Video & Photo Report: Richie Rude, Peter Ostroski, & More Take Part in Underground Trans New England Enduro - Part 2

Feb 11, 2021
by Dave Trumpore  




Catch Part 1 Here: Trans New England - Vermont USA

Following a couple brilliant days of riding in Vermont, we headed east to set up camp for the evening at Hub North in Gorham, NH. Yet again we ate well, congregated by the fire and shared the stoke of the past two days. Each evening tended to have a bit of a rhythm to it. Arrive at camp, grab a beer or maple water, swap stories over some delicious grub and have a quick meeting going over the next day's ride logistics, directions, and safety chat. This particular evening our medical team reset our tone a bit because we were heading into the unknown. The first two days were on established networks made for mountain biking. But as we transitioned away from Vermont and moved into Maine and New Hampshire we would see a mix of well-ridden trails, less established trails, and maybe some trails that aren't considered bike trails. We would be riding terrain that bites back harder when things go wrong and going farther away from quick access to help. Exploring the unknown is an exciting prospect and a key part of the plan for the week was to challenge the riders on new terrain in their home region. The excitement of new trails on the horizon refreshed the energy in the group once again. With the all-important safety chats out of the way, more fireside stories were swapped as people slowly headed to sleep as the clouds rolled in overnight.

In stark contrast to the perfect weather of day two, day three greeted us with the hardest rainfall of the year. We quickly packed up camp, boiled coffee under the pavilion, and mentally prepared for what we were getting ourselves into. Once the decision was made to give it a go, we started the procession towards Maine and the forgotten bike park at Sunday River. We rolled out of camp in a downpour and as we continued heading east towards the Maine border, Mother Nature turned the rain dial up to 11. Torrential downpour? Flash flood status rain? A deluge? It was the kind of rain that makes you drive 20mph down a 55mph speed limit road because the windshield wipers can't keep up. Most of that drive was spent wavering on whether we should be doing this and repeating self-affirmations that this was going to be awesome. Luckily, the skies eased our wavering minds by slowing the rain to a normal rate by the time we arrived and within 30 minutes into our pedal up the first climb of the day the sun had peaked and continued to shine for the rest of the day.

Our final day perfectly embodied what we were trying to accomplish with this week of bringing people together. The morning provided the steepest and scariest terrain of the week. It brought the group together to support each other's efforts, pushed everyone's comfort levels got the group as a whole to a new level of excitement. Afternoon shuttles proceeded on some of the best descents in North America with one final party train down the recently revised work of art that is Charlie’s trail finishing in the Cranmore Resort parking lot. The final round of post-ride beers waiting for us at the bottom was the cherry on top of this week-long sundae, all while in the rain.

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Sunday River is one of the largest ski resorts in the Northeast and while their bike park may have closed years ago, the locals have kept the trails running. The years since the park shut down have given the dirt time to regenerate and soften up, leaving the trails void of the typical abusive bike park harshness. But don’t let that fool you into thinking these trails have lost their edge. They are still raw, technical, and sometimes downright nasty stretches of single-track. One particular trail, Double Vision, made even the best second guess their skills.


Sunday River local and creator of the worlds greatest event logo, Jane Rossi joined for the day to help show off her local stash


Best to bring a friend to help catch you should you opt for Double Vision. Trail rating: "probably a quadruple triple black diamond"





Filmer and video editor Josh Lawless enjoying the trail for himself between shots

Years of sitting idle have given the soil at Sunday River bike park time refresh and soften up




bigquotesIt was a rad week exploring the New England jank with a sick group of people. The riding was good, the food was gourmet, killer group of people. Five star Yelp reviewEvan Booth






bigquotesLogging the biggest week on my mountain bike was easy with such a fun group of people and epic terrain full of surprises around every corner!Corinne Prevot








