21st Vermont 50 Race Day Countdown

21st Annual Vermont 50
September 28, 2014

The Race is SOLD OUT!


Kid's FREE Fun Race Registration

(No age restriction,

parents can run the 1/2 with their children!)


WE NEED VOLUNTEERS

Volunteer for the VT50


A Benefit for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports

Sports for Every Body
Read about where

Your Donations/Registration Fees go.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Final Lists of Racers are POSTED! #vt502014 #VT50 #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT


 The FINAL Race List has been POSTED!
50 K Runners

50 Mile Runners

Relay Race Teams

Mountain Bikers

The Original 50 Mile Runners!


Notes for Saturday-Race Registration Day
Register: BIG TENT-Cunningham's Lot
Racers will pick up their registration packets and race t-shirts at the registration area. Please have your ID ready to collect your Bib #.

Drop bags: BIG TENT Information Table
Racers may drop off their drop bags at the Information Table. Drop bags will be handed to the volunteer "Baggage Handler". Bags must be no larger than  9”x  9” x 16” and weigh less than 10 lbs. Drop bags may be "dropped" off until 8 pm Saturday.

Handler/Crew/Spectator Plaques: BIG TENT Information Table
Racers will pick up their vehicle parking plaque at the Information Table. One Plaque per racer. The plaque will have the racer's Bib # and Vehicle Plate # on it. Once you pick up you rplaque, your name will be crossed off our master list*. These plaques are needed to park at the designated Aid Stations on Course. Relay Teams-ONE plaque per team.

Runner Handlers: #3 Skunk Hollow, #7 Greenall's and #10 Johnson's
Bike Crew/Spectators: #3 Skunk Hollow and #10 Johnson's ONLY

*If the racer's vehicle driver will not be around until Sunday morning-the driver may pick up the plaque in the Big Tent near the Pacer Van Shuttle area, still one plaque per racer-the master list will be checked!

Parking is at the Ascutney Mountain Base Lodge, one way in/one way out road. Please follow the signs to designated parking areas and please DO NOT park where it says DO NOT PARK.

If you see someone acting VERY HELPFUL in a Neon Yellow T-shirt, they are one of our dedicated volunteers! Please, say HI, give them a hand shake, a hug and THANK THEM. I know they will really appreciate it.



Kids Free Race 
BIG TENT Kids Table next to Registration
Check-In: noon-3 pm
Kids Free Fun Race: 3:30 pm

Races-All Races Start at 3:30 pm
1/2 Mile - a single loop
1 Mile - two loops
3 Mile (For children who are able to run independently.)

Kids Treasure Hunt: 4 pm
(Weather Permitting)
Hay Piles for each of these age groups:
0-3 years old
4-6 years old
7-10 years old

More images from last year's race: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontAdaptive-1/Vermont-50-2013/Kids-Fun-Races/


Saturday Pre-Race Pasta Dinner: 5-8:00 pm


Carb-Loading Pre-Race Buffett Dinner
Holiday Inn Harvest Dinning Room
 5:00-8:00 PM 
Buffet Dinner will include:
Caesar salad
Linguini with 4 sauce options:
Basil pesto
Meat
Alfredo
Marinara
Vegetable Lasagna
Manicotti
Artisan Bread
Dessert: Apple Crisp

$14.95 per adult
$8.95 per child



See You Saturday!
  • Register at the registration table (have your ID ready)
  • Pick up your Parking Permit (Information table)
  • Drop off your Drop Bags (Information Table)
  • Shop at our Merch Table (proceeds benefit Vermont Adaptive)
  • Purchase your Pasta Dinner Tickets (Merch Table or Hotel Lobby)
  • Shop at our Vendor Fair
  • Cheer on the Kids at the FREE Kids Races, Treasure Hunt
  • Enjoy a Yummy Pasta Dinner
  • GET SOME SLEEP!
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Please remember DO NOT follow your GPS-you may end up on a Class 4 Road or Trail not suitable for your Vehicle!

Please also RESPECT our LANDOWNERS!!!


