Episode 5 : 44 Days and Rolling

Jul 27, 2011
by Freehub Magazine  
With D.C. in the rear view mirror we decided to drive through the night to get to Milford, Massachusetts. The small town of Milford, MA seems like a spot you wouldn't expect to find an amazing trail system, but it happens to have a special gem called Vietnam. With nearly 40 miles of trail, Vietnam has something for everyone while keeping good progression for varying skill levels in mind. The rocky trails are littered with options and maintain good flow and give every rider an option for different levels of difficulty. Soon after riding, we learned that the Vietnam crew loves to get out and build, so we joined them for one of their weekly build sessions before heading out for Highland Bike Park.

Northfield, NH seems like your standard Northeast town, but it has something most towns don't ...a world class bike park. As we pulled through the small town, we quickly saw a sign that pulled the entire Northeast experience together; 'Highland Mountain'. After spending a few days with Highland crew Mark Hayes, Dave Smutok and Aaron Chase it became easy to see that Highland has such a good thing going. They offer amazing trails for every level of rider, and are expanding their awesome trail system with each passing week. Progression seems to be a big theme for the crew at Highland, and their trail system supports it. We caught up with Dave for a lap down the new course designed in anticipation for the weekend's Pro GRT Race. Aside from the flow session down the course, we really wanted to highlight all styles of trail, so we got a crew together to shoot one of the new beginner trails. What we thought was going to be just a few riders turned into a train of ten riders all of which were so inclined to going fast on two wheels. Check out our Northeast visit, and be inspired to make something happen near you!

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After an amazing Northeast experience, we decided it was time to head west again and found ourselves in the beautiful Midwest. Check it out next week in episode 6!

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Rider Brandon Watts feeling funky at Vietnam in Milford, MA.
Rider Dane Burke setting the table at Vietnam in Milford, MA.
Rider Dave Smutok showing us around Highland MTB... Highland Style!
Rider Jon DANGERmeier showing us how its done at Highland in Northfield, NH.
Filmer Chris Grundberg doing his thing and loving it!
Rider Aaron Chase giving us a tour on the Pro GRT race course at Highland in Northfield, NH.

Check out more photos from Ryan at Ryan Kirk Photography.

Thanks for the support & stay tuned for Episode 6!

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36 Comments

  • 23 1
 Am i the only one that was confused when the said their first stop was Vietnam?
  • 3 1
 its in milford ma lol my home trail and the riders are me and my buddies
  • 2 1
 i ride there to i just got back from showing Dane a new trail were building in my town but great to see one of his pics on PB its in Milford Ma by the way
  • 1 0
 their visit to vietnam was much better than most,
  • 6 0
 Sometimes cops can be cool..........sometimes.
  • 6 0
 NAM IS AWSOME!!! I LOVE RIDING THERE!!! WOOOOOO!
  • 2 0
 It's just cool sometimes to watch guy's riding all mountain bikes and trail bikes on pinkbikes aye really enjoying this series guy's thanks
  • 3 0
 The guy riding the Ironhorse Sachem can do damn fast barspins...
  • 1 0
 its a sinister gruitr
  • 1 0
 man urge helmets are really popular, was gunna get one but when i went to go purchase they werent on sale and went outta my budget. sad..
  • 1 0
 Highland is good times! Diablo as well. Good to see a vid from the northeast.
  • 3 1
 They should have stopped at diablo. Its as good as highland, and more tech trails.
  • 1 0
 True but last time I checked Highland was expanding rapidly while Diablo has been around for a lot longer. Give it time...
  • 1 0
 Sure, Highlands a great park, but diablo has a couple good new trails every year, and it's a world cup stop.
  • 1 0
 No denying Diablo, but I'm still sticking by that Highland will soon surpass it due to the advantage that Highland is the only lift accessed mountain in the world solely focused on mtbing Wink
  • 1 0
 It comes down to which is more convenient to drive to, right?
  • 1 0
 Haha at the end of the day, that's really all that matters.
  • 1 0
 that pro grt race course looks amazing. and this is for sure the best episode so far
  • 1 0
 marquette michigan next stop best mid west dh spot
  • 2 1
 I live 20 mins from Vietnam and 2 hrs from highland
  • 4 2
 why would anyone care?
  • 1 0
 because they wish the could go there
  • 1 0
 love Highland mountain bike park hate the bugs there though
  • 1 0
 nvm
  • 1 0
 This video was posted 7 days ago.. The next one should be any day now.
  • 1 0
 u guys aren't commin to DIABLO??? Frown
  • 1 4
 nice trails vietnam, but unfortunately this is not how trails should be built, they cannot be groomed like this as there is no proper training ground here for a competitor. Highland on the other hand, you have your shit together
  • 1 0
 What does that even mean? lol
  • 2 0
 what the hell are you talking about, have you ever ridden there? the drops range from 2 feet to 20 feet as in bigger then highland in some cases
  • 1 0
 brodieclan, you are an idiot!
  • 1 1
 natural trails are proper, not groomed place your rocks to be fast and smooth
  • 1 0
 the best one so far
  • 1 0
 hahaha te komary Smile
  • 1 0
 i OD'd on gnar
  • 1 0
 LMAO @ pic #5
  • 1 2
 Lucky the cop didnt stick his hands up your anuses.





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