Thursday Night Shop Rides
Join our shop for a Thursday night ride each week as we rotate between Saxon Hill, Cochran's Ski Area, and Hinesburg Town Forest. We'll meet at 6pm in the parking lot for our first ride at Saxon this upcoming Thursday, July 5th, and start the ride at 6:15
All ages and skill levels are welcome to attend as this is a no-drop ride! We'll also be bringing a grill to cook up some post-ride food and help answer any bike questions you might have.
This is a BYOB event and we encourage everyone to drink and drive responsibly!
The Hinesburg Town Forest boasts 18 miles of singletrack spread through 850 acres. The history of the land includes early 20th-century farming and you can occasionally see old rock walls, foundations, wells, apple trees, and other signs of a bygone era. Trails are primarily “old-school rake-and-ride” and are therefore quite challenging. There are very limited options for beginner and intermediate riders. Set in the middle of three contiguous networks, the Hinesburg Town Forest is an excellent jumping off point for some of the longest, most challenging rides in VT. Head up and over to the incredible Carse Hills trails to the south or climb up to the Butternut Cabin at Sleepy Hollow to the north.
The Hinesburg Town Forest is also very popular for hiking, snowshoeing, and hunting, with occasional permitted use of ATV’s and equestrians on the town-maintained Eagle Trail. The Hinesburg Town Forest trails are on public land managed by the Hinesburg Town Forest Committee—thanks to the Town of Hinesburg for their generous trail use access.
The Saxon Hill trail network in Essex is a classic. The trails are characterized as classic smooth and flowy singletrack. This immensely popular network is home to the Flo, FreeFall, and Extendo trails. Extendo is a beginner trail constructed by the FOTW Trail Crew in conjunction with students from the Center for Technology in Essex. Flo is a local classic that offers multiple loops within itself that are appropriate for a variety of users and skill levels. FreeFall is a varied jump trail with multiple lines that cater to advanced and expert riders. The trails at Saxon Hill wind through municipal property—many thanks to the Town of Essex for their generous access.
Cochran's ski hill is not only a mountain famous for the Olympic skiers from which it gets its namesake, but also for being the source of one of Vermont's other famous exports - maple syrup. Throughout the fall, riders wind their way up and down the hills below a canopy of colorful leaves and a spiderweb of pale blue sap lines. Adjacent to the ski hill in all directions of the nearby woods, you will find some of the region’s grade A dirt served fresh. With new lines popping up all the time, and near-constant trail work, you can ride here a few times in a single week and see little tweaks and refinements going on at all times.