The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run was founded in 1993 by Laura Farrell. She is also the Founder of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and The Vermont 100 Endurance Run
 
Vermont 50 is a Proud Supporter of VMBA and STAB

This Race is USATF Sanctioned Event Sanction Number: 13-02-550

Monday, September 22, 2014

Ask Zeke- A Few Notes Before Race Weekend #vt502014 #VT50 #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT




Hello Runners and Bikers.   
Your Vermont 50 Committee has been hard at work for many weeks now, making certain that everything has been done to ensure that all of you have a most enjoyable experience while challenging the trails and backroads of Central Vermont.

The weather in the race area has basically been dry all summer, while the occasional rain event has kept everything nice and green, without creating much in the way of mud.  Of course, a rainstorm between now and race day could quickly change things, but tnus far there's no such thing on the horizon.

Please keep in mind that the stated distances between aid stations are fairly close to accurate, but there can be minor variations based on reconfigurations or reroutes that are sometimes necessary. 

This is aimed primarily at the first-time runners, but something for everyone to remember.  Your pace in either of the 50's will likely be slower than what you're used to, unless you spend most of your time running or biking on tough terrain with lots of hills.  Remember that you have plenty of time to finish your race, and it's important to enjoy the journey as well as the finish.  If you try to run up every hill, you'll be wasting valuable energy.  Walking is, very simply, smart.  If your only experience is in road racing, you have to dump the idea that walking means failure.  In the trail ultra's it is the smart move and the best way to prevent failure.
www.runnersworld.com
And what about the downhills?  Most everybody respects the uphills, but I maintain that one needs to respect the downhills too.  Many runners look upon them simply as a welcome relief from the hard uphill climbing.  Their value, however, is in allowing you to make up the time lost on the uphills, but beware of being too aggressive if you haven't done aggressive downhill training.  The danger lies in beating up your quads, which aren't prepared for the pounding, and your being slowed to a walk because they hurt so much.  What's done is done, or rather, undone in this case.  If your training hasn't included much hard downhill running, just don't go crazy on the downhills in the race.

 
Hydration.  Regardless of whether or not you carried water on your long training runs, I caution you to change that practice for your race.  Running either the 50K or 50M without carrying any liquid, is like going into battle without bullets...i.e. the opposite of smart.   In the 50M there's a 7 mile stretch after the Skunk Hollow Station, and there's a 5 and a six mile in the 50K.  Using a rough estimate of your running pace, you can calculate just how long you'll be working hard, and most bodies will demand hydration en-route. Trying to gulp the liquid you need at each aid station is quite unwise.  The best method it to take in water steadily, which requires carrying some sort of container. 
As of today (Sept 22), the forecast is calling for sunny with a high of about 77 degrees. That's going to feel quite warm, so plan to carry sufficient liquid!


The blog describes the course markings, but here's a short refresher:  Black Arrows with pink background = 50 Mile Bike & Run.  Two segments of arrows with blue background.  This is where the 50K Runners split off, to later rejoin the 50 Milers each time, and again follow pink.  Black W on white means wrong way, turn back.  Black X on yellow means there's something hazardous that you need to avoid. Please see the Race Guidelines p 6-7.

The edible offerings at the aid stations amount to a smorgasbord, with a wide variety of consumables.  Exercise restraint, and don't get lulled into thinking that a meal break is in order.  Keep your goal in mind, and that's to keep moving toward the finish with a minimum of delay.  In particular, just because it's there doesn't mean that it's going to agree with your stomach.  If there's something offered that you've never eaten while running, don't experiment now.  The best piece of advice I ever got was "Don't do anything for the first time on race day."  This applies to eating, drinking or wearing new shoes or items of clothing for the first time.  If there's not much on the blog list of food items being provided that would agree with you, plan on stashing unbreakable, uncooled favorites in your drop bags.

And speaking of drop bags, fill them only with essentials.  If you haven't read the blog item on dropbags, DROP BAGS 101, I strongly suggest that you do so now.  They must be turned in by 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening.  It's not a case of just tossing them on a pile.  They must first be checked by our attendant near the Information Table.  We're not going to open them, but if they're too large or too heavy, they WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!  Don't take a chance on having none of your bags delivered.  That certainly could mess up your race.

