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Winterbike 2019!!!

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Created by Lilias

Join us for the 8th annual Winterbike Fatbike Festival!

The 8th Annual Winterbike Festival
Saturday, March 2nd!
That’s right folks!  Mountain Bike Vermont and Kingdom Trails have partnered again for the WinterBike Fatbike Festival on March 2, 2019.
Winterbike is Vermont’s premier Fatbike Festival. Now in its 8th year, the event continues to be the largest fatbike festival in the Northeast. Hosted at the Kingdom Trail Nordic Adventure Center, the event is situated on Vermont’s most expansive groomed fatbike specific trail network, boasting over 26 miles of cold rolled singletrack!
In keeping with tradition, Winterbike will include the usual crowd pleasing ingredients including a Friday pre-registration Social hosted this year by the Borderlands Trail Partners. While Saturday will see a vendor garden, demo fleets, group rides for all ages and abilities, stocked remote aid station, 6X fatbike race.  The infamous Rasputitsa Gravel Road Race organizers Heidi and Anthony will keep the party rocking with tunes and a fur laden lounge in the expo.
“We strive to improve the event year over year while maintaining its soul.” Says Lilias Ide, event co-founder and Kingdom Trails Event Coordinator. “With the support of a few new partners, this year is shaping up to be the best to date.”
New in 2019, we’re pleased to announce support from our friends at Lawson’s Finest Liquids, brewers of some of Vermont’s favorite beers! IPA? Yes please! Lawsons will be on site at the vendor garden, spreading liquidy love all afternoon.
The Remote Aid Station returns in all its glory… and then some. In an effort to evolve the Station, we welcome its new hosts Untapped, makers of all natural athletic fuel aka MAPLE SYRUP based energy! How about a steaming cup of hot cider with maple and ginger. Hot toddies just reached another level: healthy!
Adding to the healthy and delicious theme this year, lunch will be served on site by the Craftsbury General Store with the option of dining next door at Juniper’s Restaurant as well.
“Winterbike is an opportunity for the entire family to ‘bike party’ together.” Says event co-founder and MTBVT owner Ryan Thibault. “We worked hard over the years to make the event fun for everyone. This year we’ve upped our game with the addition of a few new activities for the kiddos.”
With the heightened focus on family, this year’s event will include kids a specific ride. Additional kids entertainment will be found in a kid’s ride and family friendly games in the vendor area. 24″ wheel kid’s specific fatbikes are also expected among the fleets of demos available.

This years 6X Fatbike Race is brought to you by our friends at Garneau, who has generously supplied apparel kits for top male and female finishers. We’ve also changed the script and made the 6X race free to enter! That’s right. Heats are split between men and women with six racers competing at a time. The fastest three in each round move on the the finals until a men’s and woman’s class champ is victorious! Or just spectate with a cold Lawson’s in your hand.
And as always, Winterbike games will be happening late afternoon Saturday with prizes provided by Marzocchi, Kingdom Trails, MTBVT, and more!

THE REMOTE AID STATION: In keeping with tradition, MTBVT will be hosting the aid station with the usual local delights and personalities.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE – as the day approaches, these times may change! Timing is subject to change based on the forecasted temperatures for the day. As we all know, fatbiking is snow condition and weather dependent so planning out the day will be an organic experience…
Friday March 1st
6:00-8:00 Winterbike Pre Reg and On site Reg. in Room 13 at the Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center. Follow the signs to find Room 13.
6:00-8:00 The Borderlands Launch Party with the The Tenderbellies in the The View Pub
Saturday March 2nd
6:00-7:45 Vendor Set up
7:30-10:30 Junipers Restaurant open for breakfast
8:15 Pre-reg check in/onsite reg. opens
8:30 Group Rides Start – see schedule below
9:00 Expo opens/ Demo bikes available
10:00-11:45 Remote Aid Station open on trail
12:00-2:30 The Craftsbury General Store and Juniper’s at the Wildflower Inn Restaurant open for lunch
12:00 Lawson’s Finest Sip of Sunshine Kegs are tapped
1:30 Racer’s Meeting
1:45 Garneau 6X Race
3:30 Games & Awards
GROUP RIDE DEPARTURE SCHEDULE (ride description below)
8:30 Epic Ride departs
8:45 Ted King Might Get Lost, Get Lost With Him Ride (Advanced level)
9:00 The Borderlands Ride (Intermediate)
9:15 Georgia Gould Ladies Invited and Men Can Come Too Ride (Advanced Intermediate)
9:30 New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) Intermellow (Social Intermediate)
10:00 AmeriCorps NCCC Guided Family Ride
Show your wristband at the Foggy Goggle Osteria on Saturday night for 10% off!
*** Make reservations at the restaurant of your choice each night, otherwise it will be tough to get in!
Vendor List (so far, more to come…)
Lawson’s Finest Liquids
Rasputitsa Gravel Road Race
Borderlands Launch Party
Mountain Bike Radio
Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center
Highland Mountain Bike Park
Outdoor Gear Exchange
Heady Vermont
Sacred Stone Massage
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
AmeriCorps NCCC
Craftsbury General Store
Juniper’s at the Wildflower Inn
Sunday March 3rd
Business as usual. Stick around and go on a recovery ride for regular Kingdom Trail pass price. We do every year. You should too!
Local shops to contact for Fatbike rentals:
LIttleton bike and fitness
East Burke Sports
Village Sports Shop
Epic Ride: 4-5ish hour ride on easy to advanced singletrack at a moderate to aggressive pace with a stop at the Remote Aid Station
Advanced Ride: 4ish hours on moderate to advanced level singletrack at a moderate to aggressive pace with a stop at the Remote Aid Station
Intermediate Ride: 3ish hours on easy to advanced singletrack at a mellow to moderate pace with a stop at the Remote Aid Station
Intermellow Ride: A 3ish hour ride at a relaxed to moderate pace on easy to advanced singletrack with a stop at the aid station
Intro and Family Rides: 1-2 hour mellow pace on easy to moderate trails
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