US Jr. National Team competing in Europe. KMS' Brendan Rhim (2nd from left) and Ansel Dickey (3rd from right)

2012 WBC Ride Schedule

The Start House Ski and Bike &
Woodstock Bike Club
Weekly Rides

Wednesday Dirt Road Challenge 5:30pm
Fast paced dirt road ride. Different ride each week, with a no drop rule (meaning we'll wait at the tops of the hills). Cross bikes are the way to go for tire suspension and proper traction.
Meet at The Start house at 5: 15, leave by 5:30.
Thursday Mountain Bike Night 6:00pm
Mountain Bike ride. Location changes each week – Meet at 5:30 – ride by 6:00. Ride location sent via email each week ONLY TO CURRENT MEMBERSHIP (so register today if you haven't yet!)

Friday TSR 8:00 am
45 min. social ride on any kind of bike. Team Stupid Ride is 52 weeks a year in any and all weather! Meet at The Start House at 8:00am.
*Every rider taking part in a WBC event must a WBC member and wear a helmet while riding

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Wow, what a way to end the 2012 spring road season!   On top of the team's phenomenal results at Nationals in Augusta in June, the highlight of which was our newly crowned Jr. 17-18 National Criterium Champion, Brendan Rhim (check out his new national champion's jersey on the team website at, we now have some amazing international results adding to our palmares.  

First and foremost, Erin Donohue, taking part in KMS' exchange program with Team CHCH, a powerhouse Canadian team based out of one of five Canadian National Cycling Centres in Hamilton, Ontario, managed to pull off an incredible solo win in the only UCI Category 1.1 Junior Womens' road race in the world, the Gran Prix de Rimouski:   You can read about Erin's win in her blog at:

Erin, along with Key Vollers (Peter, Jr.) also competed for Team CHCH as part of our exchange program in the six-stage Tour de la Releve de Rimouski Stage Race where Key won the Team Time Trial and placed top five in the Individual Time Trial and then worked tirelessly for his teammate, Adam Jameison, who won the overall General Classification.  Erin also had two top-six stages, but then was caught up in a bad crash giving her teammate a leadout in the criterium.  She nevertheless persevered to finish the stage race despite some serious road rash.   

While Erin and Key were tearing it up up in the Great White North, Chris Rhim and I took Brendan and Ansel across the pond to compete in the six-stage International Junior Tour of Ireland   Although most teams had four riders and some even had two full teams working together, our two top KMS riders pulled out some amazing results despite having only themselves to turn to for help during the blazing fast racing.    We managed to place a man in the top 10 each and every stage:   B 3rd in the Stage 1 TT and 4th on Stage 6, Ansel 5th on Stage 2, 4th on Stage 3, 10th on Stage 4 and 6th on Stage 5.   To top it off, B came 9th overall on GC.  

Pretty incredible results for this team's first foray into true international junior bike racing.  

As for the remainder of the summer, here's what's happening with the club and the junior racing program.  All of the elite team riders will be taking a good two week break away from the bike.  That is, everyone except Brendan who will be taking a Junior National Team trip to Belgium where he'll race 13 races in 24 days in Jr. National Team stars and stripes kit.  He'll even have a chance to race the Junior Tour of Flanders.  Congrats B!

Our development team riders should follow the usual weekly training shown on the team website calendar including the Tuesday night Claremont training races.   The next race we'll do as a team will be the Concord Criterium on August 4.  We'll then focus on some one-day races in mid-August before preparing for the Green Mountain Stage Race stage race in early September.    And then it's on to, yes, that's right, CYCLOCROSS SEASON!!

As for group club rides, Matt Seiple and I will be resurrecting the Wednesday night dirt road rides on cross bikes, weather permitting.   We'll meet at the Start House at 5 pm and leave shortly thereafter.   Also, our Thursday night mountain bike rides are enjoying record numbers in participation and have been varying the location of the rides each week to hit all of the best riding venues in the area.   Look for emails from Dan McKenna for ride details each week.   

That's all for now.    Happy biking!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Time to ride!

It is time to ride! 
Remember to join the Woodstock Bike Club
Listed below are the 2012 Club rides
Note a new road ride on Tuesday
Weekly Update:
Thursday May 17th - Mtn Bike Night - Woodstock Reservoir
   Meet at the Cox District Road entrance at 5:45
   Ride at 6:00pm
Wednesday May 16th "The Ride of Silence
Woodstock Ride of Silence
   Time: meet at 6:15 to ride at 6:30
   Place: Meet at The Start House Ski and Bike
   Route: Ride out past Suicide Six Ski area on Stage Rd. Ride to pavement end and then ride back
   to The Start House. Total Ride Distance 12 miles
From: Nancy Schulz -- Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition
On Wednesday evening, May 16, all are invited to participate in a “Ride of Silence” to remember bicyclists who have been injured or killed in crashes involving motor vehicles. The Ride of Silence is an annual event that happens on the same day in all 50 U.S. states and in countries around the world. Since 2007, the Ride has been organized in Montpelier by the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) to draw attention to the need to improve the safety of Vermont’s roadways for all users. Thanks to the efforts of a group of students from UVM, the Ride will take place in 10 additional Vermont communities this year.

The VBPC is promoting the “Drive of Silence” for those who don’t bicycle or who will be unable to participate in the event. All those who drive a car on May 16 are asked to turn off all electronic devices and focus simply on the act of driving. The purpose of the Drive of Silence is to draw awareness to the dangers of distracted driving.

Bicyclists at the May 16 event will ride approximately 12 miles in silence, single file at a respectful pace while wearing their helmets. VBPC executive director, Nancy Schulz, is enthusiastic about the growth of the ride and says “Having so many additional towns participating this year is an indication of the value that citizens place on safety. Vermonters deserve to have roads that are safe for bicyclists and pedestrians.”
For more about this ride:
The Start House Ski and Bike &
Woodstock Bike Club
Weekly Rides
Tuesday   No Drop / Social Road Ride   6:00 Pm
            Moderately paced road ride with a no drop rule (meaning no rider left behind). Beginners welcome. Route decided based on the desire and make-up of the group. Ride time 1 to 1 1/2 hour
Meet at The Start house at 5: 45 pm.
 Wednesday   Dirt Road Challenge   5:30pm
            Fast paced dirt road ride. Different ride each week, with a no drop rule (meaning no rider left behind). Road bikes are fine but cross bikes are the way to go for tire suspension and proper traction.
Meet at The Start house at 5: 15, leave by 5:30.
Thursday   Mountain Bike Night   6:00pm
            Mountain Bike ride. Location changes each week – Meet at 5:30 – ride by 6:00. Ride location posted at and
Friday   TSR 8:00 am
            45 min. social ride on any kind of bike. Team Stupid Ride is 52 weeks a year in any and all weather! Meet at The Start House at 8:00am.
*Every rider taking part in a WBC event must a WBC member and wear a helmet while riding

Monday, April 23, 2012

April 23 weekly update

Another fantastic collegiate weekend with the Dartmouth races.  On Sat's TT, Brendan came up with the hammertime goods and won the Mens A by 13 seconds!   Erin was 3rd in the Womens A and Peter, Jr. was 4th in the Mens B.   In the crit, Peter, Jr. almost won with 2nd in a field sprint finish, Ansel handily won the field sprint in the Mens A for 3rd after a great leadout from Brendan and Erin was 5th in the womens.  Finally, in the "death march" road race on Sunday, Peter, Jr. now came up with the hammertime goods and won the Mens B with Alden not far behind in 7th!  Erin podiumed again for 3rd behind the MIT juggernaut.

