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Vermont Mountain Bike Festival

Fri, Jul 21, 2017 - Sun, Jul 23, 2017

Location: Mt. Ellen Base Lodge
Contact Person: VMBA - 802-342-7568
Contact Email: tom@vmba.org

Vermont Mountain Bike Association and the Mad River Riders have teamed up with Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley community to build an amazing festival - July 21 - 23, 2017. Based out of Mt. Ellen, the event will include rides all over the Valley, including the world famous Blueberry lake trails.

Families are encouraged to take full advantage of the Adventure Day pass which includes: disc golf, zip lines, hiking, bungee trampoline and scenic lift rides.


The Valley is loaded with phenomenal rides all of types and lengths. Your guides will show you some of the very best. Many rides will end in Waitsfield for a quick taste of town before grabbing a shuttle back to the base at Ellen. Blueberry Lake will play host to many of the easier and more moderate rides.

This event is truly the every rider event of the summer. Technical, rocky, flowy and downhill will all be available at the fest July 21 - 23, 2017. Simply - it is the best mountain bike festival value in the country. 

Pre-registration will include rides, demos, Sat night BBQ, T-shirt, live music, raffles, vendors, Lincoln Peak discounts, and of course all the goofy games at the fest. Get it in your calendar now!

We have a bunch of extras planned for you and the family this year:

  • Onsite FREE camping at Mt. Ellen
  • Full schedule of rides starting on Friday at 2 PM
  • Adaptive bike demos courtesy of Vermont Adaptive
  • Tons of demos (Giant, Intense, Surly, Pivot, Rocky Mountain, Trek, Marin, Salsa and more!)
  • Enduro ride Sunday morning from the top of Lincoln Peak to the Valley floor
  • Live music
  • Beginner rides, clinics, women's rides/clinics and all the best of the Valley
  • Event day pass for Saturday and Sunday
  • Food - breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided on site (Saturday night BBQ included)
  • 50% off an individual Adventure Zone Day pass at Lincoln Peak
  • 10% off Sugarbush lodging options 
  • On site camping at Mt. Ellen
  • Mountain Bike Olympics and some new games this year
  • BIG smiles - guaranteed

PLEASE NOTE - offering demos is getting expensive for shops. A demo truck is one thing, but a VT shop going out of their way to get you great demo options is tough. Registration comes with two free demos. For an additional $12 you can get unlimited demos. 100% of these funds will be given to the shops providing demos.  


The Vermont Mountain Bike Festival happens at your pace. No need to rush or keep up. Morning and afternoon rides of all ability levels in addition to family rides and clinics are hosted all weekend long. Want a break from riding? No problem - enjoy the 35+ vendors we'll have on site or head over to Lincoln Peak and check out the Family Adventure Zone - family registrations get 50% the Adventure Zone.

Friday, July 21

11:00 – 5PM Rider registration open
2:00 Rides begin (beginner, Intermediate and advanced)
3:00 Vendor booths are staffed and open
5:30 Family ride
7:00 Rides are back
6:00 - 8:30 Dinner, fire pit, music and hang out
9:00 Night ride & hang out

Saturday, July 22

8:30 Registration opens
8:30 Vendors are open and staffed
9:30 Ride/shuttle announcements begin
9:45 Rides/clinics begin departing
Noon Short rides return
1:00 – 1:15 Afternoon ride announcements & departures
5:00 All rides are back
5:30 Dinner and band starts
6:45 Games and mountain bike Olympics
8:00 - Hang out and enjoy

Sunday, July 23

8:30 Registration opens
8:30-10:30 Free downhill passes are available for pick up
9:30 Ride announcements begin
9:45 Rides begin departing
Noon Short rides are back
1:30 Afternoon rides depart
4PM Most rides are back

Event Fees

Full Weekend Individual $99.00
Full Weekend Family (Parents + 2 kids) $199.00
Saturday Only Individual $65.00
Sunday Only Individual $35.00
Saturday Only Family $150.00
Sunday Only Family $75.00