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Wednesday Night Mountain Bike Ride Series
Again this season, West Hill Shop has organized MTB rides in and around Putney, Vermont. The ride series begins Wednesday, May 15th at 6pm, and runs through September. These rides are led by local mountain bike enthusiasts who know the local trails well. If you like to ride a mix of XC ski trails, hiking trails, and technical singletrack, this is for you! Expect up to 40% of the trails to be considered "Expert". These are not rides for beginners. We will also offer a few rides suited for younger riders. Not all trails will be mapped, so the ride group will stick together for the benefit of those unfamiliar with the route. The rides are about 1.5 to 2 hours in duration. Each ride will feature a different trail network in the towns of Putney, Westminster, Dummerston, Saxtons River, Brattleboro, and Marlboro. Go to the current schedule and descriptions for ride details. Any updates or changes to the schedule will be periodically posted. For questions, email Jim.
Wednesday Night Women's Rides
First ride of the 2013 season is May 29th!
These women's road rides start at 6pm sharp from the West Hill Shop. They are show-and-go rides for women road riders who are looking for an easy paced, supportive, social ride. It is a great opportunity for you ladies just getting started road biking. We will split into groups if more ambitious riders want to join us. Don't have a road bike? Want to try one? We have women's road bike rentals for $10 on Wednesday nights, but you must reserve in advanced. If it is raining at 6pm, we won't ride. Sometimes we get back after sunset, so please wear brightly colored clothing and bring lights. If you are new to the group, let us know you are coming. Sometimes we leave from a different location or incorporate a clinic into the rides. Be part of the women's ride planning dialogue on the Facebook group Putney Women Riders. Contact Diny for more information. Come join the fun!
Pedal Putney Community Ride Series
2013 START DATE TBD -
Back by popular demand! Join families, friends and neighbors for these scenic, mostly-dirt, rides leaving from the Putney Tavern Green at 10am. This spring and summer there are four scheduled rides: May 27th, June 23rd, July 29th, and August 26th. More to follow in the fall, as enthusiasm dictates. The Putney General Store and the Putney Coop have generously offered apres ride refreshments!
Several mapped rides of varying length and difficulty - 2.5 to 19 miles - will be available to choose from. Hybrid, cyclocross and mountain bikes are best suited for the terrain. This is a FREE series with FREE bike rentals available for anyone needing a bike. Bike rentals must be reserved in advance. Email Diny or call the shop, 802-387-5718, with questions.
Please note: These are unsupported show-n-go rides. No leaders, no sweep. Segments of these rides might be remote so please prepare accordingly.
Some of our favorite bike rides:
Annual Rides We Sponsor
Spring Warm-Up Ride
Join our community-wide bike ride to celebrate Spring! Meet and sign-in at the Putney Tavern Green Sunday, April 7th at 10:00am for an easy paced ride for all ages and abilities. We'll head south down Route 5 to the Brattleboro rotary and back. There are several early turn-back loops, and longer versions possible. The Gleanery will open early on this Sunday so we can have lunch on the porch after the ride.
Bike rentals for adults and kids are available for only $10, but they must be reserved and picked up in advanced. Please note, this is an unsupported ride, so you are on your own.
Bill Sam Caldwell Memorial
Tour of the Valleys Ride
This historic 60 mile race loop through Windham County Vermont is now a scenic show-n-go ride. The 2013 TOV ride is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th at 11:00am, rain date Sunday, May 19th
The Fall TOV is scheduled for Saturday, September 28th at 11am. This year we are dedicating the ride to Kirsten Jeppesen who was rececently diagnosed with ovarian cancer and is currently recovering well from surgery. As a past employee, clinic coach, devoted cyclist and Nordic skier, we ask that you consider making a contribution to her medical fund.
! Shorter Ride Option ! - There's a 32+/- mile option leaving from West Hill at 12:00pm. Don't be shy, there is usually lots of interest in this ride to Saxtons River, east on Route 121 to Back Westminster Road over Kurn Hattin and back to Putney on Westminster West Road heading south.
All rides leave from West Hill Shop, finishing with an apres ride feast with comrades back at The Shop. In support of the fundraising effort for Kirsten, the Putney Coop, Green Mountain Orchards and Vermont Table has generously donated food for this event! Maps are available, but there's no support.
PLEASE sign in before you ride.
First Annual Gravel Road Tour
We have a dirt road ride for you groadies. It is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th at 11am. This adventurous, off-the-beaten-path ride winds through Putney and Westminster with "rest" stops at a few of our local food producers. It will be relaxed and scenic, as a moderate to challenging 30+ mile loop that includes several bail out points to shorten the ride, if need be. We recommend a cyclocross bike, mountain bike, or gravel road worthy bike with at least 700x32c tires. Most of the riding will be on packed gravel roads with some old woods roads and as little pavement as possible. There is one very short rough section where we recommend walking. The ride is free, but no support. There will be two ride leaders. Cell service is not reliable so come prepared. Please pre-register.
Hey parents! Bring your kids and join the national movement to take a kid mountain biking on Sunday, October 6th. Tony Iovino and Tony Coven will be your ride leaders. Everyone is welcome! Some trail riding experience is helpful since you'll be riding single track mountain bike trails through the Putney School. We will have two groups of skill level if necessary. Mountain bikes in good working order with trail gearing and a proper fitting helmet is a must. If you don't have a mountain bike lets us know. We have some rentals. There is no fee for this event but please register by emailing Tony or calling the West Hill Shop - 802-387-5718.
Tour de Heifer
The tremendous success of Strolling of the Heifers's Tour de Heifer ride has brought back a trio of scenic farm-to-farm bicycle rides. This 2013 ride is on Sunday, June 9th. These mostly dirt road rides are tailored to all levels of cycling ability, with routes ranging from 15, 30 and 60 miles. The routes feature incredible views, farm and woodland terrain, New England villages, covered bridges and much more. For more information, please visit Tour-de-Heifer website.
Going The Distance Ride
The 4th Annual Going the Distance Ride for the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro is on Saturday, June 29th. This benefit ride is a one day, fully supported ride that follows a scenic route along the Connecticut River with a start and finish in Brattleboro. Choose the Century ride or shorter loops of 30 and 60 miles. They plan on having sixty or more riders, who each set a goal (but not a committment) to raise $500 or more to benefit the Boys & Girls Club. Help with fundraising is available and every rider gets a T shirt and other goodies, including some prizes for the top fundraisers.