Established in 2013, the South Kent mountain biking program brings together riders of all abilities to compete on and enjoy the many great trail systems in New England. South Kent utilizes eight miles of brand new flow trail systems on the South Kent campus built by Sinuosity Flowing Trails of Vermont.
Each member of the program learns how to ride effectively and maintain both their bikes and the trails on a daily basis. The team competes in eight races each fall (one a week) with a consortium of schools that offer mountain biking in our local area.
South Kent School has an 8-mile mountain biking trail network. The trails include sections designed and created by students in South Kent School’s Center for Innovation and those designed and built by a professional trail building crew. Trails include single track cross-country routes, dual track, rustic logging roads, and intermediate and expert flow trail sections. Interspersed you will find logs to traverse, streams to cross, tabletops to double, berms to carve, bridges to ride and rock gardens to test all skills and abilities.
The South Kent School race courses include almost every element seen in Eastern Mountain Biking. Features include, flow trail rides with huge berms and massive tabletop jumps, aggressive singletrack descents and climbs which feature significant elevation changes, rugged logging roads and dual track sections to encourage head to head racing. All trails have been designed and built to be sustainable, in that they are low impact on the environment -- sloped to eliminate runoff and channeling rainwater and built to withstand the impact of hundreds of riders. Great care has been taken to help protect the local watershed and hillside hydrology while tackling the challenge of invasive species. All trail sections have been also designed and built to be safe with the professional trail building crew signing off on all designs, features, and routes.
Mr. Gennings is an avid mountain biker and experienced trail builder.
Mr. Darrin has been a member of a local cycling club since 2015 and has been riding bikes all his life.