Prep school racing starts this week with Holderness on Wed and Gould on Sat and then we have the Eastern Collegiate Crit championships on Sun at UNH.

The prep school races will be great and the kids are really looking forward to racing with some other high school kids for a change!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tour de Zack! July 28, 2012

Hey all, don't miss the Tour de Zack events on July 28, 2012.  See flyer for details!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mid-winter update

Or shall I say early spring update?!   Looks like it's already mud season on our back roads so this Saturday's fondo will be a full-on paved road ride, so dust off your road bikes and come on out!

Same time (10 am), same place (Start House).

Next Saturday, March 3, the KMS team will be down in Greenville, SC at our base mileage training camp, so esteemed WBC member, Matt Seiple, will most likely be leading the ride.

Also, please don't forget to sign up for the club by going to as all riders on WBC rides need to be WBC members!  Remember all club dues go towards our junior development programs and, believe me, your $25 goes a long way!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

WBC Membership renewal!

Hi all.  Well, it's that time of year.  Heck, it could be any time of year as we've got to be the only bike club in northern New England that runs weekly rides year round.  And now we even have two rides per week:  TSR on Fri morning and our new Saturday morning winter dirt road ride!

So, come on everyone and click the following link to re-up for the best bike club ever!

Every last penny of your generous dues money goes towards supporting our junior cycling programs and some even goes directly back to you guys after our Thursday night mtb rides!

So, do it now while you're thinking about it.  Click the link and re-up your membership.  And then come out on a ride with us...ANY TIME OF YEAR!!!

Peter Vollers
WBC President
KMS Cycling Team Head Coach

Monday, January 16, 2012

Welcome to the 2012 season!

Hi all:

Well, what a year we had in 2011!   We went from having a team of near beginners, both on the road and in cross, to a team of budding champions.   From solid results in the road season culminating with Brendan and Ansel's 1-2 podium lock at the last road event of the season, the TD Bank Mayor's Cup Crit in Boston, to our near sweep of the New England Cross championships with Ansel, Peter, Jr. and Erin all earning New England titles to Erin's podium and Alden's top 20 at cross nats last week in Madison, WI, it was an amazing 10 months of racing!

The KMS team profusely thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support.  I'll approaching each of you in the coming weeks to renew both your club memberships as well as your yearly sponsorships.

As soon as the 2011 racing season has ended, the 2012 season has begun.  The kids wil commence their training for the road season next week and we'll be headed to Greenville, SC for a spring base-mileage training camp in early March, right around the corner!

For now, the big news is that we'll be doing a regularly scheduled WBC SATURDAY dirt road ride on cross bikes for the remainder of the winter and early spring.  It'll be a moderately paced 2-3 hour (depending on weather) endurance ride every Sat. morning at 10 am from the Start House.   We'll leave no later than 10:15 each week and, if the weather's good, we'll stop at store during the ride to warm up and eat and then extend the ride for the full 3 hours.   Just contact myself or Dan at the SH with any questions about the ride.   This ride is, of course, in addition to our now infamous Fri morning TSR ride (yes, we rode last Fri in the freezing rain and sleet; it was glorious!).

Also, for those wishing to keep up with what the KMS kids are doing, we've updated the team website ( with more pics and now even a google calendar with all of our training rides, races and other events.  Just click on the event for more info.

Lastly, we're updating our club dues registration page for 2012 and I'll send another notice soon with a prompt to re-up your club membership asap to stay in good standing.

Thanks and happy biking!

Peter Vollers
WBC President
KMS CT Head Coach

Monday, November 14, 2011

plan for the week

Lots of congrats from our weekend of local racing.  At Saturday's race in Windsor, we swept the Jr 16-18 race with Ansel Dickey 1st, Brendan Rhim 2nd, Peter Vollers, Jr. 3rd and Alden Suokko 4th.   Erin Donohue was 6th in the Pro women, Jim Giller was 6th in the Masters 55, Matt Seiple was 19th in the Cat 3/4 men and Coach was 2nd in the Masters 45.

At the VT State Champs in Putney on Sun, we had Brendan and Peter, Jr. taking 1st and 3rd in the Cat 4 Juniors, Giller top 5 in the Masters 55, Coach winning the Masters 45 and Ansel taking a solid 9th place in his first Pro mens race.  Great weekend all around!

For this week:

Tuesday:  2 hour road from the SH at 2:00 pm
Wed:  explosive effort workout most likely on the trainers at 3 pm
Thurs:  rest day, light core-only workout at KMS gym.
Friday:  easy 1/2 hour on trainer
Saturday:  Northeast Velo Cross race, Londonderry, NH
Sun:  Boston Road Club cross, Lowell, MA


Monday, October 24, 2011

Plan for the week

I never truly realized just how much fun racing bikes could be before we fully immersed ourselves as a team into the whole scene. There we were, me, Ansel, Alden, Erin, Peter, Jr. and Jack Watson, parked with several other fully decked out pro level teams at an active dairy farm in the wilds of Maine riding our bikes through ankle-deep primordial mud all weekend. It just doesn't get any better! This is the prestigious Verge New England Cyclocross Series and I can now truly say that the KMS Cycling Team is making its mark on the New England cross scene. In the women's Cat 3/4, we had Erin in 12th or Sat and 11th on Sun, both days finishing the race with her bike weighing about 50 pounds due to the mud build-up. In the Cat 3/Jr's, Ansel Dickey had another breakthrough result weekend with 7th on Sat and 6th on Sun (top 5 for juniors), moving him up substantially in the series overall. Alden and Peter, Jr. were also top 50 in that race both days and top 10 for juniors. Coach even had a little breakthough in the M45 with 6th on Sat and 4th on Sun, 8 seconds out of the podium. Over in NY, Jim Giller hit Saratoga cross and came 6th in the all-together Master's 35, 45 and 55.

For this week:

Monday: fun-filled skill-building exercises at the Gebhardts, 4-5ish.

Tues: Dirt road ride from the SH at 4.

Wed: Prep school mt. bike race at Dublin School. Leave the SH at noon. Stop at the Quechee Subway for lunch.

Thurs: night mtb ride at Aqueduct at 6. We'll try not to have Dan break his chain in the first half mile this week!

Fri: TSR

Sun: "Wicked Creepy" Cross in Bennington. Great grass-roots level Vermont racing with a kids' costume race to boot!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Plan for the week

Wow, what a week! First the team does fantastically well all the way out at Fryeburg Academy at the prep school mt. bike race with Erin Donohue handily winning the girl's race and all the boys placing top-10 in the A men, including John Ramsay on the podium!

