Holderness is situated amidst some of the most varied and challenging mountain biking terrain in New England. We have ten trail networks within 15 minutes of campus, and on long days our coed team travels to regional destinations like Highland Bike Park and the Kingdom Trails. Once a week, we trade our bikes and helmets for picks and shovels to extend our on-campus single track network, which winds for about 7km through the woods behind Gallop Gymnasium. In addition to their daily adventure rides, students also compete in races through the Northern New England High School Mountain Bike League. Some of our riders join the team with riding and racing experience, while others join as raw beginners and discover a love for this life-long sport.
Andrew Sheppe began riding mountain bikes while he was teaching in Virginia. For the past five years, he has been exploring the local networks, and he is always surprised at how many trail systems are hidden throughout the region. When he is not riding with the team dog, Laika, Coach Sheppe loves to get out the shovel, rake, and machete and add miles to the campus trail network.