We have included Ride with GPS QR Codes for the first 3 stages. They are adjacent to the elevation profiles for those stages. If you open the QR Code for a stage you will get an interactive map of the stage and can download route directions.
One major change for this year is to Stage 3. Because of localized flooding in early August in Hancock and Middlebury Rt. 125 has been completly closed up until late last week. The road still has several one lane light controlled sections where there were mud slides. Rt. 116 is also closed to all traffic and has not reopened at and it is unclear when it will be open to traffic. Ultimately we could not wait learn if these roads would open in time for the race on Sunday.
It has been a made scramble to permit a new course for Stage 3 in only a week. I am grateful to 6 very understanding towns allowing us access to race on their town roads. The re-routed course will still start at Mt. Ellen and finish at the summit of the Appalachian Gap which is the same as in recent editions of the race. There is slightly less climbing but there is 4.9 miles of mostly flat dirt road to make up for it. It should be a fun and challenging course and there will still be the climb up the App Gap for all the climbers in the race. The P/1/2 men will have an extra 30-mile loop and two climbs up the Baby Gap for a 90 mile stage.
Please take the time to read the Tech Guide as it will answer nearly all your questions about the event. We will have printed Tech Guides at registration if you would like one. You can also download it to your device for reference.
We are thrilled to announce that Verge Sport is our leader’s jersey sponsor for the 2023 GMSR! Verge has a long history of making world class custom cycling kits from the finest technical fabrics with industry leading technical features. This year’s custom GMSR leader’s jerseys will be produced on the TOR 2.0 jersey which features a second-skin fit, aero sleeves and 4-way stretch performance fabrics. Company founder Michael Magur is a racer himself and has competed in both the GMSR and KSR. Mike said: “Verge Sport is excited to have the opportunity to support the GMSR with our finest custom jerseys that will provide the winners with the race fit they expect and which they will be proud to wear.”