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Rasputitsa 2025

April 18, 2025 - April 20, 2025

gravel cyclists at Rasputitsa Dirt

The 2025 event date is not confirmed --As a gravel cycling enthusiast, Rasputitsa Dirt is an unmissable experience, with its 10th anniversary taking place at Jay Peak Resort. This year, the event takes a nostalgic turn, reintroducing parts of the original course, including the challenging Cyberia section, known for its deep mud and steep grades. Set against the stunning backdrop of Vermont's landscapes, the race is about endurance and embracing the unpredictable elements of early spring. Founded in 2014 by Anthony Moccia and Heidi Myers, Rasputitsa Gravel has a mission of cycling, community, and charity. The team at Strambecco considers Rasputitsa Dirt to be one of 2024's Best Cycling Events in Vermont and one of the Best Gravel Cycling Events in New England. This year, the race has been moved up one week, and organizers anticipate more challenging conditions with higher chances of snow and mud, adding to the event's rugged charm. Participant reviews for the event are off the charts; many describe Rasputitsa Dirt as somewhere between an unforgettable experience and an absolute blast.

Event & Course Info

The Rasputitsa is unique in its single-distance format for this year: approximately 53 miles with over 5,300 feet of climbing, ensuring that every participant experiences the full breadth of the challenge. The race, capped at 1,500 riders, will start in five waves, timing from start to finish, allowing for a safe descent while maintaining the competitive spirit. Notably, the event emphasizes self-sufficiency, with no outside crews or support allowed on the course. Participants are encouraged to assist each other, fostering a strong sense of community and camaraderie.

Enhancing the event's festive atmosphere, the Pearl Jam tribute band Five Against None will perform live, promising a vibrant musical experience. The Rasputitsa event is not just about the race; it celebrates the cycling community's spirit, promoting inclusivity and unity. The organizers have taken significant steps to ensure a welcoming and safe environment for all, regardless of race, gender, or background.

Rasputitsa at Jay Peak Resort offers a compelling blend of physical challenge, community spirit, and natural beauty. It's an opportunity for cyclists to test their mettle against the elements, bond with fellow enthusiasts, and enjoy a weekend of exhilarating racing and entertainment. Whether you're a seasoned gravel rider or new to the sport, this event promises an unforgettable experience. If you like muddy off-camber descents,  snowy hike-a-bike sections, and rough terrain, this event is for you.

More details, including course maps, for the 2024 event are soon to come, but you can reference last year's official race guide to get a sense of some of the nitty-gritty details.

Area Accommodations & Things to Do

Recommended lodging is available on-site at Jay Peak Resort, while other options include vacation rentals that suit various needs, from a stagecoach inn to cozy cabins. For those up for early spring camping, check out one of the many one-of-a-kind camping spots in the area.

The culinary scene in Jay, Vermont, and its surrounding areas is characterized by a charming blend of local flavors and farm-to-table dining experiences, offering a variety of fresh, locally sourced dishes that reflect the region's agricultural heritage and seasonal produce. This area is known for its cozy, welcoming eateries and restaurants that serve traditional New England fare, artisanal cheeses, and craft beverages, providing a unique and authentic taste of Vermont's culinary culture. Local favorites include Jay Inn & Restaurant, Miso Hungry, and Chowhound Smokehouse.

Jay, Vermont, a picturesque town in the Green Mountains, becomes a hub of activity as spring arrives. April, with its unique blend of lingering winter chill and the onset of milder spring weather, offers a variety of activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

It's an excellent time to explore the hiking trails around Jay. The Long Trail, America's oldest long-distance hiking trail, runs through this area, offering breathtaking views of the awakening landscape. The Green Mountains provide a range of hiking options, from leisurely walks to more strenuous climbs. The trails wind through budding forests, alongside melting streams, and up to scenic vistas that overlook the sprawling valleys below. Hikers will likely encounter various wildlife and blooming wildflowers, adding to the experience's allure.

Mountain biking enthusiasts will find plenty to explore on Jay Peak's network of trails that start to open up in April as the snow melts, offering a mix of terrains suitable for different skill levels. The trails range from gentle, rolling paths to more challenging, technical routes. Bikers can enjoy the crisp mountain air and scenic views of the surrounding landscape while navigating through the emerging greenery of the spring. The mountain bike trails around Jay perfectly blend adventure and natural beauty, appealing to experienced riders and those new to the sport.

Finally, if there is lingering snow, snowshoeing in the Green Mountains is an excellent activity at higher elevations with enough snow cover. The Green Mountains provide a picturesque backdrop, with trails suitable for all experience levels, from easy, scenic walks to more challenging hikes.

Related Events

While Rasputitsa Dirt is the only event produced by its team, other premier gravel cycling events in Vermont include the infamous The Overland from the team at Vermont Overland and VT Monster from Streamline Events.

For the multi-sport athletes out there, top mountain bike events in Vermont and the broader New England area include the Fox US Open of Mountain Biking, the Vermont 50 MTB by Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, two of the Best Mountain Biking Events in New England, and the Bear Brook Classic organized by State 9 Racing, as well as Wilmington Whiteface, a premier event from Life Time Events and part of the Leadville Race Series MTB. In addition, our team considers the Vermont Gran Fondo one of New England's best road cycling events. Trail runners of the group will appreciate the epic Vermont 100 Endurance Race and the Vermont Overland Trail, produced by The Overland, both of which we consider two of New England's best trail running events.


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