I'm a Mountain Biker

I've been mountain biking since shortly after moving to Vermont almost 14 years ago. I'd been biking almost my whole life -- as a very young paperboy, on a 3-speed bike, in a Pennsylvania borough many, many years ago. Then, in Los Angeles, as a Hollywood Citizen News paperboy in both Junior and Senior High School, on my first 10-speed 'road bike.' I didn't realize until years later that I was then the in the best shape I've ever been!

While I'd always had a bike, I started riding less and less as I transitioned from my bike to my first car at seventeen. It was a1966 VW Bug 1600 -- thanks to my paperboy earnings I'd saved all those years. Fast forward to our move to Vermont in 2003 that presented a number of opportunities to get out and about. Of course, there was the skiing -- practically in my back yard, and mountain biking, to which I was introduced by one of my new friends in Hyde Park.

I've been trying to ride at least 3 to 4 days each week, starting each year as soon as the Spring snows melt, and riding through Autumn, right up until the first serious snow of the season. I have a "riding buddy", a fellow Realtor -- we both live in Hyde Park, and often ride many of the trails that are within 5-minutes from my home. We also ride in Stowe, in a huge network of trails, where we're members of both the Stowe Mountain Bike Club, with its extensive network of trails, as well as those those belonging to and managed by Trapp Family Lodge. I also enjoy riding at Kingdom Trails in Burke, VT -- a phenomenal world-renowned mountain-biking destination! This summer It's been challenging to get out and on my bike as much as I'd like to -- apparently lacking the discipline to hit the trails no matter what!. 

For several years, I've been tracking my rides on my iPhone, on an app 'for that.' It's Strava, and it tracks my rides and those of many other local riders, providing all kinds of stats that help us compete against ourselves and each other. I recently discovered a series of videos on Strava's website, and found the first to be an inspiration. Here it is -- be inspired. Strive. Then watch the rest of Strava's videos here.

Being an athlete is simple. It doesn't matter how fast you are, how many races you win, or if you even race at all. All that really matters, all you have to do, is just be... be on the road be on the trail be relentless be daring be a teammate be happy be proud be yourself.

2018-01-17 I recently discovered that Bikemunk.com added a section to its website for cycling software. Because Strava, my riding app of choice is included (at #1), I thought it a good idea for you to know what's available to track your rides. Take a look here: www.bikemunk.com/cycling-software/

Stowe Bikes, Bevs & Beats Festival

A 3-day town-wide celebration of Vermont music, Vermont-made libations, and Vermont mountain biking! (Friday, June 27; Saturday, June 28; and, Sunday June 29)

For more information, visit both:

Caleb Magoon, Rising Star

Caleb Magoon, Owner Power Play Sports

Caleb Magoon, Owner
Power Play Sports

Congratulations to my friend Caleb Magoon, a County Director on the Lamoille County Planning Commission’s Board of Directors, for having been named a 2013 Vermont Rising Star!

Vermont Business Magazine honors Vermont's most accomplished young leaders, who are selected by a panel of judges that annually selects 40 Rising Stars under 40 for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and involvement in their communities.

Caleb, who owns Power Play Sports in Morrisville, is president of MACC – Morristown Alliance for Culture and Commerce, and is active in his hometown of Hyde Park. He is also Secretary and co-founder of Mellow Velo, Trail Stewards of the Lamoille Valley, the Hyde Park chapter of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA.)

The first-annual Green Mountain Showdown is in the books.

It was on Saturday at Trapp Family Lodge. For those of us here in Vermont, it was Irene Eve, and it was a perfect 10 -- sort of the calm before the storm -- literally. I had a great day of riding, including 2 demo rides on a Giant 29" and a Giant 26" -- both sweet bikes, and vastly superior to my ancient K2 that I've been riding for more than 5 years. I couldn't give you a recap any better than the complete story already posted at Bicycling Online. But first, I tip my hat to my friend and neighbor, Ryan Thibault, who produced this magnificent event.


BICYCLING ONLINE August 29, 2011

The first-annual Green Mountain Showdown is in the books. Photographer Bear Cieri took home first-place, while his fellow Vermonter Berne Broudy came in a close runner-up. Scroll down for all five final slideshows.

Despite an apparent hurricane bearing down on the entire East Coast more than 150 people showed up to the sprawling grounds of the Trapp Family Lodge Saturday night to watch as each presentation was unveiled with introductions from the respective photographers. The Stowe Mountain Bike Club hosted a variety of group rides all day (including a tour of a recently opened Grade-A trail called Kimmers).


In total five photographers were tasked with capturing bike culture in Vermont, and they worked for more than a month to come up with their presentations. A panel of judges critiqued the slideshows on three key criteria: aesthetic quality, technical merit and originality. A $1,500 cash prize from MTBVT was at stake, as well as a fat prize package of photography equipment from PocketWizard and sunglasses from Native Eyewear. The runner-up took home a complete Thule rack system with a pair of SideArm bike mounts, as well as an F-Stop bag and a new pair of shades.

Event producer Ryan Thibault says he couldn’t have been happier with how the first-time event played out—a sentiment echoed by the considerable crowd that came to watch the photo comp unfold.

“Trapps, Giant, Thule, Darn Tough, and particularly PocketWizard came through for us huge,” Thibault said. “And the support form the Stowe Mountain Bike Club was amazing.” Thibault added that this first year was a learning experience, and he hinted he’s already got a few ideas simmering to take the format to the next level in 2012.

Without further ado, your 2011 Green Mountain Showdown Slideshows, each of which include a short introduction showing images from the respective photographers’ portfolios.

First-place photographer Bear Cieri wowed the crowd with a stark and honest look at mountain biking in Vermont. A Tom Waits soundtrack made for an appropriate score for Cieri’s slideshow, much of which was shown in black-and-white, and none of which used fill-flashes. See more of Bear Cieri’s work at BearCieri.com.


Berne Broudy shoots anything and everything outdoors and active, though mountain biking is her greatest passion. Her show features not only talented pro rider Kyle Ebbett and daredevil Josh Gee, but female Vermont rippers, huckers and jumpers Ali Zimmer and Kim O’Connell, who she shows have no problem keeping up with the boys. Broude’s images have appeared in publications such as Bike, National Geographic Adventure, Skiing, Backpacker, Women’s Health and others. See more of her work at AuthenticOutdoors.com


This native Vermonter headed West for a spell to hone his photography skills on the big stage of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. He has since returned to document life in the Green Mountain State. Cash’s images have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Outside, Men’s Journal, Powder, SKI, Skiing and The Fly Fish Journal. For more go to JustinCash.com


Yarmouth, Maine, resident Matthew DeLorme is no stranger to Vermont. This entirely self-taught photographer has captured East Coast gravity racing like no other. DeLorme is constantly working his way up and down the East Coast shooting mountain bike racing, and if you’ve seen a race shot from a Gravity East event or the U.S. Open at Diablo, chances are he’s the one who snapped the shutter. His photos have appeared in Decline magazine and The Forecaster. See more of his work at MDelorme.com.


Photographer Aaron Rohde hails from Dover, New Hampshire, which sits on the Granite State’s scant 20-some miles of coastline and allows Rohde proximity to skiing in the winter and surfing and mountain biking in the summer. Rhode shoots everything from weddings to newspaper assignments to the sports he loves. His commercial Web site is AaronRohdePhotography.com and he blogs at viewsfromthelift.blogspot.com.