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.

 

Sweet summer spins in the heart of VT

VT MTB Fest!

VT MTB Fest!

Many thanks to all our members and supporters for an incredible start to the 2014 season!

We have lots of fun ahead, including the Vermont Mountain Bike Festival on July 11-13, hosted by VMBA’s STAB-Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin chapter. Passes are only $65 for the whole weekend and include food, guided rides, demos, games and more fun. Mad River Riders-VMBA members get a discount on passes, too. On-site camping and hotel accommodations are available. If you haven’t been to Ascutney yet, you are missing out on one of the best VT networks. Take a spin somewhere new.

The Riders have active trail projects rolling right now, Phase 2 trails at Blueberry Lake with Sustainable Trailworks and updates in Phen Basin and Chase Brook Town Forest with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. Hardy and Wyatt are pushing their crews to build the most fun and sustainable routes possible. Stay tuned for updates and more pictures.

Enjoy the 4th of July holiday … see you in Warren!

 

TIME TRIAL RESULTS

Results of the Roxbury Gap Time Trial, second in the monthly MRR series are in. Congrats to Carole Hakstian for setting a new women’s course record. A time of 24:32 is some mighty fast pedaling.

Many thanks to all our landowners, partners, friends, volunteers, supporters, donors and members for a ridiculously great weekend! We hosted the VMBA Trailbuilder Clinic at Flatbread, which was led by Sinuosity Trailbuilders and attended by chapter members from around the state. We broke ground for Phase 2 Blueberry Lake trails, with the USFS, Sustainable Trailworks, VMBA, Xprezo, Clearwater Sports, CTA and lots of other friends. To top it off, we celebrated the start of the season with a party at the Common Man!

Join us at 7PM, Thursday, June 12th for the Wu Ledges Public Forum. Our involvement with this plan is vital to helping the community’s sustainability and livability. The meeting is at Waitsfield School, please come!

VMBA Trailbuilding Clinic 2014, led by Sinuosity.

VMBA Trailbuilding Clinic 2014, led by Sinuosity.

VMBA Trailbuilding Clinic work on Revolution.

VMBA Trailbuilding Clinic work on Revolution.

 

 

Sweet rolling from the VMBA Trail Clinic.

Sweet rolling from the VMBA Trail Clinic.

Thank you Adam and Lorien!

Thank you Adam and Lorien!

The Common Man is uncommonly awesome!

The Common Man is uncommonly awesome!

Blueberry Lake Phase 2 Groundbreaking.

Blueberry Lake Phase 2 Groundbreaking.

 

 

 

 

 


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Bike It If You Can – July 11 to 13 – Mad River Glen

Join us for the third annual Bike It If You Can Rides in Waitsfield. On Saturday we’ll have 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 Ap Gap and Middlebury Gap. The other routes stick to the eastern side of the ridge.

Upon our return on Saturday, we’ll head for Lareau’s swimming hole down on Route 100. Later, we’ll gather on the deck at the Basebox for dinner.
Sunday we’ll meet again at the MRG parking lot and head south down the newly paved Route 100 to Moss Glen Falls. It’s a 40-mile ride, with an additional 20-mile loop.

All will gather for dinner at the Basebox under the full moon.

We will be posting more information on the Road Page with further details.

Contact: Dave Wilson, White Plains Ski Club, 914-217-5600

Trail Work Day Sunday 6/1

This Sunday, June 1st, 12-3PM, the Riders are hosting a trail day in Camel’s Hump State Forest. We plan to meet at 11:45AM at Stark Mountain Bikes and carpool to the Tucker Hill Rd parking lot. Tools and maple donuts will be provided. Please bring gloves, eye protection, sturdy shoes, water, and snacks. We will be improving flow and clearing drainages along Enchanted Forest and Cyclone Connector. Depending on the size of the crew, we may get to Cyclone, too.

On Tuesday, June 3rd, 5-7PM, the Mad River Rippers free guided kids ride starts at Blueberry Lake-Green Mountain National Forest. We have 37 kids signed up already! Check the website for details, http://madriverriders.com/mad-river-rippers/

Next weekend, the Riders inaugurate the 2014 season in style, celebrating National Trails Day on Sunday June 8th. We have two big events planned.

Phase 2 Blueberry Lake Groundbreaking is 12-3PM, with a short dedication ceremony, guided hikes and bike rides, and free demos from Xprezo Bikes and paddleboards from Clearwater Sports.

Our Season Kickoff Party starts at 6PM at the Common Man, with great food, refreshing beverages, live music, a silent auction, raffles, and more fun. Tickets are just $25, with proceeds going to support the Riders. Call the Common Man to get your tickets, 583-2800 or email dine@commonmanrestaurant.com.

See you soon!

Season’ First Time Trial

The first Mad River Riders time trial of the 2014 season will kick off this coming Tuesday, May 27. The course is an 8.5-mile out-and-back on East Warren Road, starting at the Inn at the Round Barn. Start time is 6:30pm. Anybody with any non-motorized wheels vehicle — I’ll create a wheelbarrow division, if that comes up — and with a helmet can join in the heavy-breathing fun and mayhem. Entry is free.
I could also help with timing and holding. If you want more race info, or if you don’t want to ride but want to help out, call Peter at 496-5538. Course info and other race details are on the Road page, Time Trials.