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20-Mile Mountain Bike Ride

Start: 10:00 AM
Registration: 8:30—9:30 AM
Start/finish line: The base of Mount Ascutney
Fee: $95

Free preregistration barbecue the day before from 5:30—7:30 PM



Event Day - The FAQs

Ride day will begin at registration, where you will receive your cue sheet, a bib number to wear on the back of your jersey, and an event t-shirt. If you purchased a jersey, you will receive it at registration as well. Please be ready by 9:45 AM for a riders meeting prior to departure.

Have questions about the ride? Click below to read our FAQ sheet, which we hope will offer all the answers you need.

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20-Mile Mountain Bike Ride Description

The following description is offered by STAB, an association of volunteers responsible for the local networks of multi-use recreational trails on and around Mount Ascutney. The public on-mountain trails, including a network of hiking-only trails to the summit and the incredible mountain-biking system, are available to use free of charge at Ascutney Trails. 
  • The 20-mile mountain bike ride is an especially fun ride, mixing scenic back roads and technical singletrack among several of STAB's favorite trails.
  • After a two-mile warmup on flat terrain, riders will climb to the first section of singletrack with Mount Ascutney towering alongside. Then it's into the woods for the first of several private trail networks, open to the public only on two days per year (the iconic Vermont 50 is the other). These trails flow through pine stands and hilltop hay fields, and descend through the stony ledges of the hillside before popping out onto another quiet country road.

  • A short coast down this road brings riders to the first fully-stocked aid station, run by some of our great volunteers. Then it's back up a short hill and into the woods. This section is the toughest technical riding, with a steady dose of tricky pedaling that will keep the best of riders on their toes. Again, this section ends in a smooth, fast finish before the second aid station.
  • Section three is the final and longest stretch of the course (unless you follow the shortcut signs!). After a brief dirt road climb, riders enter the acclaimed Ascutney Trails network and start heading back to the starting area to join the P2P Festival. From here, it is singletrack all the way, a blend of old-school technical trail and lots of fresh bermed-out flow turns.
  • The final stretch descends the twists and turns of the trails coming off the ski slopes—fast and fun under the afternoon sun.

  • As in previous years, the 20-mile course can be shortened in a number of areas, with strategically placed shortcuts along the way for anyone who wants to make up time or avoid a particularly technical section.
You don't have to hit the trail alone. Create a team and bring your friends! Registering with a team is easy and fun!

Rest Stops and Cutoff Times

All rest stops will offer water, electrolyte drinks, and energy food. In order to manage the operations of the ride, cyclists must enter rest stops prior to the cutoff time. Green Mountain Bike Patrol will be out on the trails, providing support for cyclists who are struggling or having technical issues. 

Riders must finish by 3:30 PM.

Rest Stop #1

Mile 6.5 at Rush Meadow Road
Cutoff time: 12:30 PM


Rest Stop #2

Mile 11.5 at Yale Heights Road
Cutoff time: 2:30 PM

Rest Stop #3
Mile 15 at Town Forest
Cutoff time: 3:00 PM