April 23, 2017

New mountain bike festival comes to Williston Aug. 9

Observer staff report

The Ride for Ryan Mountain Bike Festival, a benefit ride for the Flyin Ryan Foundation and Fellowship of the Wheel, is set for Aug. 9 at Catamount Outdoor Family Center. The event is designed to bring mountain bikers of all abilities together in an atmosphere of fun, fellowship and food.
Participants can ride trails of varying difficulties, see bike demos supported by local bike shops, take part in a silent auction and raffle and more. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the event runs through 7 p.m.
The Flyin Ryan Foundation seeks to spread the core principals of Ryan Hawks, a local skier who died in 2011 after a skiing accident on the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour, and to provide adventure scholarships.
Local bikers who want to join the event can join a corporate team, start their own team or participate as an individual.
For more information, visit www.flyinryanhawks.org.


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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