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Thursday, July 19, 2012

While it was good to get away for a few days last week to see some family in NY and CT, returning to the Mad River Valley is always a joyous homecoming. When we crested Moretown Gap and caught sight of Camel's Hump, there was a loud cheer in the car. Coming back right at the start of the 2012 Vermont Mountain Bike Festival was an extra bonus.

Vermont Mountain Bike Festival!
Vermont Mountain Bike Festival!

Sugarbush and the Mad River Riders hosted group rides with almost 60 participants on Saturday, including our old favorite posse from Quebec, Club VeloEpic. The weekend was unusually warm, but we made sure everyone stayed cool with frequent dips in Eurich Pond, Mill Brook and Mad River swimholes. We also had a couple equipment challenges, but Garson and Adam in the Farmhouse Gear Shop fixed them in no time.

VT Mountain Bike Fest ride
Getting ready to drop. Photo by Coach Ned.

Coach Dave and family at the VMBA Bike Fest
Coach Dave and family at the Vermont Mountain Bike Festival site in Waterbury.

After years of advocacy, planning, fundraising, and design, trail building has finally begun at Blueberry Lake in East Warren. Sustainable Trailworks and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps are in residence for several weeks and work is going fast. Phase one, which should be completed by the beginning of September, includes two beginner/ intermediate loops totalling about 4 miles of trail.    

Blueberry Lake trail work has started.
Stay tuned for volunteer work party and trail opening dates. Photo by Dwight Gies.

Gone phishin'
A really cool way to kick off vacation ... Phishin' at SPAC!

The Queen of Queens riding
The Queen riding in Queens. Who knew you could find real trails in New York City?

Calm like a bomb in Moretown Gorge
Calm like a bomb in Moretown Gorge.

The 2nd Mad Marathon was another big success!
The 2nd Annual Mad Marathon was another big success! Click here for results.

In full swing at the Sugarbush Golf Club
Summer is in full swing at the Sugarbush Golf Club. Photo by Sandy Macys.

MTB Camp is rolling!
Sugarbush MTB Adventure Camp is rolling!

Summer is not getting any shorter. Come enjoy all the fun that the Mad River Valley offers. We hope to see you soon!

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange 

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