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- 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 16th & 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.
Slate Valley Trails is partnering with MTBVT to host the second annual Meeting of the Grinds, a cycling festival that melds the eclectic cultures of gravel and MTB into a come-one-come-all party on bikes. Held on September 16th and 17th, 2022, this event is also one of Slate Valley's biggest annual fundraisers, with proceeds going towards trail maintenance and construction.
The Meeting of the Grinds brings together mountain bikers and gravel enthusiasts with group rides for each genre and all abilities. Join us at the 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.
Check out the 2021 Meeting of the Grinds Retrospective here.
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. Families with children will find engaging ride options and fun activities for kids. The day will be capped with fun and games including the Slate Valley Foot-down World Championship!
NEW THIS YEAR - FRIDAY NIGHT FESTIVITIES, E-BIKE GROUP RIDE & WEEKEND CAMPING!
This year the festival includes Friday night activities including a meet-n-greet for self guided mellow evening rides, a BYOBBQ "bring your own BBQ", and excerpt of MTBVT's Green Mountain Showdown film fest projected on the trailhead barn!
We'll also be hosting camping on Friday and Saturday night. Camping spots require a ticket and are limited to 75 individuals (see ticket page). Camping is hosted car camping style adjacent the venue.
This year also brings our first e-bike group ride! E-bikes use is permitted on Slate Valley Trails so this is the perfect opportunity to host a group ride. Join us!
Schedule (subject to change)
Friday, Sept. 16th
2:00pm campers welcome (general admission plus camping ticket required)
4:00pm "disorganized" meet-n-greet group rides (self guided rides)
6:00pm BOYBBQ - Bring your own BBQ. We have the grills, you bring the grub
8:00pm Green Mountain Showdown best in show retrospective (mini film fest presentation)
10:00pm quiet time
Saturday, Sept. 17th
8:00am Arrive, ride sign-ups, demos, coffee, snacks
9:00am Rides Depart (some all day rides, some shorter morning rides)
1:00pm Afternoon Rides Depart (shorter)
3:00pm Return for Burritos, Beer, vendors, etc.
4:00pm Foot-down World Championship
Upon registering, you'll be asked what type and level ride you'd like to participate in. You will sign up for the exact ride(s) on the day of the event.
Here's a description of our 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 & am 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)
E-BIKE Group Ride
Clinics: Ride with a coach and gain some skills!
We are planning a whole host of FAMILY ACTIVITIES for the event including:
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