Group Rides, Clinics & Demos
Weekly Group Rides
You are invited to join any of our rides, events, and clinics. We're a friendly bunch and love to share our passions, whether cycling or Nordic skiing. When you are wondering if a particular event is appropriate for you or your bike, give us a call and we'll give you the details that you are looking for. If weather is iffy, check our Facebook page for our most current updates. Come have fun with us.
This relaxed road ride is for women riders who want to sharpen their group riding skills in a supportive group atmosphere. We welcome new riders, riders who are re-conditioning, and seasoned riders to share their skills. We ride for about 1.5 hours at a pace of 12-15 mph average speed. No one gets dropped! We will usually have two leaders so that we will have the option to split up into two groups.
Our routes are mostly on pavement with some dirt road sections. Road worthy bikes are best and mountain bikes are discouraged.
If it is raining we won't ride. Sometimes we get back after sunset, so please wear brightly colored clothing and bring lights. Occasionally, we go out afterwards or hang at the shop for "nourishment" (bring a camp chair). Come join the fun!
Annual Group Rides We Sponsor
Tour of the Valleys Ride
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The 2021 TOV Ride will be held later this Summer - keep checking in for Dates - we are thinking August.
Contact info: Kirsten or 802-387-5718
The historic race loop through Windham County Vermont is now a scenic, 56-mile road ride, offering 3,600 feet of climbing. Typically, there is a huge spread of paces so make sure you know where you are going or have a friend to ride with. We also have the 32 mile option of the Kurn Hattin Loop, offering 2,400 feet of climbing. Don't be shy, there is usually plenty of interest in this ride that shares the last several miles with the longer ride. There are no ride leaders, no support, but maps and cue sheets are provided. All rides start and finish at West Hill Shop, with an apres ride feast with comrades back at The Shop. PLEASE RSVP by Wednesday, May 22nd so we know how much food to make. We are asking for $12 per person to help pay for your meal. PLEASE sign in before you ride. Links to the routes: Tour of the Valleys or Kurn Hattin.
2019 ride photos here.
Join us for our 5th installment of our West Hill Grinder - a gravel road exploration through Putney, Dummerston, Brookline, Athens, Westminster and Brattleboro.
The ride is a fundraiser for the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association. We are so excited to support this organization that creates and maintains an incredible resource of trails in Putney, Westminster, Athens and Brookline, and the recently renovated cabin on the Windmill Hill ridgeline. Some of these trails are part of our Grinder routes.
Endurance Ride - Bratt-n-Back is a beautiful, and quite civilized, "smooth gravel" endurance loop. The entire ride is approximately 42 miles with an estimated 4,000 feet of climbing passed farms and rural neighborhoods on a mix of mostly dirt and some pavement. This ride can be customized with multiple bailout options to shorten the route to as short as 15 miles. You could ride this on a road bike or touring bike, with skills, depending on the condition of the dirt at the time of the event.
Adventure Rides - For advanced technical riders there is the infamous 4-Gap Ride that's 39 miles with an estimated 4,600 feet of climbing. For intermediate-advanced riders the 2-Gap Ride is 34 miles and an estimated 3,400 feet of climbing. Both the 4-Gap and 2-Gap are all about remote, eclectic terrain. There is something different around every corner with a mix of mostly packed gravel roads with some old woods roads, single track hiking trails (4-Gap only), and as little pavement as possible. We recommend a cyclocross bike, mountain bike, or gravel road worthy bike with at least 700x32c tires.
All rides leave from our host venue High Meadows Farm in Putney, VT. Lunch will be catered by the Putney Coop and is included in your entry fee. Build your own gourmet grinders is on the menu with vegetarian and gluten free options available. More details to come. BYOB is suggested!
PLEASE NOTE: This is a self-supported ride (no leader, no sweep). Please come prepared. Cell service is not reliable. There are feed stations for the 4-Gap and 2-Gap rides. Maps will be available at the start. Stay tuned with ride updates on our Facebook page. For more specific ride details with routes or to register go to BikeReg.
Cyclocross Practice September Through November
This weekly cross fix happens every Wednesday on our race course right here at the shop. Be ready to roll at 5:00pm (but you can ride earlier). Doesn't matter if you are a racer or a newbie. Come and enjoy the work out, get tips from the veterans, try to better your time, or just meet some fellow cross geeks. It's free and all are welcome!