Mad River Rippers Youth Riding Program

Having fun and building bike skills in the great outdoors

We're excited for the 11th year of Mad River Rippers, helping kids as young as 2 get out on the Mad River Riders’ trail network! The Rippers program has a friendly and easy-going vibe. The first goal is for every kid to have fun. While doing that, they learn bike handling skills, get more fit, develop an appreciation of the outdoors, and learn how to overcome challenges. 

The Rippers meet every Tuesday from May through September at 5:30 PM for a one to two hour ride. Since every kid is different, we adapt the program to meet their needs. We form a lot of small groups based on age, experience, and riding style. Each group has two guides, usually one adult and a local high school student. Parents are invited and encouraged to ride with the groups. The youngest kids on strider bikes (two wheel coasters with no pedals) will typically do shorter rides on Tootsie Roll at Blueberry Lake, or Moretown. The most experienced riders will ride for 2 hours on intermediate and advanced trails all over the Mad River Valley. The rest of the groups fall in between.

The Rippers is free, but family VMBA/Mad River Riders membership and registration is required. If the membership fee is a challenge, just let us know - we have funds available to help! To ensure that every kid can participate, the Riders are excited to have a fleet of loaner bikes, courtesy of our awesome sponsor Prevelo Bikes! When registering, let us know if you need one or email us at [email protected]. If you have an old bike to donate that is in decent or better shape, you can drop it off at Stark Mountain Bike Works. They’ll fix it up so we can loan it to a kid in need.

See you out on the trails!

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