Mountain Bike Revival Party... Continued! with The Alchemist & Live Music

Date: Jul 11 2019

We had so much fun last year, we figured we'd do it again! Join us Thursday, July 11 for our MTB Kickoff Party. Our good friends at the Alchemist will join us to ring in all of this year's new trail work and developments and help spread the stoke.

All proceeds from the evening will go directly toward funding mountain biking trails at Bolton Valley.

Additionally, we are thrilled to announce that we are "E-Bike Friendly" here at Bolton Valley. We'll have some demo e-Mountain Bikes for you to try at this event and we think you'll quickly see why we're so excited about e-bikes here.


3 - 8pm Mountain Bike & E-Mountain Bike Demos including Rocky Mountain Powerplay e-bikes and Specialized Levo e-Mountain Bikes courtesy of Outdoor Gear Exchange & Onion River Outdoors

5 - 10pm Alchemist Pop Up Bar & Live Music at the James Moore Tavern starting with Danny & The Parts, followed by Phantom Airwave

5:30pm Suffer Fest starts halfway up the Bolton Valley Access Rd at Sugar Shack parking lot - 4.5 mile, 2000 foot elevation gain begins

6:45pm-ish - Group ride down single track from top of Suffer Fest route, led by Rosy

8pm Bolton Valley team will reveal the new maps and trails, hand out swag and call raffle winners

The live music and celebration continues into the night


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Bolton Valley Mountain Bike Kickoff Party with The Alchemist

We will have our standard weekly Suffer Fest tonight, too (see below), but also raffles for sweet prizes, swag giveaways and live music!

“It’s insanely technical.“

“Beginners can’t have fun there, the trails are just too hard.“

“I mean, it’s amazing super old school riding, if you can handle it.”

“Riders will definitely leave with bumps and bruises to prove they were there.”

Schedule of Events:

Specialized Levo E-Mountain Bike Demos from Onion River Sports all afternoon

5:30 Suffer Fest group start from Sugar Shack parking lot halfway up access road

7-9pm Party at the James Moore Tavern with live music, raffle, free swag, delicious food, full bar and beer specials featuring our good friends at The Alchemist

Whatever you do, don't come to this group gravel ride and run at Bolton on Thursday nights.  It's called the Suffer Fest because that's exactly what it is.  Grueling, relentless uphill, week after week.

The Bolton Valley Access Road has a special kind of notoriety in Vermont's road biking circles.  It climbs just shy of 2000 vertical feet in 4.5 miles with surprisingly few reprieves along the way.  And for the hearty corps of mountain bikers that have kept the handful of downhill mountain bike trails from getting overgrown during the past decade, they know how brutal the climb is to get to the top - above and beyond where the access road stops. 

Bolton Valley has combined both of these nightmarish climbs into one soul-crushing gravel ride that repeats week after week at 5:30 every Thursday night starting June 20th until noone can take it any longer.  The only consolation is that following each ride, the beer and food will be flowing from Bolton Valley's legendary James Moore Taven and Fireside Flatbread where you can continue to fight your way through tremendous beer, food, billiards, darts, and lawn games set up off the tavern deck. 

Riders can choose their weapon, whether it's a mountain bike, off-road bike, cyclo-cross set-up or a beach cruiser. Not into biking but really enjoy suffering? No worries, we'll have a separate group of runners headed out each night as well. But the course remains the same.  Suffer Fest Riders will park at the Sugar Shack parking lot about a third of the way up the access road.  From there, they'll climb about a half-mile of pavement before turning to climb up "Broadway" - the 2-mile long Nordic trail/double track that climbs about a thousand vertical feet up the other side of the valley and re-emerges behind the main Base Lodge at the mountain.

The course continues up around the pavilion in front of the lodge, past the rider/runner emergency checkpoint before continuing up the alpine ski trails "work road" double track that climbs for another 900 vertical feet to the summit of the Vista Chairlift in about a mile and a half.

Only the strong will survive.  And nobody will blame you if you don't make it past the emergency checkpoint.  But one thing is sure.  If you want to get in shape for gravel grinder rides or running events this fall, there's no better way to kick your butt into shape than subjecting it to a weekly Thursday night suffer fest at Bolton Valley.

But please... for your own sake, don't try it.  It's a horrible, awful climb by anyone's standards.  See you there!