Stowe, VT, July 14, 2021 – Green Mountain Adaptive Sports will host its first organized Adaptive Mountain Bike Ride on Sunday, September 19th, 2021 at the Trapp Family Outdoor Center in Stowe, Vermont. This post was updated on August 20th.
Green Mountain Adaptive Sports (GMAS) is excited to partner with Trapp Family Lodge, Spaulding Rehab Sports Center, and Bike-on.com to bring this new component to the Trapp Cabin Trail Race, a very successful annual running event, and important fundraiser for Green Mountain Adaptive Sports.
GMAS’s Mission is to serve persons with disabilities living in or visiting Vermont by sponsoring participation in adaptive sports and recreational programs.
The course for the adaptive ride is slightly different from the runners’ course to better suit the needs of hand cycles. The 3 mile route loops around Sugar Road and Russell Knoll Track, both wider and undulating logging roads also used for Nordic skiing in the winter. Riders can choose to shorten the loop if needed, or repeat the loop to extend the ride.
The Trapp Cabin Adaptive Mountain Bike Ride will start at 9:15 am, shortly after the 5km, 10km and Half-Marathon runners are on course, and will not be a timed event this year. Riders demoing bikes should plan to arrive around 8:30 am to get assigned to bikes for the 9:15 am start. Later starters will be welcome until 11 am only. All courses will share the same start and finish areas.
“In the past, a few of GMAS’s athletes have participated in the trail race, but we wanted to expand participation by including a course suitable for wheelchair users,” comments Pascale Savard, GMAS Board Member. “Adding the adaptive mountain bikes will mean that more adaptive athletes will be able to participate this year. This will be a blast for the athletes, and the spectators. Hats off to our friends at Trapps for making that happen for us.”
Many of the adaptive athletes will be riding their own mountain bikes, and the Spaulding Rehab Sports Centers and Bike-on.com are generously bringing an additional nine bikes. Riders are welcome to try different bikes, including two Lashers ATH-FS, a Maddiline Race XE, a Bowhead Reach E-Mountain bike, a Nuke, a Bomber (prone hand-cycle), a Stinger (recumbent leg-cycle), a Trident Fat-tire Trike, and a One-off. The bikes will also be available for anyone to demo after the event. All participants are invited to meet the riders, to get better acquainted with the equipment and the sport.
“The Trapp Family Outdoor Center is really looking forward to the Trapp Cabin Trails Races this year. But most of all we’re excited to welcome the adaptive mountain bikers who will be on our trails for the first time! We hope everyone enjoys the course and will return to race or tour in the future,” adds Sam von Trapp, director and executive vice president at Trapp Family Lodge.
For more information, to reserve a bike, or to volunteer at the event please contact [email protected].
To register as an adaptive athlete, please complete the form below.