Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race

General Information


Race Day-Last Sunday in September
Race Day Start-Sunday 6 a.m.
Race Location: Ascutney Mountain
Registration, Meals, Start and Finish at Mount Ascutney, Brownsville, VT

NOTE: This race DOES NOT allow E-Bikes.

Race Registration Opens 
May, 25 at 7 p.m. ET , last day to register is September 7 (the race usually sells out in minutes).

Entrants must pre-register online by September 7 at noon ET, or until the race sells out, whichever comes first.
Just pick up racer packets on Saturday of race weekend. 
We do not use a waiting list
There is NO Walk Up Registration
NO Registration on Race Day
NO Transferring or Deferring of Race Registrations.

All Race Registrations close on September 7 at 12 noon ET OR when all races have SOLD OUT.

Registration Information changes may be made until September 7 at noon. ET.

Fundraising Registration Option

If you commit to raise a minimum $500 before September 7 at noon ET, you can avoid our race open registration rush on May 25th and will be entered into the race by the Race Director
Your $500 must be received by Sept. 7 or you will not be able to race with us on the last Sunday of September.

Race Bib Pick-UP

Saturday Bike Plaque Pickup: Pick up your bike plaque on Saturday, of race weekend, noon to 8:00 PM Participants must pick up their own plaques. Photo ID is required to pick up the plaques.
You will be given a plaque for your bike and a wristband. The wristband will be placed on your wrist at the time of pick-up-this is your meal ticket for Sunday BBQ.
Please be sure to give your bib number at the morning racers meeting and at the aid stations. If you drop out of the race you must let the aid station staff know because we will be keeping track of everyone!!


Race Parking (Directions to  Mount Ascutney

Please park at the base lodge (and other designated spots only.) Walk or bike to the race office-BIG TENT (look for signs).
Please use parking lots only for parking!!
To get to the Base Lodge when turning off Route 44 continue straight (do not take turn). The parking lot will be on your right. If you park on the grass you will be towed!

Other race Information

Age of Participants: Mountain Bikers race age is as of 12/31 of race year.
Fee Includes: Breakfast Munchies, aid station food, Post Race Dinner, T shirt and festivities, and a few more surprises.
Refund Policy: Refunds will be permitted until August 31 at midnight ET. We offer a partial refund of $50.

Crew Vehicles On Course Must Display a Parking Permit

Participants may register ONE vehicle at the Information Table to “crew” them on course. This vehicle MUST display the “Permit” to allow them to park at the designated aid stations.
Relay Teams-one vehicle per team.
Please stay off the actual race course as much as possible.
You will be given Crew directions to designated Aid Stations at the Information Table.

Drop Bags

Drop bags will be measured and weighed at the Information table also. See Drop Bag 101
You may drop off, “shed” extra clothes you might have started out with in the morning at the aid stations, EXCEPT Garvin Hill and Cady Brook.
Please mark it beforehand with your name and bib number on a large piece of duct tape. We have tape and markers available.
Save yourself time in waiting to pick up your Drop Bag after the race and have your crew carry them for you.

Course Information
Course Description

Sunday Race Day

Racer Check IN Opens at 5 AM ~ All 50 mile racers must attend and give Bib # to check-in person. (50 mile racers only)

Racer Meeting: 5:30 AM SHARP for 50 mile
Pre-Race Racer Meeting: Traffic WILL be an issue, please plan ahead!

RACE WAVES-Print a Wave Sheet

If you start in a wave ahead of your designated wave/category/age group, your start time will be moved back to the wave time you were classified in and an additional 20 minutes will be added to your finishing time.
Your time starts when the chip in your Bib/Plaque crosses the timing mat.