Then, Ansel Dickey wins (by two solid minutes!) the Cat 4 race at Minuteman Cross in Lancaster, MA on Sunday.while John Ramsay gets 4th for juniors in his first cross race, Alden Suokko takes a 5th for juniors and Matt Seiple, Jim Giller and Coach take 22nd (out of 80!), 11th and 5th in their respective races and Erin takes 13th in the Pro women!

And then, to top it all off, I have two of the kids all over the Valley News. Check out Erin's article here:

and Brendan Rhim's article here:

What a week indeed!

For this week:

Mon: Kids' ride at the Gebhardt's after school.

Tues: dirt road ride from the SH at 4.

Wed: Prep school mtb race at Pine Hill Park, Rutland. Let's plan to leave the SH at 1 pm. All team members, including those not racing, are invited to come to the Ginger Chicken after the race for an early dinner (5:30 or so).

Thurs: night mtb ride at Aqueduct 6 pm. Lights mandatory (yes, Todd and I went last week in the rain and it was awesome!)

Friday: TSR

Sat/Sun: KMS Junior team doing Maine Verge Series cross races.



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Plan for the week

Congrats to the KMS juniors, Erin Donohue, Alden Suokko and Ansel Dickey for their excellent showings at the Providence Verge races last weekend. It was Erin's first cross race ever and she placed well into the top half in the Women 3/4 races. Alden beat his bib by over 20 places from Sat to Sun and Ansel had his best placing in a Verge race to date on Sun when he placed 13th (out of 150!) and was 5th best junior. This result will plant Ansel firmly in the top 10 for juniors in the Verge series with 6 races left in the series.

For this week:

Today: dirt road ride at 4 pm from the SH.

Wed: KMS mtb team to Fryeburg Academy. LEAVING SH AT 11 AM. Will pick up Erin at Quechee Mobil at 11:30. Usual subway stop on the way.

Thurs: NIGHT MT BIKE RIDE! Aqueduct at 6 pm. We rode Brownsville last week and it was spectacular. Get your lights on and come have a blast!

Friday: TSR

Sun: KMS team to race Minuteman Cross in Lancaster, MA.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Plan for the week


#SENT: 107

Again, an action packed weekend of racing. Saturday's Noreaster cross was true to its name with downright swamp-like conditions due to the rain. WBC/KMS riders had a heck of a day with Carl Gebhardt and Eli Grossman 6th and 7th in the cub juniors, Ansel Dickey 6th in the Junior 15-18, Jim Giller 12th in the Masters 55 and Coach 11th in the Masters 45.

Then, on Sunday, in the VT 50, Erin Donohue won the Junior women division and Kenny McNeil was 2nd in the Junior men.

In the TD Mayor's Cup Criterium, which took place right in front of Boston City Hall, KMSers Brendan Rhim and Ansel Dickey put on a tactics clinic with Ansel gobbling up the sprint points while Brendan escaped after the double points half-way sprint to solo in for the win. The KMS duo came in 1st and 2nd, respectively, beating the CL Noonan team who had 2010 New England Cross champ, Nate Morse in 3rd.

Photos are up on

For this week:

Tonight: easy kids ride leaving at 5:30 sharp.

Tuesday: cross ride at Harpoon. Van will LEAVE at 5 pm sharp. riding by 5:30.

Wed: usual dirt road ride. Leaving at 5:30 sharp.

Thurs: mt. bike ride at Bville triangle. Meet at 5:45, riding at 6 pm. Lights mandatory.

Friday: TSR.

This weekend. Gloucester cross races.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Shire Town Ride Postponed to May 20, 2012

Hi all:

Route for Shire Town Ride still not ready. Event Postponed til May 20, 2012.

The popular 35 mile route of the Shire Town Ride is not in shape for the event. A bridge on Route 12 is still not repaired, and though a temporary bridge is under consideration, we cannot guarantee that it will be in place for the October 2nd date. Every other route we considered that started and ended in Woodstock has washed out roads or bridges or requires a section along Route 4.

So…we are rescheduling the Shire Town Ride for Sunday, May 20th. This will be a warm up ride for the Prouty, or a good tempo ride for those looking to do the Killington Stage Race on Memorial Day weekend.

Please join us on May 20th. Thanks!

Ken Niemczyk

Dan McKenna

Charlie Kimbell

Thursday, September 15, 2011

mtb ride canceled for tonight

Hi all:

Looks like rain is inevitable today and this evening and we're seeing that the trails are already saturated and can't take more water, so we're going to somewhat pre-emptively cancel the ride for tonight.

But, fear not, this will give our members more time to secure a sweet night-riding light from the SH for next week's ride!

KMS team is doing Green Mt. Cross this Sat and Portsmouth crit on Sun. I'll be in touch with travel plans as soon as I hear back from some of the team.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Plan for the week

Congrats to the club cyclocrossers for a great season opener at the Quadcross race in Maynard, MA. Jim Giller was 6th in the Cat 4 55 plus, Coach was 4th in the Cat 1-3 45 plus and Ansel Dickey was 4th in the Juniors. Ansel was leading the race handily before he made the dreaded error of not fully releasing his left foot from the pedal before he dismounted into a small barricade and run-up. Let's just say he'll never make that mistake again.

Plan for the week:

Today: kids ride at 5 (leave at 5:30). We'll do some cross drills on the ride.

Tues: cross training race at Harpoon. Van leaves at 5. Kids' tutorial at 5:40, race starts at 6.

Wed: usual dirt road ride. Leave by 5:30 sharp.

Thurs: mt. bike ride at Brownsville triangle. Lights are mandatory now, so see Dan at the SH if you don't have yours yet.

Friday: TSR

Saturday: Green Mountain Cross race in Williston. All team Cubs (9-14 year olds) welcome!

Sunday: Portsmouth Criterium. Kids race too!

KMS team see team website for race links and registration details.

Friday, September 9, 2011

SH Fall Bike Sale!

The Start House Ski and Bike

Fall Bike Sale

Time to make room for all the new ski equipment All in stock bike models 25% off All bike clothing 20% off Trek, Cannondale, Gary Fisher

Road Bikes, 29ers, Hybrids, Kids

Come on down or call Dan at 457-3377!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Shire Town Ride postponed to Oct 2

I regret that we have had to push the Shire Town Ride to Sunday,

October 2nd.

Here is why: On August 28th, central and southern Vermont suffered

an epic flood at the hand of Tropical Storm Irene. The damage to

roads, bridges, homes and businesses was extensive. And though the

area has made great strides in a little over a week to get back to

normal, the road is not quite ready and the volunteers are needed for

more pressing needs.

So we hope that you can join us on October 2nd for the ride. You can

register on BikeReg and view the routes at MapMyRide by searching for

"Shire Town Ride" on those websites.

I apologize for sending this broadcast email at such a late date.

The flood kind of threw our plans into a tizzy.


Charlie Kimbell

Shire Town Ride

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Shire Town Ride!

Autumn started to creep into summer today. Along with it came the sinking realization that the wood is not stacked, the kids need school supplies and the springtime promises of mountain hikes and long bike rides may once again go unfulfilled. BUT WAIT.

