The Lyndon Institute Purpose states our commitment to providing thoughtful and rigorous preparation for students of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and beyond to help them reach their intellectual, creative, and physical potential. The Lyndon Institute Mountain Bike Team lives this Purpose by challenging students to educate themselves regarding the sport, it’s related equipment, histories, safety considerations, and more. We further encourage students to push their physical capacities by engaging in rides and races that challenge their skills at an appropriate level. Finally, we encourage creativity in all that they do and we invite them to become active in a community of other skilled and creative riders that can educate and engage them regarding trail development and maintenance, equipment maintenance and enhancement, riding, and more.
The goal of this program is to create a team of mutually supportive riders that both educate and challenge one another as they engage in, and learn about, the sport of mountain biking. We further strive to help each team member develop their skills in ways that are supportive of their riding goals and interests.
Team members from all grades and of all levels of ability are welcome. We strongly encourage and happily welcome inexperienced riders.
The Lyndon Institute Mountain Biking Team season starts in the fall, generally in early September, and ends at the end of October. A sample practice schedule follows:
- Riders generally ride 2-3 days a week. Two of the weekly rides take place on the Kingdom Trails and one takes place on L.I.’s own Simpson Fitness trails.
- Rides may focus on speed and distance, interval training, climbing, bike handling or endurance.
For those team members who wish to participate, the Lyndon Institute Mountain Biking Team will travel to participate in regional mountain biking races. The team participates in a variety of Cross Country and Enduro race in the New Hampshire Scholastic League. Additionally, L.I. will be hosting an annual event for local schools on The Kingdom Trails. Racers may enter races in the A, B, or C levels depending on experience. There are also opportunities for L.I. racers to compete at local races on the Kingdom Trails or at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.
With an abundance of breathtaking natural scenery, grassy meadows, and glorious mountains, the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is a paradise for outdoors enthusiasts, especially mountain bikers. The Lyndon Institute Mountain Bike Team is proud to call Kingdom Trails, widely known as being the best collection of professionally managed mountain biking trails in the eastern United States, our home trail system.
Boasting over 100 miles of singletrack and doubletrack, mountain biking Kingdom Trails is one of the best ways for Lyndon Institute students to experience Vermont's natural beauty, connect with our local and regional riding communities, and develop new skills with the support of their dedicated coach and teammates.
Kingdom Trails was recently recognized as the Best Mountain Bike Trail Network in North America by Bike Magazine, and was awarded the prestigious Editor's Choice distinction by Yankee Magazine Travel Guide.