VT50 Race Registration Update from our race director.Vermont 50 Race Registration is Postponed Until June 29, 2020 7 p.m. ET
The Race Committee met and discussed our upcoming Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run race. The State of Vermont is still under an Executive Order to “Stay at Home”. Currently, the governor’s COVID-19 response team has ordered the hospitality industry in the state to be closed but hotels, inns, B&Bs etc. can begin taking reservations on or after June 15, 2020-however these reservations may be cancelled if the Executive Order* is extended.
The committee must comply with the Governor’s Executive Order and has decided to push back our race registration date until June 29, 2020 at 7 p.m. ET.(Loyalty registration will now open on June 15—added to VIP List email)
With these uncertain times, please be aware that we still may have to cancel the 2020 Vermont 50 race in consideration of all the health concerns .We will keep you updated weekly on the status of the governor’s decision on large gatherings. And on any modifications that will need to be implemented for our race to proceed as scheduled on Sunday, September 27, 2020.
Our race is a major fundraiser for Vermont Adaptive .Like so many non-profits, Vermont Adaptive has had many of its fundraising events cancelled. They rely on the money raised by these events to continue to provide their programing to their students of all abilities, regardless of ability to pay for instruction.Please consider a direct donation to Vermont Adaptive so they may continue their mission to help these athletes.
We hope you all are staying safe and that you and your families are well.
Mike Silverman. Race Director.
*Lodging Reservations. Addendum 7 to the Executive Order is hereby supplemented to authorize lodging operators to immediately accept reservations for stays and events occurring on or after June 15, 2020; provided, however, the Governor, in consultation with the Commissioner of VDH and the Commissioner of DPS/VEM, shall assess the emergency and determine whether to amend or extend this date.
Early registration for the 28th Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run TBD at midnight EDST.
There are two ways to register during the Early Registration time frame and both are THANK YOUs for fundraising for Vermont Adaptive.
Fundraising Option, Open Now until September 7-You can sign-up NOW and commit to raise a minimum $500 before September 7 at noon ET, you will avoid our race open registration rush on June 29 th and will be entered into the race by the Race Director.
Your $500 fundraising commitment must be received by Sept. 7 or you will not be able to race with us on the last Sunday of September. You must contact the Race Director, Mike before June 29 at 7 p.m. if you’d like to take advantage of this option.
Loyal Participant Option, Open TBAYou will be invited to sign-up early because you have participated in our race at least 8 yearsin a row. Over these 8 years, your participation in our race has raised over $1200 for Vermont Adaptive-Thank you.
As a Loyal Participant, an email invitation will be sent to you with instructions on how to register yourself on or before TBA and you will have until TBA at 7 p.m. EDST to sign up.
Our race open registration will begin on June 29 at 7 p.m. EDST. The mountain bike race usually sells out quickly. The run races take a bit longer (a couple of months) to sell out.
Thank you all for supporting Vermont Adaptive. In 28 years, the Vermont 50 participants have raised over $2 million dollars for Vermont Adaptive’s programming.
Read more about the partnership between the Vermont 50 and Vermont Adaptive.
Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports is a nationally recognized organization that empowers people of all abilities through inclusive sports and recreational programming regardless of ability to pay. In addition to sports, year-round programming options integrate environmental, holistic wellness, and competitive training philosophies for people of all ages with cognitive, developmental, physical and emotional disabilities.
Great news Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run runners our 2020 running race qualify for UTMB points. The 50 mile run will earn you 3-points and the 50 Km run will earn you 2-points.
For more information about UTMB races please visit their race page.
Race registration opens May 25 at 7 p.m. EDST. The mountain bike races typically sell out in minutes. The run races are open until September 7 or until they fill up (we’ll keep you posted on available spots) See you September 27.
Michael Murray, guest contributor for the Vermont 50 Race Blog
How a first timer prepares for a race physically, mechanically and
You may have just bought your first
mountain bike or been mountain biking for years. You
have been spending your weekends going around your local mountain bike trails
mastering the corners and trying to beat your best time. Now you have decided
to take the big leap and take part in your first mountain bike race.
Mountain Biking Advice
Start & End of the Race
A mountain biker may be getting themselves
physically psyched up before the race begins. They may be happy they have just completed a
daunting part of the trail. There is no need to do it at the start or at the
finish line. Move to the side, and take in some of the amazing atmosphere of
taking part in a mountain bike race. Don’t get in the way of other mountain
Middle of the Trail
Mountain Bike races can be very
competitive. Cycling enthusiasts are keen to get their own personal best times
at the event. If you need to stop for any reason make sure you move off to one
side. It is not only mountain biking etiquette. An individual fixing their puncture in the
middle of the trail can be dangerous.
The majority off mountain bike trails have
no directions, so make sure you are travelling across the trail in the correct
way. Don’t try and push up the trails, try and use the separate push up tracks
to get back up to the top. No one wants
to encounter the rubber meets face thing. It’s one way to get a first way ticket to seek
medical treatment at the local hospital.
There is no way to break it you. There no
magical litter picker that is going to pick up your litter. Don’t drop your empty water bottle or snack
bar wrappers as it’s not going to decompose for around three hundred
years. The weight of carrying an empty
water bottle is not going to take too much of your energy. Make sure you carry it back and put it in the
Taking part in your first mountain bike
race can be a daunting task. What should you do to prepare?