Don't put away the bike just yet. Join the inaugural Shire Town Ride, a fun bicycle ride in Prosper Valley in the heart of Vermont. The event is designed for recreational cyclists with 20 mile and 35 mile route options. It is a great ride through a beautiful part of the state. Here are the details:

EVENT NAME: Shire Town Ride

DATE: Sunday, September 11, 2011

TIME: 8:45 Start at Vail Field, Woodstock, VT.

ROUTES: 20 mile route description at MapMyRide, including elevation:

35mile route description also at MapMyRide, including elevation:

SAG STOP: At Barnard General Store on the shore of Silver Lake at mile 10 and again at mile 25 for the longer route.

REGISTER: Register online at, search for Shire Town Ride or click here:

BIB PICK UP: Pick up your bib the morning of the event at the registration table at Vail Field from 7:30-8:30am.

BIKE SUPPORT: Bike technicians will be riding amongst the groups to handle minor bike repairs such as flat tires or mechanical adjustments. A fully-equipped bike repair van will be available to respond to more complicated repairs.

ENTRY FEES: $40 per individual, OR Families of up to four members can enter for just $80.

T-SHIRTS: Event shirts will are guaranteed for the first 100 registrants.

PARKING: There is ample parking along Route 106 by Vail Field and also behind the elementary school across the street.

BENEFICIARY: The Woodstock Community Food Shelf, providing groceries to worthy families in Woodstock and the Upper Valley.

9/11 OBSERVANCE: Riders will briefly join the Woodstock Fire Department at the Woodstock Village Green at 8:56am to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks 10 years ago.


I hope you can join us on the 11th!

Charlie Kimbell

Volunteer, Shire Town Ride

Thank you to the sponsors of this event:

Woodstock Bicycle Club

Bike Vermont

Woodstock Farmer's Market

Mon Vert Cafe

Top Acres Farm

Gravity Designs Studio

Start House Ski and Bike

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Plan for the week

Big congrats for Ansel Dickey and Jim Giller for getting 2nd and 8th, respectively, in their cyclo-cross races yesterday at New England's cross season opener in Springfield, MA. This was Ansel's first cross race ever on his brand new full carbon Cannondale Super X from the Start House and he's already got the cross bug.

Speaking of Ansel, he'll be beginning his junior year at KMS this fall as a full-time, 9-month cycling student athlete. You all know KMS as a great ski school, but, now, KMS will be the only "bike school" I know of in the country where student athletes can structure their classes and course work around their cycling training and racing schedules.

Ansel will be taking part in the full prep school mountain biking league as well as the New England cyclo-cross circuit in the fall and winter, including, if all goes well, cross nats in early January in Madison, WI. After that, he'll follow a strength conditioning program and, of course, winter dirt road riding (WBC's specialty) for late Jan thru mid-March to be followed by the usual New England prep school and USAC sanctioned road seasons culminating with road Nationals in Augusta, GA in June. If anyone knows of other kids who may be interested in KMS's program, please send them my our way.

For this week:

Monday: kids ride at 5 at the SH.

Tues: Cyclo-cross training race at Harpoon Brewery. Van will leave at 5 pm from the SH.

Wed: usual dirt road but meet at 5, leave by 5:15.

Thurs: Mt. bike ride at Aqueduct. Riding by 6 sharp and it would be a good idea to have your light for the last part of the ride.

Friday: TSR

Saturday: KMS team Green Mountain Stage Race climbing stage recon ride. Leave SH at 9 am. Back by 4 pm or so.

Sunday: KMS team GMSR circuit race recon ride. Same timing.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Plan for the week

We have LOTS of congrats to hand out this week. Our KMSers had a great race at the Concord Crit on Sat with Erin Donohue placing a strong 11th in the pro women and all three of our juniors, Ansel Dickey, Zach Stockman and Alden Suokko placed in the top 12 in the junior race (7th, 9th and 12th). But it was particularly spectacular to see Ansel win the field sprint in the mens Cat 4 race for 2nd and that's with junior gearing!

And further congrats to WBC member, Gavin Vaughan for his big win at the Sugarbush Pro Downhill. Here's Gav on top of the podium getting some serious hardware!

For this week:

Tonight: kids ride at 5 from the SH.

Tues: Claremont. Van will leave at 5 pm. Little kids are still welcome to come along! Pizza chef for dinner. This will be our last Claremont race as we'll be switching to the Harpoon Brewery cyclo-cross training race next Tues.

Wed: Dirt road ride.

Thurs: Mt. Bike night. Ascutney. Let's meet at the same place we did last time at the old ski shop parking lot next to the hotel at 5:45 pm.

Friday: TSR

Sun: KMS kids doing New England Road Race Championships in E. Hartland, CT. Gavin's doing the Pro Downhill at Killington.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Start House Cyclo-cross bike Demo!

Cyclocross Bike Demo

We would like to invite you to stop by and demo the new Cannondale Super X Cross Bike.

Those of you who may have wanted to join us on the Wednesday night dirt road ride but

have no bike here's a chance to enjoy riding the back roads.

Also if you want to just take it out on you own and explore some new routes - enjoy

The new Cannondale Super X is so smooth on the dirt it will really open your eyes on new places to ride.

So stop by and check it out

Dan McKenna

The Start House Ski and Bike

28 Central St

Woodstock, VT 05091

Monday, August 1, 2011

Plan for the week

Hi all. Here's the plan for this week

Mon: kids' ride from the SH at 5 pm. Please email back in you are going to attend.

Tues: Claremont training race. The van is a bit on the blink and goes to the dealer on Thurs so it's everyone for themselves getting there.

Wed: usual dirt road ride.

Thurs: Mt. bike night from Brownsville triangle. No van as it may need to stay at the dealer overnight, so just meet there at 5:45, riding by 6.

Fri: TSR

Sat: KMS team to race Concord Crit

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WBC's Pro Downhiller

A couple of weeks ago, WBC's very own Gavin Vaughan placed in the top 80 in the Wyndham World Cup Pro Downhill Race. Gav earned a spot on the US National Team for this race and is thus racing in his USA kit. Here an awesome video of his run on youtube:

Congrats, Gav!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Plan for the week

Both Mondays: usual kids ride from the SH at 5:30.

Tuesday (7/12): Claremont training race. Van leaves at 4:45 from the SH.

Tuesday (7/19): ride on your own.

Both Weds: usual dirt road ride at 5:15 from the SH (leave at 5:30).

Thurs: (7/14) Mt. biking at Pine Hill Park. We won't be hooking up the trailer, but we still have room for 6 or so in the van. We'll leave the SH by 5:15.

Thurs: (7/21): Aqueduct trails, meet in usual parking area at 5:45, riding by 6.

Both Fridays: TSR at 8 am from the SH

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Plan for the week

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend! Our USAC Development campers are home safe after a week of intense racing and training in PA and now it's time for a little summer R & R and recreational biking. Here's the plan for the week:

Tonight (Tues, 7/5), Claremont training race followed by pizza/pool party at Mike Theroux's house in Claremont. Plan to be home between 10 and 11 pm. Meet at SH at 4:30 pm.