Mt. Bike Age Groups
12- 17 Junior
18 – 26 Senior I
27 – 34 Senior II
35 – 44 Veteran
45 – 54 Master I
55 – 64 Master II
65 and up Master III

Biker’s age as of 12/31/Race Year (not on race day) 

Mountain Bike Categories
Novice – entry level or first time competitor.
Sport – intermediate competitor
Expert – very advanced competitor

Additional Mt. Bike Classes:
Clydesdale – Novice (min. weight 200 lbs)
Clydesdale – Sport (min. weight 200 lbs)
Womens Bike Relay
Over 60 Bike Relay


  • Mountain Bike Regulations

    1.0 Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Racing Regulations

    1.1 Racers shall complete the entire event, and complete it on the same bicycle upon which the event was begun. If a competitor changes bikes they may finish the event but are disqualified.

    1.2 All repairs during the event shall be performed by the individual racer. Participants who receive on-course assistance from fellow competitors will no longer be eligible for competitive consideration. No other outside help or assistance is permitted, and failure to comply will result in disqualification.

    1.3 All spare parts and tools shall be carried by the participants while on course. Cannibalizing other bikes or obtaining spare parts from a pit area or the like is not permitted. If a participant receives assistance with their bike they may finish the event but are no longer eligible for competitive consideration. This includes the assistance of the event-provided mechanics located at aid stations.

    1.4 Racers riding bikes have the right of way over racers walking bikes. When practical, racers walking bikes should stay on the least ride-able section of the course when being passed. A racer walking or carrying his/her bike can overtake a racer riding as long as they do not interfere with the other racer’s progress.

    1.5. It is the responsibility of the challenging rider or runner to overtake safely. One must yield to the passing rider or runner on the first command. You must warn the rider or runner that you are approaching them and state which side you are about to pass them on.

    1.6 In the event two racers are vying for position, the leading racer does not have to yield his/her position to the challenger. However, a racer may not bodily interfere, with the intent to impede another racer’s progress. Traditional rules of racing apply: the leading racer owns the track.

    1.7 Shortcutting and/or cutting trail switchbacks shall result in disqualification.

    1.8  If you get lost or leave the designated/marked course you must go back on your own to the spot where you went off course without assistance (e.g. car rides, etc.) and then continue.

    1.9 Unsportsmanlike behavior and/or the use of profane language are grounds for warning, relegation, disqualification or recommended suspension. The penalty imposed shall be determined by the race official or race director.

    1.10 All local laws, rules and ordinances shall be observed during the participation in this event. Failure to follow these laws, rules and ordinances shall result in disqualification. This includes following all rules pertaining to traveling on public roads – the course will at times traverse open, public roads and participants will encounter motor vehicle traffic not associated with the race. At no time will participants assume right-of-way unless so directed by course officials.

    1.11 A racer may be suspended from Vermont 50 for up to two years for damaging or destroying public and/or private property.

    1.12 The use of electronic music players, radio communication devices, cell phones, and similar items is prohibited for mounted riders at this event. No headphones or other devices that may prevent you from hearing cars, bikers, runners, etc. will be permitted while participating in this event. Failure to comply shall result in disqualification.

    1.13 No pre-race or post-race riding of any part of the course is allowed. Most of the course is located on private property and use is granted only for race day. Property owners generously grant the race use for this one day and do not want it used at other times. Failure to comply could result in disqualification or suspension from future races.


    2.0 Aid or contact with competitors on course

    2.1 The event will provide Official Aid Stations in addition to Crew Access Stations. Aid is allowed for both runners and bikes at these designated Aid Stations ONLY.  Aid Stations for Bikers with Crew access (displaying Official Race Parking Permits) are: Skunk Hollow, Greenall’s and Johnson’s. Designated parking areas of Crew Access Stations are considered acceptable areas for participants to receive aid.

    No crew access is allowed anywhere on the course except at these designated crew stations. The 50 mile committee asks in order to protect our community relationships that all support vehicles for runners and bikers stay off the course and that includes all public roads except the designated routes to the designated crew stations.

    2.1.1 Vehicles parked and not displaying official race parking permits on course or at designated aid stations are subject to being towed at the owner’s expense.

