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Join us on the Tour de Heifer!

Join us on the Tour de Heifer!


Vermont’s most challenging dirt road rides! The sixth annual Tour de Heifer happens on Sunday, June 5, 2016!

The Tour de Heifer’s 60 and 30 mile challenge routes follow dirt roads with minimal pavement.  Both entail significant elevation change — that is, hill-climbing, and lots of it! The 60 mile ride has two short woods road sections. Both the 30 and 60 mile challenges are loop rides with opportunities for bailing out.

We also offer a less challenging (but still hilly!) 15-mile country ride with paved hills and a scenic riverside dirt road section. This is an out-and-back ride to the Green River Bridge.

Families and people who love to walk will enjoy our guided 3-mile hike to the top of nearby Round Mountain.

All of the routes begin and end at Lilac Ridge Farm in West Brattleboro, and feature incredible views, farm and woodland terrain, New England villages (one with a covered bridge), and much more.

Full info and registration

Got questions? Scroll down or click here for our FAQ!

All of the routes begin and end at Lilac Ridge Farm in West Brattleboro, and feature incredible views, farm and woodland terrain, New England villages (one with a covered bridge), and much more.

Registration includes a farm-fresh lunch and entertainment back at Lilac Ridge (for 60-milers, there’s a lunch spread about halfway at Green River).

For complete details, route maps, and to sign up, visit our registration page at!



Presenting Sponsor:

Merchants Bank

Key Sponsors:

Against the Grain Gourmet
Against the Grain Gourmet
Green Mountain Creamery
Green Mountain Creamery
Horizon Organic Dairy
Horizon Organic Dairy
LineSync Architecture
LineSync Architecture
Rudi’s Organic Bakery
Rudi’s Organic Bakery


Water bottles for participants from:


Bike Shop sponsors:

 FOOD/SUPPLIES DONORS: Against the Grain, Brueggers, Cabot Creamery, Cape Cod Chips, Clif Bar, Commonwealth Dairy, Drew’s All Natural. Dunkin Donuts, Equal Exchange, G. Housen, Grafton Village Cheese, Horizon Organic Dairy, Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs, Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Runa, Vermont Creamery, Vermont Fresh Pasta, Vermont Natural Spring Water, Vermont Smoke & Cure, Stonewood Farm

 SPECIAL THANKS: Vermont Land Trust and of course…our host, Lilac Ridge Farm, and all the farms along the Tour de Heifer: Winchester Farm, Robb Family Farm, Franklin Family Farm, Deer Ridge Farm, Sunrise Farm, Circle Mountain Farm, Full Steam Farm, Olson Farm, Gateway Farm, Shearer Hill Farm, Bree-Z Knoll Farm, Cortland Hill Orchards and the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center.

Tour de Heifer FAQ

What type of bike should I ride?

This depends on the ride you select and the options you have available to you.

15 mile ride: Any bike will do: cross, road, hybrid, unicycle, recumbent, tagalongs, etc. Having gears is good for the hilly sections, which are all paved. The dirt/gravel sections are relatively flat. The 15 mile ride is about half paved and half dirt.

Green River Challenge and Heifer Challenge (30 and 60): We recommend a cross bike or a road bike with slightly wider tires. A mountain bike is fine as well, particularly for the shorter distances, but, as you know, will be slower up the hills and on flatter sections. We regularly ride these gravel roads with cross, road and mountain bikes. The ideal is probably the cross. A number of people ride these gravel routes on a road bike with 25 mm tires, while some of us feel more comfortable with 28 mm or even 32 mm. Cyclists have a wide range of comfort with riding a road bike on dirt/gravel roads. Some folks aren’t keen on the way their bikes handle on the dirt, others are nervous about exposing their (sometimes expensive) machines to the dirt and dust. We think that many miss out because of these concerns. All rides are along lovely roads with little traffic. One of the joys of the Tour de Heifer is having people discover that they can get off the pavement with their road bike. Of course, mountain bikers and cross riders are already familiar with the joys of dirt.

One note on the 60 mile. There are two short segments that travel along woods roads. You may need to walk your road/cross bike through part of these sections, depending on road conditions. Don’t let this deter you. The ride is worth it. You will enjoy your road bike on the hard packed uphill grades, provided you have enough gears!

If you have more specific questions or just want to talk this through, please email the Tour Coordinator, Hanna Thurber, at We love to talk about bikes and riding dirt roads in our neighborhood.

All that being said, our motto is “Ride the bike you have!”

What kind of support is available?

We will have snack/water stops along the different routes. All of the rides go through Green River village in Guilford, near the covered bridge. There will be a larger snack/water stop there, along with a PortaPotty.

You should begin the ride well stocked with water and snacks, particularly for the longer rides. Don’t expect to find any stores along the routes to fuel up. There are none, as you are in the heart of rural Vermont.

There will be friendly bike mechanics available at the registration area, and we have found that if you have a problem or worry, checking in with our volunteer mechanics there often prevents further problems down the road.

There will be a couple of sag wagons and a roving mechanic, all in signed vehicles that will be going along the routes. There will also be an emergency number given out at registration if you need to call for assistance. Count on texting only, as cell signals are sporadic in these areas. While we will provide support, riders should be prepared as well, with food, water and tools of their own. We have many miles of routes to cover and help may not be immediately available.

When and where is lunch?

Lunch is back at the Farm for all riders, as well as the hikers. The lunch buffet is usually open from 11:30 to 2:00, but food will be available in coolers after that time.

Please note, particularly 60 mile riders, that we will have a substantial snack/water stop at Green River, to provide you with fuel to finish the last halves of your rides. Our experience is that most 60 mile riders prefer to stock up on snacks and fluids, rather than eat a full lunch our there. There will also be food at the farm for all 60 milers, even after the lunch buffet has officially closed down. Though we start wrapping things up at the farm around 3:30, we will stay set up for all 60-mile riders who come in after that time. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We know it is a long ride.

Are there places to bail out early if I get tired? 

Yes, there are a number of places along the 30 and 60 rides where you can bail out. You can also combine the first half of the 60 with the last half of the 30, by taking a right on Deer Park Road rather than a left (unless Green River Bridge is open). Just ask if you have questions about this option.

If you have questions about bail out points just ask our Tour Coordinator in advance, at registration, or at one of the water stops if you are unfamiliar with the options. Please note that our sag wagons will be covering only the official routes.

If I signed up for the 60, can I drop back to the 30 (or vice-versa)?

If you registered for the 30, you can change your mind and do the 60, or if you registered for the 60, you can do the 30. They are the same price. If possible, let us know at registration, but you can change your mind on the fly, or use the map to make up your own intermediate ride using one or more of the shortcuts between routes.

When does my ride start and can I start at a different time?

All of the ride times are suggested and you may start when you wish. However, please consider that our registration, snack/water stops and sag wagon support are based upon the suggested times. We encourage more leisurely 60 mile riders to start on the earlier side, closer to 7:00 AM, while stronger riders might wait until 8:00 AM. Our rest stops might not be ready for strong riders who start before the suggested start times. You are welcome to choose your time, just prepare accordingly.

I have a question that is not addressed here.

Send an email to the Tour Coordinator, Hanna Thurber, at We are happy to help.