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WEEKLY RIDESThursday Night Mountain Bike Ride Series

New this season!  West Hill Shop MTB rides in and around Putney, Vermont.  The ride series begins Thursday, May 24th at 6pm, and runs through September.  These rides are led by local mountain bike enthusiasts who know the local trails well.  If you like to ride a mix of XC ski trails, hiking trails, and technical singletrack, this is for you!  Expect up to 40% of the trails to be considered “Expert”.  These are not rides for beginners.  Not all trails will be mapped, so the ride group will stick together for the benefit of those unfamiliar with the route.  The rides are about 1.5 to 2 hours in duration.  Each ride will feature a different trail network in the towns of Putney, Westminster, Dummerston, Saxtons River, Brattleboro, and Marlboro.  Go to the current schedule and ride descriptions for ride details.  Any updates or changes to the schedule will be periodically posted.  For questions, email Jim.

 

Wednesday Night Women’s Rides
These road rides start Wednesday, May 16th at 6pm sharp from the West Hill Shop. They are show-and-go rides for women road riders who are looking for an easy paced, supportive, social ride. It is a great opportunity for you ladies just getting started road biking. We will split into groups if more ambitious riders want to join us. Don’t have a road bike?  Want to try one?  We have women’s road bike rentals for $10 on Wednesday nights, but you must reserve in advanced. If it is raining at 6pm, we won’t ride. Sometimes we get back after sunset, so please wear brightly colored clothing and bring lights. Contact Diny for more information. Come join the fun!

PBC Tuesday Night Rides
The Putney Putney Bike Club (PBC) coordinates the Tuesday Night Ride schedule. Please check out the PBC website for more information on upcoming events and the TNR schedule.

Go to their Facebook page to see what’s going on.

Pedal Putney Community Ride Series

Back by popular demand!  Join families, friends and neighbors for these scenic, mostly-dirt, rides leaving from the Putney Tavern Green at 10am.  This spring and summer there are four scheduled rides: May 27th, June 23rd, July 29th, and August 26th.  More to follow in the fall, as enthusiasm dictates.  The Putney General Store and the Putney Coop have generously offered apres ride refreshments!

Several mapped rides of varying length and difficulty – 2.5 to 19 miles – will be available to choose from.  Hybrid, cyclocross and mountain bikes are best suited for the terrain.  This is a FREE series with FREE bike rentals available for anyone needing a bike.  Bike rentals must be reserved in advance.  Email Diny or call the shop, 802-387-5718, with questions.

Please note:  These are unsupported show-n-go rides.  No leaders, no sweep.  Segments of these rides might be remote so please prepare accordingly.

Some of our favorite paved road bike rides:

River Road/Route 5 Loop – 13.2 miles

Hickory Ridge/Black Locust/Brook Road Loop – 8 – 12 miles

Kurn Hattin Short Loop – 21.2 miles

Kurn Hattin Long Loop – 25 miles

 

Annual Rides We Sponsor

 

Bill Sam Caldwell Memorial

TOUR OF THE VALLEYS RIDE
This historic 60 mile race loop through Windham County Vermont is now a scenic show-n-go ride. This 2012 TOV ride will be Saturday, May 19th at 11:00am. The ride leaves from West Hill Shop, finishing with an apres ride feast with comrades back at The Shop. Maps available, but no support. PLEASE sign in before you ride and your donation will help offset the cost of feeding you afterwards. Rain date is Sunday, May 20th at 11:00 am.

Tour of the Valleys (Alternate) – 56.6 miles

 

Tour de Heifer
The tremendous success of Strolling of the Heifers’s Tour de Heifer ride has brought back a trio of scenic farm-to-farm bicycle rides, Sunday, June 3rd.  These mostly dirt road rides are tailored to all levels of cycling ability, with routes ranging from 10 to 60 miles. The routes feature incredible views, farm and woodland terrain, New England villages, covered bridges and much more. For more information, please visit Tour-de-Heifer website.

 

Going The Distance Century
The 3rd Annual Going the Distance Ride for the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro will be held Saturday, June 30th (July 1st rain date).  This year’s benefit ride is a one day, fully supported century ride, or a 58 mile shorter version.  It follows a scenic route along the Connecticut River that starts and ends in Brattleboro.  The goal is forty, or more, Going the Distance ride particiapants, each raising a minimum of $500 each to benefit the Brattleboro Boys & Girls Club.  We’ll have T shirts and other goodies for all riders and some prizes for the top fundraisers.

If you would like to be part of the team, or have ride questions, contact Bob Nassau.  More info about the Going the Distance Ride  and the Boys and Girls Club.