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Meeting of the Grinds

Saturday, September 17, 2022

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

  • Plenty of stamina, not a lot of rest breaks
  • Loves CLIMBING
  • Comfortable on pavé/class 4
  • Rides 3-5 times per week
  • 42C+ tires
  • ~50 mile, 5,000 vert and ~60+ mile, 6,000 vert options

Cruiser: Social gravel tour – half day ride (am/pm options)

  • Good stamina
  • Loves climbing…but likes a wind break at the top
  • Rides most weekends
  • 38C+ tires
  • ~30 mile, 2,500 vert and ~15 mile, 1,500 vert options

Outback: Old school, mixed terrain adventure ride – all day ride

  • Plenty of stamina
  • Solid bike-handling skills, comfortable on pavé/class 4
  • Love climbing…and the downhill!
  • Rides 3-5 times per week
  • 50C+ tires recommended
  • ~45 mile, 5,600 vert
  • **New 1/2 day option, 25 miles and 3,200 vert**

Epic: Singletrack mtb shred – all day ride

  • Plenty of stamina, not a lot of rest breaks
  • Loves CLIMBING
  • Comfortable on technical terrain
  • Rides 3-5 times per week
  • 35+ mile, 3,500+ vert and 25+ mile, 3,000+ vert options

Keep it Single: Classic mtb tours – half day ride (am/pm options)

  • Moderate and social pace options (party ride!!)
  • Beginner and intermediate terrain options
  • Ladies option
  • 10+ and 15+ mile options with ~1,200+ vert.
  • **and the MTBVT Social Safari ride – 20+ mi., great trails, great party, social pace **

Adaptive: A Ride for Every Body!

  • VT Adaptive Ski and Sports will be on site with mentors and bike demos.
  • Mellow double track and adaptive-friendly singletrack options.

Youth: Rides specifically created for the wee shredders ages 6-12

Novice MTB: Ready to learn and have fun (am/pm options)

  • New to biking
  • Not sure of shifting
  • My boyfriend / girlfriend is making me do this
  • Could use some coaching

Clinics:  Ride with a coach and gain some skills!

  • Beginner MTB
  • MTB Jumps (advanced)


Saturday, September 17, 2022
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Slate Valley Trails
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Fairgrounds Trailhead
131 Town Farm Road
Poultney, VT 05764 United States
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