The White Mountains are an ancient, rugged, granite strewn range in the northern half of New Hampshire. North Conway is a town nestled in the heart of these mountains brimming with both outlet stores and artisan shops alike. Look beyond the outlets and main street and you will find out exactly why it's become known for the best gravity focused trail riding in the Northeast. With trails that rival those found in legendary places such as British Columbia, it's become known for the best gravity focused riding in the Northeast. Fast, rough, jank, tech, flow and big mountain adventure… it’s all here. A dedicated crew of local riders have formed Ride NoCo, a trail advocacy group for the region who have taken the reigns on managing many of the mountain bike specific trails and are constantly breaking ground on new terrain keeping everyone excited.









bigquotesI felt the event really captured the spirit of New England mountain biking through the places, terrain, and most importantly: the people. Really technical challenging riding, variable weather, great people, and a genuine spirit of adventure.Sam Damon





bigquotesGood trails, rad people, tasty food, dialed camping, and classic New England weather made for a week to rememberGavin Vaughn






Day 5 started, and ended cold and wet. Luckily the trails were mint and spirits were peaking





Nothing better than conquering a burly bit of trails with all your friends cheering you on




bigquotesthis was an unforgettable event on so many levels, the amazing crew, the challenging and endless terrain, New England's Fall beauty, being deliciously nourished and challenged to the coreAli Zimmer








bigquotesA culmination of our past experiences in other regions of the world, we wanted to bring a core group of local riders together to test the trans-enduro concept in our own backyard in New England. We approached this week as we do with any blind racing event, “playing it live”. We spent months piecing together all the details, exploring and searching for new trails, and dialing in our vision. This initial rough draft of TNE paid off with one of the best weeks on bikes folks have experienced in a classic New England style of challenging weather, demanding trails, and a scrappy attitudeTNE Team. Adam Morse, Pat Noonan, Peter Ostroski, Tom Sampson.











bigquotesOne of the best bike trips I've ever been on. Super rad crew, amazing vibes, big days, and gnarly trails, what more can you ask for?Bassil Silver



What started as a challenge to recreate the trans style races known for their challenging trails, physical days, blind racing and great camaraderie organically evolved into something authentically different. The relaxed atmosphere, party trains and optional low key timing system gave Trans New England its own unique flavor. There was flow and jank, there was good food and beer, there was campfires and stories, all shared amongst big days in the mountains exploring new terrain with new friends and old. It might not have 1000 year old French mountain trails, the anti grip of Chile, or the legendary terrain of BC, but when you boil down the essentials of a week-long enduro, Trans New England had all the important details, with a distinctly New England spirit that left everyone craving more. And who knows, maybe it will happen again...


Thanks to our event sponsors and supports who helped make it all happen
Thule
Skida
Drink Simple
Race Face
Frontside Grind Coffee Roasters
Bolton Valley
Burke Mountain
Hub North
Mtn Cultre

If you enjoyed the videos and want some more, check out the longer version with more footage not seen above of the week of riding, camping, and good times...

Full length event video below

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52 Comments

  • 29 0
 just fantastic tale told in beautiful pictures
  • 16 0
 So pumped for this. Shows others the vibrant culture we have here in New England which I feel lucky and honored to be a part of. Well done and much love.
  • 14 0
 Amazing ,how I miss riding with the friends (Covid-19 is really start to separate us humans ),very nice tunes also ,keep it up
  • 14 0
 This is what Enduro racing should be. Colorado, take note.
  • 11 0
 I think those are some of the most beautiful pictures I've ever seen! Amazing! So nice to see people outside enjoying God's beautiful creation. Good Job!
  • 11 0
 I dunno what I'm more jealous of? the trails or riding with other humans?
  • 6 0
 thats the part that got me, I am from new england and the trails are that amazing, but I think the part that hurts the most is riding with other people, hanging by a fire at night just enjoying friends. man that hurts.
  • 8 0
 > who knows, maybe it will happen again...

