Riders gathered at the start line Sunday, ready to take on the open roads. It was all part of the The Central Vermont Cycling Tour at the Morse Farm in Montpelier.
"This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. The riders who come out and support us with a registration fee and it helps us fund our work to build more of the Cross Vermont Trail," said Rose Paul with the Cross Vermont Trail Association.
The Cross Vermont Trail is a project to build a multi-use, four season path across the width of Vermont following the Winooski River and Wells River Valleys. Organizers hope to see the 90 mile trail completed soon, and say a bigger trail means more ways to get around Vermont. "It's down in the valley, it's something that commuters, something that families can use because a lot of it is off road. It gets you to work, it gets you to villages, it gets you to ball fields -- it's just a nice way to travel," Paul said,
"Any of the proceeds go toward keeping up the trails or keeping up the trails, so that's something I really... I mean Vermont is such a great place to ride," said Lisa Lang, a participant in Sunday's event.
As some bikers took on the challenge of 59 miles for the cause, others had the option of a 33 mile tour, or a 14 mile tour. Along the way, cyclists took breaks at rest stops before making their way back on the course. With the fundraiser in it's fourth year, some riders look forward to the event -- and the scenic ride.
"It's our second year doing this ride. It's a nice fundraiser, it's not competitive, so it's a nice family event in that way," said cyclist Randy Brown. "Thought it would be the one chance I'd have at getting the whole family together."
And as riders continue along the course, many hope to soon take on the 90 mile challenge of the completed Cross Vermont Trail.
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