Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Vermont Mountain Biking

Last week I got to hear Patrick Kell--executive director of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA)--give an update of ongoing work on the Vermont Ride Center and this summer's Vermont Mountain Bike Festival. With anticipation, we're keeping our fingers crossed for a six figure grant that would complete an important link from Little River State Park just down the road to the Trapp Family Lodge's network of trails, Adams Camp, and the Stowe Town Loops. Exciting stuff.

For now the premier Spot in Waterbury and all of Vermont is Perry Hill. For intermediate and advanced riders, this technically oriented single track offers steep ascents and challenging descents. Six miles from our store you can access the trails from East River Road off of VT. RT 2; right before the bridge over the Winooski River as you head South out of Waterbury. There is an unmarked parking pull-out before the corn field. Head up the trail through the tunnel under the highway. Trails are marked easy, moderate, and difficult once you access the system.

The Stowe Town Loop three miles up RT 100 from our store offers good beginner to intermediate riding. There are some climbs but overall the trails are moderate and flowing. Well maintained, if not well marked. Access the trails behind IRide in Stowe Village.

Stop by our store on RT 100 at the Waterbury/Stowe line for a free Stowe and Waterbury Recreation Guide that provides directions and basic trail information.

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