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

Feb 2, 2021
by Trans New England  




New England is home to some of the finest riding in North America.

If you are surprised by this statement, you are not alone. New England is relatively quiet in regards to mountain bike reporting in comparison to other hotspots throughout North America. However, when you begin to consider the numerous top level EWS, World Cup and World Championship XC and DH contenders produced by this region, that claim begins to carry some weight. For many of us riders who have grown up in the area, we have always known that we have great terrain that can compete with some of the best locations around the globe. Yet our mountains are ancient and rounded, our forests are tight and technical, so it can be challenging to accurately present how special the riding truly is. When racers from around the country and even around the world pass through between events, there is always an element of inquisitive surprise when they get to sample the goods.

The idea for Trans New England has likely existed in the minds of many riders that hail from this region, but was not fully realized until June of this year. Yes, this is another story of COVID-19 and how it forced sweeping changes across the world, but in this case hopefully something unique as we all look ahead to healthier and safer days to come.

As local shelter in place restrictions began to relax, Alex McAndrew, a figurehead of gravity racing in the northeast, invited a small, tight knit group of friends from Covid-safe counties to embark on four big days of riding. We rode all day, refueled by snacks and swimming holes sprinkled about, camped and experienced some of the best trails Vermont and New Hampshire have to offer. Normally congregating for several races per month by this time in the year, this was the first time we were all together since COVID-19 hit. The lasting impression was evidence of how much we missed the camaraderie and simplicity of riding with a good group of friends.

After the mid-summer self-proclaimed, “sendah fest”, a few of the riders from that crew, Adam Morse, Patrick Noonan, Peter Ostroski, and Tom Sampson set about creating something a bit more structured for the fall, the first edition of TNE. The concept was simple: emulate the great Trans races we have had the privilege to attend such as Trans BC, NZ, Provence, and Andes Pacifico, but bring it to our home territory. The mapped out route covered seven different locations over five days in across northern New England. Dinners would be provided by local restaurants and camping logistics arranged for the group each night. Our goal; big days on the bike covering a variety of terrain highlighting the best trails of each region. The days served up 4000-5000’ of descending in addition to a planned “race stage” for each day. The open format allowed the group to have a structured itinerary, but also left time to session sections and mix up the party trains throughout the week.

Reality: COVID-19. While we were fortunate enough to have interest from friends in California, Arizona, Colorado, and even Canada, we had to restrict who could attend. We consulted with numerous medical professionals as well as adhere to the constantly changing local restrictions. Ultimately, we had to make the unfortunate decision to limit the group to New England locals from counties with the lowest covid rates or those that could adhere to the strict quarantine guidelines in each of the areas we would be riding. Luckily that still left us with numerous DH and XC world cup athletes, former world championship competitors, a 2x Olympian, a 2x EWS champion and the best riders and racers New England has to offer. Needless to say we were not short on talent. More importantly we were not short on great people to spend a week traveling and camping while riding some of the best trails you may or may not have known about in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Without further ado, we present to you, Trans New England Enduro

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bigquotesIt's funny, when you aspire to a certain type of experience, often that comes with an expectation of where this can be found. For me, having traveled the world racing mountain bikes for nearly 20 years, all the while knowing that the riding right here in New England is all a person needs, it was a beautiful thing to have this core group of locals remind us all that often times it's right under your nose. Wait a minute, didn't the Old Man of the Mountain's nose fall off? Oh well, better keep looking.Adam Craig




Covering evacuation plans and logistics with the medical team

Fuel Up... It's gonna be a long week





Cochran's Ski Area is a small, family run hill which has churned out numerous olympians over the years. It is Quintessential Vermont, only sporting surface lifts and a spider web of maple lines which keep the taller riders constantly vigilant to avoid a clothes lining. In the summer Cochran is a hub for an extensive trail network extending into the Richmond Mountain Trails, a local nonprofit trail organization. A collection of land owners, dedicated riders and trail builders have come together to make this network the go-to after work riding spot just 15 minutes from Burlington.



Flowers, foliage, and a mustache



Former full time World Cup DH racer Max Morgan now resides in Vermont and leans into one of his favorite corners



Corinne Prevot, founder of Skida and constant traveler has competed in EWS and adventures around the world, yet stays rooted in Vermont because of trails like these



Adam Craig, Maine native and racing legend, shows you can never let your guard down when New England gets wet





Bolton Valley, another family owned and operated ski area, is home to a number of former downhill races in the early 2000's which has recently seen a resurgence of trail maintenance. Some of the locals that reside at the top of this winding access road have kept it quietly running for years, but now the resort is fully behind restoring these legendary trails. They are classic raw, burly, and technical which make Bolton Valley notoriously challenging, especially in the wet. And it is always wet. You won't find much in the way of flow trails here, just the finest Vermont gravity fed gnar.




bigquotesEpicLaurie Verreault

Did Peter Ostroski manage to pull this one back? (hint: he did)





