The 2010 Vermont Mountain Bike Festival approaches

I have been playing a very small part in planning for the 3rd annual Vermont Mountain Bike Festival, which will be held this coming weekend in Waterbury and featuring the area's excellent riding opportunities.

VMBA director Patrick Kell explains how beer makes event planning fun.

Back in late 2009, a small group of volunteers got together and started planning the event. The previous two editions (post on 2008 event here) had been decidedly low-key, ad-hoc affairs and for 2010 it was resolved to make things a little more structured and planned out.

Meetings were held in a local bar and consisted of conversation mixed with beer. Lots of time was spent determining festival price points, menus, music choices, and a myriad of other details. Most of my cycling event planning experience comes from helping to promote the Green Mountain Stage Race and putting on a mountain bike festival requires a quite different mindset.

Even though these are gloomy, recessionary times, the bike industry has been very supportive of the event and there will be a tremendous amount of shiny bike bling on display and for demo. Perhaps for an hour or two over the course of the weekend I may get the chance to tool around on a fancy rig and pretend that I have the money to acquire such an item.

So if by happy chance (or through fortuitous SEO blogging) someone out on the internets stumbles upon this post -- highly unlikely, I know -- and is interested in the some classic Northeast singletrack riding please check out this website and note that onsite registration will be available on Saturday morning.

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