Pace and estimated arrival times:   By now you should have at least a rough idea of what kind of pace you're likely to be riding or running.  It's especially important if you Runners are going to pick up a pacer at Linda's aid station.  This will ensure that your pacer gets on an early enough shuttle to be there before you are.  For the Runner Relay, have each team member provide an estimate of how long he/she expects to take in completing their leg, so that leg 2 and 3 runners will drive to the exchange points in plenty of time.  Bikers, you want to do the same estimating so that your spectating friends & family members will get to The Skunk or Johnson's before you do.
Regardless of what times you've seen printed for sunrise and sunset on race day, here's the gospel:  The sun will rise at 6:46, or 46 minutes after the first biker wave starts.  It's also 16 minutes after the 50 Mile Runners start.  I'd suggest that the bikers wear lights because of the darkness and your speed.  50 Mile Runners, your first mile is on smooth road, and then you'll be climbing a steep trail hill with good footing, and then be back on smooth gravel road again, by which time the sun will be up.  Thus, no real need for a headlamp.
As I do each year, I'm reminding everyone to be considerate of one another out there.  Bikers and Runners please communicate with each other, in order to accomplish safe passing and prevent injuries, as well as to maintain harmony and provide mutual support.  Bikers, please give a heads up if you're going to pass a runner on a smooth downhill stretch, and Runners, please display the same courtesy where you may want to pass a slow-moving bike in the tight winding trail sections.
All of you are soon going to be enjoying one of the finest venues in the Mountain Bike and Ultra Running worlds.  Try to focus on the journey as much as on the finish line.  You have plenty of time to complete your respective races, so no need to worry about how slow your pace may seem to be.   You'll have plenty of aid station support, the trails have been cleared of  obstructions and you've done your training 'homework'.
See you at the Information Table, where you'll get your vehicle passes, leave your drop bags, and get answers to your questions.    
Zeke
Please be sure to look over these documents:  
Drop Bags 101
Vermont 50 FAQs
Runner Info
Top Tips for Runners
Pacer and Relay Team Info
Training For VT50 Runners

Please remember DO NOT follow your GPS-you may end up on a Class 4 Road or Trail not suitable for your Vehicle!

Please also RESPECT our LANDOWNERS!!!


The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run was founded in 1993 by Laura Farrell. She is also the Founder of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and The Vermont 100 Endurance Run
 
Vermont 50 is a Proud Supporter of VMBA and STAB

This Race is USATF Sanctioned Event Sanction Number: 13-02-550

Vt50 Race Weekend Food-Yummy! #vt502014 #VT50 #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT

 Saturday Sept 27 Registration Day

the BOX

theBOX will be at the VT50 Vendor Fair
Saturday September 27
Stop by for a Bite!
Special VT 50 MenuBox Bites
· Sweet Potato tots $5
· House Fries $4
· Dipping Sauces: Harissa Aioli or Curried Ketchup $1
· Salted Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pita Sandwiches
· Falafel Sandwich –falafel, mixed greens, cucumber, tomato, tahini $5
· Pulled Pork Sandwich – pulled pork, sriracha hummus, pickled red onions $6
Make into salad + $2
About Us
theBOX is Hanover’s first ever food truck! Founded by two Tuck students, our mission to provide a unique food experience to the Dartmouth community and beyond. We are committed to making high quality food made from scratch – we bake our own pita every morning, work directly with several local farms, and change our menu monthly to ensure seasonality. The truck launched in March 2014 and the team has grown to include several Tuck student managers and over two dozen Dartmouth undergraduates. Check our website for the truck hours/locations and to inquire about catering. Come visit us at the truck soon! http://www.theboxfoodtruck.com

The Lazy Cow
File Photo

The Lazy Cow Vermont will be joining us again this year
on both Saturday September 27

and Sunday September 28!
The Lazy Cow is a local small business featuring Vermont Ice Cream, floats, shakes and sundaes!
They will have Ice Cream for Sale on both days at the BIG TENT and the Finish Line.