Alex McAndrew stable and focused over Bolton Valley's classic raw trail

Classic Bolton Valley


bigquotesLong live the #JankParker Degray



bigquotesTrans New England was an absolute blast showcasing some of the most fun and challenging riding this corner of the country has to offer. The crew, the food and vibes were top notch. Events like this remind me how supportive and badass our bike community really is! Stoked for Trans NE 2.0!Corey Smith


Patrick Noonan, composed






It's not uncommon to catch Dylan Conte smiling, but this sentiment was shared by all on this day

Innovative, highly accurate timing system kept track of stage timing. Unfortunately the cloud was hacked and results were lost. Oh well...



bigquotesPlay it liveClaire Sick








Burke Mountain needs less introduction. Located just up the hill from the famous Kingdom trails in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Burke was set to be the site for the 6th round of the Enduro World Series this year. If all goes to plan the Series will make a stop at Burke some year soon, but in the meantime the Trans New England crew got to sample a little of what's in store for when the big show finally comes to town.



While recovering from an injury, event organizer Adam Morse opted out of riding and subbed in for some shuttle bus driving



bigquotesHelping work throughout the summer to make this gathering possible, I can say it was really special seeing guys and gals ride my home trails and get fully fired up. The energy of the group after each day embodies the spirit of what we were trying to re-create with this eventAdam Morse





Gavin Vaughan, one of the most talented riders and trail builders no one has heard of

Richie Rude, one of the most talented riders that everyone has heard of



bigquotesThis week was definitely the highlight of 2020! So grateful that I got to be a part of this awesome crew of people, riding great trails, seeing incredible views, and generally having an epic week on the bikeSarah Howerter

Ali Zimmer, another stunning rider hailing from Vermont and a former DH World Cup and World Championship competitor



Bassil Silver, promoter of stoke, happy to be leading out a train


Evan "Yung E" Booth always sure to stir up the soil


Richie taking notes from Yung E


bigquotesWarm beer all week ... no cheating with cold beerPat Noonan

Stay tuned for part two from this inaugural event where we explore more New England Classics, such as our weather.

Regions in Article
Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine


67 Comments

  • 69 0
 Man, if this doesn't get you pumped to go ride I don't know what will. I haven't even watched the video yet, just the photos alone have me stoked on bicycles!
  • 7 0
 ::mutes video:: cues up Tweezer... gets fired up to ride!
  • 3 0
 @TerrapinBen: MSG 12/30/17 is a personal fav pre-ride Tweezer.
  • 5 0
 Man, really wish I could've been apart of this. Followed along and shared in the stoke virtually. Great job and look forward to more of this here in the east!
  • 23 0
 After years of reluctantly leaving California to go visit my inlaws in Connecticut I finally decided to bring my bike this fall. To say that I was blown away by the riding was an understatement.
The riding was SO fun in New England and totally different to what I'm used to in SoCal. It was definitely a learning curve. "Jank" is a great description but in the best possible way. You'd ride for a few hours and only go half the distance and get a 3rd of the vertical that you would on a typical ride out west but be totally smoked. And the fall scenery.....amazing.
  • 7 0
 Connecticut (my home state) has a massive amount of good riding, especially considering how small the state is. So many new trail networks have been added over the past 5 years. Happy to hear you gave it a chance and were pleasantly surprised!
  • 8 1
 Yea, New England is home to a few lesser known bike companies like Fat City, Cannondale, Spooky, Independent Fabrication, Sinister, ProFlex, Seven... so I’m not surprised if you never heard of it.

Rad photos. Makes me want to get back north as soon as I can.
  • 9 0
 Ah yes, Cannondale the most unknown bike company. Can say seven is a really cool company. I've been to their factory, super cool!
  • 3 0
 @dualcrownscottspark: Yea, I'm just being a sarcastic pita. Seven is an awesome company.
  • 5 0
 Is ProFlex still around? Or are you just mentioning companies that existed at some point in time?
  • 3 0
 @JDFF: No, ProFlex/Girvin was bought by K2 and then... not sure. Yea, I was just noting a few of the historic New England mt bike companies.
  • 5 0
 @AndrewFleming: yep, that's what I recall also. Somehow Girvin/ProFlex/K2 also had another suspension company called Noleen also. My original question was just to verify that there wasn't a secret underground society of elastomer suspension platform modern Enduro bikes rolling around back in New England. That would of been wicked thoough!
  • 9 0
 It's quite cruel to post this video the day after New England is shoveling out of a nor'easter.
  • 2 0
 It'll be good for the winter wooly
  • 1 0
 @schlockinz: fat bikes are so fun
  • 7 0
 This was a great gram follow of New England pros. Cool to see Richie mingling with some VT buddies! On my favorite trails no less. Love my state.
  • 7 0
 It's hard to beat New England riding in the fall... just don't get distracted by the pretty colors!
  • 5 0
 Gram pics when this was going on led me to a two day solo on both sides of NoCo valley. Cant wait to go back for more Stoney Ridge to Half Day, Senduro, and Charlie Don't Surf are no joke.
  • 5 1
 +1 To Gavin being a sick trailbuilder too. He is mainly responsible for building some of the trails in the Woodstock VT area. If anyone knows anything about the riding in Woodstock they know that its some of the best in the state.
  • 6 0
 I'll be spending a month in Vermont next summer, can't wait to sample the goods!
  • 4 0
 Shhhh, stop telling everyone how wicked awesome the trails are in New England! Glad I was born and raised here, it sure is a special place for riding!
  • 7 1
 Just please don't be a jerk when you come here, pretty please and thanks.
  • 4 3
 I thought being a bit of a jerk was exactly what you're SUPPOSED to do in New England?
  • 10 0
 @texag: no no, just Massachusetts. Vermonters are some of the nicest people on the planet
  • 1 0
 @ahauck: Yes, although I believe the proper term is "Ma*shole(s)"
  • 1 1
 @ahauck: "vermonters" are some of the "nicest" people
  • 5 0
 New England sucks. The trails and beer are terrible.....did I do that right?
  • 3 0
 You had me at the Pharcyde intro music, you kept me at the Gavin vs Richie "nobody has heard of"/"everybody has heard of" caption pairing.
  • 5 0
 Bit of history for you...Gavin Vaughan battled race after race against top US DH racer Gerrit Beytagh in 2010 keeping him honest (when Richie was just starting to storm the scene as well). I have seen Gavin take more impressive lines then any other rider I have had the pleasure of joining. The undisputed king of direction change!

