Mountain Bike

Mad River Riders – Mountain Biking

Blueberry Lake Phase 2 Groundbreaking.

Please support and join the Mad River Riders – VMBA. You’ll ride/run/hike better and we will continue to build and improve the trails. https://vmba.org/membership

The Mad River Riders-Vermont Mountain Bike Association (MRR-VMBA) had our biggest season yet in 2013. We tripled membership and increased grant funding, volunteer contributions and donations. We maintained and improved 40+ miles of trails, revived the Wicked Witch race, gained approval for a major trail reroute on state land and cultivated new trail projects on federal, state, municipal and private lands throughout the Valley. We opened six new miles of fun sustainable trails and won an IMBA Model Trail Award for Blueberry Lake as a Gateway network, great for entry level riders.

With all this great momentum, 2014 is proving to be even better.

The Mad River Riders are currently working on several trail projects in Warren, Waitsfield, Fayston, Moretown and Duxbury.

Blueberry Lake Phase 2. Official Groundbreaking on June 8th, National Trails Day 2014!

Blueberry Lake Phase 2. Official Groundbreaking on June 8th, National Trails Day 2014!

With a goal of $60,000, we already have about $40,000 in grants and private donations for Blueberry Lake Phase 2 trails. Phase 2 includes a gentle one mile beginner loop with beautiful views of Blueberry Lake and 1/2 mile intermediate connector trail to the existing Leonard’s Loop. Please help us finish the job. https://vmba.org/donate Be sure to designate your gift MRR-Blueberry Lake Phase 2 Trails.

We earned approval for a reroute of the GS trail in CHSF last summer and started work to clear the new line. This spring, we received a $10,000 grant from the VT-Dept of FPR to complete the project. The trail is closed during construction. Stay tuned for trail work days and updates.

The Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) and VT-FPR are spearheading efforts to significantly expand trail opportunities on state land. Our next priority is the new Evolution trail, a beginner-intermediate route that will be climbable from the top of Revolution to the top of Dana Hill Rd. We have moved to the design phase, with preliminary approvals for the development. We hope to have a draft plan to submit soon.

Last year, we submitted conceptual trail plans to the Waitsfield Conservation Commission for a sustainable beginner-intermediate network in the Wu Ledges Town Forest. We have been working with the Commission for eight years to ensure the Riders’ involvement. We specifically included the Mad River Path Association as a willing and able partner for this project, too.

The Riders are also working on new beginner-intermediate trails in Old Center Fayston and Phen Basin. We are designing the network to utilize our downtowns as trailheads as much as possible, especially in conjunction with Mad River Path Association routes.ja-MRVRD-2013-pics-044

All this successful work needs your help to sustain it. Joining is the best way to start. MRR-VMBA is excited to share a new collaborative statewide membership program, giving riders a significant increase in benefits and access to trails.

All members receive chapter and VMBA benefits, including over 65 deals in the member rewards book and access to over 650 miles of legal trails for the entire riding season. Individual membership is $49 and $98 for families. Join the Riders and support mountain biking in Vermont.

The coupon book alone has free bike stuff worth more than the cost of the membership. As a VMBA chapter, the Riders have been blessed with access to state and federal lands, along with more than $200,000 in trail development grants in the last five years. We also get insurance and 501(c)3 benefits through VMBA.

Please visit https://vmba.org/membership to see a full list of member benefits.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s