The mountain bike team has its very own 7-mile single track trail with all sorts of surprises. Some sections are very moderate with all the rock and root outcrops one would expect from a New England landscape. Others are laden with more technical challenges including drop-offs, berms, river crossings, and man-made obstacles. It has long, uphill grinds with some very rewarding downhill. The terrain is varied and interesting.
No experience is necessary to join the team, just a commitment to improve. The RKMP outfits a bike room with a full array of tools for bike maintenance. The team makes use of the weight room for strength training. It rides through the very scenic Berkshire landscape on road bikes (supplied by the RMKP) for endurance training. It even has its own technical riding park for technique training (centralized area with lots and lots of obstacles).Finally, the team tests its progress by racing in the Root 66 Mountain Bike Race Series. Root 66 hosts races throughout New England. Racers are split by ability (beginners, sport, expert, and professional) and by age. The team also goes on at least one trip to other mountain bike areas such as the Arcadia Management Area in RI, the Trail of Tears in Cape Cod, or the Foxboro State Park near Boston, MA.