    2.2 Crew, family members or friends must be in a vehicle displaying the Official Race Parking Permit or the vehicle will not be allowed at the designated Official Access/Aid Station.

    2.2.1 Persons in a race designated “crew” vehicle (displaying an official race parking permit) shall obey all directions/instructions given by race parking volunteers, aid stations volunteers, race officials and law enforcement officers.

    2.3 No crew, family member or friend shall aid or have contact of any kind anywhere on the race course except at the designated crew access aid stations. Failure to comply shall result in disqualification.

    2.3.1 Crew, family member(s), or friend(s) who are found giving aid or having contact of any kind on course (except at the designated access/aid stations) will be given one warning by a race official. This race official shall notify Net Control and the  Race Timing Officials of the warning,  The next warning to that rider’s crew, family member(s) or friend(s) will result in the rider being disqualified. The warning shall apply collectively and cumulatively to persons associated with that rider.

    2.4 The Vermont 50 mile committee asks in order to protect our community relationships that all support vehicles for runners and bikers stay off the course and that includes all public roads except the designated routes to the designated crew stations. Failure to comply shall result in disqualification.

    2.5 As with any ride that traverses public roads, stay to the right, single file and obey all traffic laws. Public roads will be open during the event and participants will encounter motor vehicles not associated with the race. DO NOT assume right-of-way unless directed by race officials. Many of the dirt roads are narrow and cars should be given as much room to pass as possible.


    3.0 Race Waves

    3.1 If you start in a wave ahead of your designated wave/category/age group, your start time will be moved back to the wave time you were classified in and an additional 20 minutes will be added to your finishing time. Your time starts when the chip in your Bib/Plaque crosses the timing mat.

    3.1 The race cut off time for everyone is 6:30 p.m.

    3.2 There is a strict 12 hour limit for the race with 10 Aid Stations at ~ 5 mile intervals.  If any competitor arrives at an Aid Station after the posted closing time of the station, will be requested, urged strongly, and then TOLD to get in the van for free transportation back to the finish area at Ascutney Mountain Resort.


    4.0 Protests

    4.1 Protests can be made by any registered participant of the Vermont 50 mile. The participant shall file the protest in writing with the Race Director, or a race official if the RD is not available. The protest period is immediately following the race and up to 15 minutes following the posting of the complete results for his/her class.

    On-course protests registered with a race official must be reported to the nearest aid station radio operator, to be relayed to net control for recording the protest. Race official should communicate protests directly to radio operator, NOT aid station captains.

    4.2 The Vermont 50 Race Director will make the final decision regarding any occurrence during the event.

    4.3 All result inquires, including placement and class considerations, must be made at the venue during the protest period. Once the protest period in over, results become final.


    5.0 Equipment Requirements

    5.1 Every rider, while on bicycle at this event, shall wear a protective, securely fastened helmet meeting the standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

    5.2 Footgear shall be fully enclosed.

    5.3 All bicycles shall have at least two brakes that are in good working order.

    5.4 Bar ends and handlebar extensions shall be plugged and shall not have any sharp or jagged edges.

    5.5 Eye protection is strongly recommended.

    5.6 The use of electric-powered or electric-assist bikes is strictly prohibited.


    6.0 Disclaimer

    The rules and regulations (collectively “rules”) contained on this handbook are intended solely to provide for the governance of the Vermont 50 event to establish general requirements for the orderly conduct of this bicycling event.

    All participants in this event conducted according to these rules are deemed by their participation to have voluntarily complied with the rules. Vermont 50 makes no express or implied warranty as to safety or guarantee against damage, loss, harm, injury or death to participants, spectators or other as a result of publication of or compliance with these rules.

    Violating any rule will be grounds for disqualification. Race management reserves the right to bar any participant from competing in this or any future Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra-run races. The Vermont 50 is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged bags or belongings. Arrangements must be made in advance for the return of any bags participants are unable to retrieve by 6:30 PM on Sunday.

