To celebrate the recent opening of new sections of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT) a public bicycle ride from the Cambridge Junction trailhead to Taylor Park in St. Albans (both directions) has been scheduled for Saturday, May 27th from 10 AM to 2 PM. This is a free event to celebrate the new LVRT section from Cambridge Junction to Sheldon Junction, a distance of 20 miles, with a connection to St. Albans on the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail (MVRT), an additional distance of 10 miles.
The main celebration event will take place at Taylor Park in downtown St. Albans with live music, food trucks and a secure bicycle corral. There is a limited shuttle service available between Cambridge Junction and St. Albans with pickups/dropoffs in East Fairfield and Sheldon Junction for a $10 charge to cover costs. To register for the event, the shuttle and a $2000 bike raffle, click on the following link: https://stalbansvt.myrec.com and select Programs then Rail Trail Celebration Ride under Events. There is a signup schedule for the shuttle.
We are encouraging participants to arrange their own transportation for shorter or one way rides with parking available in East Fairfield, Sheldon Junction and St. Albans. Expect to take five hours to ride the 60 mile round trip from Cambridge Jct. to St. Albans and back. For a shorter ride on the LVRT, Cambridge Junction to East Fairfield Village is a distance of 10 miles so would be a 20 mile round trip. Another shorter ride option would be to park at the Community Center on School Street in East Fairfield and take the LVRT north to Sheldon Junction (10 miles) and then the MVRT west to St. Albans (10 miles). A 40 mile long round trip.
There will be volunteer "crossing guards" at all the major trail road crossings to assist cyclists to safely cross the highways. Please note that vehicular traffic will NOT be stopped at the crossings so all trail stop signs need to be obeyed.
There will be water and snacks offered at the Cambridge Junction trailhead and due to limited parking we are asking that event participants from the Cambridge area park at the Community Center or the Rt. 15 Park and Ride lot and then cycle on the Greenway Path to the Cambridge Jct. trailhead. There is also event day parking at GW Tatro Construction and Smugglers Notch Distillery. Bootlegger Bikes will be offering bike safety checks at the trailhead.
Local sponsors for the event are the Cambridge Area Rotary, Cambridge Trails Committee, Cambridge Recreation Board, GW Tatro Construction and Smugglers' Notch Resort. Many sponsors from St. Albans.
Laird MacDowell, Chair, Cambridge Trails Committee