Green Mountain Showdown 2011

Aug 12, 2011
by Ian Hylands  
Photo by Justin Cash

Stowe, VT — Five of the best action photographers in New England are set to square off in a multi-media battle that will play out live on the big screen in front of a capacity crowd of 200.

Each contestant has from July 16 to August 22 to scout, shoot and compile a five-minute slide show that they feel best captures the essence of their assigned theme: “Bike culture in Vermont.” The final slideshows will be projected onto an outdoor screen on the grounds of the Trapp Family Lodge, the central hub for all the day’s events. Entries will be judged on composition, quality, adherence to the assignment and on choreography—but the cheers of the crowd will surely factor into deciding who takes home the $1,500 cash prize.

Photo by Matt Delorme

The final Showdown will start at 6p.m. Saturday, August 27, but the event extends throughout the day. Demo bikes from Giant and Scott will be on hand starting at 10 a.m., and between 12 and 4 p.m. a series of guided rides showcasing some of the best trails in the area will depart from the Trapp private trail network. Rides range from a 5-hour epic led by local trail-builder Hardy Avery to shorter routes for advanced and beginners riders alike. And after the main event all are invited to stick around for a short movie premier and live music into the evening.

Basic admission starts at $25 and includes access to the Trapp trail network, all guided rides and a chance to win raffle prizes that include bike equipment, local gift certificates, and a grand-prize complete 2011 Giant mountain bike. Deluxe $40 tickets include all that plus a seat at the gourmet BBQ picnic preceding the main event, and all proceeds will be donated to local trails through VBMA.

Photo by Berne Broudy

Following the format popularized by the Deep Summer Photo Contest held annually at the Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival in Whistler, British Columbia, show organizer Ryan Thibault expects this inaugural event will help bring Vermont’s first-class trails and widespread bike culture to the attention of the mountain biking world at large.

“The Green Mountain Showdown is a chance to showcase the state’s affinity towards recreation, and it gives our local talent the opportunity to showcase their skills,” says Thibault. “Our goal is to elevate Vermont’s status as the heart of mountain biking in the eastern United States.”

Second round of the 2011 Pro GRT at Highland Mountain Bike Park. Photo By Bear Cieri 5 15 11 Northfield NH
Photo by Bear Cieri

The Photographers:

The photographers competing in the main event include Berne Broudy, Justin Cash, Bear Cieri, Matthew DeLorme and Aaron Rhode—full bios and previews of their work are available at Tickets for the Green Mountain Showdown are limited to 200, and are available online now or at the Trapp Family Lodge the day of the event.

About the Green Mountain Showdown:

This exciting new event is a production of, in partnership with the Giant Bicycles, Thule Racks, the Trapp Family Lodge and the Vermont Mountain Bike Association. is an online resource of all things mountain biking in Vermont, and the publisher of a forthcoming guidebook for mountain bikers looking to explore Vermont’s best trail networks and get an inside line on local resorts, retailers, and restaurants.

The Green Mountain Showdown // 541 South Main Street // Stowe, VT 05672 // // (802) 585-5495

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 If you are planning to attend please think about buying your tickets in advance. This gives us the opportunity to estimate the quantity of Trapp's grass fed beef burgers you'll be scarfing down at the BBQ! The photographers have been hard at work and I've had the privilege of sample some of the succulent eye candy. Take my word, minds will be blown!
  • 2 0
 VT really does have an amazing bike culture that's quickly growing. I'm so stoked to be moving to the northeast kingdom inexactly a week. Life is good
  • 1 0
 Lucky bastard. Burke/NEK trails are the best.
  • 1 0
 i was already planning in shooting up toward btown on the 26th to the 31st! this trip just got even cooler!!!!! anyone down to ride and show me some cool trails?
  • 1 0
 Come join us on Saturday for some of teh group rides. We have all levels in and around Stowe./Waterbury. The earliest ride departs from Trapps at 12:00ish
  • 2 0
 awesome, ill be there
  • 1 0
 Wish I could enter into this but I don't think Colorado is exactly east cost. Looks cool.

Are you guys going to post the slide shows on PB afterwards?
  • 1 0
 Yep, fo sho.
  • 1 0
 I am definitely going and with th eMrs. To boot! Totally ready for a great day of riding, food, movies, pictures and new friends!
  • 1 0
 This is going to be an awesome event, can't wait for the rides, BBQ, photo comp and band!
  • 3 0
 go VT!!!
  • 2 0
 Just up at killington last week! as Green as ever!
  • 1 0
 I think we will be able to get the slide shows up for sure. Only two weeks left!
  • 1 0
 JuSt went there last january and must say ... beautiful spot. Wish l could go. not enough Mtns in vt with lifts.
  • 1 0 Nevr heard of this site before. That's one thing this event has elevated the profile of.
  • 1 0
 This is going to be awesome, can't wait!
  • 1 0
 I so wish I could go to this. Unfortunately I live out in CA.
  • 1 0
 The VT mtb scene is sooooo heady and rad
  • 1 0
 Hooray for cool events in VT!
  • 1 0
 Trail 13 on snow is gunn a be a blast!! Can't wait!
  • 1 0
 can't wait!
  • 1 0
 Hope I can attend!

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