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The AKP Foundation is looking for applications from young adult cancer survivors and fighters who are interested in mountain biking and connecting with other survivors/fighters at one of the best mountain bike destinations in North America: The Kingdom Trails.


**Online application closes 5/20/14.

Eligible applicants must…

-Be a young adult cancer survivor between the ages of 21 and 45.

-Have written clearance by their doctors to participate.

-Have some mountain biking experience or be able to ride at least 13 MPH on a road bike for at least one hour.



The outfitter for the retreat will provide full suspension mountain bikes. AKP will provide a detailed packing list upon application approval. Here are some of the significant items participants will need.

-Two pairs padded bike shorts

-Bike helmet

-Sleeping bag

-Sleeping pad



The participants must arrange transportation to and from Burke Mountain. The closest airport, Burlington International Airport, is 1 hour 50 minutes away from Burke Mountain. AKP may potentially be able to provide transportation from Burlington Airport on June 24th and back on June 29th provided there is a demand for transport.

AKP will provide two travel scholarship to assist with airfare up to $500.



Aside from most transportation costs, nearly all expenses are covered by AKP. AKP will pay for bike rentals, campground fees, and food. Participants may want to bring some petty cash.



This retreat will be somewhat physically challenging. It is not recommended for those who do not exercise occasionally, who do not like outdoors, or are very weak from treatments. AKP will hold other bike retreats that will be aimed at beginner riders.

The retreat will consist of four daily bike tours. Each tour will be led by a Kingdom Tours guide. The Kingdom Trails is a 108 mile network of mountain bike trails in the scenic Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. It is considered one of the best mountain trail networks in North America. The Kingdom Trails has trails for every type of rider from beginner to expert.

Participants will sleep under lean-tos at Burke Mountain campground.



Itinerary is subject to modifications

Arrival (June 24)

Participants must arrive at the Burke Mountain Campground on the evening of June 24th.


Day 1: (June 25)

Morning, go over itinerary for the 4 days

Get bikes fit, choosing tour times – broken into two groups, of 4 or 5

Group A, Group B

Bike Tour

Free time

Dinner (BBQ at campground)

Nightly Activity

Day 2: (Jun 26)

Breakfast at the campground

Morning Clinic – technical tips for navigating the trails

Lunch at Juniper’s Restaurant

Afternoon Tour

Free time

Cocktails/beer at the campground – dinner

Nightly activity


Day 3: (Jun 27)

Breakfast at the campground

Second Clinic (first day technical, second day mechanical)
Mid-day tour

Afternoon optional spa option – sports massage


Nightly Activity


Day 4: (Jun 28)

Breakfast at the campground

Mid-day tour & lunch

Free time


Nightly Activity


Day 5: (June 29)

Campground clean up

Morning departure



**Online application closes 5/20/14.

Our friends at and the Manchester & the Mountains Bike Club have taken the initiative to support the growing interest in Vermont cycling.

Everything you need to know about biking in the Manchester region is here:

News about upcoming races, events, BBMC meetings and links to area bike shops and mountain and road bike routes throughout Vermont.


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The 3rd Annual AKP Ski Retreat at Stratton Mountain, Vermont (February 27-March 2)

The Ski Retreat Application is now closed.

We look forward to hosting many more retreats in the future. Besides being a whole lot of fun, these retreats offer an invaluable setting for cancer survivors and fighters to bond and share their unique stories of bravery and hardship. Please check in with us to find when the next retreat is. The AKP Family is always looking for new members.


Saturday, October 5, 2013 * Manchester, Vermont

4th bike tour

The 4th Annual AKP “Fighting Cancer with Adventure” Bike Tour

 Register online!

Join us for the 4th Annual AKP Foundation “Fighting Cancer with Adventure” Bike Tour through picturesque southwestern Vermont. 100 & 50 kilometer (62 & 31 mile) loops are supported with food and drink stops manned by friendly volunteers!

There is an optional 4 km hill climb time trial from the bottom to the top of Rupert Mountain on the 100 km course, with gift certificate prizes awarded for the “Kings & Queens of the Mountain” (top male and female hill climb finishers under and over 40) courtesy of the Mountain Goat outdoor gear store in Manchester, Vermont.

The tour starts and ends at Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester.

Awesome polka dot (the pattern on the Tour de France mountain climber jersey) t-shirt comes with registration! 







