Cycling in the Mad River Valley

When you come to the Mad River Valley you will discover an extensive network of mountain biking trails as well as miles and miles of well-maintained two-lane blacktop. We will provide you with maps and directions. At West Hill House B&B we offer indoor storage for your own bikes, or if you prefer to rent once you arrive, there are bike rentals available in Waitsfield at Infinite Sports.

Yes we have hills but listen to our guest Sam for his perspective…  Note his really fancy Trek road bike, weighing in at just over 7kg!

During the summer months Sugarbush offers mountain biking on some of the ski trails, and runs a lift daily from late June through to Labor Day, then weekends through till Columbus Day, to get you to the top of the trails.

Towards the end of the summer there is a major cycling event–the Green Mountain Stage Race. This multi-day event is usually held Labor Day weekend and offers 4 days of exciting and challenging racing in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Ted King racing for Canondale

Ted King

We love hosting cyclists. We have had the honor and pleasure to welcome now retired pro-cyclist Ted King a couple of times. Ted was an Economics Major from Middlebury College, so while he was living in Spain he came back “home” to  Green Mountains. He was a member of the Cervélo Test Team in the 2010 Giro d’Italia, and subsequently in the Cannondale/Garmin Road Racing Team and rode in the Tour de France.  Also Tim Johnson, a member of the Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld Team, has been our special guest several times.  His wife Lyne Bessette joined him on one occasion—she was a member of the Canadian Olympic team in 2000 and 2004. We have also welcomed many other accomplished cyclists as guests, just here for fun or to ride in the Stage Race.

For all of our cyclists, our barn offers not only space to store your machines but also lots of room to set them up and make adjustments.

And even through the “official” season is over by Labor day weekend, the fall is a gorgeous time to cycle in the valley to appreciate the amazing foliage display.

After the leaves are on the ground, you are rewarded with amazing views, so the month or so between mid October and Thanksgiving can also make for some great days in the saddle. Come and see for yourself!