Chain Gang work starts

This Sunday from 1-4PM, the Riders are starting construction on the first of the Chain Gang reroutes. Meet at the end of Phen Rd, off Bragg Hill or #9 Rd. Walt will be leading the crew through clearing a short section of reroute, creating and properly draining the tread and rehabbing the failing section. We’ll have tools, but more leaf/rock rakes, cutter mattocks, mcleods, rock picks/bars, buckets and dirt bags are welcome. Remember eye protection, gloves, good boots and a smile. Expect fun rock features and sweet ninja lines. Thank you!IMG_9945A


Enchanted Forest Bridge Rebuild August 7-9

The Enchanted Forest Bridge was damaged last season by a fallen maple and local Boy Scout/Mad River Rider Tyler Skroski has made it his Eagle Scout Project to replace it. Tyler is looking for help this Friday, August 7th at 5PM moving building materials and over the weekend August 8th and 9th at 9AM reconstructing this bridge in Howe Block-Camel’s Hump State Forest near the top of Tucker Hill Road in Waitsfield.

We are grateful for Tyler’s energy and support. Please help, even if you only have a few hours to spare. No experience is required, just the desire to participate in this great project.

The riding season is still young. Please also renew your Mad River Riders membership today, if you have not already. Remember to select the Mad River Riders as your primary chapter. Your support helps us build and maintain our trails. Thank you!


Work Starts on Suki’s Alley

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The Riders are excited to work with Sinuosity Trails again, this time on the new Suki’s Alley at Blueberry Lake. Featuring steeper grades and rock/wood features, the trail should add some spice to the network, while increasing loop options. The corridor has been cleared already, with a mix of pro and volunteer help. We’re hoping for a mid to late summer opening!

The trails are free to use for hiking and biking, but not free to build and maintain. Please help us by becoming a member, contributing financial support and volunteering.

p.s. Thanks to Jeb Wallace-Brodeur for the pics.

2015 Updates and Events

2015 is off to fast start and we’ve been enjoying some great conditions lately. Thank you to everyone that has volunteered on the trails and joined or renewed their memberships so far.

For those that have not yet had the opportunity to join the Mad River Riders or renew their membership, we highly recommend you do at Remember to select the Mad River Riders as your primary chapter. Your membership directly supports our ability to build new trails, maintain the existing trail network and support the many free events we have planned for this season.The entire network is open and most of it has been spring cleaned and refreshed. We’ve logged more than 200 hours already and we’re just getting going. If you’d like to help with maintenance, want to share where blowdowns or drainage issues have happened or see what’s been done this year, check out our trail volunteer info at

Please join us for our National Trails Day season kick-off party at Blueberry Lake on June 7th 12PM-4PM. To get things rolling, we’re breaking ground for a new trail connecting Tootsie Roll to Lenord’s Loop and receiving a Golden Pulaski from the USFS for our work.

Following the ceremony, we have free guided kids rides with the Mad River Rippers, Ali Zimmer is leading a fun women’s ride and there is a dad-supported strider ride/hike on Tootsie Roll,12:30PM-2:30PM.Once again, we’ll be joined by XPrezo Cycles and Clearwater Sports with paddleboards, both providing free demos. Thank you to Jason Plouffe and Barry Bender for their support.

The Common Man Meatball Truck will be there with tasty treats too and all profits benefit the Riders! Eat a meatball, build a trail. Adam and Lorien rock.

The Mad River Riders Facebook page is constantly being updated with trail condition reports and notices of upcoming events. Please check it out and like our page at We are close to breaking 1000 likes, so let your friends know. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can still check out the page.

Check out our Google events calendar to keep track of events, organized rides, trail work days and other good times, Mad River Riders Event Calendar.

Upcoming Mad River Rider Events

May 26 – Riders Road Time Trial 6:30PM-7:30PM
May 26 – Mad River Rippers Coach Training 5PM-7PM
June 1 – Riders Board Meeting, Waitsfield Elementary School 6PM-8PM

June 2 – Mad River Rippers 1st Ride! 5PM-7PM

June 6 – Flatbread Volunteer Party
June 7 – Riders National Trails Day Party – Blueberry Lake 12PM-4PM
June 9 – Mad River Rippers Ride 5PM-7PM
June 10 – Ali Zimmer Wednesday Women’s Ride – Lareau Farm – 5PM-7PM

June 16 – Mad River Rippers Ride 5PM-7PM
June 23 – Mad River Rippers Ride 5PM-7PM
June 30 – Riders Road Time Trial 6:30PM-7:30PM
June 30 – Mad River Rippers Ride 5PM-7PM
July 7 – Mad River Rippers Ride 5PM-7PM
July 8 – Ali Zimmer Wednesday Women’s Ride – Lareau Farm – 5PM-7PM