Best of all, your efforts FIGHT CANCER WITH ADVENTURE by providing young adult cancer fighters and survivors with opportunities to reconnect with life following invasive treatments through adaptive and outdoor sports!

WHEN: Saturday, October 5, 2013

8-8:45 am. 100 km Rupert Mtn. registered rider sign-in/day-of registration

9 am. 100 km Rupert Mtn. Loop START

8-10:15 am. 50 km Dorset Loop registered rider sign-in/day-of registration

10:30 am. 50 km Dorset Loop START

1 pm. Top fundraisers / “King & Queen of the Hill” awards & food!

Register online!

WHERE: Burr & Burton Academy
57 Seminary Ave., Manchester, VT 05254.
Parking will be available behind the high school; the tour will begin from the circular drive in front of the high school.

SIGN-UP: Registration for both distances is $30 via through October 1. Thereafter, day-of registration is available the morning of the bike tour for $40.

FUNDRAISING: This event is being held to support a great cause (proceeds go to adventure or adaptive sporting equipment or experiences for young adult cancer fighters and survivors in financial need). As such, we strongly encourage all riders to set a personal fundraising goal of $100 – just ask five friends or family members for $20 pledges in support of your ride, and you’re there!

Become a Member of the AKP Bike Team! If you fundraise $250 or over, you become an honorary member of the AKP Bike Team and receive a stylish AKP bike jersey as well as AKP Euro sticker!

Become the AKP 2013 MVP! The top fundraiser over $1,000 wins a mountain bike trip for two to the Kingdom Trails in Burke, Vermont — the best trail network in the Northeast — including a one-night stay at the Wildflower Inn and two days of trail passes plus mountain bike rentals (all for two).

After you register for the event, look for a PLEDGEREG.COM email with helpful instructions re: how to track your fundraising dollars. Any other donations can be made HERE … Thank you for your support!!

AKP Bike Tour Course Route Information:

100 KM RUPERT MTN LOOP <– click to link to map

This course begins at Burr & Burton Academy near the historic Equinox Hotel in Manchester, Vermont. It meanders over and through picturesque Dorset to the base of Rupert Mountain. The main challenge is a 2.5 mile (4 kilometer) climb to the top of Rupert Mountain, with riders given the option at sign-in to participate in a hill climb time trial in the Climb-to-Conquer spirit of AKP! For all 100 km riders, time trialing or not, there will be a food and drink stop at the top with amazing views in all directions! The remainder of the course meanders through scenic West Pawlett, Wells (food and drink stop on the town green), and Tinmouth before looping back through Pawlett and Dorset (another food and drink stop) before rolling home into Manchester at the base of Mount Equinox. A rural, scenic, and beautiful course — hilly and rewarding!

50 KM DORSET LOOP <– click to link to map

This course begins in Manchester and does a beautiful loop through Dorset, Vermont, including the spectacularly scenic Dorset West Road. The main challenge is a climb up quaint Dorset Hollow which is rewarded with great views and earned downhills rolling back to the start in Manchester.

Food, Drink & First Aid Stops; Other Rider SupportThe 100 km route will include three food, drink, and first aid stops (medical support available); the 50 km route will include two stops. Stops will provide water, sports drinks, granola bars, bananas, peanut butter, bagels & trail mix. Bikers should bring their own water bottles and any additional nourishment needed. Route signage will direct riders, and volunteers will ensure safety at key intersections, however riders are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their route in advance of the tour.

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or a volunteer, email! Thanks to our amazing sponsors, who include The Mountain Goat, Vermont Bicycle Tours, Spiral Press, r.k. MILES & Joseph A. Wagner, C.P.A.

Dear Young Adult Cancer Community Member,

Please encourage young adult cancer survivors/fighters to apply to participate in the 2nd annual AKP Bike Retreat. Please find the link to the application here: 2nd Annual AKP Bike Retreat Application and please forward this page along to any survivors, fighters, or social workers that you know.

The retreat is a collaboration between The Always Keep Pedaling (AKP) Foundation ( and Vermont Bicycle Tours ( It is intended for cancer fighters between the ages of 21-40 who are in financial need and are eager to connect with others in the young adult cancer community through adventure. The retreat will be held in the Manchester, Vermont area on August 8-11, 2013, with a Friday all-day ride, a Saturday all-day ride, and a Sunday half-day ride. Lodging, food and equipment will be provided. Participants must arrange their own transportation to the Manchester, Vermont area (although we love to link people to arrange carpools where helpful).

Watch our video about last year’s retreat: