Group Rides, Clinics & Demos


Guided MTB Demo Rides

Most Saturdays - Meet at the shop at 3:30pm - Make an appointment

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

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!

Tuesday Night Ride

5:30 Sharp - See the weekly schedule for all details.

April 2nd-August 27th 2019

Contact info: Putney Bicycle Club Facebook page, Joe Cook

The Tuesday Night Ride is a Putney Bicycle Club sponsored road ride series that's been running continuously for over 40 years. It begins in April and ends the last Tuesday in August. The ride leaves from a different location every week somewhere in and around Windham county. The TNR Ride Schedule is your guide. As an ambassodor for the evening, a ride planner shares their favorite ride loop and sometimes an apres ride dinner location. So, plan for some really great rides. The "B Group" has a leisurely pace of 12-14 average speed and the "A Group" averages about 18mph. Updates, cancelations, and other rides are communicated regularly through the PBC Facebook page.

Wednesday Night Women's Ride

6:00 Sharp - West Hill Shop

First ride in May - TBA

Contact info: Putney Women Riders Facebook Group or Elaine

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

Tour of the Valleys Ride

NEW DATE! Saturday, May 25, 2019

11am-Tour of the Valleys

12pm-Kurn Hattin Loop

RSVP by Wednesday 5/22 - $12 donation to eat

Contact info: Jim 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.

Tour de Heifer

Sunday, June 9, 2019

8am - Robb Family Farm, Brattleboro, VT

Contact info: Orly Munzing

The tremendous success of Strolling of the Heifers's Tour de Heifer ride has brought back a trio of scenic farm-to-farm gravel road bike rides. These mostly dirt road rides are tailored to experienced cyclists able to ride 30 or 60 mile in moderate to very hilly terrain. The routes feature incredible views, farm and woodland terrain, New England villages, covered bridges and much more. There is also a milder 15 mile mixed paved and dirt out-n-back. For more information go to their website.

Going The Distance Ride

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Marlboro College Graduate Center

Contact info: Bob Nassau or Lisa Ford

Going the Distance is a fully supported benefit road ride for the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro. It’s a beautiful, scenic route along the Connecticut River, on quiet, well-paved roads. The shorter routes utilize some of the route and rest stops of the Century Ride. We'll have cue sheets, maps and all routes will be well marked. Choose the Century ride or shorter loops of 40 and 60 miles. Riders set a goal (but not committed) to raise $350 or more to benefit the Boys & Girls Club. For more information click here.

West Hill Grinder

Sunday, September 22, 2019

High Meadows Farm, Putney, VT

Contact info: Jim or 802-387-5718

Go directly to BikeReg.

2019 ride photos here.

Join us for our 4th installment of our West Hill Grinder - a gravel road exploration through Putney, Dummerston, Brookline, Athens, Westminster and Brattleboro. 

This year's ride is again 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.

We have a new route! 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.

Events

Periodically, we have demos and clinics from how to fix a flat tire and mountain bike demos, to ski waxing clinics and ski demo days. Here's where they will be if we have any thing coming up. Looking for a particular event or happening you've seen us do before? Call or email us!