Wed: usual dirt road ride

Thurs: Mt, bike night will be at Ascutney Mountain. Van and trailer will leave SH at 5:15 pm.

Friday: TSR

Saturday: Prouty ride, Hanover, NH.

Thanks and enjoy the heat!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Plan for week

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Huge Congrats go to Brendan Rhim for his excellent showing at the 15-16 Jr Nats in Augusta last week. B finished 40th in the individual time trial, 35th in the criterium and 20th in the road race. Bravo B!

For this week:

Tonight Kids ride at 5:15.   I'll be in PA dropping Peter, Stockman, Brendan, Ansel and Erin off at the USA Cycling Development Camp, so Dan and Tao will lead the ride.

Tues:  training race. Van leaves at 4:30 from SH. Pizza chef afterwards.

Wed. Usual rain or shine dirt road tide from SH.

Thurs. Mt bike ride. Aqueduct trails. Park off class 4 rd in usual spot (no van for this week).

Fri:  TSR.

Weekend:  4th of July Fundraising Fondo. Reg by following links at:


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Monday, June 20, 2011

Plan for the week

Monday: kids ride 5 pm

Tuesday: track race. Van leaves at 4:30

Wed: usual dirt road ride 5:30

Thurs: Mt. biking from Bville triangle. Van leaves 5:30, riding by 6

Friday: TSR 8 am

Saturday: LOOKOUT Century Ride, Killington: Great event for an even greater cause.

Brendan Rhim, our 16 year old KMS CT ace, left for Jr. Nats in Augusta this morning. He races the Indiv. Time Trial on Thurs, the Crit on Friday and the RR on Saturday. Let's wish him luck!

Don't forget 4th of July Fundraising Fondo:!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Sunday kids' mt. bike ride at PHP

Sunday, Andy Townley will be leading a kids' mt. bike ride at Pine Hill Park. Here's the info:

Hey guys,

We had a great Thurs night ride at Pine Hill Park in Rutland last night!

I'm trying to get a group of dads (moms too if they want to) and kids over there on Sunday afternoon for a little Father's Day ride. I'm thinking we could have a nice ride with the kids, try to ride all the cool bridges, check out the views, and pack a few drinks and snacks to keep them happy. Then afterward maybe we could stop for a late lunch / early dinner. If it's nice out, which it is expected to be, we could stop at Long Trail and eat out on the porch by the river, unless someone knows of a better option.

Let me know if you're up for this or forward to whoever I've missed. Once I know who's in, we can plan where to meet up, etc. My contact is:

For anyone who hasn't been over there, it is really a phenomenal mountain bike park and definitely manageable for kids. The quality of the trails and all of the features that they have built is really unbelievable.


P.S. - Here's a couple of links:

Monday, June 13, 2011

WBC ride cancelation policy

Hi all:

With weather being so unreliable as of late, we've decided to put in place a ride cancelation policy. For any regular weekly ride or race, we'll cancel via email by 3:00 pm that day and post it on the WBC and KMS team websites. For those without internet access in the afternoon, if the weather looks iffy, be sure to call the SH at 457-3377 after 3 pm for ride cancelation info.

Also, please remember our racing team's 4th of July Fundraising Fondo on the morning of Monday, July 4. We'll do a nice easy ride and then have a great late lunch. See for registration details.


Plan for the week

Big congrats to many members of the KMS team for their excellent performances at the Whiteface Road Race and the Saranac Lake Criterium this past weekend. We had some big wins for Erin in the road race, Ansel in the criterium, Brendan in the mens Cat 3/4 race (!) and a nice podium finish for Stockman in the road race (he's unofficially NY state crit champ as well), Eli killed it in the 10-12's and, last but not least, we had a top-3 sweep in the kids' race with Carl Gebhardt, Ayden Schain and Jack Watson taking it to the massive kids' field in the pouring rain in the crit!

Here are the results for the road race (note great pics of Ansel and Erin!):

and for the crit:

For this week:

Tonight: usual kids' ride at 5.

Tuesday: Track training race. Van leaves at 4:30. Bring money for pizza.

Wed: usual dirt road ride from the SH at 5:15 (leave by 5:30 sharp).

Thursday: Mt. bike night is Pine Hill Park in Rutland. Plan to go in the van as there's plenty of room with the bikes in the trailer. Meet at SH at 5 pm, leave by 5:10 sharp, riding at 6 ish, back to Woodstock by 8:30ish.


Sunday: Challenging 3-4 hour hilly ride from the SH at 10:30 am. We'll be breaking Brendan's legs to get him ready for Nationals, so this will be an intense ride from start to finish.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Plan for the week

For this week:

Tonight: Kids ride from the SH at 5.

Tuesday: Claremont training race. Van leaves at 4:30 pm. Windsor pizza chef for dinner.

Wed: dirt road ride from the SH at 5:15.

Thurs: Mt. bike ride from the Brownsville Triangle. Van leaves SH at 5:30, riding by 6.

Friday: TSR at 8 am.

Saturday: Whiteface Road Race, Wilmington, NY

Sunday: Saranac Lake RR, Saranac, NY.

Also, don't forget to sign up online for the KMS Cycling Team Fourth of July Fundraising Fondo. Details and link to reg page is at

KMS team, I'll be in touch with a plan for the weekend. In the meantime, those racing should pre-enter asap. Also, don't forget you need to find 5 people to do the Fondo!


Monday, May 23, 2011

wbc news

Hi all:

After having a fantastic ride in the rain last Wed night on the dirt roads, we've decided to do a little experiment and make our Wed night ride pretty much dirt-road exclusive, at least for a while. We're finding that doing our group rides on the dirt is just hands down a better experience for many reasons including safety (lack of cars), variety of terrain, scenery, building bike handling skills and, especially important for this year, the ability to have a pleasant ride rain or shine!

While it's fine to do these rides on a road bike, a cyclo-cross bike is the way to go as you'll be able run much bigger knobby cross tires which provide crucial suspension and traction on the dirt. Mt. bikes will not cut it as they're just too heavy and inefficient for the general speed and intensity of this ride.

So, each week, we'll meet at the SH at 5:15 and do a different 1.5 to 2 hour ride (yes, a different ride each and every week) leaving at 5:30 sharp.

We're going to try to go rain or shine, so one other crucial piece of equipment is to have at least a rear fender. They keep you clean and help to keep the guy or gal behind you clean as well! See Dan at the SH for fender orders.

Thurs night mt. biking this week will be at the Aqueduct. To cut down on cars at the parking lot up there, we can pile in the team van and trailer at the SH. Meet at 5:15, leave by 5:30, riding from 6-7. This will be an easier, abridged ride this week as the KMS kids are resting for Killington Stage Race.


Peter Vollers

WBC Director Sportif

Monday, May 16, 2011

Plan for week of 5/16

Wed night ride is looking like rain, but if the Proctor Academy prep school race is canceled (high likelihood), your Director Sportif will be leading a 1.5 hour dirt road ride from the SH at the usual time (meet at 5:15; leave at 5:30 sharp) rain or shine. Look for an email update on Wed confirming same.

