“In that first year, we had hoped 50 people would show up for this.”- Heidi Myers
Heidi had to yell to reach above the din of the David Bowie cover band playing in the Burke Mountain Hotel ballroom against a backdrop of bike industry brand tents and would-be Rasputitsa riders. “I can’t believe it keeps getting bigger,” she added. Bigger than ever with 1300 riders this year, the 2018 incarnation of Rasputitsa was the largest yet, proving the event has grown into day with its own gravity. It’s an unofficial opening of the riding season, held in a place more suitable, particularly this year, to light cross country skiing than pedaling. What draws people is the chance at a riding experience completely wed to a locale: it is impossible to separate Rasputitsa from the gnarled roads of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom or to close out the day as a participant without respect for just how unrelenting 40 miles of muck and trouble are when mixed with drop bar bikes and high expectations.