Switching Gears

Sports
August 17, 2016

Nothing is free, even trail networks

By Ariel Kent

No trail net work is free. This idea was ignited in my mind this past week by trail steward Matt Baatz of Green Mountain Trails. No trail network is free and here’s why: trail networks that are open to the public (without…

Switching Gears
August 10, 2016

I did not build the Green Mountain Trails

By Matt Baatz PITTSFIELD—I did not build the Green Mountain Trails. For the longest time I wanted to go on public record with that statement dispelling this absurd rumor. I’m not sure when or how it started, but I know it’s out there and I’m…

Switching Gears
August 10, 2016

On ode to the trail builders

By Ariel Kent KILLINGTON—A trail builder is someone who has dedicated his or her time to creating a network of mountain bike trails that he or she can enjoy but, more importantly, that others can enjoy. The hard work of a trail builder often goes…

Tales from the trails
Switching Gears
July 21, 2016

Tales from the trails

Ariel Kent

It’s 7 a.m. It’s cool, dark and calm and the only sounds to be heard are the chirping birds and the steady breathing as I pedal uphill. Waking up at the crack of dawn is how I get saddle time in….

Flow vs. tech trails
Switching Gears
July 15, 2016

Flow vs. tech trails

Ariel Kent

 

By Ariel Kent

There are two main types of mountain biking trails, flow and tech. Flow is typically wide machined trails that are smooth, fast, require minimal braking, and are full of bermed turns and oftentimes jumps. Flow is a…