Sunday, September 22 is the date for this year’s West Hill Grinder, organized by the West Hill Shop in Putney. Several different routes offer a variety of rural biking challenges for intermediate and advanced bicyclists. Distances range from 19-45 miles and wind through Westminster, Athens, Brookline, Dummerston, Brattleboro and Putney on town dirt roads, Class-4 woods roads, and Pinnacle hiking trails, with a bit of pavement here and there. New this year is a “smooth gravel” route being planned for those looking for a longer ride without technical features like single track.
Both the start (at 10 or 11 AM, depending upon the route chosen) and finish will be at High Meadows Farm, 742 Westminster West Road in Putney, VT.
The 2019 Grinder is a fundraising thank-you from the West Hill Shop, to the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association for “creating and maintaining an incredible resource of trails in Putney, Westminster, Athens, Grafton, and Brookline and for renovating the cabin at the Pinnacle overlook.” The Pinnacle Association’s 25-mile trail system runs from Putney Mountain to Grafton.
Visit www.bikereg.com. Search for West Hill Grinder for information on routes, bike recommendations, equipment requirements, prices, food, and registration. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-387-5718.
This adventurous gravel-road ride is a great way to see really different and beautiful sections of the area while supporting an organization that helps to conserve land and make many of the area’s rural features accessible to hikers and bikers.
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