October Events

   Amazing how, in the last couple of days, the foliage colors have really begun to make themselves know. It is a reminder that fall (which officially began Monday) has arrived, and fall means at least two cool events to put on your calendar.
   The Allen Clark Hill Climb on Sunday, October 5 — a 6.2-mile time trial up the east side of App Gap, with a shorter ride to Mad River Glen for under-15 riders (unless they would prefer to ride all the way to the top). It’s a fundraiser for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport, so your $40 entry goes to a good cause (not to my retirement fund). There is day-of-race registration, but it will cost you an extra ten bucks, so pre-register here: https://www.bikereg.com/24604/Allen-Clark-Hill-Climb . If you think you’ve got a record-breaking ride in you, $100 cash goes to any man or woman who can set a new course record. The records (for the record) are 24:27 by Charles McCarthy and 26:47 by Marti Shea. All event details are at achillclimb.org, where you can also sign up for the Stark Mountain Hill Climb, Saturday’s (October 4) run up Mad River. There are duathlon awards for those crazy enough to do both.
   The DisasTour, a kayak-bike-trail run triathlon, is scheduled for Saturday, October 18. The event was originally created in 2011 to raise money for Irene relief; now money goes to worthy local-community causes. This year’s race will be held on a new course in the Blueberry Lake area. Do it yourself or assemble a team. Best part of the race is the fourth leg, the post-race party. One of the race sponsors is the Alchemist, so you should know what that means. For details and registration, go to http://vtdisastourtriathlon.com .
   Call me with any questions about either event, and if you don’t want to compete, volunteers are needed for both — 496-5538.
   Enjoy the colors and the warm temps. Peter

TIME TRIAL RESULTS POSTED; NOW ALLEN CLARK

Results for the last time trial of the season are now posted. The winners for the tough climb up West Hill were Taylor Hubbard and Amy Miner, who were also the overall series winners.
Next up on the local time trial scene is the Allen Clark Hill Climb up the east side of App Gap on Sunday, October 5. Info is at achillcllimb.org, and here’s a direct link to the registration page: https://www.bikereg.com/24604. It’s all for a good cause — to raise money for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport.

Ride and Barbecue 9/7

The Event was a HUGE success and may even have been the largest club event in our history! We had over 35 riders head out on 5 different rides of varying levels. Thanks to Luke, Mike, Dave, Joanie, Jed and Bob for leading the rides and making them fun. We heard from many people that they rode trails they had never been on, or had not been on in a very long time. Some people even found their skills being improved. When we were done with riding Adam and Lorien provided us with ample food and beer cooked in the usual Common Man spectacular style. More people joined us for the barbecue, pushing the event attendee numbers over 50. Events like this show what a great bike community we have.

MORETOWN TIME TRIAL RESULTS POSTED

It was ladies night at Tuesday night’s monthly time trial on the 9.4-mile course on 100B between Moretown and Middlesex. Grace Kogut prepared for her entry into sixth grade this week by speeding to a time of 42:15 on her mountain bike, just edging out her father Bob. And Amy Miner, arriving late and a bit harried, managed to pull it together to smash the women’s course record in a time of 23:37. That wasn’t too far behind the men’s winning time of 212:59, shared in an unusual tie result by Taylor Hubbard and Marc Hammond.

Club Barbecue and Ride 9/7

The club is having an event Sunday, September 7. The Common Man is hosting a barbecue at 4:30 in the afternoon. Suggested donation will be 15 dollars for food and beer, everyone welcome. At 2 pm we will meet for group rides at the Common Man. We have group leaders for the trails in Sugarbush village, Dennyland or Randall Rd, and Duxbury. We also have a ride leader for an East Warren road ride. We can add rides as requested. Please let me know if you can attend the barbecue so Adam from the Common Man can order enough food and also tell me if you will be riding and which ride or if you need more information.

TIME TRIAL RESULTS POSTED

Results of Tuesday night’s time trial are now posted. The turn-out was pretty skimpy — what’s up with that, Riders? Get on your bikes and go against the clock in next month’s series race — Tuesday, August 26, on Route 100B, starting in Moretown. Or try the practice GMSR TT starting in Warren and covering Brook Road and East Warren Road on Tuesday, August 12. (That race is not a part of the time trial series.)

TIME TRIAL UPDATE

The next Mad River Riders time trial is scheduled for next Tuesday (July 29), with the usual start time of 6:30pm.We will not, however, be using the usual course. Due to bridge construction and rough pavement in Granville Gulf, THIS MONTH’S TT WILL BE HELD ON A NEW COURSE. The course will be a 16.4-mile out-and-back on Route 100 between Granville and Rochester. The start/finish will be at the large turnout about a half mile north of Granville; the turn-around will be at Sky Hollow Road, about one mile north of Rochester. There is enough parking for about 10-12 cars at the start, with overflow parking available at the bowl mill in Granville. This is a long, flat, fast, and smooth (Vermont smooth, that
is . . . .) ride.
Also,the annual Great Mountain Stage Race practice time trial on the 5.7-mile GMSR course from Warren village to the East Warren Road-Common Road intersection is scheduled for Tuesday, August 12, also with a 6:30pm stat time. (For course details, go to gmsr.info.)You do not have to be participating in the stage race to participate in the practice TT, but if you are planning on riding the GMSR, you owe it to yourself to get a feel for what the course is all about. Entry is free, but this race will not count toward the MRR time-trial season standings.
Call 802-496-5538 if you have any questions.

Bike It If You Can –  Happened July 12 and 13 – Mad River Glen

The third annual Bike It If You Can Rides in Waitsfield. On Saturday they had three rides – 25, 48 and 62 miles, starting from the MRG parking lot at 9 a.m., with some meeting up down below at the Battleground. The 62-miler goes over the App Gap and Middlebury Gap. The 48 mile ride covered the Mad River Valley from Warren to Waterbury and Middlesex and back. The 25 ride will covered the East Warren area. There were 10 participants in all with great riding weather. Thanks to David for making this happen.