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Mad River Riders' GMNF Blueberry Lake Trails earn award

The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) has awarded Model Trail designation to the Blueberry Lake Trails in the Green Mountain National Forest. The network, a result of collaborative efforts among the Mad River Riders-Vermont Mountain Bike Association (MRR-VMBA), Sustainable Trailworks LLC and the United States Forest Service, received a Gateway rating, meaning that they are ideal for entry level riders.

The friendly fun routes were designed by Sustainable Trailworks, with guidance from the MRR-VMBA and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). They were built by mainly by Sustainable Trailworks, supported the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Green Mountain Valley School and MRR-VMBA, with funding from several sources, including the USFS, Winthrop J. Smith Foundation/ Sugarbush Resort and many more supporters.

On National Trails Day in early June 2013, Phase 1 of the network officially opened, with two loops totaling more than four miles of beginner-intermediate trails. Experts also appreciate the network's fast flow, making it great for mixed-ability groups too.

Phase 2 trail development is scheduled to start soon with an official Groundbreaking Ceremony on June 8, 2014, followed by guided group rides/hikes and a Season Kickoff Party at The Common Man in Warren. Phase 2 will add a gentle beginner loop with views of Blueberry Lake and a half-mile intermediate connector trail into the existing network. Phase 2 fundraising is close to completion, but help is still needed. To designate tax-deductible donations to MRR-Blueberry Lake-Phase 2 visit

The MRR-VMBA announce a new partnership for 2014, sharing all of VMBA's statewide chapters and over 650 miles of public trails in one inclusive membership package, complete with a valuable set of bike and VT-related benefits.


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