  • Crew Rules

    We know that you’re here to help your mountain biker, we’re glad that you’re here and we support you. Our event is only able to continue as long as everyone involved is kind and courteous to the local residents and the volunteers who operate our aid stations. This counts doubly for the crews. Crews are seen by our neighbors more than the mountain bikers and you have more of a chance to make an impact on the locals’ impression of our event. Your positive attitude when dealing with locals and volunteers is imperative to the continuation of this event.

    Know that, as a crew, you are a direct reflection of your mountain biker.  Failure to follow the rules can result in disqualification of your mountain biker.

    1. Each participant is allowed only 1 crew vehicle on course.
    2. All crew vehicles MUST have and display a Crew Parking Permit in order to access the aid stations. One Crew Parking Permit will be given to each mountain biker when they get their bib #.
    3. Vehicles without the Crew Parking Permit will be required to leave the course/aid station.
    4. Crews must follow the crew direction routes and stay off “closed to event traffic” roads.
    5. Crews must follow the directions of race officials and aid station personnel.
    6. Littering is taken seriously in Vermont – please help keep Vermont green!
    7. Parking in undesignated areas will not be permitted. This is any place that the event doesn’t specifically tell you to park. Do not block roads or driveways. Do not park on lawns! If you leave your vehicle in an unapproved area, it will likely be towed at your expense.
    8. Offering aid to mountain bikers from a vehicle anywhere other than an official “crew access” aid station is strictly prohibited. Designated parking areas of Crew Access Stations are considered acceptable areas for participants to receive aid.
    9. Being at an aid station that is not an official “crew access” station is strictly prohibited.
    10. All roads are still open to the public at all times (with the exception of designated ‘closed to event traffic’ roads). Do not set up in the road, and take care when crossing the road.

    Crew Guidelines

    There are three (3)  locations at which you will be able to meet your mountain bikers along the course. MEETING OR HELPING MOUNTAIN BIKERS AT ANY OTHER LOCATION IS NOT ALLOWED. A Crew Parking Permit which must be used at all times.  Cars on the course must be kept to a minimum so you need to follow the crew directions from one authorized station to the next.  Please don’t use your GPS; there are very bad, impassable roads that your device won’t know about. Also, there are roads that we cannot use due to landowner sensitivity, and we need to keep vehicles off runner routes as much as possible.

    Crews are not allowed to park anywhere other than locations posted and allowed by race management.

    FOLLOW ALL POSTED SPEED LIMITS. In some locations, it is 25 or 30 mph.  The local police know ‘visitors’ are in town and are quick to ticket.  In the absence of a sign, the speed limit on dirt roads is 30 mph.

    If your mountain biker drops from the race, THE MOUNTAIN BIKER OR CREW MUST NOTIFY RACE PERSONNEL AT ONCE.

Course Markers There are a lot of markers out on the trail of all colors for other events. Follow the official VT50 course markers. They are fluorescent markers with black arrows. Samples are in the Handbook.

The race cut off time for everyone is 6:30 p.m. Be prepared for a chilly and foggy morning start!

Aid station workers will make every effort to separate items containing nuts from the other food, but those with food allergies must take responsibility for checking about this practice each time they take food. If you have specific dietary needs, you will need to pack your own snack food in drop bags for Aid Stations #3, #7, and #10.

NO Pre-Race Course Running Use this course only for this race. The property owners do not want it used at other times. If you get lost (but you won’t) you must go back on your own to the spot you went off course without assistance (e.g. car rides, etc) and then continue.

Leave No Trace We have been in danger of losing this race because of complaints by property owners about the amount of trash left on some trails. Please carry your trash to the next aid station, or drop it just after a station. Please be very considerate of the landowner’s property. Please do not litter!!

There are leash laws in the towns you will be going through. All dogs should be restrained.

If you didn’t get into our race, or cannot race with us and would still like to be involved-Please Volunteer with us!