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Stowe, VT — Five of the best action photographers in New England are set to square off in a multi-media battle that will play out live on the big screen in front of a capacity crowd of 200.

Each contestant has from July 16 and August 22 to scout, shoot and compile a five-minute slide show that they feel best captures the essence of their assigned theme: “Bike culture in Vermont.” The final slideshows will be projected onto an outdoor screen on the grounds of the Trapp Family Lodge, the central hub for all the day’s events. Entries will be judged on composition, quality, adherence to the assignment and on choreography— but the cheers of the crowd will surely factor into deciding who takes home the $1,500 cash prize.

Photo: Bear Ceiri

The final Showdown will start at 6p.m. Saturday, August 27, but the event extends throughout the day. Demo bikes form Giant and Scott will be on hand starting at 10 a.m., and between 12 and 4 p.m. a series of guided rides showcasing some of the best trails in the area will depart from the Trapp private trail network. Rides range from a 5-hour epic led by local trail-builder Hardy Avery to shorter routes for advanced and beginners riders alike. And after the main event all are invited to stick around for a short movie premier and live music into the evening.

Photo: Berne Broudy

Basic admission starts at $25 and includes access to the Trapp trail network, all guided rides and a chance to win raffle prizes that include bike equipment, local gift certificates, and a grand-prize complete 2011 Giant mountain bike. Deluxe $40 tickets include all that plus a seat at the gourmet BBQ picnic preceding the main event, and all proceeds will be donated to local trails through VBMA.

Photo: Matt DeLorme

Following the format popularized by the Deep Summer Photo Contest held annually at the Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival in Whistler, British Columbia, show organizer Ryan Thibault expects this inaugural event will help bring Vermont’s first-class trails and widespread bike culture to the attention of the mountain biking world at large.

Photo: Justin Cash

“The Green Mountain Showdown is a chance to showcase the state’s affinity towards recreation, and it gives our local talent the opportunity to showcase their skills,” says Thibault. “Our goal is to elevate Vermont’s status as the heart of mountain biking in the eastern United States.”

The photographers competing in the main event include Berne Broudy, Justin Cash, Bear Cieri, Matthew DeLorme and Aaron Rhode—full bios and previews of their work are available at Tickets for the Green Mountain Showdown are limited to 200, and are available online now or at the Trapp Family Lodge the day of the event.

About the Green Mountain Showdown: This exciting new event is a production of, in partnership with the Giant Bicycles, Thule Racks, the Trapp Family Lodge and the Vermont Mountain Bike Association. is an online resource of all things mountain biking in Vermont, and the publisher of a forthcoming guidebook for mountain bikers looking to explore Vermont’s best trail networks and get an inside line on local resorts, retailers, and restaurants.
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