Grateful

GRAVEL

2023

Presented by the Mad River Riders. Hosted by ​Sugarbush Resort Mt Ellen July 29th, 2023

Grateful Gravel is a concoction from the minds of cycling enthusiast Dead Heads in the Mad River Valley that blends the worlds of endurance sports and music festivals into one event. Two entertainment endeavors that collide to move you brightly. Grateful Gravel provides a challenging cycling event featuring some of Vermont's most picturesque landscapes and gravel roads that segues into a face melting gathering of community and friends to enjoy the song catalog of Hunter, Garcia, and the rest of the Grateful Dead.


The day begins with a 35 or 60 mile gravel ride starting from Sugarbush Resort's Mt Ellen that makes your legs scream louder than Donna Jean during a mid-70’s Playing in the Band.


An epic after party at Mt Ellen follows the ride. Zach Nugent, one of the best to cover the Grateful Dead, will play one of the most well known Grateful Dead shows, Cornell, 5/8/77, in its ENTIRETY!. All riders can refuel after the ride with a small meal provided by Sugarbush and a beer compliments of Lawson's Finest Liquids. Additional food and beverage from Sugarbush and Lawsons will be available for purchase.


Friends and family are welcome! Children under 12 are free. General admission for those 12 and over is $20. Concert admission is included with rider registration. Two nights of camping in the Mt Ellen parking lot can be purchased through the registration link.


All event proceeds benefit the Mad River Riders, the MRV's non-profit mountain bike club.


Come join us for an epic summer weekend in Vermont!

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Support the Community

The Mad River Riders is a non-profit, volunteer organization that has built and maintains a growing, 60+ mile trail network that connects community centers and provides access to Vermont alpine woodland beauty. Our trails are open to the public and free to use for biking, hiking, skiing and snowshoeing. In addition to trail building and maintenance, the Riders run the Mad River Rippers youth mountain bike program, which provides kids of all ages and background the opportunity to explore, exercise, learn bike skills and enjoy the outdoors - free of charge. All proceeds from the Grateful Gravel will support these programs. For more information, please visit the Mad River Riders website.

The Ride!

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You're not ready to burn your legs out on a ride but you are ready for some really good music with your friends and family


(Includes Concert Ticket)


$20

I'M HERE FOR THE BEER

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35 miles and 4000 ft of climbing. You'll be sore but still able to dance your butt off to a super rad show.


(Includes Ride, Concert Ticket, Food, One Adult Beverage)


$90

PEGGY-SLOW

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60 Miles and 7500 feet of climbing.This one's a leg burner and will steal your face right off your head.


(Includes Ride, Concert Ticket, Food, One adult beverage)


$100

FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

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2 nights of camping. July 28th & July 29th. Camping spots are un-supported 20x20. Porta-potty's will be available.


$100

SHAKEDOWN STREET

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Camels Hump, Vermont

Grateful Gravel Sponsors

Event Info

For additional questions please contact Derek Lusso at


Derek@madriverriders.com