Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Next Year’s Dates Announced -- June 22-24, 2018
NEMBAfest Video Released
East Burke, VT: The 20th annual New England Mountain Bike Association Festival took place for the sixth time at the Kingdom Trails, and will return again on June 22-24, 2018. Today we release our video on YouTube, The Faces of NEMBAfest at Kingdom Trails.
By every measure this was the best NEMBAfest, Powered by Pedro’s, ever. The 2017 event saw more riders, more vendors, more campers, more families, more kids, more activities, and more areas represented from around the country and Canada. It is largest gathering of the bike industry and the mountain bike tribe in New England, and because it is such an inclusive family-friendly event, there’s always a joyful and inclusive vibe. Over 3600 people registered for the festival, a 24 % increase from the previous year, generating a total ridership of over 7100 people over the course of the three days.
Next year’s dates are expected to allow even more people to come to the festival. “We try to keep this event near the solstice so we can enjoy the longest days of summer riding our mountain bikes,” says NEMBA’s director Philip Keyes, “and this means that next year’s NEMBAfest will be the week after Father’s Day weekend when most kids are out of school.”
The schedule was packed with different things to do. There were MTB skills clinics for novice and intermediate women riders, a cornering clinic with Orange Seal Downhill Pro Alex McAndrew, an advanced ride with Giant Factory racer Adam Craig, a women’s ride with Vittoria Tires pro Teal Stetson-Lee, as well as another women’s ride with Liv Ambassadors.
There were also kids games organized by Highland Mountain Bike Park, technical clinics on bike maintenance offered by Pedro’s, suspension setup and drivetrain maintenance clinics presented by REI, as well as tons of different types of group rides going out every hour. Trail Boss ride guru, Jeff Lenosky, held an online contest and the 12 winners joined him on a Trail Boss ride that Jeff filmed and published on YouTube.
12-time National Trials champion, Mike Steidley, performed his acclaimed Mountain Bike Stunt Show on both Friday and Saturday in front of huge crowds, and three bands played both Friday and Saturday night on the brand new 40 foot stage donated by Catamount Arts. Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band headlined Saturday night, and everyone couldn’t help but dance and have a good time.
NEMBAfest is put on by the New England Mountain Bike Association and the Kingdom Trails Association in partnership with the Wildflower Inn. However, it takes a community of generous landowners and over 200 volunteers to stage an event of this quality. “The backbone of the Kingdom Trails community is generosity and passion, and we love to invite people to share our little slice of paradise,” says Kingdom Trails’ Event Manager, Lilias Ide.
The event also gets a lot of support from the bike industry who use the festival to demo their latest products to riders from around the region. Cannondale’s Sean Cavanaugh comments: “what an amazing weekend spent up at Kingdom Trails! Great job to everyone involved, especially the tireless work of each and every volunteer. It is a real pleasure for our team at Cannondale Test Ride to be involved. We can't wait until NEMBA fest 2018!”