The final TT for 2014, as well as the party merriment and season-ending celebration at my house that will immediately follow, for Tuesday, September 16. Start time will be 6pm on Ellen Road at the base of West Hill in Warren, and as always, anyone with a bike and a helmet is welcome. All are invited to the post-race festivities at my house (1885 Lincoln Gap Rd.), and you do not have to ride in the race to be party eligible.
Call me (496-5538) with any questions.
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.
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.
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.
The next monthly time trial is scheduled for next Tuesday, August 26. The course is an out-and-back on Route 100 B, starting in Moretown. Check the time trial page for details. Start time is 6:30pm, and entry is free to anyone with a bike and a helmet.
Beautiful evening was not enough of a draw to attract a big crowd for the practice GMSR time trial. Steve Francisco repeats last year’s victory. Results are now up on the time trial page.
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.)
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.
We are doing our final walk-through Thursday (7/17) on the new Field Loop with Hardy of Sustainable Trailworks. We’ll likely drop the rope unofficially on Friday, but hope to have a real opening soon. Anyone excited?