The Braintree 357 Gravel Enduro is Vermont's premier Autumn gravel event.
Set atop Braintree Hill, amongst the mindblowing VT fall foliage, this unique gravel adventure takes you up and down the mountain gravel roads of Braintree Hill. After the ride stick around for a great party, the Braintree Bluegrass Brunch! It's an authentic celebration of bikes, community, local food, craft beer, and live music at the Braintree Meeting House.
A little about the ride-
This ride/race is different! We've flipped the popular mtb enduro format upside down to create a first- of-its-kind format we coined, "Gravel Enduro". To put it lightly you put the hammer down and crank uphill across a series of King and Queen of the Mountain segments. Your accumulative segment times are tallied for a chance to win a coveted KOM and QOM award.
Overall times don't matter though, this race rewards the most well-rounded climbers. Outside of the marked KOM segments, there is no time penalty, refuel at aid stations, kick back with friends, take a picture of the beautiful Green Mountains and recharge for the next climb. The routes will challenge both the pros and casual riders alike. It's a gritty, dig deep cloverleaf route that is as much a mental challenge, as it is physical.
DON'T WANT TO RACE? NO WORRIES! Enjoy the same routes at your own pace. Just a casual ride with friends while enjoying the scenery!
3 Distance options-
Braintree 3 -The Big Easy- 3 climbs | 13+ miles | 2300'
Braintree 5 -The Classic- 5 climbs | 30+ miles | 5000'
Braintree 7 -The Beast- 7 climbs | 50+ miles | 8500'+
..the 7 route includes the infamous Braintree GAP!
Check out this video from 2017!
Thanks to Marius Becker for shooting and putting this together
A glimpse into the Braintree 357 Gravel Enduro
~ AFTER PARTY ~
The Braintree Bluegrass Brunch is our sister event here in Braintree, organized and hosted by Zac Freeman. It's a four-part series that runs over the summer celebrating live music, local food, Braintree history, and bike culture.
Over 500 people came to the summer series and we are excited to announce that we are hosting a grand finale Bluegrass Brunch for the 357 after party!
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The generous support of the following sponsors makes this event possible.
If you have the opportunity to support them, please do. Thank you
Braintree 357 Title Sponsor
Rural Vermont Real Estate, Owner/broker Paul Rea is a consummate professional & passionate cyclist with deep roots in Randolph/Braintree. Having organized and run the Pedros Mtb festival in the 90's, he is excited about supporting this event! For all your central Vermont real estate need please call Paul @ 802-728-6200
2018 Supporting Sponsors
A HUGE thank you to all our sponsors in 2018! We truly appreciate your support and commitment to improving our community through recreation.
A special thank you to the towns of Braintree, Randolph, and Roxbury for supporting this event!
Meet Braintree 357 Gravel Enduro Founder and Race Director
Zac Freeman is a native Vermonter and was born and raised in Braintree. He is a loving father, husband, jeweler, timberframer/craftsman, entrepreneur, and lover of life. His passion for the outdoors has fueled his adventures on two wheels or two skis for the better part of his 40 years. For him biking and skiing...IS LIFE. After living out west and traveling the country early on, he ended up moving back to VT in 2004 to settle down, build a home and begin a family.
His love and desire to see his home town of Braintree/Randolph grow has fueled him to create the Braintree 357 Gravel Enduro. The race route is literally his backyard, where he and his family ride regularly, often with their 2-year-old son Asher in a tow-behind Chariot. His hope in hosting this race is to bring both in state and out of state cyclists/visitors here to share in the experience of this special rural community, showcasing its genuine way of life, untapped recreational opportunities, and magnificent landscapes. All while supporting local farms, area businesses and strengthen the downtown.
Zac is also a founding member and Director of the central Vermont based trails alliance, RASTA (Rochester/Randolph Area Sports Trail Alliance). They are a backcountry ski and mt bike club that has received nation wide (and really global) recognition for their backcountry trail work in Vt. Please look at their website here- http://rastavt.org
Zac hand built their timberframe home.
His wife Shannon holding their son Asher
Want a event t-shirt? Register before Sept 1st!