Adaptive athletes riding e-assist mountain bikes summited Mt. Mansfield in the Delta Dental Race to the Top of Vermont as part of the Green Mountain Adaptive Sports aMTB weekend.
This was the second year that Green Mountain Adaptive Sports assisted the Catamount Trail Association by managing the adaptive portion of the event.
This year, GMAS had the pleasure to partner up with our friends from Adaptive Sports Partners (ASP) to assist the athletes throughout the weekend.
Seven adaptive riders traveled to Stowe for the weekend which kicked off with a fun, yet challenging trail ride in the Cady Hill Forest trail system in the center of town on Saturday.
Jon Wehse and Jeff Kauffman of Stowe Trail Partnership led the group, assisted by volunteers from GMAS and ASP.
For the past couple of years, the Stowe Trail Partnership has been working on making adaptations to the trail system to increase accessibility for all users.
As managers of the trail system, part of their work included widening bridges, changing grades, and improving trail flow on some of the most popular trails. Their efforts and hard work paid off and provided a wonderful playground for this group of adaptive mountain bike riders who rode for over 3.5 hours.
On Sunday, the crew moved to the Auto Toll Road at Stowe Mountain Resort to participate in the e-bike category which was added this year.
Riding a variety of e-assist mountain bikes, five of the seven athletes who started reached the summit. Sadly, two did not cross the finish line after they suffered equipment failure.
Congratulations to all athletes for their incredible effort and performance climbing the 4.3 miles course, and the 2564 feet of elevation. It was great to have you all participate and push your personal limits in this annual event.
We are also incredibly grateful to all who volunteered to make this happen, and to Mountain Ops for providing e-bikes for the volunteers.
A big thank you to Greg Maino of CTA for making this event accessible and welcoming to all. It is a work in progress, and we appreciate your efforts on managing all of the behind the scene details. Thanks also to Jason Boes of Stowe Mountain Resort for his kindness and attention to details along the way.
We can’t wait to be a part of this even again next year. To get more information about participating or volunteering in this fun weekend, please reach out to be added to our mailing list.
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