Touratech DirtDAZE Adventure Rally – Vermont, August 15 – 18
This things gonna’ be big. And we want to make sure you know what to expect when you get here.
Given the popularity of the TTDD Rally, we don’t want you to ride a long distance only to find that most things are already full. That would be a bummer for you and us. So, here’s the deal:
- There is A LOT of interest in the rally.
- We filled all of the available camping/RV spots at S6 (Suicide Six).
- All of our guided rides are full. (They’re awesome.)
- We’ll have some unguided rides available for late comers. Some of the hero rides have limited availability. First come first served.
- Demos are available from Triumph, Honda, KTM and Beta, first come first served, limited availability.
- The obstacle courses will run on the days noted on the schedule, and first dibs go to those who have already registered. Limited availability.
We offer a wide variety of (plated) adventure bike rides through the Vermont Green Mountains. All will take you on an adventure of dirt roads, some necessary paved roads, and the occasional optional hero sections.
All sizes of street legal bikes are welcomed, but generally, Touratech DirtDAZE is geared for 650+ sized bikes. Four of the rides could be ridden 2-up, based on rider skill.
The 5 Guided Rides (all including a great lunch) are sold out. The Long Package(sold out) and the Short Package(sold out) already include 1 Guided Ride of your choice. You can also add additional rides to any of the packages.
Riders’ Meeting is 7:30am daily in parking lot; rides depart starting 8am.
|Vermont Ski Resort Run!|
|Experience Real Vermont!|
|The Ridge Route!|
|The New Hampshire Adventure!|
|Covered Bridge Bonanza!|
*to ride on a guided ride you must have a valid DirtDaze wristband, ticket for the tour & have signed the release waiver.
*GPX Files are not given out ahead of time. They are only given out onsite and to those who have a valid ticket showing they purchased it.
Best Day To Ride? Generally speaking, Thursday is your best day for a ride because the woods are more empty. By Saturday, there may be other traffic on the trails. If you have control over your schedule, select Thursday – or second choice Friday.
Tires: below we list suggestions like 50/50 but realize that rider skill and weather are the largest variables.
Pavement/Dirt: is the estimated % of saddle time on each surface.
Noise ! Is your bike loud? Most are quiet, but if yours is loud – then please read on.
We will ride in lots of beautiful Vermont countryside, past neighbors who either live off the grid (to get away from noise) and/or have livestock and horses. And in Vermont, annoyed neighbors can shut down access to some of the best gnarly roads. Surprisingly easily.
It’s a gorgeous location with many excellent dirt roads and we’d like to be welcomed again next year. So, for the sake of maintaining access and friendly relations, we need you to either quiet your bike, or we can refund your entry fee if you’re unable to quiet it. Thanks for understanding!
Vermont Ski Resort Run
Distance: 160 miles Tires: 80/20 Pavement/Dirt: 30%/70%
Difficulty: Intermediate Return Time: 4:30pm
Enjoy this very scenic ride on dirt roads through the Green Mountain National Forest while visiting 4 famous Vermont ski resorts (vistas galore!). You’ll snake through dense green mountain forests, interrupted by open stretches through Vermont valleys. The rides up to the resorts are twisty, fun and scenic.
Your day includes a several mile stretch of legitimate double track, riding up and over ridges with expansive views. Lunch is at one of the resorts, overlooking the ski slopes. Although the route has two [optional] semi-hero sections, it’s otherwise suitable for a passenger &/or 90/10 street biased tires.
Experience Real Vermont
Distance: 130 miles Tires: 90/10 (street/dirt) (except hero sections) Pavement/Dirt: 30%/70% Difficulty: Easier Return: 3:30pm
Experience real Vermont on this mixed terrain ride through rural towns and several covered bridges. We’ll take you down tree lined dirt roads, past picturesque lakes, along winding streams on the way to our out-of-the-way lunch stop in a small historic Vermont village near a covered bridge. There’s a challenging section before lunch for riders to test their skill on a bit of VT Class 4 road. Of course there’s an easy bypass and we’ll all meet on the other side.
A delicious buffet including freshly smoked BBQ pulled pork, grilled chicken and vegetarian choices will await us, including three sides such as cold potato salad, macaroni salad, and regular salad. Pitchers of lemonade, iced tea and water will be on every table. After lunch, we return to base via fun, curvy, mostly-paved back roads with a couple of special dirt roads to finish the trip. 90/10 tires and two-up are OK for this ride except for the 2 “challenge” sections where knobbies could be helpful.
The Ridge Route
Distance: 155 miles Tires: Knobbies preferred. Pavement/Dirt: 20%/80% Difficulty: Harder+ Return Time: 5pm
A knobbies-preferred, all-day ride up the spine of Vermont’s Green Mountains, with great views of the Adirondacks and VT/NH mountain ranges, to lunch at an iconic General Store with seating over the river. Covered bridges, coffee & photo stops, too.
This 80% dirt route will keep you on the pegs, but in case you’re paddlin’, on this route we discourage hard panniers – and soft passengers. This ride is for, and led by, experienced riders, however there are go-arounds for the tough sections.
At lunch, you’ll sit on the covered deck of a charming Vermont General Store, adjacent to a covered bridge. The deli is a popular destination for locals, offering creative sandwiches with plenty of sides, including cookies, chips, fruit and water.
The New Hampshire Adventure
Distance: 150 miles Tires: 80/20 Pavement/Dirt: 30%/70% Difficulty: Easier Return Time: 3:30pm
Try this passenger-friendly route through extraordinary sections of New Hampshire’s thrilling woods, creeks, dams and lakes! It’s a big-bike friendly, passenger-friendly ride including a great lunch. You’ll spend over 70% of your day on graded dirt, alongside creeks, dams, lakes and rivers. An optional hero section (knobbies recommended) is available before we stop for lunch at a delightful, lakeside New England Lodge.
After lunch we’ll sample twisty local (mostly-paved) roads back to DirtDaze HQ, arriving by 3:30pm. There are several scenic photo opps at vistas along the way. This is not an expert course. Even 90/10 tires should be OK unless oddball weather.
Lunch will be a generous buffet including: locally sourced pulled pork or brined, rubbed & slow roasted chicken; Brioche rolls, Jambalaya, Veggie burgers, Caesar salad, bean salad, cole slaw, cob corn, watermelon and homemade brownies, plus frosty pitchers of lemonade and ice tea. We expect this to be the best lunch offered on our 2019 tours.
Covered Bridge Bonanza
Distance: 130 miles Tires: 90/10 Pavement/Dirt: 40%/60% Difficulty: Easier Apprx. Return Time: 3:30pm
Join us on this very scenic, big-bike friendly ride exploring historic Vermont as we cross 5 covered bridges. We begin on (mostly) well-maintained dirt roads following streams and brooks as they wind their way south. There will be 2 opportunities to test your off-road skills on short sections of VT Class 4 roads (70/30 tires preferred). In both cases, an easy bypass will see all of us joined back up.
Before lunch, we’ll ride up the Mount Ascutney toll road to the summit offering dramatic, expansive views of the Connecticut River valley far below, then we’ll ramble over the longest covered bridge in New England. After a relaxing lunch at famous brewery, we’ll head back along mixed dirt and paved roads, with an ice cream stop along the way at an authentic Vermont country store. The lunch menu will include your choice of tender BBQ pulled pork or chargrilled chicken sandwich (generous portions on fresh rolls), fresh salad on the side, and ice tea or lemonade.