Pre-Race Pasta Dinner hosted by
Holiday Inn/Orange Lake Resorts



Carb-Loading Pre-Race Buffett Dinner
Holiday Inn Harvest Dinning Room
5:00-8:00 PM Buffet Dinner will include:
Caesar salad
Linguini with 4 sauce options:
Basil pesto
Meat
Alfredo
Marinara
Vegetable Lasagna
Manicotti
Artisan Bread
Dessert: Apple Crisp

$14.95 per adult
$8.95 per child


The buffet will be set up for 5:00 pm and will continue to be available until 8:00 pm. A portable cash bar will be set up in the Harvest room serving beer, wine and soda. Tickets for this evening buffet will be sold at the front desk in the Wyndham building. Once purchased, each guest will receive their ticket which will be collected at the door when they arrive at the Harvest Room.

Sunday Sept 28 Race Day

Brownsville General to Open at 4:30 am on Race Day!

Brownsville General Store on Rte 44
Will Open at 4:30 am
Race Day, Sunday Sept. 28
Amy and crew will have coffee, breakfast sandwiches, ice, beer, gas and just about everything you'll need on race day.

Swing by "The General" before you head to Racer Check-In!
Check-In Starts at 5 am
Racer Meeting at 5:30 am
Race Starts at 6 am

Watch Your time...Be prepared for traffic on the Access Road!


And folks that are handling--their FULL BREAKFAST start at 7 am!

Worthy Kitchen Returns for Post Race Dinner!

Post Race Menu
Grilled Lemon Thyme Chicken Thighs and Legs
Grilled Pork Sausages (Hot and Sweet)
Rolls and butter on Buffet Table
Roasted New Potatoes
Traditional Creamy Cole Slaw
Local Bean and Roasted Corn Salad
Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad
Worthy Local Greens Salad with Beets, Toasted Nuts, Balsamic Vinaigrette
Fall Fruit Cobbler

Worthy Catering will be providing food for the Vermont 50 Post Race Dinner on Sunday September 28 from approximately noon - 6:45 p.m.

The meal is included for our race participants and our volunteers. All others will be able to purchase the meal at the Worthy Tent!


The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run was founded in 1993 by Laura Farrell. She is also the Founder of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and The Vermont 100 Endurance Run

Vermont 50 is a Proud Supporter of VMBA and STAB

This Race is USATF Sanctioned Event Sanction Number: 13-02-550 

VT50 BIB and Waves are POSTED! #vt502014 #VT50 #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT

The Vermont 50 Bib Numbers are posted!
The Race Waves are posted!


Please Follow These Directions 
So We Will Have Accurate 
Race Times For You!


RACE START TIMES FOR SUNDAY Sept 28
Click on the Links Below

Wave Starts 
(Note-The Bike Lists are Sorted by Category, Age, Last Name)

Category                                                                                      Start Time
All other Experts: (12-26) &(35-65+) (Men & Women)                 6:05 a.m.
Sport Veteran (35-44) (Men &Women)                                         6:10 a.m.
Sport Master I & II (45-64) (Men & Women)                                 6:15 a.m.
All other Sports: (12-34) &(65+) (Men & Women)                        6:20 a.m.
All Novice & Tandem &Clydesdales (Men & Women)                  6:25 a.m.
50 Relay Teams                                                                             6:30 a.m.

All 50K Runners                                                                             8:00 a.m.

The race  cut off time for everyone is 6:30 p.m.
5 DAYS AND COUNTING!!!


The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run was founded in 1993 by Laura Farrell. She is also the Founder of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and The Vermont 100 Endurance Run

Vermont 50 is a Proud Supporter of VMBA and STAB

This Race is USATF Sanctioned Event Sanction Number: 13-02-550 


Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Day To Remember and To Honor Chad Denning-TODAY


Please join us TODAY September 20, to honor and remember Chad Denning with a trail race and picnic. All are invited to attend one or both of the events.

At 9:00 a.m. in Lebanon, N.H., the Lost a Lot Trail Race—which was created and organized by Chad—will proceed as planned. The seven-mile course is not easy, but it is fun. As anyone who knew Chad can tell you, he loved competition, but his primary goal was always to get as many people as possible outside just having a good time. In that tradition, all ages, abilities, and paces are encouraged to participate.

At about noon, following the race and awards, there will be a picnic at the Oak Hill recreation area in Hanover, N.H., about five miles from the finish of the race. We will have directions available at the race for anyone who needs them. We will also post additional details and directions here. At Oak Hill, there will be a family-friendly fun run (about 2.5 miles) and a community picnic. Please bring a picnic lunch for yourself and a dessert to share potluck style. Don't worry if you can't bake: peanut M&Ms (or "power pellets," as Chad always called them) are perfectly acceptable. As we picnic, we will share memories of Chad and celebrate his remarkable life. All are welcome to attend the picnic (including leashed dogs) regardless of whether they participate in the race.

