A Mountain Bike Poker Ride to benefit the Montpelier Area Mountain Bike Association (MAMBA)

Saturday, September 24, 2022, starting and ending at the Montpelier Recreation Fields. All proceeds support the trail building, advocacy, and maintenance efforts of MAMBA.

What on Earth is a Mountain Bike Poker Ride?

A mountain bike ride with five checkpoints that will demand a test of participants’ art, literature, marksmanship, and/or dance skills. Each checkpoint will earn you a playing card. Best hands win best prizes. No prize for speed. It’s a ride, not a race.

Did you say Dancing Skills?

We might have. This ain’t your daddy’s M.A.M.I.L (middle aged men in lycra) kind of event. There will be five checkpoints where you’ll need to (probably) get off your bike and make something, try something, sing something, dance something.  These checkpoints will be fun, fast activities that reward tomfoolery and passion. Rumor has it there might even be prizes for good checkpoint performance. Keep an eye on MAMBA social media for clues. Half the fun of this is the surprise, so we better not say much more right now.

The Course

There are two course options:

  • Fun – 10 ish miles, all within the North Branch Trail Network in Montpelier, VT.
  • Long AND Fun – 35ish miles, from North Branch to Calais and back.

 These courses will tour some of the finest singletrack and scenery we have to offer ‘round these parts. A mountain bike will be the best tool for the job, unless your gravel bike likes flow trails and chunky techy roots and rocks. The  Fun (short) course has fewer chunky sections. All riders should be self sufficient – there is no sag wagon here..

The course will be marked, but we highly encourage studying a map prior and watching your inbox for the super top secret course route link. Finding the checkpoints and collecting playing cards is up to you. This is a self supported ride, and though there will be some emergency support, this is not a ‘supported’ event. Be able to fix a flat or minor mechanical, particularly those attempting the longer course. 

The Day

Riders will be treated to a tour of some of Montpelier’s scenic trails and a sample of local tomfoolery. Come ride as hard or easy as you like, just have fun. Ticket price includes supa dupa top secret route info the week prior, lunch on ride day, and memories made while collecting poker cards among ferns and maples. Prizes from Onion River Outdoors and other sweet outdoors brands will be awarded to those with the best poker hands.

More details regarding prizes, food, and drink to come, but rest assured, you will be fed and watered.

Long and Fun Riders will start at 9:30am

Fun Riders will start at 11am

All riders must make cutoff by 2pm, awards ceremony at 2:30, go home to tell the stories anytime after 3:30.

Getting Here

There are only a few parking spaces by the Montpelier Recreation Fields at the base of North Branch Trails, so please only use this space for drop off and pick up, if at all. We’ve made arrangements for this event to utilize the Community College of Vermont Parking lot located just up the road at 660 Elm Street. Park there, ride the 1000’ back towards the Tennis Courts, and we’ll get this party started!


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