Group Rides, Clinics & Demos
Guided Demo Mountain Bike Rides
Most Saturdays - Meet at the shop at 3:30pm - New COVID-19 social distancing protocols for our Guided Demo Rides. Call or email David.
When mountain bike shopping, we think the best way to decide is to ride. David Townsend, our service manager and mountain bike aficionado, would love to take you on a personalized test ride on the demo bike of your choice. Feel for yourself just how capable the bike is on specific features and trail terrain trail. With David as your guide, he'll share bike tech tips and answer your questions along the way. There's a variety of local trails to suit your riding style. Saturday afternoon is our dedicated demo time. Give us a call at 802-387-5718 and make an appointment with David.
Weekly Group Rides
This road ride is for relaxed women riders who chat as we ride. We welcome new riders, riders who are re-conditioning, and seasoned riders. 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 for "nourishment." Come join the fun!
Annual Group Rides We Sponsor
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.