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Enduro East Enduro World Qualifiers at Killington Resort and Green Mountain Trails

Rooted in the heart of the Green Mountains The Enduro East Enduro World Qualifiers at Killington Resort and Green Mountain Trails

Green Mountain Trails

When I first started riding at Green Mountain Trails I hated it. I’d heard whispers within the bike community of a place unlike any other. A place that was something out of a fairy tale. Something too good to be true.  Green Mountain Trails is the best kept secret in Vermont (for now) and yeah, at first I hated it.

Green Mountain TrailsI hated it because when I first started riding there I wasn’t mentally (or physically) prepared for the 1K ascent that I’d have to endure.  My friends and I came up with a saying regarding the more well know Kingdom Trails to the north. “At the Kingdom what goes down must come up.” Green Mountain Trails is like the Kingdom in regards to its vertical but it offers a different experience than any other network I’ve visited.

Set against the side of a mountain Green Mountain Trails History dates back much further than the 10 years it’s had established bike trails on it. Before that, there was a man named Joe DeSena who created one of the most challenging Obstacle Race Courses on the planet. Maybe you’ve heard of it, it’s called the Spartan Races. At its core, Joe had created the Death Races. Grueling endurance challenges that dragged you up and down alone mountain peak in the middle of nowhere Vermont. Though the Death Races no longer take place at GMT you can still see remnants of the Spartan Race Obstacles on the trail.

But in regards to biking, I found GMT to be an escape. It offered such a diverse amount of terrain. From fast flowing single track to some seriously technical old school New England tech. The best part is that in my two seasons of riding there the most people I’ve encountered on the trail is about 3.3 total interactions. Green Mountain Trails offer an escape. You can get lost out there and most do, but it’s a good kind of lost.

So when I heard the Eastern States Cup mention that an Enduro World Qualifier would be coming to Vermont, I said to myself, “Green Mountain Trails would make for a great Enduro Race.” Sure as heck they did just that and now a two day World Series Qualifying Enduro Race will be held one day at Green Mountain Trails and one day at Killington Resort.

You don’t need to be a cyclist to enjoy GMT either. Though I find it more enjoyable on two wheels, the infamous stone steps offer a hiking trail to the top of the peak with a rich history to their namesake.

Now when I think of Green Mountain Trails I get excited not an upset stomach. When I hear someone mention that an Enduro East race is going to be there I feel a sense of pride. That’s where I ride and that’s where I reconnect with myself and with nature.

To Find Out More About GMT Go Here: Green Mountain Trails

For Enduro East Info Go Here: Enduro East

To Support the GMT Vermont Mountain Bike Association Chapter Go Here: Vermont Mountain Bike Association

 

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Flat vs Clipless Is One Really Better Than The Other

Flat vs Clipless
Is Clipless really better than Flats.

It’s a question almost every mountain biker is going to ask at least once. Should I ride with Flat or Clipless Pedals? Flat vs Clipless is one of the bigger questions asked in the bike industry any one is not better than the other (though some may want to argue that). In the end you should ride on what’s most comfortable for you.

As a kid growing up I was immersed in the Mountain Bike Industry. I remember being dragged to my dad’s long circuit cross country races in northern Georgia (where I grew up) in the early 90’s. I remember sitting by the car in the pit’s with my older sister as my dad did lap after lap on this 5 mile loop. I guess you could say my dad was bias with him coming from a cross country background. Needless to say, my first real mountain bike, an original Full Suspension Trek Fuel (2003 or 2004?) came complete with clipless pedals.

I rode that bike for a long time. I even dragged it out to Colorado for a few months and left it in Crested Butte where I sold it for enough gas money to drive home (2013). Growing up Clipless was all I knew, I’d never heard of Flats or Five Ten’s- I’d never even thought of it as an option. Into my late teens I was riding more and more but still not feeling comfortable on my bike (2010). Then on one lovely summer day in the glorious trail network called Kingdom Trails I was scarred for life. Scarred enough to not ride for two years after. It hadn’t rained in a while and I was coming very fast around a turn when my bike washed out and I went flying, except I was still attached to the bike and a giant tree stump was quickly approaching my head area. Luckily I didn’t smack my noggin off the stump, I just cracked a rib and strained my shoulder pretty bad.  I was also told I made an interesting water buffalo-like bellow.

