By Sasha Yakovleff
Vermont may be a small state, but it has a big impact in the mountain bike scene, particularly in the Northeast. The beauty of the Green Mountain state is that you can find phenomental riding of any variety literally from border-to-border. Some notorious Vermont riding options include the Kingdom Trails, Burke Bike Park, Sports Trails of the Ascutney Basin, the Fellowship of the Wheel, Waterbury Trails, Stowe Trails, Pine Hill, Killington, and Sugarbush.
The best part is those listed names represent only a small percentage of the riding options statewide. Nearly every town has public trails and countless hidden private trails. All of this amazing riding has created a strong mountain bike community represented by organizations such as the Vermont Mountain Biking Association (VMBA) and Mountain Bike Vermont (MTBVT.com).
We ventured up to Hyde Park last weekend to check out MTBVT's Green Mountain Showdown, a season-ending celebration of riding, films, slideshows, and awards for those who help cultivate the Vermont bike scene.
The Showdown, set in a fully-packed historic Hyde Park Opera House, started with some videos and slideshows to set the mood. While most of the videos are not available online yet, here are some highlights:
Next up were some slide shows from local photographers including Aaron Rohde and Ben Haulenbeek. Check out Cash's 2011 entry here:
Finally it was time for some rider and organization awards. Some categories were as follows: Strongest riders to Alison Zimmer and Dylan Conte; Best bike park to Burke Bike Park; Best shop for service to Chuck's Bikes; Best trail organization to Kingdom Trails; and Best organization leader to VMBA executive leader Tom Stuessy. These results were based on votes cast by MTBVT followers.