This weekend-long event will include a stacked lineup of entertainment for the entire family including three days of organized mountain biking for all skill levels, Vermont’s first ever downhill critical mass ride, onsite camping, vendor garden, bike swap, craft beer garden, whip-off competition, skinny bridge pond-cross challenge, kids race and live music from The CopOuts, the self-proclaimed “house band of mountain biking.”
Pro rider Aaron Chase will also be leading a ride down Killington's Black Magic expert jump trail.
“Our goal is to throw the largest downhill oriented bike festival the east coast has ever seen,” says Vermont Bike & Brew organizer Ryan Thibault. “Between Killington’s expansive trail network, on-site camping, and Vermont’s finest beer garden constructed on site, we guarantee a festival like no other. And everyone is invited. Pro rider? Sure. Never ridden? Kids in tow? Even better. We’re ready for you!”
The Vermont Bike & Brew event programming will kick off on Friday, June 9 with a pre-registration party and lifts spinning for festival attendees to enjoy a private Killington Bike Park session from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dusk brings a locals night ride tour of Killington followed by an evening around the campfire at the Vale Lot camping area.
Saturday morning includes a special “Kegs n’ Eggs” breakfast followed by an early bird hour of riding before lifts open to the general public. The 10:00 a.m. critical mass ride from the top of Killington Peak’s K-1 Express Gondola will line up the largest downhill train of riders Vermont has ever seen for a peak to creek romp with a few hundred friends.
What’s a “skinny bridge pond-cross challenge” you ask? Join the madness or spectate on Saturday afternoon as riders test their balance on a floating skinny bridge strung across Killington’s Snowshed Pond. Following the pond-cross, an open entry whip-off competition will be held adjacent to the beer garden. MTBVT and Killington Resort are curating a tap list to please the most discerning beer nerds, and beer tickets are included with registration.
“Vermont Bike & Brew is a great chance for Killington to show off the immense progress we’ve made expanding our mountain bike park over the past three summers, and to really surpass folks’ expectations about what a bike festival can be,” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort. “From our new Gravity Logic-designed expansion on Ramshead Mountain to beginner and intermediate flow trails in the Snowshed area and a Strider Park for the smallest bikers, riders of all ages and abilities can expect an action-packed weekend.”
To wrap up the weekend’s programming, Sunday morning brings an additional day of riding kicked off by the MTBVT “Recovery Ride” for those that didn’t (and those who did) get their fill along with the Fox ProFrame Demo Tour featuring guest pro riders Tyler McCaul, Josh Bryceland, Kirt Voreis and Josh Lewis.
Plus, all weekend long, The Beast of a Bike Swap will be happening at Killington Resort featuring deals on new and used bikes from area shops and private sellers, and bike drop-offs are welcome.
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Killington Mountain Bike Park has also returned to the MTBparks Pass for 2017 offering one free lift ticket and half off return visits all season.
-Source: Killington Resort