That crash along with my neglect to know flat pedals existed made me turn off biking for a while. If cracked ribs and strained shoulders were the end result in a crash then I’d have none of it. Granted I’d never really ridden with anyone besides my father so my ability to learn more about the Mountain Bike Industry was restricted to his area of expertise.

Two years pass, I enjoy hiking, swimming and all the things that go along with being a college kid in Northern Vermont (2011-2013). I graduate college and meet more people in the bike industry. That’s when I learn about flat pedals and the amazing brand of Five Ten Shoes. By now (In the last two years) I’ve sold my old Fuel and have just bought a Santa Cruz Bronson. Now I’m putting 5 days a week in on the bike and riding as much as possible. I’m also rocking Flat Pedals and Five Ten Freeriders.

I absolutely love the ability to push my bike away when stuff goes wrong. I LOVE It. Nothing really compares to it. I guess I have slow reaction time, because when I crashed clipless it was a hot mess. There are pro’s to being clipless though and as I become more comfortable as a rider and as the scratches and scares on my calves from the studs on my pedals grow deeper I wonder should I venture back into the clipless realm. For one thing, if I went clipless again I’d be able to bunny hop a little more easily. I don’t think it would make me a more efficient climber, having good pedaling form does that all on its own. But would it make me more confident or that nervous little girl again?

True Wheels Bike Shop in Basin Sports has a wide selection of both Flat and Clipless Pedals. For further questions on the matter or for my best water buffalo bellow interpretation, give us a shout. You might have to buy me a beer first to hear what I sound like when I crash.



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Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New

Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New

 Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New

 

Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New, means now’s the best time to try biking. The weather is nice and the trails are in good shape. Right now Killington Resort has taken progressive mountain biking to the next level. For some there are the advanced jump trails to play on. For others, they just need a smooth gentle trail to progress their skills.

Though Killington is expanding and their base of operations is growing, we are too. For a fraction of the cost you can rent bikes from us at Basin Sports. For a fraction of the cost you can rent bikes with less use and more availability. And it’s not just for adults either. Kids can rent full suspension mountain bikes so they can rip it up as well.

All right, promo pitch is over, back into the reason why Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New is so great. Once a Mountain Biker, always a mountain biker. It’s an addicting sport. From the youngens to the seniors everyone is giving it a go. I write a weekly summer editorial for the local newspaper, the Mountain Times and my most recent editorial really highlights why we do what we do and why you should try it.

Enjoy-

Tails From The Trails

By Ariel Kent

 

Its 7AM it’s cool, dark and calm and only the sounds to be heard are the chirping birds and the steady breathing as I peddle uphill. Waking up at the crack of dawn is how I get saddle time in. Waking up early, before lifts are spinning and before people are really awake is how I enjoy my mornings. It’s really the only way I can get saddle time in on the bike especially since I work full time.

So it’s 7AM, I’m at Green Mountain Trails in Pittsfield and I’m pedaling up the long ascent to enjoy the views, nature and the amazing trail network there. Since lifts started spinning and since I crashed a few weeks ago I haven’t been putting the saddle time in I need. The saddle time that will make me a better rider when using the lifts.

To some riding every morning at this hour seems idiotic, psychotic, crazy. To me it’s just habit, it’s life, it’s what makes me find my inner zen. Sometimes I’ll run into another rider out there- most times it’s just me and nature. I push through pain- pain of pushing myself. Pain from crashes that I now attempt to recover from. Pain is what keeps me awake at this hour- pain is part of trail riding and what makes me a better rider in the end.

Once at the top of this 5 mile climb the pain subsides, my breathing relaxes and I take a moment to enjoy a cliff bar and a few sips of my Gatorade concoction. Then I get back on the bike and head down the mountain. By this point it’s 8AM and I have to make my way back down because I have to be at work for 9. This is my tail from the trails, this is my normal routine and is what I consider fun because In the end I’m not only going to be able to have fun on my bike but ride longer, pedal harder and push further.

 

Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New


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