Welcome to the home of the largest Pro/Am road stage race east of the Mississippi!
September 1, 2014
Look for photos of all four days of racing on our Facebook page coming soon!
Need more info about the race? The 2014 Tech Guide is now posted.
Return of the Classic Two Gap
Mad River Road Race Course!
Despite a long absence the faint markings remain on Middlebury Gap
500M to the K/QoM
We are very excited to announce that after a 3 year hiatus this year's Champion System Mad River Road Race will be contested on the classic 2-gap course. This course pre-dates the start of the GMSR and for many racers it put the Mountain in the name of the event. For several years racers have been asking us to return to this true climber's challenge, and with the nearly completed replacement of a closed bridge in Bristol we are finally able make that a reality.
This course offers two significant climbs with the Middlebury Gap first, followed by several challenging shorter pitches, finally ending with the climb up the Appalachian Gap. According to Strava this course is 64 miles with 5,560 feet of elevation gain for your enjoyment. Of course that is not enough for our Men's P/1 and Cat. 2 fields so we have added an extra little loop to bring their race to 94 miles and 7,280 feet of climbing. We promise this will be an epic day of racing whether you are going for the win or just trying to survive to contest the Burlington Criterium on Monday. All the course details will be posted under the Stage 3 page soon. Please note that both the South Street Bridge in Bristol and a bridge on Rt. 100 in Granville Gulf are closed. They are both scheduled to be open by August 19th.
From a ride on the P/1 & Cat. 2 loop earlier this week - I saw 3 bear cubs as well!
Look for updates in the coming weeks. If you plan to compete this year it would be a great idea to book your loding now! A number of the smaller inns and B&Bs would love to host you, but often they fill up early with wedding parties. So don't miss out on getting your first choice of lodging book soon. To see all of our supporting loding properties please visit our loding page.
It was a great day for a TT. We had some really close racing in many fields. In the men 50+ the 2nd - 4th places are seperated by only 3 seconds.
The Warren public works director demonstrates his custom made aero hard hat which he employed while he power swept the ITT course -thanks Barry!
Farm Team rider meets farm animals during the ITT.
Stage 1 Communique is posted.
Stage 1 TT results are posted!
Packet pick-up took place tonight at the Bridges Resort. We had a large group of racers patiently waiting for the doors to open. Once we started everyone got their numbers quickly. It was great to see so many familiar faces and get to hear how people have been doing this season.
The pre-race Communique is posted.
For racers interested in the Gran Fondo on Sunday, you are in luck as we will have race day registration at the start at the Mt. Ellen base area. If you would like more information about the event please see Stage 3 under the stage info link or check the Tech Manual. Race day registration and bib pick-up for Gran Fondo riders will start at 7:45am just outside the Mt. Ellen base lodge. The GF will roll off the starting line promptly at 9:10.
The 2013 Tech Manual is posted here for your reading pleasure. There are changes to the event this year so please read the Tech Manual so you do not miss any of them. We will have actual paper copies at registration.
The maps for Stage 3 have been updated you can see them here.
While not every GMSR competitor becomes an olympian here is one who got her start racing at the GMSR! Hear her thoughts on the race in the video below.
Here is another GMSR leader's jersey wearer who made good getting his first start at the Tour de France this year. Congragulations to Ted King!
Last year Ted spent race weekend training in the Mad River Valley (the UCI would not allow him to race). Ted wrote on his blog about the event: "The Green Mountain Stage Race is either the best race you’ve never heard of… or the best race you’ve ever heard of. Period."
We are looking forward to seeing you all at this year's GMSR August 29 - September 1!