Many of you have been asking "WILL THIS EVENT CONTINUE AS PLANNED?" and rightfully so, as Onion River Sports has officially closed its doors. As heartbreaking as this decision has been for staff, customers, and the greater outdoor community, we assure you THE SHOW WILL GO ON and the Muddy Onion will live again!

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The Muddy Onion Spring Classic Gravel Ride is Saturday, April 28, 2018.

There are a number of former ORS employees and community members diligently working to bring the dream of Onion River Outdoors to fruition and raise the Phoenix from the ashes by early April. More details on that soon. Simultaneously, former ORS manager Kip Roberts, his wife Jen, former, former ORS manager Ryan Leclerc, and our friends at the Montpelier Area Mountain Bike Association are stepping up to the plate to organize this year's Muddy Onion. We'll have Harpoon Brewery, Darn Tough Socks, Vermont Peanut Butter Company, and many of our amazing community sponsors and supporters on board again this year, so while there may be a new sign hanging over the door at 20 Langdon Street, we assure you this event will be familiar in feel, fun, and gravel tomfoolery. 

Ok, so right after we get done telling you the event will be familiar, here's where we throw a stick in the wheel and tell you that both the full loop and the Hibernator loop are NEW FOR 2018! The start, finish, and some of the in-between will be the same, but we've kept the course(s) a little further west than last year, all to the "left" of Route 14. While this means that the "Halfway Home" stop will not be part of this year's full loop, it does mean that we'll be able to figure 8 around our Adamant Crossroads Aid Station at Mile 10 (for both loops) and then again at Mile 26 after a jaunt up to North Calais and along the shores of #10 Pond on the full loop. One aid station, double the fun! Again, expect similar shenanigans to years past.
Regarding the distances and elevation profiles, you may have noticed that the mileages have upped to 38.0 miles for the full loop and 21.2 for the Hibernator short loop. Yes, that's 2.5 and 1.8 more miles respectively. However, this year's full loop has 47 fewer feet of climbing and the Hibernator has only 22 more feet of climbing! So that means you'll be able to enjoy more of Vermont's classic gravel road vistas, more mountain ponds bustling with the awakening of spring (we count at least 5 substantial ponds on the full loop), and you'll get to discover two crux climbs out beyond Adamant that will burn themselves into your psyche for the rest of the spring and summer: Bayne Comolli Rd and Singleton Rd. Love them or hate them, they're all part of the fun of Vermont gravel.
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April 28th, 2018 9:30 AM   through   5:00 PM

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