Video: The Harmony Between Maple Syrup & Bikes in 'Vermont Sugar Trails'

Jan 16, 2024 at 10:15
by Orbea  

The spectacular Vermont fall is best experienced by bike. With vibrant changing colors of the leaves and sweet smells that fill your lungs as you ride, the trail system encompassing this sugar-filled wonderland provides a place for harmony and community. The careful maintenance of the land by both the sugarmakers and the Vermont Mountain Bike Association ensures this will be a sustainable ecosystem to continue to enjoy for generations to come.

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78 Comments
  • 38 3
 East Coast riding is underrated
  • 15 1
 Only by people who don’t live here!
  • 5 1
 perfect, tell more people that...
  • 10 2
 It's actually pretty weak. Too much pedaling, too rough and rocky, not enough flow trails Wink
  • 6 1
 @gossman: totally. Vermont riding is terrible. People should definitely not come here to ride.
  • 2 1
 @gossman: totally. Vermont riding is terrible. People should definitely not come here to ride.
  • 1 1
 @gossman: I see what you're doing there. A new take on Miranda Miller's "Squamish sucks. Don't go."
  • 1 1
 @advocate: darn, you figured me out. nothing gets past you I guess.
  • 34 2
 Not everyone rides e-bikes in Vermont, just in case one wonders. Complete product placement BS, Orbea!
  • 3 21
flag CYCOlogist818 (Jan 20, 2024 at 7:44) (Below Threshold)
 Non issue.
  • 11 0
 @CYCOlogist818: it is an issue of trail access and drawing a misleading picture of mountain biking in VT when most trails are on private lands and land owners decide whether e-bikes are allowed or not. Misuse of private land leads to trail closure.
  • 6 8
 @jcelli2013: Simple solution. Only ride e-bike where they're legal and don't ride them where they're not legal.
  • 4 0
 @CYCOlogist818: tell the e-bike trail poachers, they will listen to your simple solutions, no doubt!
  • 27 2
 One thing I don't understand is how it's always fall in north eastern USA. I think it's the same weather phenomenon that makes it always winter in Russia, always hot no matter where in Africa you are etc.
  • 2 1
 Separatist seasons.
  • 8 0
 That's social media for you, always showing the best side. VT is closer to always winter or mud season, with two months of summer and a month of fall....
  • 1 0
 My guess is that was filmed in October, early November, then edited in December and put out this month. It’s winter in VT now and the snow is flying!
  • 4 0
 @mtbmdc: You won't fool me that easy!
  • 1 0
 Pick a season and be a dick about it!
  • 39 16
 For christs sake. I don't really have a problem with e bikes or mopeds but why do I get them stuck into my face when I want to read - on the bycycle web site about bycyles?
Can't they afford an own website??
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flag CYCOlogist818 (Jan 20, 2024 at 7:35) (Below Threshold)
 E-bikes are what's here and now. Standard bikes are going to be very niche in a few years.
  • 9 9
 If it isn't self propelled, it's just not a bike. That doesn't mean it's bad, it's just not the same activity. Now go get your own trail advocacy and media outlets.
  • 5 0
 @CYCOlogist818:
Dog you might not be around in a few years, I thought old guys were supposed to be die by their rigid stumpjumpers.
  • 2 15
flag CYCOlogist818 (Jan 20, 2024 at 8:55) (Below Threshold)
 @fentoncrackshell: You still have to pedal. Plus the motor assist cuts out at 20mph. 25 kph in Europe.
  • 25 0
 Many trails in Vt don't allow e-bikes FYI
  • 15 1
 That’s why Orbea (and everyone else) tries to make their e-bikes look like regular mountain bikes, so you can’t tell they’re riding these trails illegally.
  • 2 21
flag CYCOlogist818 (Jan 20, 2024 at 7:48) (Below Threshold)
 @stevemokan: You can tell it's an e-bike simply looking at the hub.
  • 1 0
 @sophisticatedhonky: My mistake. I meant the crank.
  • 1 0
 @stevemokan: I meant the crank.
  • 1 0
 @stevemokan: And, why they used a cover photo that uses some strategically placed ferns to hide the massive downtube and motor.
  • 6 0
 Promotional video I know but... sugaring happens when there are no leaves on the trees, in March and April. But yah, vermont is obsessed with maple syrup.
Anyone know what trails those were?
  • 4 1
 From the video, I'm thinking Cambridge, Jefforsonville, Smuggler's Notch area.
  • 1 0
 *Jeffersonville
  • 2 1
 @HappyBiker19: rate the trails around Stowe
  • 4 0
 Yeah really funny seeing steam coming out of a sugar house with the autumn leaves out.
  • 1 0
 @mcfadden999: I don't have any experience there, unfortunately. If you want to meet up this summer we can find out. I'm only familiar with Hinesburg and Mobbs Farm. I'd say everything is good if it's not wet, but I'm not too picky.
  • 1 2
 @HappyBiker19: I’ll be out in july
  • 2 0
 @bigfinnrider: Doesn’t work that way now, does it? I hope they got reimbursed for the wood they used to boil that water.
  • 2 0
 The flowy berm trails with tabletops was Bolton Valley Bike Park
  • 1 0
 @mcfadden999: Adams Camp is a hoot, Cady Hill is a bit of a snooze but immaculately maintained and has some good flow (right near town too). Cady's Falls is a bit of a labyrinth but an absolute must if you like raw, loamy steep goodness. Perry Hill in Waterbury is top notch - on a short list of top VT trail networks
  • 1 0
 Looks like Bolton Valley. It’s a ski hill with an up hill route in addition to lift serve. Would make sense for this segment.
  • 1 0
 Thats bolton valley up by the top of double down at 3:34
  • 8 0
 Cheesier than Cabot Cheddar... but I still enjoyed it.
  • 7 0
 This is such a weird video. The visuals are beautiful. The story telling of the family sugar house is quite good too. But it almost seems like this is a video for government officials to allow more trail access. And that voice over is strange too. It doesn't match the vibe of the riding or the sugar folks. I need a video palate cleanser...
  • 2 0
 @rrolly: Here ya go.

youtu.be/jYqiLKQgFcQ

Maple syrup is good in coffee, btw.
  • 1 0
 @HappyBiker19: If I'm coming to Vermont, I'd love to bike the trails outside a bike park. We're pretty spoiled here in BC with our bike parks.
  • 4 0
 Dude, Vermont's fall on a bike is next-level rad! The vibrant colors, sweet smells – it's like shredding through a sugar-coated paradise. Massive kudos to the sugarmakers and Vermont Mountain Bike Association for keeping the stoke alive!
  • 4 0
 Orbea makes great bikes and great content….but they are flushing all of that down the toilet with the headset cable routing on the new Occam.
  • 2 0
 The handful of clips from Bolton don't do the place justice. Raw, gnar, OG tech trails. Best bike park in New England for raw tech off the lift.
  • 2 0
 like skiing....if you can ride on the east(ice) coast, you can ride anywhere.
  • 4 1
 self propelled bikes will never die
  • 2 0
 You can’t beat riding in the sticks..
  • 5 5
 With motors.
  • 6 13
flag CYCOlogist818 (Jan 20, 2024 at 7:45) (Below Threshold)
 @stevemokan: Motors are great.
  • 2 1
 Not always an ebike fan but this ones pretty cool
  • 1 0
 I fucking love VT!
  • 3 3
 So e-cheesy.
  • 1 4
 Those poor trees
  • 1 0
 More like, those poor backcountry skiers…we lose acres of BC to this Sugaring industry every season. What’s it matter really, if it doesn’t snow enough though...







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