Mountain biking has really taken off in Vermont. Anybody can get into the sport; just like ski trails, mountain biking trails come with degrees of difficulty — beginner, intermediate and advanced. Beginners and children can feel comfortable on terrain designed for them; improving riders can move up to tougher trails whenever they’re ready; and experts can find plenty to challenge them in the woods. And did we mention how beautiful it is out there?

When the Stowe Reporter launched RIDE in 2012, we wanted to introduce the community to a sport that seemed to be taking off. In the introduction, we credited “a dedicated group of volunteers and biking enthusiasts” who were making Stowe the place to ride in central Vermont.

As I pedal up Cady Hill Climb (on one of the unfortunately rare rainless days the spring has blessed us with), I can’t help but smile as the sweat begins to bead and my muscles start to ache.

The Stowe area is all about interesting, tricky, long, challenging, technical, beautiful singletrack riding. Add to that: jumps, ramps, drops, log-rides and other technical features.

Most of these things are obvious — as in r-e-s-p-e-c-t fellow riders, trail users and nature — but just in case…

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