Rally Updates will appear throughout early April.
Registration Open April 22, 2021
Easy ones include scenic hard pack dirt roads – hard ones require advanced riding skills and knobby tires. All of them are scenic and fun, and take you to a fun lunch destination (lunch included). We ride in small-ish groups, leaving not-too-early, and getting back not-too-late.
WHERE: Covering the points of the compass: N, E, SE, SW, W & NW, our rides are 100 to 200+ miles long, with skill levels from Easy to Advanced. The routes were laid out for ADV bikes; some for 50-50 tires, others for knobbies.
THE TEAM: We’re fortunate to have 3 of the NEBDR creators (Eric Milano of MotoVermont, Andrew Phillips & Victoria Zandonella) along with other local legends, Jesse Pacht, Bill Luth and Fred of D.A.R.C. They’ve mapped out 5 outstanding guided rides.
WHAT BIKES: All sizes of street legal bikes are welcomed, but generally, Touratech DirtDAZE is geared for 650+ sized bikes.
WHAT RIDERS: We have green (easy), blue (medium) and black (hard) routes, so you can choose a route to meet your needs. Most (not all) routes could be ridden 2-up, based on weather & rider skill
LUNCH: Delicious lunches are included: interesting sandwiches, unique lunch pies or a sumptuous buffet. Please understand that with the current economic changes, some details may have to be adjusted but we will advise any changes.
RIDER’S MEETING: varies according to the specific ride. “The Big Adventure Ride” meeting starts at 7:10am daily in parking lot. All other rides, 8am.
TIRES: Below, we list suggestions like 50/50 but realize that rider skill and weather are the largest variables.
PAVEMENT/DIRT: Below, we list the estimated % of saddle time on each surface.
BREAK DOWNS? Have a break down during a ride? (Mechanical, not emotional) No worries. MAX BMW will come to the rescue retrieve fallen steeds!
NOISE: Is your bike loud? Most are quiet, but if yours is loud, then TTDD may not be for you. We will ride in lots of beautiful countryside, past neighbors who either live off the grid (to get away from noise) and/or may have livestock and horses. And 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.
IMPORTANT: Despite our best attempts to describe the routes, difficulty, terrain, etc, there are ALWAYS unexpected circumstances, and only YOU can determine if/what you should ride:
- You can always opt NOT to ride any/all sections.
- Don’t over estimate your abilities.
NEW! THE BAYLEY-HAZEN INVASION
Distance: approx 185 miles Tires: 90/10 Pavement/Dirt: 50/50
Difficulty: Easy Return Time: 4:00pm
*Passenger friendly ride
A scenic ride on ridge tops, past lakes and villages, and through deep, green valleys along a famous and ancient military road. Designed by Jesse Pacht, lead guide and local expert.
Join us for a scenic ride along this famous northern Vermont military road. You’ll ride across ridge tops, past lakes and villages, and through deep, green valleys. Along the way, your guides will entertain and inform you about the amazing story behind the ancient Bayley-Hazen Military Road. There are plenty of monuments, markers, cemeteries and picture opportunities along this route. Just before lunch, you’ll ride over the Hazen Notch Road winding through Hazen State Forest. If this road could talk…
Lunch will be at a rustic inn and lodge in Montgomery, VT.
This easy route is 50/50 paved/dirt roads, suitable for 2-up, 90/10 tires suitable for riding on well maintained dirt and gravel roads. There is one short section of possibly muddy and rocky road that is easily bypassed and one short, loose decline.
OPTION FOR EXPERIENCED RIDERS: There is an OPTIONAL small “challenge section only” for experienced riders with proper gear; we will be sending out a small “challenge section only” group that will tackle the often-photographed, rocky Class 4 section of the B-H. Admittance to this optional section will be determined by the ride leader.
THE LAKES REGION RECON
Distance: approx 120 miles Tires: 50/50 Pavement/Dirt: 40/60
Difficulty: Easy/Intermediate Return Time: 3:00pm
*Passenger friendly ride
A very scenic ride through “On Golden Pond country” totaling about 120 miles of which 60% is unpaved. Designed by Bill & Dennis, experts in the region.
