We have done lots of planning this year and need your support. Its going to be an awesome season - see you on the trail.
Message From The President:
Spring is fast approaching. Have you joined or renewed your Stowe mountain bike membership yet? It is critical to our trail network that all the folks who enjoy riding the Waterbury and Stowe trail systems helps us maintain them. Did you know we spent over $60,000 on trails last year? Did you know we will spend even more than that this year on trails in Waterbury and Stowe? Those dollars come from the town of Stowe, grants, and memberships.
It is important to help support the club that builds, maintains, and does the work to make that awesome singletrack possible. To not pay when others do is not fair to the riders who do pay and support the club. A season's pass to ride the finest singletrack in Vermont for $30.00 is cheap, join today!
SMBC is an all volunteer club. We have enjoyed tremendous growth and are stretched pretty thin. Volunteer today! There is a lot of work to be done on a variety of fronts including, membership, trails, events, social media, help us!
Party for the People
Get stoked for the upcoming season. The annual Kick-off party is open to everyone and coming up at Rimrocks, Thursday, April 24th at 7:00. We'll be watching bike videos, giving away free stuff, serving up some grub and getting fired up for the great season of riding ahead. Bar specials include $1 off Heady, Switchback and Woodchuck Cider. We'll also be packing 2014 stickers for your rig and signing up members throughout the night.
So come on out - all proceeds go to support the club, but the good times are yours to keep!
We Love Our Members
Been thinking about the upcoming mountain biking season? We’ve been thinking about it all winter – and how we can make this riding season even more awesome than last.
SMBC has been planning the construction of new trails, maintenance and enhancements of existing trails, and events.
Last year, with the help of partners like the Town of Stowe, the Stowe Land Trust, and the State of Vermont, we were able to construct new trails at Cady Hill Forest; and also worked on the maintenance of trails like Rastaman at Perry Hill. This year there will be a new flow trail at Cady Hill Forest; and trail improvements made at Perry Hill on Burning Spear, Permission, and Joe’s Trail.
SMBC 2014 membership benefits:
- $25 discount on season pass at the Trapp Family Outdoor Center
- Discounts at local bike shops
- Downloadable pdf trail maps
- Discounts on events and swag
- Fun and new friends
Gravel Grinder - Saturday, April 26th
The snow is melting, the days are getting longer, your basement is flooding ... that's right! It's time for the Gravel Grinder! The great spring epic ride, April 26th, where multitudes descend to find out just how far they let themselves go over the winter months.
The ride, also open to runners this year, threads through the winding dirt roads of Waterbury and Stowe, on a 25 mile romp of pure mud splattered pleasure. Feel the camaraderie and start your season off right, departing at 9:00 a.m. from Pilgrim #5 in Pilgrim Park, Waterbury VT Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. - online registration is now closed.
Go to BikeReg.com to see registered riders (online registration is now closed). Last year sold out early and the field is limited to 200 riders and 50 crazy people ... um, I mean, runners. 100% of our profits from this event are going to the Perry Hill network of trails. This summer we're working on Permission, Burning Spear, Rastman, and Joes Trail!
Trail Update ... Begin PHASE II
- Total Length: 5150'
- Vertical Drop: 300'
- Average Grade: 5.8%
- Machine Built
- Width: +/- 4'
- Intermediate to advanced riders, flowy with berms
- Directional, downhill use only
- Minimal peddling, endlessly twisting
- Total Length: 3525'
- Vertical: 150'
- Width: 18-24"
- Intended use: shared use, intermediate & above
Ride With Care:
Wet and sloppy, slush covered trails are a no-go ... but you knew that already. Trail conditions will deteriorate rapidly, and permanent damage can be done by riding on muddy trails. Please use your best judgement, check our website for the latest conditions, or call one of the local bike shops for guidance.
We would like to thank these businesses for their generous donations, which have enabled us to build new trails and maintain our existing networks: Xzeres, Copley Hospital, the Alchemist, Stowe Motel, Stowe Mountain Resort, Piecasso, Golden Eagle, Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate, Family Physical Therapy, ARFA Property Management and Stowe Family Dentistry.
We are always looking to partner with local businesses that want to promote our trails and passions. If your business is interested in supporting the Club, check out our Corporate Sponsorship Program. You choose what level is right for your company.
*SMBC is a a member-supported, non-profit 501(c)3.
Current Trail Conditions
When the trails are frozen, they are fine to ride. If we experience a significant warm-up, the conditions will deteriorate rapidly though, and permanent damage can be done by riding on muddy trails. Please use your best judgment and check here for the latest conditions or call one of the local bike shops.
Big Brook Culvert Repair
The Big Brook culvert blowout on the Stowe Derby Trail in Adams Camp has been fixed. Many thanks to the Mount Mansfield Ski Club and Nate Wagner of Vermont Site Works!
Perry Hill closed for season
Per our agreement with the State, all Perry Hill trails are closed for biking for the season. Thank you for respecting the closure.
Cady Hill Trail Improvements
Thanks to your membership dues, and additional generous donations
this year, SMBC has been able to do more than maintain our trail network here in Stowe, we've given sections of it a total personality overhaul. The new Cady Hill system rides like a pump track through the trees and opens the woods to beginning bikers and hikers alike. The proof of our productivity is in the pudding, and you wouldn't go eating someone else's pudding without pitching in, would you? We’ve had a very successful membership drive this year, but if you haven’t had a chance to renew
yet, we still need your membership dollars so we can continue to expand, maintain and sustain the network. There’s still more riding to do this season, so don’t delay
. Our hard working volunteers want to make sure they can plan ahead to make next year even better. Special thanks to all of the individuals, and our corporate sponsors
, who have generously donated so far this year. We really appreciate your support! Ride on!
have left their mark in Cady Hill Forest. Don't miss:
- New section of Aryn's loop through to the new climb to green chair.
- Cady Hill Road connector trail with bog bridges
- Extension of Cady Hill Climb to the Green Chair overlook
- New entrance to Bear's Trail
- New connector from Green Chair to Bridgey
- Closing of steep double track from chair and parts of Squirrel Land that went off property
This work eliminates the messy junction at the (former) top of Bear's Trail, provides a nice access for beginners and hikers, and is already riding really well. Hope you enjoy the work!
These trail improvements are made possible with funding from the Town of Stowe and the membership contributions to the Stowe Mountain Bike Club (SMBC). Thanks so much for your support!
- Trail construction/renovation at Cady Hill Forest & Perry Hill
- Educate ridership on the importance of VMBA
- General maintenance and upkeep of entire network of trails
- Create master plan for Perry Hill
- Update and distribute trail maps (including creating access to PDF map for paid members)
- Strengthen education and outreach
- Increase general membership
- Increase corporate membership with initiative in place
- Recruit more volunteers
- Explore initiating "Adopt a Trail" program
- Develop a strategic plan
- Explore hiring an Executive Direct -- at least part-time to start
SMBC had many financial commitments in 2014 by the time the VMBA model was introduced. We have plans to build over $60,000 in new trails this year in Stowe alone, and have financially committed to the town of Stowe to work with them in 2014 on the Cady hill project. This is a partnership that we could not jeopardize.
While the timing wasn't right for SMBC in 2014, we fully appreciate the VMBA mission. SMBC fully supports the work and progress VMBA has accomplished in the last 2 years. We will continue to support VMBA in any capacity we can, and look forward to joining our other chapter families in the VMBA model in 2015.
Want to get involved? Here are some areas where we could use your help.
Or join a committee!
Contact Jay Provencher at firstname.lastname@example.org
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