The Eastern States Cup Sugarbush Showdown series rider from this past Sunday's event. Photo: John Atkinson

The Eastern States Cup Sugarbush Showdown series this past Sunday, July 16, featured both enduro and downhill mountain bike races with a combined cash and prize purse of $3,200. The enduro race saw 154 competitors with the downhill race including 112 racers. Sugarbush sponsored rider, Isaac Allaire, placed first in the enduro event and third in the downhill event. Other Sugarbush-sponsored riders included Steve Estabrook who finished fifth in the enduro and fourth in the downhill and Dylan Conte who finished sixth in both the enduro and downhill.

Pro Men:
1. Isaac Allaire
2. Antoine Caron
3. Jason Memmelaar
Pro Women:
1. Lauren Peterson
2. Rachel Pageau
3. Mel Hershey

Pro Men:
1. Mauricio Estrada Pulgarin
2. Benjamin Despres-Morin
3. Isaac Allaire
Pro Women:
1. Mazie Hayden
2. Ella Skalwold
3. Rachel Pageau


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Sugarbush Resort, home to 37 lift-served mountain bike trails, is hosting a number of bike-related events this summer. Along with more than 40 miles of cross-country terrain throughout the Mad River Valley, Sugarbush is a must-visit destination for mountain bikers.

Later this month the resort teams up for the second year in a row with the Vermont Mountain Bike Association, Mad River Riders, Waterbury Trail Alliance and Green Mountain Trails to host the Vermont Mountain Bike Festival Friday, July 21, through Sunday, July 23.

Open to the public and to riders of all abilities, the festival will have guided rides throughout The Valley as well as a base of operations full of vendors and other activities at Sugarbush’s Mt. Ellen. The festival will also have a free kickoff party Friday night open to the public with music, cornhole, food trucks, mountain biking skill games and drink.

Sugarbush is also hosting several female-focused mountain bike events throughout the summer. SheJumps Women’s Downhill Day on July 30 has group rides focused on both beginner and intermediate skills and includes tickets, rentals, group rides and lunch. The resort is also hosting Damsels in Dirt – a free recurring clinic designed to bring the female riding community together. Led by former professional downhill racer, Ali Zimmer, beginner and intermediate clinics are available July 14, July 28, August 11 and August 25.


For more information on mountain biking events, visit