This year Bill and crew will again lead this scenic ride in the area of “On Golden Pond,” totaling about 120 miles, of which 60 percent is unpaved. We’ll travel along the shores of numerous breathtaking lakes, past roaring brooks and over multiple mountains, taking in part of the majestic White Mountain National Forest including a couple of sections of the NEBDR.
Our delicious lunch will be served in an absolutely unique treehouse setting with choices for all tastes. We will see some interesting historical sites throughout the ride and even have a stop for ice cream while winding our way home,
Tour creators Bill and Dennis have many years of riding in the region and finding the best roads for your adventuring.
THE BIG ADVENTURE RIDE (with New Terrain for 2021)
Distance: About 195 miles Tires: 50/50 Pavement/Dirt: 30/70
Difficulty: Easy/Intermediate Return Time: 5:00 PM
*Passengers are OK, although there is one short optional challenge section for the knobby-clad
This is last year’s (great) run to the Canadian border with significant changes (and more even more dirt!). It includes loooong stretches of dirt, great scenery and a few intermediate challenges, the most difficult of which has a bypass. Designed by Hampster creator and NEBDR co-author, Andrew Phillips.
KEYS TO THE KINGDOM
Distance: approx 165 miles Tires: Knobbies Pavement/Dirt: 30/70
Difficulty: Medium/Hard Return Time: 4:00pm
*NOT a Passenger friendly ride
The Keys To The Kingdom (aka The Northeast Kindgom Tour) is is a butt-kicker, on lots of challenging dirt, and is recommended for less-than 800cc bikes with knobbies. Riders should be ready to ride rocky, muddy trails – some with moderate inclines and descents – into the Northeast Kingdom, the most sparsely populated region of Vermont. Designed by Eric Milano of MotoVermont.
The National Geographic Society listed the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) as “the most desirable place to visit in the USA!” With 2000 sq miles of mountainous wilderness it’s a treat to the eye and also makes for great ADV riding. No one knows the NEK better than this tour’s lead guide, Eric Milano (of the authors of the NEBDR). Eric and his expert team will lead this unforgettable ride.
Lunch (provided) will be at a private maple syrup farm famous for their delicious meat and vegetarian pies plus farm fresh provisions such as syrups, butters, produce and meats – all sourced on site or very close by. For lunch, we will enjoy some of their incredible pies, savory and sweet, along with salads and cold soft drinks.
If you bring some cash you’ll want to haul a few items back to camp because they have some great food treats on hand!
A word to the wise: Riders should be intermediate or above and have bikes with full knobby tires (TKC80, D606, etc.). 800cc and below recommended. If you’re on anything larger, you should consider yourself an expert rider. This ride is NOT 2-up friendly.
Here’s your chance for a unique, exciting ride. Don’t miss it!
LET’S GET DIRTY
Distance: approx 150 miles Tires: Knobbies
Pavement/Dirt: 22% off-road, 60% dirt roads, 18% paved roads
Difficulty: ADVANCED Return Time: 4:00pm if nobody does sumpin’ stooopid
This is our most advanced ride. If you’re not comfortable with advanced single track, then this is not the ride for you. (Last year, we had people who couldn’t advance beyond the first hill climb, so take this seriously) Designed by Fred Scott and the D.A.R.C. team.
There are 18 off-road sections totaling 29 miles. This 85% dirt route will keep you on the pegs; so we discourage hard panniers, soft passengers, and any tires other than knobbies. Among the difficult sections, you’ll ride long two-track Jeep roads under tree-shaded canopies, some on a leafy bed, some with rocky ledge hillclimbs (how’s your suspension?) and some mud, depending on recent weather.
Your much-needed lunch break will include a delicious assortment of deli sandwiches and more.
It’s for solo riders on ADV bikes and led by experienced riders. Bring your …A… game!