- MEETING of The GRINDS: A GRAVEL AND MTB FESTIVAL-
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 second annual Meeting of the Grinds, an all-day cycling festival on September 17th, 2022. 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.
Tickets include all-day, morning and/or afternoon guided rides, 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 - All Rides Return for Burritos, Beer Tastings, vendors, etc.
5:00pm - "Run Whatcha Brung" Sprint Race and other shenanigans
6:30pm - Race Results and Raffle
Here's a description of our general ride classifications for your reference:
Grinder: Distance gravel tour - all day ride
Cruiser: Social gravel tour - half day ride (am/pm options)
Outback: Old school, mixed terrain adventure ride - all day ride
Epic: Singletrack mtb shred - all day ride
Keep it Single: Classic mtb tours - half day ride (am/pm options)
Adaptive: A Ride for Every Body!
Youth: Rides specifically created for the wee shredders ages 6-12
Novice MTB: Ready to learn and have fun (am/pm options)
Clinics: Ride with a coach and gain some skills!
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.
Mountain Bike Vermont (MTBVT.com) is an online journal, events promoter, apparel company, and rolling party starter. MTBVT’s dual initiative is documenting and promoting the Green Mountain State’s burgeoning cycling community. Visit MTBVT.com for info on our annual event series, shop our online store, and peruse new and archived articles. #MTBVT