Take my money! Would sign up in a heartbeat for any version of this you could run for the public
  • 4 0
 Our mountains aren't as big, and there might not be the flashy views that the PNW or Rockies have, but there really is something special about the east coast. I'm VERY biased though. That photo with the guy jumping on the Transition really sums up the feeling. It's like the forest is trying to swallow up the trail.
  • 1 0
 its really just the need to pack a ton of features into one trail thats what makes new england (and utah) pretty good
  • 8 0
 Those photos are better than most of the photo of the year submissions.
  • 1 0
 Yes! You think you've seen the best one but then they just keep coming. Awesome work Brooks Curran!
  • 5 0
 - Haha, some random dude has painted his helmet in RedBull colors!

- Oh, it's _that_ dude... ;-)
  • 2 0
 So rad! I love North Conway, Cochran, Burke, Sunday River and Bolton. New England is such a special place in fall foliage season, and is even better with such a rad crew of guys + gals. I met the crew the first day at Cochran, and it was a blast watching every racing down Jimmy’s Cliff in the wet. I hope this event happens again!
  • 2 0
 Yes, Double Vision is no Joke! I could barely ride it 50% of it on a DH bike. I miss Sunday River. Nothing else in the northeast can compare to the level of Oh $hit that the River could make you feel.
  • 1 0
 I’d already moved away from my home province of Ontario before realizing just how close I was to amazing mountain riding in the northeast. I’d sampled Quebec only once before moving to BC. It’s possible that if I known how good it was to ride Quebec and into the northeast US I’d have never moved west.

Beautiful photography and well done organizers.
  • 3 0
 this makes it look like new englands mtb scene isnt isnt controlled by the evil blue flow dads sitting in the eye of sauron or as many like to call them "nemba"
  • 4 0
 Sunday River was my favorite park on the east coast when it was open
  • 1 0
 What a shame it closed - just when they started making better runs too.
  • 6 0
 I loved Sunday River for its raw NE tech. Unfortunately they never invested in approachable terrain and flow trails which made it less attractive to beginners and families. The "green" trails were marble filled fire roads that were scarier to ride then some of the black trails to me.

It's sad they decided to close just as the Bethel area began adding more XC trails. Luckily Mt. Abram seems to be picking up the torch. It's also good to know that I can still pedal up Sunday River sometime if I need my tech fix on Rockstar.
  • 1 0
 im praying highland never sells out
  • 1 0
 @Hiben: They're not a ski resort - you're safe.
  • 3 0
 The picture and video make me feel like I was there. I'd love to see more of this event in the future.
  • 4 0
 My invite have gotten lost in the mail or something.
  • 4 0
 Ooo that video on the ridge was gorgeous! Great coverage.
  • 3 0
 Last time I jumped a bonfire someone called the city fire department us LoL Good times Big Grin
  • 5 0
 New Hampshire state motto - Live Free or Die Dead serious though, look it up.
  • 1 0
 And yes that barrel fire jump was made from 2 cornhole boards and a dilapidated door...again I will reference the state motto above!
  • 3 0
 Amazing images - so atmospheric! And here I am not allowed to leave my neighbourhood...
  • 3 0
 Awesome but, judging from many of the pictures should they have called it the "moustache ride"?
  • 3 3
 That looks absolutely savage but as a person stuck in yet another lockdown anddespite risking backlash has America just decided to ignore the pandemic despite heading to half a million dead
  • 1 1
 I wrote a not so politically correct worded comment which has been deleted that mirrors your opinion. I added another one because this is incredibly disappointing to observe. Cheers DHam hoping to visit Ireland once the word is safe again.
  • 1 0
 Oh man. It's been 21 years since I left New England. This makes me want to go back! If you can ride NE jank, you can drop-in on anything.
  • 1 0
 NoCo is on the hit list this summer for sure. Tons of great stuff going on up there! Cant wait!
  • 1 0
 Charlie Don't Surf is amazing!
  • 1 0
 id travel from oregon for some o' dat!
  • 1 0
 ok , i'm going to give my age away , what the fk is " dialed camping " ?
  • 1 1
 What's the trail at 3:05?
  • 1 0
 Such a fun weekend!!
  • 1 0
 Killer pics and crew
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