The Mad River Rippers starts its second season on June 2, 2015
The Rippers is an organized mountain bike group for kids of all ages. We meet every Tuesday from 5 PM to 7 PM from June 2nd through August 25th. New for 2015, the Rippers will offer two options.
Our beginner-intermediate rides meet at Blueberry Lake. We split into small groups based on age, experience and riding style. Each group is teamed with experienced and trained adult riders. If you’ve never ridden trails, we’ll get you rolling. If you already ride, you’re going to get better. We focus on fun and often end the ride with a dip in the lake.
This year we’re also encouraging the littlest kids on their Strider bikes to join us on Tuesday evenings. The Field Loop at Blueberry Lake is perfect for learning how to ride. For the littlest guys, we’d appreciate it if the parents would stay and ride with their kids.
The Rippers’ advanced option is for riders aged 11 to 17 who want to explore more difficult trails and ride hard. We tackle everything from Blueberry Lake to Camel’s Hump State Forest and more. This group is guided by two or more trained and experienced adult riders. Drop-off and pick-up rotate week to week. We send out directions well in advance each week.
What does it cost to join the Rippers? Nothing. It’s free. How is that possible? Funny you should ask… The Rippers is paid for by the Mad River Riders, the local chapter of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA). The Mad River Riders (The Riders for short) are funded almost entirely by individual, student, and family memberships. Annual memberships are $49 for adults, $98 for families, and only $35 for students (ages 18 and under). Most of the money collected goes to pay for building new trails and providing free programs like this one. Click here to become a member.
To sign up for the Rippers, click on the link below to open up the Google Docs registration form. Depending on response,s we might have to limit the total number of participants, so sign up now! We’re also on the lookout for parents, adults, and older kids to help out as coaches/guides. If you’re interested in helping, please email Bob Kogut at firstname.lastname@example.org.