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Slate Valley Epic
July 15 @ 7:30 am - July 16 @ 2:00 pm
ABOUT THE SLATE VALLEY EPIC
Join Slate Valley Trails (SVT) on July 15th & 16th, 2023 for our third annual Slate Valley Epic mountain bike race on Saturday and our Sunday Group Ride along with a Bike Vendor Expo! Riders can expect some of the best singletrack riding with plenty of climbing and extraordinary views of southwestern Vermont and the Slate Valley. Join us for our events that will surely challenge you, and be a memorable weekend in the Vermont woods!
The event’s trailhead and expo is open to the public so come watch, cheer, eat, demo bikes and celebrate with SVT and the racers Saturday and Sunday. Primitive camping available at the trailhead (fees apply).
Saturday’s Slate Valley Epic Race: Registration opens 3/1 (and typically sells out in 2-3 weeks)
The Slate Valley Epic is a 40ish mile, 5,000+ vertical mountain bike race on Vermont’s newest and best single & double-track trails in the Slate Valley of southwestern Vermont in Poultney, VT.
The Saturday race starts at 7:30 AM and we expect all racers to be complete by around 4 PM. Last year we had the front runners coming across after 11:30AM!! Awards at 2:00 PM (as long as all podium racers have cross for all categories)
All racers will receive an event tee shirt and a great meal after the race (The Rolling Rooster)!!!!
Sunday’s Slate Valley Group Ride:
On Sunday we will have a family friendly group rides at 9 AM and the Bike Expo continues!!!
General Event Information
A racer’s handbook will be distributed to all racers in advance of the race and relay with a weekend schedule, specific information, rules, etc. Below is enough information to know how the event will be structured.
The Epic Race will start and finish at the Slate Valley Trails’ Fairgrounds trailhead located at 131 Town Farm Rd, Poultney, VT.
All riders in the Race a free raffle for cool stuff donated by our sponsors and supporters at 4 PM (winners must be present). Special Raffle Items (purchased) will be raffled Sunday 2 PM and winners do not need to be present but are responsible for picking up the winning merchandise.
These are cupless races! Racers are encouraged to bring a water bottle to refill at the cupless aid stations set up along the Race course and at the start/finish area for the Relay. Small snacks will be available, but racers are encouraged to bring enough calories to sustain the duration of the race.
All our trails are on private land so littering and trail cutting will not be tolerated meaning racer will be disqualified!!!
In the event of a big storm where Saturday’s riders could ruin the trails the rain date will be July 16th.
Refunds for the Epic Race will be 50% ONLY IF the spot can be filled from the waitlist prior to 11:59 PM on July 9. After July 9, there are no refunds.
SVT is a 501c and VMBA chapter. All proceeds go to the club for trail maintenance and support. SVT events follow Vermont Covid-19 guidelines.
SPONSORS, VENDORS & FOOD!!
Lawson’s Finest & Kate’s Real Food and more to come
Vendors: SVT, Evergreen Cycle Works and more to come
Raffle items: 2 nights cabin in the woods, 1 full overhaul for your MTB by Evergreen Cycles and more to come!!!
Lunch meal from the menu to each racer and food available for sale to all others by The Rolling Rooster.
Please visit our sponsor page for lodging, food, and bike shop options.
Lake St. Catherine Vermont State Park https://vtstateparks.com/catherine.html
Volunteer Opportunity – We are in need of volunteers Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for course route set-up, clean-up, route marshals, check-point station attendants and parking/traffic attendants. If you are interested and available, please register as a volunteer through the ticketing button. We are in need of a few medical professionals the day of the race.