August 5, 2011

Vermont's first-annual Green Mountain Showdown will wrap up at the end of this month, but the competition is already well underway. All this month five competing photographers will be combing this rugged New England state to create their visual interpretation of the competition's organizing theme: bike culture in the Green Mountains.

The competitors include Berne Broudy, Justin Cash, Bear Cieri, Matthew DeLorme and Aaron Rhode—see more of their work and bios HERE.

The slideshow showdown goes down the evening of Saturday August 27 on the grounds of the Trapp Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, but the action starts at 10 AM when the Scott and Giant demo tents start releasing bikes. From noon onward a series of guided rides will depart from the venue—ranging from a 5-hour epic led by local trail-builder Hardy Avery that showcases some of the best riding in the state, to shorter routes for advanced and beginner riders alike.

Tickets start at $25, which—in addition to the main event made up of five five-minute slideshows—includes an all-day pass to the Von Trapp Lodge's private trail network, guided rides, entry to win raffle prizes including a complete bike from Giant, and evening festivities including a video premiere and live music. All proceeds from the event go towards trails organization VMBA.

A panel of judges will select the winner of the $1,500 cash prize. The decision will be based on how well the compilations adhere to the theme of bike culture in Vermont, photographic composition, quality and choreography—although the live reaction of the 200-capacity crowd will surely be a factor in the final outcome.

First originating in the snow-sports world, this photo competition format has proven wildly popular for spectators—who get to witness the live unveiling of dueling choreographed slideshows in a concert-like venue. Events like the Deep Summer Photo Challenge held for the last three years at Crankworx in Whistler have become a highlight of the festival.

While Crankworx competitors have just a few days to shoot and compile their showcase slideshows, Green Mountain Showdown contestants have more than a month to build up their portfolios—and show organizer Ryan Thibault expects this inaugural event will help bring the riding, terrain and culture of this rugged New England state with the second-smallest population in the nation to the attention of the mountain biking world.

“The Green Mountain Showdown is a chance to showcase the Vermont's affinity towards recreation, and it gives our local talent the opportunity to celebrate their skill,” says Thibault. “Our goal is to elevate Vermont's status as the heart of mountain biking in the eastern United States.”

Tickets for the event—which are limited to 200—are available online at, or on site the day of the event.

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