Spend Time Mountain Biking
It may seem a little a little bit obvious.
However, you would be a little surprised on how many entry level mountain
bikers spend time in the gym or cycling to work.
Don’t forget to plan to spend time on your
mountain bike mountain biking. The more
time you spend on your mountain bike will help them improve their upper body
strength and their mountain biking skills.
Vary your Mountain Biking
Get used to different types of mountain
bike trails by not always sticking to the same mountain bike trails. Exploring
new mountain bike trails will help a rider get used to different types of
mountain bike trails. Find out local
mountain bike trails near
Entry level mountain bikers need to think
about adding a bit of strength training into their training schedule.
The endurance and terrain not only take its
toll on a rider’s legs, but also their core and upper body. Having good upper
body strength in the shoulders and arms will help the rider support themselves
while mountain biking.
Working out the rider’s core, lower back and hips will help the rider keep a good riding position when they start to feel tied and allow them to maintain their pedal power. Check out an article on the mountain bike training.
A lot of mountain bike races will allow the
rider to get a feel for the mountain bike trail before the race begins. Going
for a little practice run on the mountain bike trail is a brilliant way of
building a rider’s confidence in tackling the mountain bike trail.
Five Ways To Prepare For A Mountain Bike
Being comfortable on mountain
bike trails with climbs
Have confidence in the saddle
Set up your Mountain Bike
Riding with more experienced
mountain bikers. (Join your local club
Don’t panic if you find part of
mountain bike trail difficult
Preparing The Mountain Bike for Race Day
Once a rider has prepared themselves
physically and mentally. The rider needs to make sure their mountain bike is
ready for race day. Shifting smoothly
and braking perfectly.
The tires should be in good condition and
be pumped up to the required PSI level.
All the parts on the mountain bike should be tight, lubricated and
adjusted for the rider’s personal preference.
mountain bike race will put a mountain bike to the test. No rider wants to pull
out a mountain bike trail due to a mechanical fault.
Removing Accessories: Before a rider can clean
their bike the need to remove any lights or bell.
Turn the Mountain Bike Over: In order to protect the mountain bike, use an old towel for the
Remove the Wheels: Use the quick realise lever to remove the front and rear wheel.
Cleaning the drive system: Use and old cloth and some soapy water to clean the rear derailleur and any moving parts. Give the chain a good wipe with the cloth. Clean the chain ringing with a brush. Wash the pedals and the cranks. Give the mountain bike a good wipe down.
Clean the underside: Wash the front forks with the cloth and then wipe them dry. Clean
the centre and rear of the frame. Clean
the handle bars with the cloth and the brake levers. Finally use the cloth to
clean the seat.
Wheel Cleaning: Get a wet cloth and clean
the rims on the front wheel. Next clean the spokes on the axle. Use a degreaser
on the disk brake system. Clean the rear wheel and the rims. Pay close
attention to the rear axle and disk rotor if you have one.
Check the Wheels: Test the wheels by spinning each one and make sure each one turn
freely. Place your finger against the rim to see if there are any dents. It
should look straight and smooth.
Test the Drive System: Get both pedals and spin them. There should be no noise or
grindings. They should be turning freely.
Top side of the bike: Grab the mountain bike by both hands and turn the mountain bike the right way. Use a clean cloth on the handle bars, headset and pay close attention to the brakes.
Brakes: Test the brakes by pushing the mountain bike back and forth by gently applying the brake levers. For V brakes check the cables for any wear and tear or fraying.
Lights: Test the bike lights to make sure they are in good working order.
Now that we have looked at how to prepare
physically and mechanically for an entry level mountain bike race. We will now
look at how to prepare nutritionally for a mountain bike race.
Race Day Nutrition
One of the biggest obstacles entry level
mountain bikers have is figuring out what is the best types of food to eat
before race day.
Having some porridge with honey that
realise carbohydrates that will keep the rider fuelled up for longer. A rider
should aim to finish breakfast two hours before the race and drink 500 ml of
Fuelling your body
The body can only store a certain amount of
energy, at some point a rider will need
to eat on the ride. On average the body consumes roughly sixty kilograms per
Good snacks are energy bars, gels or energy
drinks. Don’t wait until your feeling
hungry, as this may be too late.
A rider should look to consume around 500ml
per hour. Setting an alarm every fifteen minutes is a good way to keep hydrated
on a regular basis.
Good Nutritional Snacks & Drinks
Fluids: Avoid coffee or tea. Choose
an isotonic sports drink that is tasty and replenishes electrolytes and daily
dose of vitamins.
Bananas: Are a good choose. They come
with easy packaging that can be opened easily. They contain carbohydrates that
help keep energy levels up and lots of other health vitamins.
Apples: A good fruit at the end of
a ride. Apples contain vitamins and sugars that are ideal for a little pick me
up and energy boost. They will also help with hydration.
Peanut Butter Sandwich’s: Easy to make and prepare
and will offer the rider a well needed boost in energy levels.
Canned Tuna: A good source of protein that will help balance the carbohydrates.