Del's Ride and Trail Run begins and ends at Sleepy Hollow Inn, Ski and Bike Center in Huntington, VT. Participants will be rewarded with spectacular single track, steep technical climbs and epic descents. $75 minimum fundraising goal for ride and run, $25 minimum donation for kids activities. All participants get a Del’s Ride T-shirt.
This roughly 22-mile route begins at Sleepy Hollow, exits through the back of the Sleepy Hollow trails, goes into and out of the Hinesburg Town Forest, through the Carse trail network, and then returns to Sleepy Hollow. Ride time 4-5 hours.
Mara's Shuttle-Supported Loop
This new 10-mile loop will be the first half of the Del's ride loop: it rides through Sleepy Hollow terrain that is more down than up, crosses through Hinesburg Town Forest and up and over the Carse network of trails. Shuttles will be provided back to the event site from bottom of The Crucible.
Nina's Guided Loop
This 6-mile route snakes through Sleepy Hollow's expertly crafted trail network, and will take most riders less than 2 hours.
Short trail ride and games for the kids.
A 5-6 mile strenuous trail run through Sleepy Hollow's awesome trails.
Del's Ride on Your Own
If you can’t make it to Sleepy Hollow this year for Del’s Ride, but you want to be part of this awesome event- sign up to ride or run on your own! On the day of the event, select a ride or run that will push you to work hard and demonstrate a little perseverance. Then complete it on your own or with a group of friends. Before your ride or run let us know what your plans are and we will post it to our Facebook page. On the day of the event send us some before, during and after pics if you can and we will post those as well. To sign up select the Ride on Your Own Option and then create your own Fundraising page. If you raise a minimum of $100 we will send you an official Del’s Ride T-Shirt and stickers.
"Del’s Ride is a great way to support the local community and Cure AHC, but it’s also a showcase of the Burlington area’s most challenging and rugged single track. I look forward to Del’s Ride each year and have participated since it started in 2014. This year I’m especially excited because my 8-year old son will be doing the kid’s ride.
Conquering the technical climbs and bombing the steep descents on my favorite trails while supporting Del and Cure AHC is a hugely rewarding experience. It’s also an important part of my training for the VT50 mountain bike race that I do each year in September. Don’t be fooled into thinking 22 miles isn’t a long ride! The route covers 3 classic networks and a variety of trails that will push anyone’s limits. Fortunately, the energy is always high, there's plenty of support along the way and to top it off there's a fun post-ride party to look forward to at the finish!" -Ed Helmer, 2014-17
"I’ve ridden Del’s Ride every year since it’s inception. It’s my favorite organized ride of the year. There is not one single easy mile in the course. It must be 97.5% pure single track heaven. Picture the Vermont 50, then subtract ALL the road sections. That’s Del’s Ride. It doesn’t take as long as VT50, but it sure as hell ain’t any easier. Del’s Ride is a great way to challenge yourself, to test your mettle. Sustained climb, followed by long technical descent. Now immediately repeat, FIVE more times! And every single iteration has its own special way of beating you up. By the end, you’re a fighter who’s taken 15 rounds of body blows. But the grins never stop! Can’t wait for this year." -Keith Franchetti, 2014-17
What are the trails like?
Both loops feature miles of some of this areas best single track riding. There are a few road crossings, otherwise the trail follows established mountain bike trails the entire way. There are many extensive climbs and descents, some of which are quite technical.
Is this a race?
No. We will all start as a group, and after that the pace is up to you. A sweep will ensure that no biker is left behind.
What type of bike should I bring?
A well-tuned cross country or all mountain bike is essential. Both loops cover extensive sections of technical single track trails, and a bike that you are comfortable on and that is in good working condition is imperative.
What else do I need to bring?
Aside from your bike, you should plan to bring enough snacks and water to complete your ride. A pump, spare tube, and other tools you are comfortable using are also recommended. We will have aid stations at each of the road crossings with some mechanic gear, extra food and drinks. However, there are long stretches of trail between these crossings, and riders need to be prepared to ride long distances unsupported.
What else is happening on the day of the event?
We hope you will plan to stay after your ride or run! We will have food, drinks, and incentives to give away at the start/finish at Sleepy Hollow. Finish your ride or run and enjoy snacks, something from the grill, live music and good company while you recover.