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Cycling Lincoln Gap East
Ride 4.1 miles gaining 1,453’ at 6.7% average grade.
This is a peaceful climb on a rural gap road in Green Mountains of northeastern Vermont. The climb begins near the small and quaint town of Warren (pop. 1,705) and is just south of Sugarbush Ski Resort.
Warren, VT is a quarter mile north of the climb start.
Public parking at the Warren Municipal Building.
While this climb has peaceful and lush green surroundings, the last mile is brutally steep (¼ mile at 18% average grade and a full mile at 15.5%). There is a flat/descent segment to the climb for 1.6 miles beginning at mile one that averages 1%, and the remainder of the climb (first and last segments) average 10%.
Top photo: Covered bridge on the ride from Warren to the start of our climb.
Section of the climb before the 15.5% final mile.
About a mile of the road is gravel, but easily manageable on a road bike.
The calm before the 15.5% storm. 😓
Lincoln Gap is the highest paved road in Vermont.
Photos are of the area within 100 yards of and at the gap.
“Each year the course’s four gaps are drawn from a selection of seven gaps; Appalachian Gap, Lincoln Gap, Roxbury Gap, Moretown Gap, Rochester Gap, Middlebury Gap, and Brandon Gap. The popular 6-gap ride includes all but Moretown Gap. Depending on road construction projects, which have been many, the course will vary from year to year creating a unique ride each time.
The 2021 Gran course will again push the limits with 11K+ feet of climbing over 130+ miles and 4 mountain gaps. The course will included a double ascent of Middlebury Gap (climbing both sides), once over Brandon Gap and of course, the pinnacle climb, Lincoln Gap. The course begins in the village of Bristol, Vermont, and heads east towards Lincoln. Climbing, albeit light to begin with, starts just 1.5 miles in. You’ll climb up towards the center of Lincoln and then on towards Ripton and the first mountain climb, Middlebury Gap. From Middlebury Gap, you’ll desend into Hancock and then climb out of the valley heading north towards Warren and the turn to Lincoln Gap; this is where the real challenge begins.
With a 24% maximum grade and an average grade of 15%, the east side of Lincoln Gap is reported to be the steepest paved mile in the U.S., according to Bicycling Magazine (June 2008) and now one of the world’s steepest climbs by Global Cycling Network (GCN).” VTGF
Distance – ~130 miles (209 km)
Max Elevation – 2,556 ft
Max Grade – 24%
11,700 ft (3566 m) of climbing
Gravel surface – ~24-34** mi
Climbs – 4 Gaps
Middlebury (west to east) 2,123 ft
Lincoln (east to west) 2,415 ft
Brandon Gap (west to east)
Middlebury Gap (east to west) 2,123 ft