GBNEMBA Social Rides

Friday, April 11, 2014

What are the GBNEMBA Wednesday and Thursday Night Social Rides?

These are all levels rides. There will be at minimum an advanced and a mellower group going out each week. If we have enough volunteer ride leaders, there may be an intermediate or other groups. Advanced and intermediate riders should know their own abilities. Experienced novice riders are welcome on the mellower ride. It's a great way to get out and meet fellow riders, learn about a great riding area and a great organization, and get in a good workout during the middle of the week.

When and Where?

For the 2016 season we will be hosting rides at BOTH Fells and Landlocked Forest.

Fells: Meet at the Bear Hill parking lot.

Landlocked Forest in Burlington/Lexington/Bedford. The ride starts from the Estabrook School in Lexington - please DO NOT park at the powerlines for the Thursday night ride.

Keep an eye on our chapter page - www.nemba.org/gbnemba - we will only be posting cancelations - assume the rides are ON if nothing is posted.

Who can go?
These rides are open to anyone who is interested in a fun evening ride, as well as current and prospective NEMBA members. All riders must be fit enough to handle strenuous activity for about 1.5-2 hours. Riders should bring a serviceable mountain bike, be over 18, have water and must wear a helmet. Remember that mountain biking may be an exhilarating sport, but it is also dangerous. Know your limits and don't take unnecessary chances. NEMBA assumes no liability and all participants must sign a waiver.

So what's the ride like?
What you will first notice is our volunteer Ride Guides, who break off with small groups of riders with similar skills and pace and lead a fun and appropriate ride through the woods. We always need more Ride Guides, so if you know your way around the LLF and would like to volunteer, let us know.

We also use sweepers who are generally used to riding with certain leaders and know their routes. We always need sweepers, too, so if you would like to volunteer, let us know. It is the teamwork between these two folks that keeps a group together and having fun.

The ride itself depends on the ride leader, but typical terrain at LLF in the is fun, swoopy singletrack. There are hills, but mostly short and usually somewhat steep. There are no long grinding climbs. Most of the terrain is suitable to novice and intermediate riders. Expert riders will only be challenged by distance and pace.

Terrain at the Fells is a mix of single- and double-track, some swoopy but a fair amount of rocky/rooty technical bits. Riders will tend to be more challenged than at LLF.

Best practices include:
  • Slow down when you see other riders, hikers, or animals.
  • Pass other trail users at about their speed - be courteous and talk to them
  • Ride through the center of a mud patch or puddle, NOT around it.
  • Ride over an obstacle, NOT around it.
  • If you can't ride over an obstacle, get off and walk it - stay on the trail.
  • Do not make new routes or trails.
  • Do not build stunts.
  • Do not skid, spin out, or fishtail - uphill nor downhill.
  • Always offer to yield the right of way.
  • Be friendly - say hi to other trail users!
Rain Policy
If it is cloudy, threatening, misty, sprinkling - we ride. If it is pouring down rain or lightning - we cancel...but check the GBNEMBA chapter page to be sure - we will only post cancelations, assume the ride is ON if nothing is posted! We’ll do our best to update Facebook, NEMBA Forums as well.

See you out there! Any questions, email Maciej