Thursday night mt. biking will be at Vaughans' in Sharon. Get your early season skills on on the Vaughans fun and technical backyard course. Van and trailer will leave SH at 5:30 pm sharp. We now have room for 10 adults comfortably in the van and at least as many bikes in the trailer, so please feel free to pile in and save some gas money. We'll ride from 6-7 and maybe have a hotdog, then be back to Woodstock by 8 pm(ish).

Also, this plea for help just came in from the Killington Stage Race:


I'm still trying to find about 5 course marshal volunteers for the Woodstock portion of the Monday, May 30 KSR Road Race: Time commitment is about 3-4 hours from 9:30AM.

I need 2 volunteers at the Feed Zone on Rt. 12 and Gulf Rd North entrance, 1 volunteer (or 2 is ok too) at Rt. 12 and Prosper Rd - cyclists make right turn onto Prosper Rd. - and 2 or 3 volunteers at Prosper Rd and Rt.4

All very exciting- action packed course locations. All volunteers receive KSR 2011 T's + swag and are invited to the volunteer dinner -with a great raffle where everyone walks away with some great bike gear.

And while I'm at it --if you happen to know of anyone who'd like to help course marshal for the AM or PM Saturday KSR circuit race - I still need a few more volunteers - again for some prime locations - like the finish line.

Please have them contact me (see below)- or you can send me their contact information and I will contact them.


Good luck training for the race.

Melanie Simon

KSR Volunteer Coordinator

802-583-6705 w.

802-496-7654 h.

Monday, May 9, 2011

May 9 update

i all:

Here are some updates on WBC related rides and events:

* Please see the club website for the most recent ride schedule:

* The Twin-State Speedway (Claremont, NH) training race has begun. Kids' race on the infield at 5:15 pm, followed by Adult B then A races.

* Wed night rides have started. Meet at the SH at 5:15 pm, riding by 5:30 pm. 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month are road rides on pavement and 2nd and 4th Wednesdays are dirt road rides.

* Thurs night mt biking begins next Thurs (May 19) at the Vaughans in Sharon.

* Club members Todd Uva and Jason Merrill are organizing a trail work day at the Aqueduct trails this weekend. Please see the SH Facebook page at:!/pages/The-Start-House-Ski-and-Bike/76886288934 for further info.


Peter Vollers

WBC Director Sportif

Friday, April 29, 2011

WBC update

Hi all:

Well, it appears that spring has FINALLY arrived (even though it was still 40 degrees this morning), so get your bikes down to the SH for a spring tuneup!

Here's what's happening on the WBC front:

1) Monday night kids ride is on! Easy introductory ride on dirt roads for safety (yes, they're dry enough). 5-6 pm from the SH.

2) Tuesday night training race at Twin-State Speedway in Claremont starts this Tuesday. Kids race at 5 pm or thereabouts on the infield go-kart track followed by adult B then A races afterwards (B and A usually combined in early season).

3) Wednesday night rides will start this week from the SH at 5:15 pm. I have prep school league races for the next two weeks on Wednesdays so my first ride with you will be Wed, May 18, but do feel free to show up and head out on the next two Wednesdays without me.

4) Thurs night mtb rides will start later in the month after the trails have dried up a bit.

5) TSR (Friday morning Team Stupid Ride at 8 am from the SH) is always on, and we mean always.

6) Sat morning ride from the SH at 8:15 am is on as well. Just show and go.

7) WBC has gone interactive! Doing a ride and want some company? Heading to a race and need a ride?Just go to the Start House's Facebook page and post away. All members should "friend" or "like" the SH on FB to be sure they receive email notices of posts.

8) And don't forget to register for the KMS Cycling Team Fourth of July Fundraising Fondo on Monday, July 4, 2011. Just go to: and see the red print info and the link to the registration page. While you're there, feel free to buy a very cool KMS team trucker's hat and gear bag!


Peter Vollers

WBC Director Sportif

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Earth Day ride with the legislators in Montpelier

Happy Easter and Passover all!

WBC's KMS Cycling Team joined the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition for their Earth Day ride in Montpelier last Friday. It was a chilly morning, but well worth the opportunity to meet Nancy Schultz, Coalition Exec Director, as well as Representatives Willem Jewett (Addison) and John Bartholomew (Hartland). We rode with the legislators from Montpelier to the most excellent Red Hen Bakery in Middlesex and back.

Check out the pic of the kids in front of the state house on the team website:

And, while you're there, see the info on the KMS CT Fourth of July Fundraising Fondo in red type. We've added a new mini-Fondo loop with a stop at Olson's Store in Bridgewater. This is a not to be missed ride, so register asap to preserve your spot!


Peter Vollers
KMS Cycling Team Head Coach
WBC Director Sportif

Thursday, April 7, 2011

WBC News and 2011 Trekfest Spring Sale

Well, this may be one of the nicest days we've had so far this spring, so get those bikes out and go for a ride!

This will be the last email for the 2011 season sent to the old email lists, so, if you haven't already, please re-up for the club to stay abreast of all club activities. Here's the link:

The 2011 club ride schedule is now up on the club website:

In addition to these rides, we're doing a Tuesday night trainer workout at the SH thru the then end of April. 6-7 pm. Just call Dan at 457-3377 to reserve a spot. As for rides, our Friday morning TSR ride is now committed to be an easy, 45 minute, social, any bike, any clothing (wear your jeans for all we care) community-oriented ride. Comfort bikes, mt. bikes, unicycles, just bring what you got and come on out! Leaves 8 am(ish) from the SH every Friday of the year in any weather (and we mean any).

Also, April 6-10 (right now!) is the SH's Trekfast Spring Sale where a huge array of bikes and accessories are on sale thru this Sunday. Here's the link for that and don't miss out on the fantastic deals:

The racing season is already underway and WBC's Killington Mountain School Cycling Team (now 24 kids strong with racers aged 8 thru 19) as well as club member, Jim Giller, have already racked up some great results at the Marblehead Road Race, the Chris Hinds Criterium and the Myles Standish Road Race. You can view all New England race results here:

The team, along with club member, Matt Seiple, is off to arguably the biggest race of the whole northeast season, one of the biggest races in the country: the Tour of the Battenkill ( this Sunday, so wish us luck!

Mark your calendars for the KMS Cycling Team Fourth of July Fundraising Fondo, a 60 mile, beautifully scenic, non-competitive ride through Killington, Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Barnard and Woodstock tracing the final stage of the Killington Stage Race, to be held on the morning of Monday, July 4 with a big barbeque afterwards at the Stockman's house up at Bear Mountain! All proceeds will go to benefit the KMS junior team and are specifically earmarked to help pay for the new enclosed bike trailer and additional row of seating in the van. We can now take 12 people in the van and 18 bikes in the trailer to cycling events! Check it out:

This will be REALLY nice for our summer club mountain bike excursions to Milstone, Waterbury, Pine Hill, Kingdom Trails, you name it.

