Summer is almost over, but the riding isn’t done yet – in fact, it’s almost time for our biggest event of the year! The fifth annual Leaf Blower Fall Classic will be held on October 11, 2015 at the Town and Country Resort!
The highlight of the event will be epic rides led on some of Stowe’s most exciting and scenic trails. Whether you are a sprinter who rides everyday, a weekend warrior, or a leisurely rider, there will be a group for you. Groups will take a break in the middle to refuel on energy grub and water, before charging back to town! There are even family specific rides: One on the rec path (for the younger kiddos) and one that will hit the trails (some mountain biking experience recommended). Parents must be present for family rides.
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Once we’re back in town and everyone’s legs are fried, the fun really begins. There will be a catered meal, as well as hearty homemade desserts. There will be bike related contests, and the opportunity to win prizes from the Club and our sponsors.
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9:30 am – Onsite registration/check-in begins
12:00 pm – Rides depart, with exception of Hard Chargers and Beginners/Advanced Beginners*. Skills clinic for Beginners/Advanced Beginners begins.
*Hard Chargers: Hard Chargers will have staggered start times, with groups leaving at 10:30, 11 and 11:30 am
Beginners and Advanced Beginners depart at 1pm, after one hour skills clinic
4-6pm – Dinner
5-7pm – Contests, prizes, bonfire and festivities
The group numbers refer to pace. #1 fastest – #11 slowest.
Group 1. Hard Chargers (Epic) – Ride everywhere. Fast. **Staggered start times, first group leaves at 10:30am Route: Full Sterling Valley Tour—up Tony’s, Tamarack to start some Peek-a-View, Split Rock, Kent’s, God Street, Shamus, Spring to Town. Cady Hill Forest trails if/when people want to keep going. Duration: 5 hours Miles: 20+
Group 2. Hard Chargers – Fast riders without an ego. Duration: 5 hours Miles: 25 Route: Cady Hill Climb to Connector, Upper Flo, Zog’s, to Charlie’s, Snake,Schween Haus to Strawberry Farm Office, Rock Garden, back up around to the Office and through to Pebble Beach, Pipeline, Trapps’, Adams Camp, then back to the ranch (depending on time and group morale we’ll either lap through CH again or just bail out on Robin’s Run and come back on the road
Group 3. Everyday Riders – Fit, comfortable at a moderate/fast pace. Duration: 3.5-4 hours Route: Flo, Snake, Owl Ridge etc. to Pipeline up Haul Rd. to Trapp’s new trail (Growler) then all the other Trapp’s trails and back down.
Group 4 & 5 Weekend Warrior – A mix of machine built and old school trails at a moderate pace.
Group 4: Duration: 4 hours Miles: 15 – 20 Route: Cady hill climb to Flo to Snake to Schween Haus Outer to Owls Howl to Pipeline to Trapps Greenway to Stepping Stone (brief snack break at Trapp meadow) to Haul road to Kimmers to Hardys to Pipeline back thru Gershmans to Cady Hill connector to Flo (again because it is so much fun) to Charlies back to Town & Country.
Group 5: Route: Tony’s, Tamarack, Maple Run, Billings, Lauren’s Loop, Peak-a-View, Lauren’s Loop, 8 Bridges, Martson Trail, Break at Anderson’s Pond, Split Rock (Depending on time and energy), Maple Run, Tamarack, Tony’s. Duration: 3 – 4 hours Miles: 15 – 20
Group 6. Think I Can – A mix of machine built and old school trails, while enjoying the scenery. Duration 3.5 hours Mileage 8 to 12 miles Route: Shuttle mission– Shuttle up to Sterling Valley lot and ride up Lauren’s Loop to Peak-a-View and then down Billings, Tamarak, Tony’s, and into the Cady Hill Forest for some bonus laps.
Group 7. Think I Can, slower and less mileage – More machine built singletrack, while enjoying the scenery. Clinic: 1 – 1.5 hours first Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours Route: Head into Strawberry Farm and out to the High School, up old Shaw Hill Road to the Cady Hill Connector, down Flo and up Snake. If that’s too much, down Upper Flo to the new beginner loop, Sap bucket to Bridgey, up to green chair and down Bear
Group 8. Cruisers – Smooth, machine built trails. Clinic first: 1-1.5 hours Duration: 1.5 hours Route: Depending on the ability and comfort level of the group, we will either tackle some double track at Trapps, followed by a foray into the single track – Stepping Stone, Corkscrew, Greenway OR head into Cady Hill – Cady Hill Climb, Connector, Flo, Charlie’s out to iRide.
Group 9 & 10 Middle School Rippers – for middle school boys and girls with sufficient mountain biking experience and stamina for a 3 hour ride. Should be comfortable on uphill singletrack as well as technical downhill. This ride will cover similar terrain to adult rides, but at a more relaxed pace. Ride will start from Trapps and finish at Cady Hill Forest. Parents are encouraged to participate in this ride, as long as they can keep up with their kid. Duration: 3 hours Route: Shuttle to Trapps (Stepping Stone), Pipeline, Strawberry Farm, Cady Hill Connector, Flo, Snake, CH Connector, Green chair, Bears.
Group 11. Rec Path Rampage – Hit up the Stowe Recreation Path (paved). Parents must be present for family rides.
New this year – T-shirts!
100% cotton white t-shirts, available in men’s, women’s and kids sizes. Order during registration, and we’ll have some extras on the day of the event if you forgot one!