Reid Krakauer

Reid Krakauer

• Lives in Stowe.

• Occupation: Not that simple: Junkyard dog — I restructure/reposition simultaneous multi-strategy implementations of middle-market commercial and industrial enterprises on the rocks, held together by tattered threads — but, deeper dive, there are many unknown attributes.

Like mountain biking: Take the easy route that has traffic (well-worn trails) or get out of your comfort zone and test yourself; push to the next level. Quite a correlation.

Effectively I am an industrialist (cross between a forklift driver and a merchant banker doing whatever it takes to revitalize an under-performing or nonperforming company; provide or position lifeline capital and drive core strategies with enormously low odds of prevailing; in the trenches, once stabilized or advanced to the next stage, multiple exit strategies evolve in demonstrating the value proposition. Sell the business to a strategic enterprise that could capitalize on this enterprise as a “bolt-on” in and among many commercial scenarios.

• Years riding a mountain bike: I started in 1985, mainly logging roads in the Adirondacks, given limited trail networks until the early 1990s as networks started in various regions.

• Favorite trail(s) to ride: Weather-dependent, like fly fishing: match the hatch. I don’t trail ride when it’s wet out of respect to the environmental dynamics to the network (and safety), as most should abide.

Cross: bike dirt roads on my Surly, big loop from town to Mud City, or road ride “around the horn” (50-70 miler north of Stowe to Hogback or to Belvidere and over the Notch from Jeff).

Once I arrive back to Stowe from what seem like endless travels attending to my commercial matters, I rarely leave the Stowe region. I tend to get lost for a three- to five-hour ride. As “we” know, you need to have the local knowledge and put together a fluid ride.

Most rides start out in the “main artery” — Town Loops to Strawberry Hill Farm and head to Nebraska Valley or up to Maple Run via several old-school trails to and from Tony’s; or to the high school and make it up to Trapps and beyond to the “Derby Trail” network and back — then there are many other amazing loops off the Worcester range. Put in the hours and you too will figure it out.

The best part of Stowe is this is not a paint-by-number network; why make it too easy? The enthusiasts who have the abilities and passion to develop our amazing networks are savants in the purest form; the countless thousands of hours is so evident more to the uniqueness of Stowe.

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Why those trails?

The diversity covers a plethora to get in a solid workout, clear the mind and stay focused — mental health; delay the inevitable Alzheimer’s as long as possible. 

What do you see and feel as you’re on that ride?

At my age you don’t feel much, LOL, other than the accomplishment you still have the physical, mental and intestinal fortitude to completely deviate from all the weekly challenges — redline it and get the carbon off the sparkplugs.

What would you tell other riders about why those trails are special?

I typically keep to myself. Those who ride the outer networks are fully aware: Get out of your comfort zone and explore. The diverse features are uniquely positioned and enormously well designed — which I always find amazing — mostly a covert test of your confidence and skill.

In talking with other riders, where do you tell them they can get the most from their sport:

  • Novices: Town Loops.
  • Intermediates: Town Loops.
  • Advanced: Not enough time to explain.

Why do you love mountain biking?

No cars, quiet, and testing my abilities.

Anything else you’d like to say:

Find your “watermark” and if you don’t nail it, clean it (the feature), go back and perfect your skills. Push the envelope and test yourself.

Make some early season goals and just keep persevering. Enjoy the time playing in the woods and be a steward of our amazing networks.

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