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Bikers converge for Killington Classic

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"You never know exactly what you are going to get from feedback from the attendees, but they love it," said Christian Dutcher, the Killington Classic's Director.

The Classic has been around for over a decade, but a major change this year means motorcyclists will be revving their engines from a new location. Previously held in the resort parking lot, the classic is now calling a Killington restaurant -- The Foundry -- home.

"Ideally, when someone comes to the vendor village and the headquarters, they stay -- they sit, they relax, they have a bite to eat. And we felt the foundry was a really good venue for doing just that. It's a beautiful site -- you can see the mountain from here," Dutcher said.

The 12th annual classic boasted three full days of activities, including a rally into Rutland, 35 vendors, riding competitions and a scavenger hunt. And riders looking to take a break off their bikes could watch the daredevil stunts.  

But for many riders, like Lanny and Diane Sirois.  The couple made the trek from Maine and say hitting the scenic roads was the highlight of the weekend. "The roads -- the roads are good riding. I realize Irene took its toll on a lot of them and it has taken quite a while to rebuild them, but it's good riding through here -- love it," Lanny Sirois said.

With nearly 2,000 riders, organizers say some rode in as far as Florida and Virginia. "Oh absolutely -- there's motorcycle riders everywhere, and motorcycling is a growing sport," said Tim Rathbun of Win's Trikes & Bikes.  He says his company has been coming to the classic every year since its creation. He says the event is great, but the potential is even better. "The state of Vermont doesn't have anything that compares to this, for the amount of vendors that we have. And I really think that if they put their mind to it, this will grow and be a great venue," he said.

Organizers say a rainy Saturday may have caused a drop in attendance. But the weather didn't scare away everyone. "We got wet," said Diane Sirois. "I got the wettest because I refused to put on my rain gear, but that's okay. I had it in my bag and just refused to wear it. You know, it happens -- if you are going to ride, it's going to rain, so you might as well get used to it and enjoy what you can. Just pull over when you need to, and be safe."

A portion of the gate proceeds for the event goes to the Wounded Warriors Foundation.

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