Wednesday, September 25, 2013
6864: the number of feet of singletrack built in only 12 hours of time by an amazing group of 50 volunteers from NEMBA chapters across New England at Highland Mountain Bike Park.
Coordinated by the Greater Boston, North Shore and Merrimack Valley NEMBA chapters, the weekend of September 21-22 brought together some of NEMBA's premier trail builders and an energetic group of volunteers of all ages to add over a mile of new singletrack to the growing XC network at Highland.
The new, as yet unnamed, trail continues on after the top end of "Hey Joe," last year's TrailFest product. At the top, the trail winds its way down among some rocky outcroppings, and transitions to a fast-and-flowy roller coaster of a trail about a third of the way down. Volunteer work crews worked from both the north and the south sides, and met at the mid-point where they build a jump aptly named "The Golden Spike" to mark the where the two teams met.
This year's NEMBA TrailFest wouldn't have been possible without the tireless efforts of Mike Tabaczynski and Joe DiZazzo, who laid out the route. TrailFest attendees were treated to an amazing cookout organized by Merrimack Valley NEMBA members, Lionel Chapman and Stuart McDonald. The support of Pabst Blue Ribbon and the Switchback Brewery Company was much appreciated, and their tasty cold beverages were a perfect compliment to the awesome cookout.
The cross-country trail network at Highland now features approximately 8 miles of fun singletrack. These trails are available to ride for free and are adding a great new dimension to Highland as a mountain bike destination.
ED Note: Special thanks to Mark Hayes of Highland Mountain Bike Park and to Adam Glick for organizing a great "work hard/play harder" weekend of building, camping and riding.
--By Adam Glick
Photo by Sean Sosik-Hamor