Celebrities’ and local leaders’ favorite routes

There is no doubt Vermont is an idyllic place for cyclists. With hundreds of miles of country roads, small towns, plenty of bike shops and beautiful views, locals and visitors alike to take to the roads and trails.

But did you know some of our local leaders and celebrities are cycling nuts too?

Gov. Phil Scott, New York Times bestselling novelist Chris Bohjalian, Cindi Wight, director of Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront, and Chapin Spencer, director of Burlington Department of Public Works, shared their favorite bike rides in the state with the Free Press, just in time for summer.

Don’t forget to pack water and snacks and stop for a creemee when you need one — these Vermonters like the long rides.

Gov. Phil Scott

When he was running for re-election as lieutenant governor in 2012, Scott rode his bike to all 14 counties of Vermont. He is known for his love of outdoor sports and racing, and his favorite bike ride in Vermont is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Scott likes taking Vermont 12 north from Montpelier to Lake Elmore and take a lap around the lake. That’s about 22 miles from Montpelier to Lake Elmore, approximately 30 minutes by car.

Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian poses with his bike.  The Vermont-based novelist enjoys cycling in his free time.

One of Vermont’s resident novelists, Bohjalian posts pictures of his dog Jesse and snapshots of Vermont from his bike rides on his Twitter regularly.

His favorite ride is from Middlebury to Kingsland Bay State Park which is about 18-20 miles one way depending on what roads he takes.

“The north/south roads, including Quaker Village Road, South Maple Street into Vergennes, Sand Road, and Botsford, offer panoramic vistas and little traffic,” Bohjalian said via email.

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