East Burke, VT is a mecca for mountain biking in the Northeast with a great variety of trails right in town. This event, presented by Transition Bikes and hosted by Vermont MTB Tours, will be utilizing the legendary Kingdom Trails network as well as lift-served Burke Mountain Bike Park to progress skills and delight the participants.
Built from the momentum and success of the popular Transition Women’s Weekend (West) in Bellingham, WA we couldn’t resist bringing this #partyinthewoods out East. Professional coaches Angi Weston, Shanna Powell, Ella McAndrew, and Christsonthy Drellos lead the mega-progression-sessions for riders of all levels, interests, and abilities.
This is a small group clinic with loads of opportunity to learn, meet new friends, and ride world class trails. The weekend will kick-off with a casual meet-and-greet at Vermont MTB Tours headquarters on Friday night so students and coaches can get a chance to mingle with drinks and appetizers provided. Transition Bikes will have a full demo fleet of bikes on site for the weekend for any interested participants to demo for free. On Saturday and Sunday we will split into groups for a student to coach ratio of 7:1 and we’ll spend 6-7 hours working on skills on the bike each day. The coaches’ progressive approach to teaching starts students in a low-consequence setting giving them time to focus on proper body position, timing, and execution of fundamental and dynamic skills. Then they methodically add the next level of complexity for each skill so that their students are powered by the confidence of these successful successions. All groups will hit the trails for practical application and countless high-fives each day too. On Saturday night we are offering a unique healthy, locally-sourced, family-style dining experience for the participants. In this private party, participants can relive the excitement and fun from day one over a delicious meal prepared and served by professional chef (and fellow mountain biker), Jason Michaelides.
As an added perk for our participants we have also partnered with Stepping Stone Inn and Serenity Spa located on Darling Hill in Lydonville, VT. Along with offering discounted lodging and camping for participants they are running a special on spa treatments for us too (fancy!). Call them at 802-473-2822 for more info and to reserve lodging, camping, and treatments. Be sure to book your massage early, you deserve to pamper yourself after (and before and during) such a big weekend of fun and hardwork.
Regardless if your goals for the weekend are to learn the basics of mountain biking or learn how to catch more air and ride faster – our coaches tailor the lessons to your goals in a fun and safe environment. With all the added perks like free demos, delicious meals, meet-and-greet party, lodging and spa discounts, there really isn’t any other event like it (aside from our event in Bellingham). Each student will also receive a ton of “homework” and a skills re-cap and study guide sheet to help them continue to progress well beyond the weekend. It’s our hope that you will meet new friends, improve your riding skills, and fall in love with Vermont, like we are, so that you return often.