And if you like the very pro look of the trailer, here's your chance to advertise your business: $250 buys you 10" wide ad space on BOTH SIDES of the trailer of the coolest (well, we like to think so) junior bike team in the country. We're certainly the biggest at 24 members!

To sign up for the Fundraising Fondo and the ad space, simply go to the KMS CT registration page:

and sign up. I'll receive an email and I'll follow up with you on your logo. The $250 includes all design and decaling work by Winning Image in Pittsford, VT, so all you need to do is sign up with your credit card and we'll take it from there. For most of the sponsors so far, we've been able to take their logo right from their website, so it's no muss, no fuss advertising, all to support a fantastic cause: getting kids out on their bikes!

See y'all out on the road!

Peter Vollers

WBC Director Sportif

Friday, March 11, 2011

WBC Spring update

Hi all:

It may not look like it outside, but spring is quickly approaching and it's time to start thinking about biking! Well, for some die-hard club members, biking never ended and we are pleased to let everyone know that we have a 100% winter attendance rate on our Friday morning Team Stupid ride. Yes, some of the rides have been truly stupidly cold, rainy (like this very morning), snowy, you name it, but we've somehow managed to keep the WBC weekly ride flame alive through this record-setting winter.

And, now, it's time for the rest of you to start joining in by attending our spring trainer rides at the SH. Dan has 7 new trainers at the SH and we'll be riding every Tuesday from 6-7 pm from next week through the end of April. It'll be a mostly social ride with a couple of hill climb efforts thrown in for good measure. This will be a great way to jumpstart your bike fitness for the spring.

Also, we're pleased to announce that we have an astounding 24 kids now riding for WBC's KMS Cycling Team program. We have kids signed up ranging in age from 8 to 19. That's more than any other club junior program I can think of. Not only that, but we've also had an incredibly generous donation help us with procuring additional seating for the team van with upgraded seatbelting as well as a brand new enclosed utility trailer for hauling numerous bikes, wheels and gear. The team's racing goals begin with some local New England criterium racing, then the Prep School League series (, followed by some weekend stage racing (Tour of the Dragons in Bennington and Killington Stage Race) and then we'll be taking many of the kids down to the Junior National Championships in Augusta, GA in June.

We'll actually be doing a KMS CT Fundraising Fondo on Monday, the 4th of July to help pay for the remainder of this gear, so please save the date!

Not only do we have the new trailer, but Dan and Jenny at the SH have come up with a junior team bike package for their new line of full carbon Trek Madones now in stock. So everything's coming together.

The one thing missing is you! We're nearing the time every year when we start into our full schedule of weekly club rides and regular email updates, so now's really the time to re-up your club membership and show your support for our club and our junior program. For those that have already signed up, we thank you. For those that haven't, simply hit the following link:

Thanks and think snow(melting)!

Peter Vollers

WBC Director Sportif

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Feb. update

WBC's Winter Fondo held last Saturday was a great success! We had about a dozen riders brave the elements for a fantastic day of winter back road riding. We did some tough climbs and rode for about 2.5 hours to the Barnard Store and had a scrumptious lunch. After lunch, about half the crew rode a shorter route back to Woodstock and the other half did a longer loop through the hills of Barnard and Bridgewater for another solid 2 hours of hard riding. This group finished just as a white-out snow squall was rolling into town. Truly an epic ride and one that all of the participants vowed to do again next year.

As for the rest of February, with the exception of this weekend, we'll be doing the usual TSR on Friday morning leaving at 8:10 or so from the SH and we'll usually be doing at least one 1.5 to 2 hour dirt road ride on the weekends. We'll be sending out reminders of these rides as needed. Remember, no rides this Friday or over the weekend as our ride leaders will be out of town.

Lastly, please do re-up your membership on bikereg by clicking the following link. We'll be switching to the 2011 club roster email list by the end of March and you won't want to miss out on all the great WBC biking action!

Thanks and happy biking!

Peter Vollers

WBC Director Sportif

Friday, January 7, 2011

1st TSR of 2011

Jason Merrill, Peter Vollers and Andy Townley

Jason Merrill, Peter Vollers and Matt Seiple (Matt had perfect attendance for TSR for the entire 2009-2010 winter and is enjoying the same status so far this winter!)

Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's update

Hi all! Well, another year is about to begin and what a year we're hoping to have. Lots of great WBC plans in the works for 2011.

First and foremost, it's time to rejoin the club for the year. The new bikereg club registration page is up and running here:

You know the drill. Please do sign up as early as you can because we'll be switching to the new member list within a couple of months and you don't want to be left out of our great weekly updates!

Our Friday morning TSR (Team Stupid Ride) is alive and well so come on out and join us on this very casually paced, ride hard enough to keep warm, ride leaving from the SH at 8:10 on Friday mornings in any weather.

And for the truly winter riding insane, check out the WBC Winter Fondo:

It'll be an epic adventure for sure, so get your studded tires on and come on out!

And for juniors, our Killington Mountain School team will be gearing up for the April-May prep school season and a bunch of our juniors will be racing both the Battenkill Roubaix as well as the Killington Stage Race on Memorial Day weekend.

For 2011, we're going to have the usual slate of great weekly rides and we'll continue with the kids' track race on the infield go-cart track at Twin-State Speedway on Tues nights. We're also going to make a point of doing our monthly mt. biking excursion now that we have so many different mt. biking venues around the state to choose from.

Oh,and if you're in the market for a sweet new road bike in perfectly matching Vollers Law / Start House Racing Team colors, check out the Cannondale Supersix 4 Rival in Magnesium White and Orange

available at a great deal through the Start House. Santa brought one for Peter, Jr. and it's just an awesome bike that looks great with our club kit!

Again, please do re-up with the club asap to show your support.

Thanks and Happy New Year!

Peter Vollers
WBC Director Sportif

Monday, December 27, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

WBC riders represent at New England Cross Champs

Jim Giller and Peter Vollers Sr. and Jr. at the New England Cross Championships December 18, 2010.

Monday, October 25, 2010

10/25 weekly update

Hi all:

Huge congrats to Jim Giller for his very solid finish in the Cat 4's at the CYCLOCROSSRACING.COM/Minuteman Road Club CX Race in Lancaster, MA. Also, congratulations go to
Erin Donohue, Kenny McNeil, Alden Suokko and Brook Leigh for their great finishes at last week's "hometown" prep school mt. bike race at Pine Hill Park in Rutland. Erin continued her undefeated streak in the women's category, Kenny and Alden were 4th and 9th in the B's and Brook had a great finish in the C's despite an early crash where a heavier boy fell on top of him.

For this week, junior team is racing their last race of the prep school mt. bike season at New Hampton on Wednesday.

Thurs night mt. bike night will be from Brownsville Triangle. Meet at 5:45, ride at 6.

TSR Friday morning at 8 am from the SH.


Peter Vollers
WBC Director Sportif

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

10/20/10 weekly update

Hi all:

Congrats for this week go to Alden Suokko for placing top-10 in the Fryeburg Academy mt. bike race last Wednesday and for Erin Donohue who has continued her winning streak in the league's womens division. Way to go, you two! We're all really looking forward to our "home town" race at Pine Hill Park this afternoon. Nice to be on home turf for a change!

