Mountain bikers in the Stowe area have a reason to celebrate. Last week, the Vermont Mountain Bike Association received a $20,000 grant to continue construction of the Vermont Ride Center trail system in Stowe.
The grant comes from the Lamoille Economic Development Corp.
The network of trails will include Trapp Family Lodge, Sterling Valley, Stowe Town Forest and Adams Camp, and will connect to neighboring trail networks in Little River State Park in Waterbury and the Cotton Brook area in Moscow. When completed, it will be one of the largest mountain biking trail systems in the Northeast.
The project has been under development for three years and has received financial and other support from a long list of local, state and international agencies.
Based on studies of other areas with mountain biking trail systems, supporters expect the ride center to bring between $1 million and $2.5 million of tourist dollars every year to Lamoille County, along with a slew of new jobs.