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Mountain bikers flock to northeast Vermont

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Vermont’s remote Northeast Kingdom is getting a financial boost from mountain bikers. Cyclists began arriving in the northern Vermont region in late April to ride on Kingdom Trails’ 110-mile trail network at a cost of $15 a day or $75 for a season pass. Cross-country skiers use the trails in the winter. Jim Tierney, Kingdom Trails executive director, said the average visitor spends about $100 a day, meaning last year’s 49,000 riders pumped about $5 million into the economy. Vermont Public Radio reported that many of the mountain bikers come from nearby Canada. Kingdom Trails is a nonprofit organization based in East Burke that encourages recreational use of the Northeast Kingdom.

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