www.pinkbike.com/news/gravity-east-finals-2010.html
  • 3 0
 @thebigheezy: real recognize real

I love New England
  • 1 0
 @DirtCrab: while we are at it, lets talk about Garson Fields! Spinning street bikes with the steepest head angles possible since 99!
  • 1 0
 @thebigheezy: lol I'll hit you up next time I'm back east. We're overdue for some shredding!
  • 1 0
 @thebigheezy: Gnarson also raced US Open '07 in jeans
  • 1 0
 @thebigheezy: Having met Shooter during that time frame I 100% agree. Some of my best memories are chasing him! Honestly one of the best DH racers that no one has heard of...UNTIL NOW.
  • 2 1
 Having grown up there, I cant say enough good things about New England Riding. The only downside is that so much more of land in the east is private land, which leaves the riding in the hands of places gracious enough to offer riding like Cochran's and Bolton. while there are fewer spots to make trails and not quite the terrain and elevation that other places have on it, I have to say that New England has my favorite "style" of trail in existence. BUT the issue for me is that, due to fewer young people, the trail associations always lean more dad trails. there are many exceptions to this (noco, bolton, etc), but I wish there were more jumps and features.
  • 1 0
 I'm always surprised when it's suggested people may be surprised that [insert destination here], North America has 'some of the finest riding' around.

Being from the UK (North Wales to be specific) we deem anything with an A-cup sized mound to consist of great riding (or at least great riding potential). When I see photos of lift-assisted ski runs, forest capped mountains, I can't help but think the riding must be better than good!
  • 3 0
 Love seeing the co-ed shred party! Will part 2 have a JV team we can tryout for? ????
  • 2 0
 The photos in this spread are incredible! Been itching for this recap ever since I saw the posts popping up on Instagram this fall.
  • 3 0
 "Race report" headline doesn't do this article justice- the photo's are epic!
  • 2 0
 There weren't many time over the last year that I wished I was back in the USA but scrolling through insta on Trans NE week sure made me wish I'd braved the craziness!
  • 3 0
 Great to see New England getting a bit of recognition.
  • 7 1
 I prefer it unrecognized
  • 1 0
 Fair point, it's probably better to be underrated and not ridden by a lot of people.
  • 2 0
 I frantically followed this as it unfolded from SLC. Now back in Vermont I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS TO GAIN MOMENTUM!
  • 2 0
 Brings back great memories but also makes me sad to miss my N.England annual pilgrimage. Maybe this year....maybe.
  • 1 0
 That second to last photo of the the Rude boy slapping that berm is so sick. Time spent in the woods on bikes with friends is the best.
  • 2 0
 Oh man, that video got me excited to ride. Best edit I've seen in a long time.
  • 2 0
 Ah man. I grew up riding the Monadnock region. I could totally see bringing my son out for this in a few years.
  • 1 0
 Amazing pics and the video was awesome as well!! Can't wait to get up north ASAP.
  • 1 0
 might have to dust off the ol' enduro soul to check that out! missing me some VT tech!
  • 2 0
 Great photo story right there! Greets Mr. Ostroski!
  • 2 0
 100% would travel from the sea to sky for this. Great job everyone!
  • 2 0
 Sick! That Del Sol at the end tho... badass
  • 2 0
 Real question tho....who catered those tacos?
  • 5 0
 Big Spruce in Richmond VT
  • 1 0
 This shit makes me happy can't lie. The other half of me is eager to go ride !
  • 2 0
 I hope this gets open to regular riders. This looks so sick!
  • 1 2
 Shawn Neer told me he's off the Yeti race team because he was so furious with Rude for racing a race sponsored by a Coffee Roaster that wasn't Traction Coffee.
  • 1 0
 Photos are incredible! Sign me up!
  • 2 1
 Lesssss goooo!!
  • 1 0
 Props for Tacos!
  • 1 0
 This is gold!
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