Directions:
Oak Hill is at Storrs Pond in Hanover. Take RTE 120 north to Hanover until it reaches RTE 10 (Lyme Rd). Take a right going north to the roundabout. First exit to the right off the roundabout on Reservoir Rd. Go past the Ray School on your left, and then make a hard left into Storrs Pond Recreational area. Oak Hill is the first parking area on the right.

A fund has been set up to collect donations to Chad's family. Donations will be accepted at both the race and the picnic, or you can mail donations to:
The Chad Denning Family Fund
Ledyard Bank
67 Main Street
West Lebanon, NH 03784

(Checks should be made payable to Becky Denning.)

If you would like to make an online contribution to the Chad Denning Memorial Fund, a site is now available. We will also be collecting donations (checks and cash) at this weekend's Lost-a-Lot race and the event at Oak Hill.

Chad Denning was truly an inspiration. We will never forget his kindness, his spirit, and his smile. We hope you will join us to celebrate his life. It was far too short, but it was so full of adventures of every kind.

Friday, September 19, 2014

VT50 Runners-Last Day for Distance Changes Today! #vt502014 #VT50 #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT

 Last Day For Runner Distance Change
is TODAY at Noon
Runners you can make distance changes until noon today.
RUNNERS-Distance changes need to be made before noon ET-you will need to contact Mike Silverman ASAP. Previous documents say Sept. 26 but with the NEW chip technology we had to up the date to Sept. 19, sorry for this inconvenience.

Last Updated Entrants listed posted on Sept. 4
Mountain Bikers  
50 mile Runners  
50 K Runners  
Relay Teams  
List Updates: http://vermont50.blogspot.com/p/race.html  

NO REGISTRATION ON Race Day
NO TRANSFER OF RACE REGISTRATIONS

Bikers it is your age as of 12/31/ 2014.
Runners your age is the day of the race.





The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run was founded in 1993 by Laura Farrell. She is also the Founder of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and The Vermont 100 Endurance Run
 
Vermont 50 is a Proud Supporter of VMBA and STAB

This Race is USATF Sanctioned Event Sanction Number: 13-02-550

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Volunteers Still Needed #vt502014 #VT50 #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT

Vermont 50 Volunteers Needed

 

We still need a few Volunteers for: 
Parking at the Race Start and Finish
Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m
Sunday 4:30 am-9 a.m. and noon-4 p.m.
(What ever time you can give!)

Finish Line
Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
(What ever time you can give!)

Volunteer  for the VT50 Online today 
and get your friends to sign-up too!
Receive a FREE T-shirt and Free BBQ on Sunday! 
 
 
 
So many ways to have fun!!!


The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run was founded in 1993 by Laura Farrell. She is also the Founder of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and The Vermont 100 Endurance Run
 
Vermont 50 is a Proud Supporter of VMBA and STAB

This Race is USATF Sanctioned Event Sanction Number: 13-02-550

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Remember-Pre-Register Your Kids!



6th Annual Kids Fun Run-REGISTER ONLINE NOW!!

Pre-Register  Your Child TODAY!!



6th Annual Kids Race!
These FREE fun races gives the kids a chance to feel like they're part of the Vermont 50 and are held during registration, starting Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Races-All Races Start at 3:30 pm
1/2 Mile - a single loop
1 Mile - two loops
3 Mile (For children who are able to run independently.)

Race Pre-Registration : Please email vt50funrun@gmail.com with questions.

Register ONLINE

This will help speed up the process on Saturday so we can focus on the races! Include your child's name, age and the race they want to run.

Check-in/Registration
Opens at noon-3:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Big White Tent at Cunningham Parking Lot. Or you can sign up online ahead of time, see link below.

Please fill out one Waiver Form per Child and bring it along with you to race registration on Saturday September 27!  Race Waiver Form

Hay Bale Treasure Hunt 4 p.m. (Weather Permitting)
Also don't forget about our Treasure Hunt for the wee ones starting at about 4 pm (weather permitting!)

