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Vermont Mountian Bike Tour 8/3-5 turned Trip Report

post #1 of 25
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I will be up Fri-Sun and planning on hitting Mt. Snow, Sugarbush and maybe Kton. Anyone up for a ride?
post #2 of 25
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I will be up Fri-Sun and planning on hitting Mt. Snow, Sugarbush and maybe Kton. Anyone up for a ride?
Yes. I was planning on Bromont for Friday, but I could be convinced to hit K Ton instead. You reallllly should come up to Waterbury or Stowe and hit some of our singletrack too. Burke would be a major hike for you, but probably worth it too.
post #3 of 25
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Yes. I was planning on Bromont for Friday, but I could be convinced to hit K Ton instead. You reallllly should come up to Waterbury or Stowe and hit some of our singletrack too. Burke would be a major hike for you, but probably worth it too.
I would do K for you. With out history, I would assume rain?
post #4 of 25
Sheesh I wish I lived closer!
post #5 of 25
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I would do K for you. With out history, I would assume rain?
I hope not! It's bone dry up here. The trails are riding fast!
post #6 of 25
Damn it! I'm out. Bonnie's dad died last night, so it looks like viewing in CT and a funeral in Rutland. PM me your cellular,maybe we can ride on Sunday.
post #7 of 25
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I will start by saying that I crossed my own picket line and rode at Kton today..under protest. Being a Friday and a call for thunder in the afternoon and with Kton being the only one of the three areas to open before noon, it was the only choice. Everyone I met that worked there, was told of my feelings, all but one were upset with the new ownership. There is one bit of information that I will add to HS's thread that really surprised and dissappointed me..the K1 lodge will not be open midweek for food, just the bathrooms will be open. More of that info over there.

The last two times I rode K was with Epic and it was the worst weather imaginable, 40-45 deg, rain and wind. Today was actually nice. Since I was to be riding alone, I brought along my iPod. I don't usually ski with an iPod, but I do like riding with one. (disclaimer: I keep it low enough so I can hear people around me, if need be). At I get near the top of the K1 gondie, I turn on the iPod, I knew it was going to be a good day when the first song started. The Pump, by Jeff Beck. You prolly don't know the name of the song, but you know the song. Remember Risky Business, when Joel is taking the Porsche out for the first time? Thats the song, see you do know it. It just has a great beat. Another song that started a ride was "Weapon of Choice" by Fatboy Slim. During the ride Frank Sinatra came on a couple of times, I will say if you haven't ridden to ole blue eyes, You must. With the iPod was like having my own theme music.:

I did find some trails that I missed in previous times at K. 4, 28, 26 and 22. My favorite combo was 1-3-4-6-9-28-22. Not overly hard but it was a fun ride. I did 6 or 7 rides up for a total of 18.8 miles, it was a full day and I was spent when done. Even riding alone, I didn't psych myself out...too often. I didn't take too many pics, with the new camera, maybe tomorrow at Sugarbush.
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At I get near the top of the K1 gondie, I turn on the iPod, I knew it was going to be a good day when the first song started. The Pump, by Jeff Beck. You prolly don't know the name of the song, but you know the song. Remember Risky Business, when Joel is taking the Porsche out for the first time? Thats the song, see you do know it. It just has a great beat. Another song that started a ride was "Weapon of Choice" by Fatboy Slim. During the ride Frank Sinatra came on a couple of times, I will say if you haven't ridden to ole blue eyes, You must. With the iPod was like having my own theme music.:
You gotta love it when the tunes enhance the experience:
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I did find some trails that I missed in previous times at K. 4, 28, 26 and 22. My favorite combo was 1-3-4-6-9-28-22. Not overly hard but it was a fun ride. I did 6 or 7 rides up for a total of 18.8 miles, it was a full day and I was spent when done. Even riding alone, I didn't psych myself out...too often.
So you found some new great trails but didn't run into anyone you knew?
I'm interested in the severity of the terrain for these trails. How much of a variety of skill options do they have in these trails?


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I didn't take too many pics, with the new camera, maybe tomorrow at Sugarbush.
Whoo hooo, a new camera!
Can't wait for the pic with the trip report!

*Please note, I didn't rub your nose in the crossing the picket line thing.
post #9 of 25
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I'm interested in the severity of the terrain for these trails. How much of a variety of skill options do they have in these trails?
Not overly difficult. Think "advance cross country", not "free ride". Fast, tight and twisty, not too steep, quite a lot of fun.

Last couple years, I started seeing people CLIMBING some of those single tracks! Insane. But honestly, they have my respect. Until then, I never thought those trails are ridable UP! Takes lots of skill, even more guts to even attempt!
post #10 of 25
In Northern NE, Bolton Valley (VT) and Highlands Bike Park (NH) are better freeride options, either place will scare the cr*p out of anyone. You better be on a serious bike.

K'ton is fun and rideable to anyone with a little off road experience. There are a few places that can cause some problems if you go fast enough, but it's basically downhill single track trail riding. No need for a big bike, trail bikes are perfect.
post #11 of 25
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Today, I rode Sugarbush. In one word...Disappointed. I will say, 'Epic was right", he did try to talk me out of going there but I chose to go, oh well. The riding is primarily fire roads that have been set up with a lot of "ess'es" kinda like an alpine slide for bikes. Where there weren't the ess'es there were waterbars every couple of hundred feet. The only single track that I could find was in Eden and were "black", I did hit some but most were over my head, plus riding alone, I tend to loose some courage. IMHO, for me as a "intermediate" rider, Kton is much better. I took one nast header that rung my bell to the point I took my helmet off to too it it was still in one piece.

