KILLINGTON RESORT & MTBVT TEAM UP FOR THE
FIRST ANNUAL VERMONT BIKE & BREW
Beer Loving Mountain Bikers’ Dream Event set for June 9-11, 2017
Killington, VT– Mountain Bike Vermont and Killington Resort, home of the largest downhill mountain bike park in eastern North America, are thrilled to announce the first annual Vermont Bike & Brew Festival to be held June 9th-11th, 2017 at Killington Bike Park. Tickets for adults and youth are available now at www.killington.com/bikeandbrew.
(Vendors can find more info here: mtbvt.com/vermont-bike-brew-vendors)
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.”
“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 9th with a pre-registration party and lifts spinning for festival attendees to enjoy a private Killington Bike Park session from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. 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 10:00am 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.
Hey Ladies! Killington Divas of Dirt, our killer community of lady rippers, invites all fellow female riders to join some fun women-focused activities throughout the weekend including fun laps around the bike park.
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.
FULL SCHEDULE (Subject to change)
FRIDAY JUNE 9TH
10:00 am Tickets and Registration opens at 10am at Snowshed Retail.
12:00 pm Camping facilities open
6:00 pm Divas of Dirt Ladies focused Bike Setup met and greet at Snowshed Base area
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm Lift Access for B and B event attendees only
8:00 pm Pre-reg Party at Umbrella Bar at Snowshed Followed by cross country group night ride at Pittsfield trails or at Killington sponsored by Von Trapp Brewing.
SATURDAY JUNE 10th
7:30 am – 9:00 am Kegs and Eggs breakfast
9:00 am lifts open to event attendees for Peak to creek critical mass ride
9:00 am Divas of Dirt meet for Ladies Group Rides of all ability levels. Costumes optional (and Highly Encouraged)
10:00 am Bike swap opens
10:00 am Critical mass ride departs Peak Lodge and rides to Snowshed
10:00 am Lifts open to public
10:00 am Vendor Village opens
10:00 am Day of registration for pond skinny and whipoff opens at Snowshed Bike shop and retail
10:45 am Group rides meet at Snowshed base and split by ability and terrain choice
11:00 am Kids Shred session Group ride ages 7-10 on Step it up trail meet at Snowshed Lift
11:00 am Kids Stryder Bike Shred Session Snowshed pod
12:00 pm brewfest opens doors
12:45 Group rides end and meet at Snowshed base
1:00 pm pond skinny challenge
3:00 pm whipoff contest
5:00 pm Live Music from the CopOuts
7:00 pm whipoff and Pond Skinny winners announced at Snowshed. Prizes awarded. $500 for whipoff winner. Pond skinny winner keeps prize money generated from all 5$ entry fees.
10:00 pm after party bonfire and live music at Vale Camping area
SUNDAY JUNE 11th
10 am Meet for Group recovery Ride Group Rides at Snowshed Lift Open to all Attendees and Divas of Dirt.
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About Killington Resort
Killington Resort is a four season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. The Beast of the East boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, the largest Bike Park in the East with 35 miles of mountain biking trails plus expansion underway with Gravity Logic, and 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 55 years. Killington is part of the POWDR Adventure Lifestyle Co. portfolio. Visit www.killington.com for more information and be social with #beast365 and #beastmtb.
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About Mountain Bike Vermont
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*Bonus ticket voucher to be picked up at event registration at Killington between June 9th and 11th.