Vermont Bicycle Shop Gravelcat Race

2019 Vermont Bicycle Shop Gravelcat Race

Presented by Carrier Roasting, Espresso Bueno, and Vermont Bicycle Shop


Sunday, June 9, anytime during coffee shop hours. An alley cat style time trial race between Espresso Bueno in Barre, VT and Carrier Roasting Coffee Shop in Northfield, VT. Any route you want.
Pick either coffee shop as your start, collect an email receipt (this has a timestamp on it) HINT: If you buy something ahead of the race and enter your details at each shop, you can save time on the day of the race.
Then race to the next coffee shop.  While en route to the finish you must take a selfie at a scenic hilltop view somewhere on your chosen route. There will be time bonuses for certain activities or actions before or during the race. The other coffee shop is your finish. Send all data to after you are done, the deadline for submitting your race details is 11:59 Sunday night. Winners will be announced during the following week.


Register here:



1st place is a $50.00 gift card from Vermont Bicycle Shop and a bag of fresh roasted beans from Carrier Roasting!
2nd place is a $50.00 gift card from Espresso Bueno and some sweet fresh roasted beans from Carrier Roasting!
3rd place is a pat on the back.



Sorry, no motors for this race, pedal power only. Obey all laws of the road. Be courteous to other cyclists and road users at all times. Be polite to the coffee shops. It’s not their job to help you get the best time. Your choice on when to go will certainly be a part of the strategy of the race, if anyone is rude to either coffee shop they will be disqualified.

You can start from either Espresso Bueno, in Barre, VT or from Carrier Roasting in Northfield. You must submit your time stamps the same day by 11:59pm along with links or proofs for your time bonuses. Submit those to make sure the subject line says gravelcat all one word, capitalization does not matter.

To start the race purchase a drink or food item from either Espresso Bueno or Carrier Roasting. Both places can provide a time stamped receipt to your email or even via text message. Make sure you get it. *Posting a selfie getting your drink and tagging them and Vermont Bicycle Shop will get a 1 minute time bonus, doing this at both locations will award you a 3 minute bonus!

Choose any route you want as long as you do not pass along restricted or private land without permission. (Have a letter of permission from a landowner on your route? That’s a 3 minute bonus, details below)

During your route find a scenic view and take a selfie. Selfies must be posted to the Vermont Bicycle Shop facebook page or tagged on instagram or emailed the day of your race.


The race is finished when you make a drink or food purchase from the second of the two locations. The time stamp from your first receipt and your second receipt will be used to determine your ride time.

In the event that riders finish with the same time (as your receipt timestamps only post to the minute and not in seconds or hundredths of a second!) a video dance routine posted to either the Vermont Bicycle Shop Facebook or Instagram will decide the winner.


Time bonuses:

Proof for time bonus’ must be provided to Vermont Bicycle Shop when you post your race result times.

A 5 minute bonus will be given to each rider that shows having made either a $10.00 donation to the Millstone Trails or purchased a 2019 VMBA membership with Millstone Trails selected as your local chapter. Email, Facebook, or Instagram proof to Vermont Bicycle Shop.


A 3 minute bonus is awarded to each rider that presents a letter of permission to use private land for bicycling in the immediate vicinity along the racer’s route. Email, Facebook, or Instagram proof to Vermont Bicycle Shop.

Did you volunteer at a local trail building day in Vermont last year? Show us your proof and get a 3 minute bonus. Email, Facebook, or Instagram proof to Vermont Bicycle Shop.

There is a time bonus if you take a selfie getting your snack or drink at either location when you start and/or finish the race. Post and tag them and Vermont Bicycle Shop on social media to get a 1 minute time bonus. If you post and tag both your start and finish photos you will get a 3 minute time bonus. The selfie must contain your purchase in the location!

New this year!! There is a 3 minute time bonus for both the longest route and the shortest routes!! Proof of route must be a strava activity link shared to Vermont Bicycle Shop. Sorry, no KML or other GPS files will be accepted. See our Strava Club profile for more details: