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Thursday, May 16, 2013

After a couple cooler days, including some May snowflakes in the air, spring has returned in force. The green is back in the Green Mountains.

Last weekend's 36th Annual Mad Triathlon was really fun. Despite contrary forecasts, the rain stayed away for the most part. The course was in prime condition too, except for a few low water spots in the river.

Many thanks to all the Mad Tri competitors, supporters, volunteers and staff!
Many thanks to all the Mad Tri competitors, supporters, volunteers and staff!

This is the Jones family and their colorful jerseys had "Keeping up with the Jones" emblazoned on the back. While most racers were on the lightest road bike they could get, their rider was on a downhill bike, with wide knobby tires.

Regardless of this extra anchor, he was excited for the almost exclusively uphill pedal from North Fayston to Lincoln Peak, and even crossed the transition line pulling a wheelie. That's just part of the Mad Tri, though. Put fun first.

Foggy mountain run.
Foggy mountain run.

Mad Tri water wing.
Mad Tri water wing.

Almost done with the bike leg. Crank it!
Almost done with the bike leg. Go! 

The trail run was almost beautiful enough to make you forget the pain.
The trail run was beautiful enough to make you forget the pain.

Everybody was a winner!
Everybody was a winner!

Sugarbush Golf Club greens fees are still only $50, plus extra special Thursday and twilight pricing!
Sugarbush Golf Club greens fees are still only $50, plus extra special Thursday and twilight pricing.

We had a moose sighting on the course this week. It is probably not the same one that was hanging around Gate House this winter, but it is notable that the local moose population seems to like Sugarbush's recreation opportunities. We appreciate the wildlife endorsement.

Moose crossing.
Moose crossing.

The Valley Walk and Roll Festival is rolling along, with lots of great bike/walk safety rodeos at the local schools. There are more exciting events this weekend too. Check the schedule for more details.  

The Mad River Riders and Stark Mountain Bikes helping at the Warren Bike Rodeo.
The Mad River Riders and Stark Mountain Bikes helping at the Warren bike rodeo.

Who knew biking was so much fun? We did!
Who knew biking was so much fun? We did!

Practicing pothole avoidance techniques.
Practicing pothole avoidance techniques  >>> or just having fun.

The apple blossoms are bursting.
The blossoms are bursting.

The flowers are flowing.
And the flowers are flowing. 

The spring opening of the Waitsfield Farmer's Market is here! Be sure to stop by on Saturday morning for a healthy dose of food, flowers, fashion and friends.  

On Sunday, the Mad River Riders are hosting their final big construction day on the American Flatbread Revolution trail. This smooth intermediate route is the final link in a predominately trail-only connection from Sugarbush Village to downtown Waitsfield.  

Come help us finish this new classic! 11 AM - 3 PM at Flatbread, check here for info.

Many thanks to GMVS staff and students for their help on the Revolution trail.
Many thanks to GMVS staff and students for their help on the Revolution trail.

And to John Egan for his help too!
And to John Egan for his help too!

Spring is cranking in the Mad River Valley and the weekend weather looks pretty good. Join us for another sweet season.

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

 

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For what it's worth, Keepin' Up with the Joneses had a fifth member who was finishing the grueling downhill road run when the photo was taken... little brothers get all the attention! ;)

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 08:11 by Leah Hancock

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