I rode a 70 mile “Double Gap” ride this weekend. The loop begins in Waitsfield, crosses the Green Mountains over Middlebury Gap and returns to Waitsfield via Appalachian Gap. Topo calls out 7,500 feet of climbing – including the 2 passes. I did the ride in just under 5 hours – which was a bit surprising for me seeing how much climbing there was….
The Green Mountain Stage Race climbs over Middlebury and states in the race bible that the highest grade E-W is 18%. The climb up Appalachian was work – switchbacks top 20% near the top.