For this week:

Thurs night mt. biking: Brownsville Triangle (Silver Hill and Bryant Road). Meet at 5:45; riding at 6.

Friday: TSR, 8 am from the SH.

Junior team: Race today, team dinner at Ginger Chicken afterwards. Van will leave SH at 1 pm. Last training ride of the season at Woodstock Aqueduct Friday. Meet at SH at 4 pm.


Peter Vollers
WBC Director Sportif

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Big congrats to the high school mt bike team for braving the rain at the Vermont Academy race last Wednesday. Erin Donohue once again came away with a convincing win for Hanover HS and Kenny McNeil powered to a fantastic 2nd place finish in the Men's B race for KMS.

Also, as you've probably noted in the papers, we were finally able to convince the powers that be to allow the mountain biking on Mt. Peg without the need for WBC signing a contract to make it happen. The Woodstock Sboard decided to have the Billings Park Commission form a mountain biking advisory committee, of which WBC will be a part, to formulate some simple guidelines to post at the park's entrance. A great resolution that should appease all interests. In the meantime, mt. biking is fully allowed and encouraged in the park.

So, for this Thurs mt. bike night, it's Mt. Peg. Meet at 5:45 at the SH, riding at 6. Lights a must.

Next week, we'll head down to the Brownsville Triangle.

Junior team is racing at Fryeburg Academy today and then training at Pine Hill on Friday at 5 pm.


Peter Vollers
WBC Director Sportif

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

9/27 weekly update

Hi all:

Well, we once again have some big congrats going out. First, there was our prep school mtb team who outdid themselves at the 1st race of the season at Proctor Academy. Our sole woman racer, Erin Donohue of Hanover HS, powered away from the woman's field to win handily and her time would have even just about earned her a win in the C men's field! In the men's B race, Peter Vollers was 9th, Alden Suokko was 10th and Kenny McNeil was 12th after breaking a chain, hiking back to the team van and grabbing, ahem, his coach's bike. Zach Stockman, still getting his mtb legs, crashed bumping his forehead but was checked out by the Proctor Alpine Ski Team doctor who said that the crash could only improve Stockman's mental state.

Then we have the Vermont 50. Erin Donohue ended up winning the Junior women category for her 2nd win of the week and Kenny McNeil won, yes won, his junior category as well. Further, esteemed club member, Jason Merrill, had a hugely respectable finish despite cramping badly after 27 miles.

Finally, we have two club members who competed in the Sucker Brook cyclo-cross race in Auburn, NH. Brook Leigh, our resident cub junior, placed a superb 6 out of 15 in the 10-14 year olds in his first cross race ever and Jim Giller had a very strong finish in the Cat 4 men. Wow, great racing for such a small club!!

For this week:

Wed: Juniors racing mtb at Kennett HS in N. Conway. Leave from the SH at noon.

Usual road/dirt ride from the SH at 5:45 for an hour.

Thurs: Mtb at Aqueduct. Riding by 6. Lights required.

For this weekend, No. 1 ranked eastern Downhill Pro (and WBC member!) Gavin Vaughan defends his first place spot at the Gravity East finals in Danielsburg, PA. Let's all wish him luck!!

Peter Vollers
Director Sportif

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sept 21 weekly update

Hi all:

Congrats to club members Jim Giller, Peter Vollers, Jr. and Alden Suokko for competing in the very challenging Green Mountain UCI level Cyclo-cross racing last weekend up in Williston. Alden, Peter and WBC's youngest racer, Brook Leigh, will be racing at Sucker Brook cross in Auburn, NH this Sunday.

For this week, we had a good team meeting and training ride for the KMS Junior Mt. Biking Squad tonight. Tomorrow, we'll be taking the team of Zach Stockman, Kenny McNeil, Alden Suokko and Peter Vollers, Jr. to the first race of the season at Proctor Academy. The team will be picking up its sole girl associate racer, Erin Donahue of Hanover High School, on the way to the race in an effort to cut down on the rambunctiousness in the team van.

Road and dirt mix for tomorrow's road ride. Leave at 5:45 sharp from the SH.

For Thurs night mt. biking we have a special treat. We'll be riding at the Vaughans house in Sharon. Meet at the SH at 5:30 and we'll caravan there. For separate directions, call the SH at 457-3377.

Friday morning TSR is picking up nicely now that the weather is getting colder. Mt. biking on Mt. Peg is the usual choice. 8 am from the SH.

Speaking of Mt. Peg, we're still working on things with what seem to be endless meetings with the Sboard, but it's coming, slowly but surely.


Peter Vollers
WBC Director Sportif

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hi all:

I hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of summer. I just found out today that the Woodstock Selectboard is planning on meeting next Tuesday, September 7 at 7 pm at the Woodstock Town Hall (upstairs) to approve WBC's License for mt. biking on Mt. Peg. Folks, WBC has worked incredibly hard to create a phenomenal network of trails and we're in the final stages of solidifying our permission from the town. Please consider it of the utmost importance to attend this meeting. There are some abutters who live near Mt. Peg who will surely be in attendance to object to this project, so it's just crucial that we have as many people as possible there to show our support. Please don't let us down. We really need you on this one!

As for other updates, dirt road ride on Wed and don't forget about Jas Dembinski's cookout after riding the Aqueduct on Thurs night. BYOB and bring some chips as well. Riding by 6 from the usual parking lot.

Also, STAB is hosting their Trail Recreation Day and Community Picnic this Saturday, September 4. Here's the info:

Trail Recreation Day

& Community Picnic

West Windsor Town Forest

Park at the Bicentennial Trailhead off of Coaching Lane

Saturday Sept. 4th

Family Fun Activities (All Day):

· Treasure Hunt – put your detective skills to the test while enjoying a family friendly nature hike (1 – 1.5 hrs)

· Bike Skills Practice –practice your mountain biking (or try it for the first time!) on a short marked trail loop or test your skills on a teeter-totter, bridge, log crossing, and more

Picnic Lunch 11 – 2

Grilled hotdogs, chips, veggies, fruit, dessert and more. Free for all participants. (Small donations to cover food expenses are welcome)

Morning Activities:

· 8 AM – Hike the Bicentennial trail to the Summit of Mt Ascutney (3-4 hrs)
· 9 AM – Mountain Bike Ride for experienced & intermediate riders (2-3 hrs)
· 9:30 AM – Trail run for all abilities (1.5-2 hrs)
· 10 AM – Mountain Bike Ride for beginners & families (1-1.5 hrs)

Afternoon Activities:

· 2 PM – Mountain Bike Ride for experienced & intermediate riders (1.5-2 hrs)
· 2 PM – All Comers Hike for all abilities (1- 1.5 hrs)

Rain Date Sunday September 5th.

For more information or to volunteer (volunteers needed!) contact Raina at 484-5015 or Erik at 952-9745

Brought to you by Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin


Peter Vollers
WBC Director Sportif