I was planning on riding Mt.Snow tomorrow, I will see how I feel.
post #12 of 25
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I took one nast header that rung my bell to the point I took my helmet off to too it it was still in one piece.
Phil, after reading this line, I really hope you are OK.
post #13 of 25
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I took one nast header that rung my bell to the point I took my helmet off to too it it was still in one piece.

I was planning on riding Mt.Snow tomorrow, I will see how I feel.
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Phil, after reading this line, I really hope you are OK.
I'm sorry you didn't have as great of a day as you did yesterday.
Keep us posted on how you're doing. Stuff like this can be scary when you're alone.

Hope Sunday is a better day!
post #14 of 25
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Ooops, my bad. Look at the bright side, all were speeled rite

I actually was real sore after riding, so I ended up coming home, I have a few things to do here.
post #15 of 25
where u at? sorry we missed each other yest........
post #16 of 25
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I will start by saying that I crossed my own picket line and rode at Kton today..under protest.
You think there's any chance that the 'incident' is just bad Karma from crossing your own picket line from the day before

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.......................I turn on the iPod,..............
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........I didn't take too many pics, with the new camera, maybe tomorrow at Sugarbush.
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Whoo hooo, a new camera!
Can't wait for the pic with the trip report!

*Please note, I didn't rub your nose in the crossing the picket line thing.
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I took one nast header that rung my bell to the point I took my helmet off to too it it was still in one piece.

I was planning on riding Mt.Snow tomorrow, I will see how I feel.
Many questions come to mind with this particular trip report:
How are you feeling?
What was playing on your Ipod when you did the header? Roll with it baby - Steve Winwood comes to mind
Did your header leave any marks?


Seems like you were all too eager to post pics of Lola's "marks" :

How do you like the new camera?
post #17 of 25
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During the ride Frank Sinatra came on a couple of times, I will say if you haven't ridden to ole blue eyes, You must. With the iPod was like having my own theme music.:
That's cool I like to have some Frank, some Tony Bennett and a few Herb Alpert tunes in my ski mix. They're always a nice surprise and often crack me right up when they come on. They always shake up the mood and shine a new light on things.
post #18 of 25
Phil you did all those trials from the top in one day. Your an animal.
post #19 of 25
Me:

Saturday - Rode Bear Brook State Park in NH. That's a really nice trail system they have there. And I do not hold it against anyone but myself that I mashed up my toe and tore my shoe on a log pile. I still managed to make it on time to my cousin's wedding in Keen at 3 that afternoon.

Sunday - Drove to the Big K. Taped up the toe. Taped up the shoe. Rode the Gondi. Hit 1,2,3,6,27,28,25... or something like that. Up again and I came down to riders left, over towards Ramshead. I took 7 to 11 and finished up on 14.

My favorite was 7-11. (pun intended) Although I liked 6 and 28 a lot too. I, like Phil, did not rent a DH bike. I just used my FS XC which is a Klein Palomino. Quite a workout on the brakes with all that gravity stuff. I managed to ride almost all of 7 cleanly. I carried down one section that was a little too steep and hairy for me.

So 2 rides up and down and I hit the highway back home to CT.
post #20 of 25
I went down and brokr the Pugstar's picket line today. I rented the Stinky "DH" bike. It was pretty nice, and I was thinking, hey, why do I need my own DH bike. Soon I remembered why. It would be nice to be able to set up the suspension for myself. Lots of fun to ride though. I mostly rode the 30's trails on bikers right of the mountain. I took one run on 7-21-23 (I think) it looked like good tree-skiing in there.

Oh yeah, I did a "TCarey" on the third turn or so on the first run. Ouch...
post #21 of 25
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Me:

Sunday - Drove to the Big K. Taped up the toe. Taped up the shoe. Rode the Gondi. Hit 1,2,3,6,27,28,25... or something like that. Up again and I came down to riders left, over towards Ramshead. I took 7 to 11 and finished up on 14.

My favorite was 7-11. (pun intended) Although I liked 6 and 28 a lot too. I, like Phil, did not rent a DH bike. I just used my FS XC which is a Klein Palomino. Quite a workout on the brakes with all that gravity stuff. I managed to ride almost all of 7 cleanly. I carried down one section that was a little too steep and hairy for me.

So 2 rides up and down and I hit the highway back home to CT.
That was a favorite combo of mine too.

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I went down and brokr the Pugstar's picket line today. I rented the Stinky "DH" bike. It was pretty nice, and I was thinking, hey, why do I need my own DH bike. Soon I remembered why. It would be nice to be able to set up the suspension for myself. Lots of fun to ride though. I mostly rode the 30's trails on bikers right of the mountain. I took one run on 7-21-23 (I think) it looked like good tree-skiing in there.

Oh yeah, I did a "TCarey" on the third turn or so on the first run. Ouch...
You wore a jesters hat, a backpack and talked with a british accent?
post #22 of 25
LOl-Come on I have had that backpack for years now! It has served me well!!

Maybe one of these days I will have to come out and redeem myself!!

T
post #23 of 25
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LOl-Come on I have had that backpack for years now! It has served me well!!

Maybe one of these days I will have to come out and redeem myself!!

T
Maybe this fall. How are the feet doing?
post #24 of 25
Hey the foot is great-back to running full throttle-Fall would be a great time to try again.Should we do a black run as a warm-up? T
post #25 of 25
Thread Starter 
Tcarey,

I will say, no one can pull off mud and blood like you can!
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