Gravel Grinder Bike Tour
New! NH & VT Gravel Grinder – Sparkling Rivers and Radiant Ridgelines
Gravel grinders, races or rides on dirt, asphalt and gravel roads, are the fastest growing segment in cycling. Riders on the manageable Rivers and Ridgelines Gravel Grinder Bike Tour pedal a combination of dirt, ancient and paved roads that draw the rider into untraveled countryside for a rare experience.
Discover landscapes of brilliant summer and fall colors that make rivers and lakes sparkle and ridgelines glow in shades of green, red and gold. This region of Vermont and New Hampshire boasts radiant beauty.
It’s also loaded with a tremendous network of dirt and gravel roads that transport riders right into those postcard-perfect scenes. In fact, Vermont has more dirt roads than paved ones and we’ve spent over 30 years exploring the gems in this region.
Bike under a canopy of green or multi-colored leaves, alongside rushing streams that cascade down the hillside, past nearly obscured stone foundations from buildings long gone, through wildflower meadows that sway in the breeze and past working farms redolent with the smell of freshly cut hay – and sometimes manure!
This tour also passes farms and scenes that are quite literally on postcards, calendars and in books worldwide. Biking these ancient dirt roads allows riders to experience the real Vermont and New Hampshire in a way that is totally immersive – and invigorating!
- Explore the backcountry of Vermont and New Hampshire on a gravel grinder bike ride comprised largely of serene dirt roads
- Discover tiny hamlets and visit country stores
- Improve your climbing skills on some of the most scenic terrain in New England
- Explore unique shops and eateries in the vibrant towns of Hanover, Norwich and Woodstock
- Visit award-winning King Arthur Baking School, Store and Café
- Stay at fine country inns
- Enjoy exceptional meals of local, seasonal foods
Tour Reviews & Testimonials
“Seeing the fall foliage in the Northeast has been a dream for many years. This was even more beautiful than I imagined! It feels like biking through a postcard!”
“I highly recommend a Great Freedom Adventure! A New England fall bike tour had been on my “bucket list” for years. My wife and I toured during peak leaf season with Great Freedom Adventures. All expectations were surpassed.”
“We loved everything about the trip! The inns and the dinners were wonderful. We enjoyed having a dinner both at the inn and in town. The bikes were great. The snacks provided (both for the ride packs and at the pit stops) were terrific. We really enjoyed all of the bike routes as well as the stopping spots. Woodstock was such a quaint and beautiful town. It was nice that there was no pressure from the guides to go a certain pace or stay in a pack, etc. We definitely chose the right company to take our first bike tour with. We loved every minute of it and will not hesitate to book another tour with GFA in the future.”
Heidi & Colby H.
The Lyme Inn, Lyme, NH - 1 Night This luxury inn is a quintessential New England country retreat, frequented since the days of the stagecoach. Beautifully appointed rooms blend historic elegance with modern luxury while posh bathrooms feature Italian marble. The inn boasts two restaurants, both featuring seasonal fare prepared by an accomplished chef who uses fresh, local, high-quality ingredients.
May 18-22 | September 28 - October 2
$1,975 per person, based on double occupancy. Single Supplement: $695.
May 31-June 4 | July 26-30 | August 9-13 | Sept 27-Oct 1
Same as 2020 until 9/1/20
5 days, 4 nights
14-29 (14-46 with longer distance options)
Moderate - Challenging. Challenging with longer distances.
Flat to rolling along the rivers with hills outside the river valleys. Some short and long hills each day. Dirt and paved roads.
Bikes: You may bring your own bike or use one of ours while gravel appropriate supplies last. GFA bikes are high quality, lightweight, available with either drop or straight handlebars and are equipped with computer, mirror, waterbottle, handlebar bag, map case and seat pack with essentials. What’s Included:
- 4 nights accommodations
- 5 days of bicycling
- 4 breakfasts
- 3 lunches
- 3 dinners
- 2 guides
- Vehicle support
- Daily snacks and drinks
- Maps and cue sheets for each day's ride
- Tax and gratuities for meals and any side excursions
- High-quality bike jersey
- Use of featherweight, high visibility, reflective vest
- Dedicated service throughout your tour