Video: Adaptive Mountain Biking Day at Killington Mountain, Vermont

Aug 24, 2018 at 17:33
by Ryan St. Lawrence  
Views: 3,766    Faves: 6    Comments: 0


For the second time in as many years, High Fives athletes from all over the North East converged on Killington MTB Park for an epic day of shred therapy! High Fives is a non-profit organization that supports and empowers injured mountain sports athletes as they pursue an adaptive path back to the sports they love.

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Mother nature came through with the bluebird skies and High Fives with the all-star crew.

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Greg Durso and and Nick Fairall were the first riders to descend down the Snowshed side of the mountain. The terrain was perfect for the Reactive Adaptations Bombers, supplied by Vermont Adaptive, and afforded them lap after lap of enjoyable groomers.

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The last time Lindsay Runkel rode at Killington was last years High Fives adaptive MTB day. She's known for shredding the knobs off her Sport-On Explorer 3...but this year Lindsey showed up to Killington with an Adaptive Mountain Bucket Bike that she built up with the help of friends and the MTB community. Thanks to a 1500W electric motor from Paradox Kinetics and a custom-mounted Aspen Seating bucket seat, she is back to riding her Devinci Wilson. "This is my fourth ride on the bike since building it," says Lindsay. "I'm feeling more and more confident every time I ride and having a blast! Next stop for me is Whistler BC for Crankworx!"

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Turned out, it didn't matter what kind of wheels you were rolling on, as long as they were rubber side down.

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Brooks Curran gets all the photo cred! He spent the day hiding in the woods to document the riders making their descents. In this case it was a first descent! Here we have Ryan McLaren experiencing his first day adaptive Mountain Biking. Looking good Ryan! Keep at it.

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We were racing some afternoon clouds rolling down the hill, but we beat 'em.

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This weekend was Ryan St. Lawrence's second in a row riding Killington. He competed in the FOX US Open the weekend prior, which included an adaptive DH race. Two High Fives Athletes on the podium!

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"It was surreal riding behind Keenan for a lap" says program services director and High Fives Athlete #1, Steve Wallace. "To see all of the hard work Keenan put in this winter at the CR Johnson Healing Center payoff was beyond rewarding". To give you some insight as to how serious Keenan is about recovery, he relocated last winter from Vermont to California in order to take advantage of the services available to High Fives Athletes at the CR Johnson Healing Center in Truckee, CA.

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High Fives events coordinator, Juicy Gina, was guilty of smiling all day long. In fact, that was the theme of the weekend: ear-to-ear, top-to-bottom grins.

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Story time. "You guys should've seen how much air I got".


42 Comments

  • 33 1
 Some days I'll look up at that super technical climb or stare over that crazy steep down with a pile of reasons in my head that just keep repeating "why you can't." Then, I see an article like this and look at all the photos, and slapped in the face with the reminder that those of us that are fully-abled have absolutely zero excuses. No matter who you, what your situation might be, grip it, rip it, and ride on!
  • 3 0
 I was lucky enough to meet AND hang out with Lindsay at the 2015 UCI World Cup in Windham, NY. Let me tell you she is the coolest chick that I ever met. Despite her injury she had higher spirits than most able body athletes I've been around. Back then she was a new injury so she was confined mostly to a chair(I don't think she had even started to use quad cycles yet)but I remember her commitment to herself that one day she would ride her bike again. I'm sooo happy to see that she reached her goal. You rock Lindz!!
  • 20 0
 only Comments on this should be Great Ones !!
  • 1 0
 bro
  • 13 1
 This is the perfect application for E-bike technology. Throw some go juice on these hand crank bikes and let them ride everywhere MTB's are allowed.
  • 14 1
 Hey PB, can we get some bike check articles on those rigs?
  • 7 0
 These guys are the REAL hero's of this amazing sport we share! Life altering injuries cannot keep them away. They embody the true essence of human; perseverance no matter what.

I understand acceptance is part of the injury recovery process, and each and every one of them has accepted their injury, otherwise they wouldn't be out riding. I can't imagine, though, that not a single one of these guys wouldn't trade the world to be able to ride pre-injury for a day. I certainly don't mean to speak for those who have unfortunately suffered these types of injuries, but I can imagine the thought has crossed each and every one of their minds at least once.

These are the people I ride for. I will ride for them until I am in an adaptive bike myself or until I am pushing up daisies.
  • 2 0
 One of those articles this, that really should make you just get up, get out, and ride! whatever your situation might be.

The fact that come rain or shine, on sand, snow. or mud, if I want to get somewhere I don't need petrol, electricity, nor wind power (though after a curry it might help) all I need is for me to summon the power of forward momentum, using whichever working body parts I have at my disposal, on the BEST machine humans ever made, in all its weird and wonderful forms, the bicycle. ...it amazed me way back when I was knee high, still does now.
  • 2 0
 The high fives at the end hits ya right in the feels, and made my eyes leak a bit. That is what this is all about- that moment, when you accomplish something that did not seem possible. Great work High Fives!
  • 5 0
 Nice write up @rstlawrence killin it!
  • 4 0
 Killington is AWESOME and this only makes it better!
  • 4 0
 Next annual High Fives ride is at Thunder Mountain, on October 6th!
  • 2 0
 I'm there
  • 1 0
 i just shared this with a buddy of mine who tried adaptive biking for the first time earlier this summer in COlorad and is hooked. he's been looking for places to ride back here on the east coast.
  • 4 0
 That video needed to be a whole lot longer!
  • 3 0
 This is awesome! And deserves much better music... Next time send it my way I’ll do it for free.
  • 4 3
 why every company that rents adaptive mtbs always give these poor people helmets without visors? thats real introllerance here and im gonna fight it
  • 6 0
 Looks like it may be necessary for visibility in the low position on the tri and quad bikes.
  • 4 4
 @kmayotte: nah, the position is quite similar and on sitting bikes even higher. there is no logical explaination for this degrading nonsense
  • 8 0
 Rogatkin stealing visors again?
  • 4 2
 @Thustlewhumber: its been always like that for some reason and rogatkin just stole this look from disabled people
  • 3 0
 funny i got downvoted even though may be the only one here knowing what im talking about, hence bein paralyzed and riding amtb XD pinkbike ah pinkbike XD
  • 3 0
 @martynashton check this out
  • 3 0
 Jerseys are on point! Riders look like they were killing it.
  • 2 0
 This article is all kinds of radness. Agreed on a 'bike check' article on some of those rigs.
  • 2 0
 Juicy Gina is doing good work, and changing lives. I'm humbled.
  • 3 0
 Ryan you're crushing it!
  • 2 0
 Good riding. Good for Killington! This is a plus for all riders.
  • 2 0
 Fun , IS !!!! for everyone !!!!!!
  • 2 0
 SO rad! Shred the gnar brethren!
  • 2 0
 1:15 video!?!? COME ON!!!
  • 1 0
 Those 3 wheels bike looks so nice to ride!
  • 1 0
 The sport should be for everyone, awesome to see.
  • 1 0
 Great Ones !!
  • 1 0
 Outstanding!!
  • 1 0
 Absolutely awesome!
  • 1 0
 Awesome!!
  • 1 0
 So cool!
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