Please Join or Renew for 2015

We hope you will join the Mad River Riders or renew your membership this season. With new trail projects, major trail upgrades and a full calendar of parties, clinics, group rides and festivals, the Mad River Riders (MRR) and the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) are excited to share all the fun we have planned in 2015.

From Blueberry Lake and Revolution to the top of Camel’s Hump State Forest and Phen Basin, the Riders are committed to providing fun sustainable year-round multi-use trails for all ages and abilities, beginner to expert. Check the Membership page for more info.

Mad River Riders and Community Partners Win USFS National Award for Blueberry Lake Trails – GMNF

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell recently announced the 2014 Chief’s Honor Awards recipients. The staff of the Green Mountain National USFS-MRR-chiefs-honor-award-2014-Evan Johnson-Vermont-SportsForest, along with multiple partners and local businesses, received an award for promoting recreation opportunities in the Mad River Valley.

The Vermont Mountain Bike Association, Mad River Riders, Mad River Valley Planning District and a private donor are key partners in the Blueberry Lake project. The result of collaborative efforts include construction of over 5 miles of sustainably designed mountain bike trails, with an additional 1.5 miles ready for construction funding.

The trails are designed and constructed by Sustainable Trailworks, LLC, with contributions from the Mad River Riders and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, funded through State of Vermont Recreational Trails Program grants.  The trail system has been recognized by a national mountain biking magazine, “Dirt Rag,” in addition to receiving an IMBA award for providing riding experiences for varied skill levels.

Over 450 volunteer hours, including time from Yestermorrow, Charlie Brown, Leonard Robinson, Green Mountain Valley School and the Mad River Riders, have assisted with improvements in the Blueberry Lake area.

At a December ceremony, Chief Tidwell acknowledged the outstanding collaborative effort exhibited between Forest Service employees, four partner organizations, individual volunteers, State and local government representatives, and local businesses to promote and enhance recreational resources on the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF).

Holly Knox, Recreation Program Coordinator for the Rochester and Middlebury Districts, traveled to D.C. to accept the award on behalf of the 17 volunteers and partners named in the nomination. “Recreation is the portal for understanding and caring for natural resources and public lands and community engagement is essential for creating a sustainable recreation program on the GMNF” said Knox.

Chris Mattrick, District Ranger in charge of the section of National Forest stretching from Route 4 to Sugarbush Ski Area noted that “With 156 National Forests and Grasslands under the care of the US Forest Service, there is intense competition for these awards. We’re extremely proud of this recognition and all the work accomplished with our dedicated partners and volunteers.”

2014 Chief’s Honor Award Recepients – Blueberry Lake and Warren Falls – Green Mountain National Forest

John Atkinson, Volunteer: Mad River Riders
Hardy Avery, Sustainable Trailworks LLC
Charlie Brown, Volunteer
Thomas Hark, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps
Harveys Plumbing and Excavating LLC
Kate Hilfiker, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps
Josh Hulett, State of Vermont Agency of Transportation
Mad River Riders Vermont Mountain Bike Association Chapter
Paul Keegan, State of Vermont Agency of Transportation
Patrick Kell, International Mountain Bike Association
Caitrin Maloney, Friends of the Mad River
Leonard Robinson, Volunteer
Paul Schmidt, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps
Joshua Schwartz, Mad River Valley Planning District
Win Smith, Sugarbush Resort
Tom Stuessy, Vermont Mountain Bike Association
Yestermorrow Design and Build School
Brian Austin, Forest Service
Mary Brown, Forest Service Technical Services Team
Dundonald Cochrane III, Forest Service
Seth Coffey, Forest Service
Holly Knox, Forest Service
Kurt Kretvix, Forest Service Technical Services Team
David Nulsen, Forest Service

Hunting Season Hints

The riding is still good, especially where the leaves have been cleared, but please remember state land trails in Camel’s Hump State Forest and Phen DCIM115GOPROBasin are closed.

More importantly, rifle hunting season starts this weekend and there are on-going hunting seasons until the end of December.

The rest of the network is open for riding and hiking still, but none of it is posted no-hunting. We ask that everyone stays off the trails during hunting season, at least during the day. Night rides are okay, please wait until it is really night though. Let the hunters have the daylight hours.

Trail planning for next season continues full steam ahead and we are working to open some fat biking trails this winter. Stay tuned!

Mad River Riders Season-ender Ride, Party and Annual Meeting November 1st

Join us for a season-ender group ride, party, and Annual Meeting this Saturday, November 1st at Lareau Farm – American Flatbread. The ride will run 2PM-4:30PM, with potential for a car shuttle to start. The party will be informal, with drinks and flatbreads available for purchase. The Annual Meeting will be 6-7PM in the Lareau Farm dining room. The forecast is for snow, how appropriate. Celebrate and enervate with the Riders!

Mad River Riders GS Trail Day – October 11th

​We are excited to host a GS trail work day with Sinuosity Trails and GMVS on October 11th, 9AM-1PM. Progress has been strong and it is close to done. If we get enough help to finish, we can officially open the trail!

Go to the Tucker Hill Rd. Camel’s Hump SF parking lot and hike or ride to the GS via Enchanted Forest. Link to our maps …

We will have some tools to share, but expect a big crew. Please bring extra adze/chopper/digger tools, as we will mainly be bench-cutting the traverses. Also, be sure to wear sturdy boots, eye protection and gloves. Many thanks!

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: . 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, 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 .
   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


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, and here’s a direct link to the registration page: 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.


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.