Tag Archives: Ariel Kent

Sports
August 31, 2016

It’s not the latest technology that makes biking so great

By Ariel Kent In this day and age mountain bikes come in all shapes and sizes. There’s fatbikes, plus bikes, 650B, 29ers, and the good old 26-inch. One is definitely not better than the other, and up until 5-10 years ago there wasn’t such a…

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

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…

Upper mountain operations
Switching Gears
June 30, 2016

Upper mountain operations

By Ariel Kent

It’s about a month early but the special day has arrived. It’s the day when the K-1 opens for summer lift service and mountain operations shift from just weekends to seven days a week. It happened on June 18 this year. It’s…

Vermont’s best-kept mountain bike secret
Switching Gears
June 22, 2016

Vermont’s best-kept mountain bike secret

Courtesy of Killington Resort

A mountain bike rider soars over a jump in Killington Bike Park.

By Ariel Kent

There is a place not far from Killington that’s full of flowing singletrack and tall pines. This place, known as Green Mountain…

Rainy day rumble
Switching Gears
June 16, 2016

Rainy day rumble

By Ariel Kent Saturday rides for me always start out the same at Killington. I’ve got two hours to get as many runs in as possible before I have to head back to work. This past Saturday I arrived early, got the first chair and…