Regardless of your suspension status, tire size, or how tight your shorts are, this festival is for you! Meeting of the Grinds features rides for all bikes and all abilities led by local legends.
Slate Valley Trails is partnering with MTBVT to host the first annual Meeting of the Grinds, an all-day cycling festival on September 18th, 2021. Bringing together cyclists of all genres, the event will raise money the support the stewardship efforts of Slate Valley Trails and is based out of their Fairgrounds Trailhead in East Poultney, where riders can access more than 35 miles of purpose-built singletrack and an extensive network of quiet gravel and class four roads.
Explore the Slate Valley through a range of guided gravel and mountain bike rides. For those who would rather not be forced into a binary cycling choice, we’ll celebrate the renaissance of “all terrain biking” with a few old school, bad roads routes. Less tarmac, less singletrack, more outback. Are you a gravel-curious fat tire rider? A gravel rider looking to send it on your "skinny" tires? We’ll have demo bikes covering the spectrum.
The event will feature gravel, singletrack and adventure rides for all ages and abilities, demos, vendors, food, and beverages including a range of craft brews from Zero Gravity and Halyard Brewing Co. Families with children will find engaging ride options and fun activities for kids. The day will be capped with a run-whatcha-brung, no-holds-barred sprint race to nab bragging rights for the day.
Tickers include morning and afternoon guided rides, demos, snacks, lunch, event t-shirt, and one raffle ticket.
Location: Slate Valley Trails, Fairgrounds Trailhead. 131 Town Farm Road, Poultney VT.
8:00am - Arrive, ride sign-ups
9:00am - Rides Depart (some all day rides, some shorter morning rides)
1:00pm - Afternoon Rides Depart (shorter)
4:00pm - Return for Burritos, Beer Tastings, vendors, etc.
5:00pm - "Run Whatcha Brung" Sprint Race and other shenanigans
6:30pm - Race Results and Raffle
Upon registering, you'll be asked what level ride you'd like to participate in. Here's a description of our classifications for your reference:
-Grinder: Distance gravel tour - all day ride
-Cruiser: Social gravel tour - half day ride
-Outback: Old school, mixed terrain adventure ride - all day ride
-Epic: Singletrack mtb shred - all day ride
-Singletrack: Classic mtb tour - half day ride
- Adaptive: A Ride for Every Body with VT Adaptive Ski and Sports
-Novice: Ready to learn and have fun
About Slate Valley Trails
Slate Valley Trails, Inc. (SVT) is a volunteer community group founded in 2015 whose mission is to build, maintain and promote foot and bicycling trails in the Slate Valley region of southwestern Vermont. SVT is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and a chapter of the Vermont Mountain Biking Association.
REGISTER through Event Brite by clicking below.
We are also looking for volunteers - both to lead rides, and to help out with the event. To sign up to volunteer, please email Caitrin Maloney: caitrin.maloney[AT]gmail.com