Fondo July 12. (Wrenegade Sports/Facebook) 


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