We will be bringing back the Treasure Hunt following the Kid's Race so have the little ones bring sand pails to collect their treasures!

Hay Piles for each of these age groups:
0-3 years old
4-6 years old
7-10 years old

More images from last year's race: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontAdaptive-1/Vermont-50-2013/Kids-Fun-Races/

The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run was founded in 1993 by Laura Farrell. She is also the Founder of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and The Vermont 100 Endurance Run

Vermont 50 is a Proud Supporter of VMBA and STAB

This Race is USATF Sanctioned Event Sanction Number: 13-02-550

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

VT50 Runners Last Day to Change Distance Sept 19! #vt502014 #VT50 #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT

 Last Day For Runner Distance Change
Sept 19
Runners you can make distance changes until September 19th!
RUNNERS-Distance changes need to be made before Sept 19 at noon ET-you will need to contact Mike Silverman ASAP. Previous documents say Sept. 26 but with the NEW chip technology we must up the date to Sept. 19, sorry for this inconvenience.

Last Updated Entrants listed posted on Sept. 4
Mountain Bikers  
50 mile Runners  
50 K Runners  
Relay Teams  
List Updates: http://vermont50.blogspot.com/p/race.html  

NO REGISTRATION ON Race Day
NO TRANSFER OF RACE REGISTRATIONS

Bikers it is your age as of 12/31/ 2014.
Runners your age is the day of the race.






The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run was founded in 1993 by Laura Farrell. She is also the Founder of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and The Vermont 100 Endurance Run
 
Vermont 50 is a Proud Supporter of VMBA and STAB

This Race is USATF Sanctioned Event Sanction Number: 13-02-550

VT50 Chipped Bibs and Race Start Times Announced! #vt502014 #VT50 #mountainbikes #ultrarun #VT




Please Follow These Directions 
So We Will Have Accurate 
Race Times For You!

RACE START TIMES FOR SUNDAY Sept 28

Wave Starts

Category                                                                                        Start Time

Expert Senior II (27-34) (Men & Women) & All Single Speed         6:00 a.m.

All other Experts: (12-26) & (35-65+) (Men & Women)                   6:05 a.m.

Sport Veteran (35-44) (Men & Women)                                           6:10 a.m.

Sport Master I & II (45-64) Men & Women)                                     6:15 a.m.

All other Sports: (12-34) & (65+) (Men & Women)                         6:20 a.m.

All Novice & Tandem & Clydesdales (Men & Women)                   6:25 a.m.

All 50 Mile Runners                                                                          6:30 a.m.

All 50K Runners                                                                               8:00 a.m.

The race  cut off time for everyone is 6:30 p.m.

Please Check Out:

11 DAYS AND COUNTING!!!



The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run was founded in 1993 by Laura Farrell. She is also the Founder of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and The Vermont 100 Endurance Run

Vermont 50 is a Proud Supporter of VMBA and STAB

This Race is USATF Sanctioned Event Sanction Number: 13-02-550

Congrats to Lea Davison on World Bronze! @leadavisonbikes #VT50 #vt502014 #VT

Lea at one of our Vermont 50 Races

By Peggy Shinn
Sept. 10, 2014,
11:04 a.m. (ET)

When Lea Davison crossed the finish line at the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Norway on Saturday, she couldn't believe that only two women had finished in front of her. With a bronze medal around her neck, Davison shared the podium with Catharine Pendrel from Canada and Irina Kalentieva from Russia.

"It still hasn't really sunk in," Davison said via Skype from Norway. "I look at the medal and I'm like, 'Wait, is that mine?'"

It was the 2012 Olympian's first world championship medal - and not an award that she expected. The 31-year-old Vermont mountain biker spent last winter rehabbing her right hip.

"I would have been happy to just simply be back training and racing my bike, but to have a dream season like this after having hip surgery in January and missing the first half of the season, I'm completely thrilled," she said. "I am the happiest girl in Norway."
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The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run was founded in 1993 by Laura Farrell. She is also the Founder of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and The Vermont 100 Endurance Run
 
Vermont 50 is a Proud Supporter of VMBA and STAB

This Race is USATF Sanctioned Event Sanction Number: 13-02-550