Hanna Thurber rode the 60-mile route of the Tour de Heifer in the first year of the ride, and loved it so much that she started volunteering for the Tour. Now she helps coordinate the Tour with a great team of people who love biking and Vermont’s beautiful and low-traffic dirt roads. It sure doesn’t hurt that the start line at Lilac Ridge Farm is just a half mile from her house. Hanna commutes to work on her orange Coconino bike from April until November and rides all the Tour de Heifer routes and around southern Vermont regularly. She has done all of the routes several times, so feel free to ask should you have any questions. She’s not a “hard-core” cyclist, but just likes to ride her bike, when she’s not working, traveling or gardening.
The Tour de Heifer routes are a good start to your training season, especially if you have your eye on a really long gravel ride later in the summer, such as the D2R2. You’ll know where you stand and what you need to work on, and will have fun doing it! But Tour de Heifer is not just for hard-core or competitive cyclists. We are friendly and open to anyone who just loves to ride a bike, whether that be for 15 miles or 60 miles. It’s a great ride to meet cyclists of all types and abilities, and riding different types of bikes. All are welcome!