september, 2021

18sep8:00 am7:00 pmMeeting of the Grinds8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Event Details

Zero Gravity and Halyard present “Meeting of the Grinds”, a cycling festival hosted by Slate Valley Trails and Mountain Bike Vermont.

About this event
Regardless of your suspension status, tire size, or how tight your shorts are, this festival is for you! Meeting of the Grinds features rides for all bikes and all abilities led by local legends.

Slate Valley Trails is partnering with MTBVT to host the first annual Meeting of the Grinds, an all-day cycling festival on September 18th, 2021. Bringing together cyclists of all genres, the event will raise money the support the stewardship efforts of Slate Valley Trails and is based out of their Fairgrounds Trailhead in East Poultney, where riders can access more than 35 miles of purpose-built singletrack and an extensive network of quiet gravel and class four roads.

Explore the Slate Valley through a range of guided gravel and mountain bike rides. For those who would rather not be forced into a binary cycling choice, we’ll celebrate the renaissance of “all terrain biking” with a few old school, bad roads routes. Less tarmac, less singletrack, more outback. Are you a gravel-curious fat tire rider? A gravel rider looking to send it on your “skinny” tires? We’ll have demo bikes covering the spectrum.

The event will feature gravel, singletrack and adventure rides for all ages and abilities, demos, vendors, food, and beverages including a range of craft brews from Zero Gravity and Halyard Brewing Co. Families with children will find engaging ride options and fun activities for kids. The day will be capped with a run-whatcha-brung, no-holds-barred sprint race to nab bragging rights for the day.

Tickers include morning and afternoon guided rides, demos, snacks, lunch, event t-shirt, beer tasting, and one raffle ticket.

8:00am Arrive, ride sign-ups, demos, coffee, snacks

9:00am Rides Depart (some all day rides, some shorter morning rides)

1:00pm Afternoon Rides Depart (shorter)

4:00pm Return for Burritos, Beer Tastings, vendors, etc.

5:00pm Run Whatcha Brung Sprint Race

6:30pm Race Results and Raffle

Upon registering, you’ll be asked what level ride you’d like to participate in. Here’s a description of our classifications for your reference:

Grinder: Distance gravel tour – all day ride
Plenty of stamina, not a lot of rest breaks
Comfortable on pavé/class 4
Rides 3-5 times per week
42C+ tires

Cruiser: Social gravel tour – half day ride
Good stamina
Loves climbing…but likes a wind break at the top
Rides most weekends
38C+ tires

Outback: Old school, mixed terrain adventure ride – all day ride
Plenty of stamina
Solid bike-handling skills, comfortable on pavé/class 4
Love climbing…and the downhill!
Rides 3-5 times per week
50C+ tires recommended

Epic: Singletrack mtb shred – all day ride
Plenty of stamina, not a lot of rest breaks
Comfortable on technical terrain
Rides 3-5 times per week

Singletrack: Classic mtb tour – half day ride
Social and moderate paced options
Beginner and intermediate terrain options

Adaptive: A Ride for Every Body!
VT Adaptive Ski and Sports will be on site with mentors and bike demos.
Mellow double track and adaptive-friendly singletrack options.

Youth: Rides specifically created for the wee shredders
Ages 6-12

Novice: Ready to learn and have fun
New to biking
Not sure of shifting
My boyfriend / girlfriend is making me do this
Could use some coaching

About Slate Valley Trails
Slate Valley Trails, Inc. (SVT) is a volunteer community group founded in 2015 whose mission is to build, maintain and promote foot and bicycling trails in the Slate Valley region of southwestern Vermont. SVT is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and a chapter of the Vermont Mountain Biking Association.


Mountain Bike Vermont ( is an online journal, events promoter, apparel company, and rolling party starter. MTBVT’s dual initiative is documenting and promoting the Green Mountain State’s burgeoning cycling community. Visit for info on our annual event series, shop our online store, and peruse new and archived articles. #MTBVT


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