Central CT

FC NEMBA 2017 Upcoming Events

Monday, April 24, 2017

FC NEMBA has a full schedule of events planned for spring, summer and beyond! Join us for a ride, event or trail work session. Check out our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/153250044748995/ for latest info on all things MTB.
 
Trail maps at http://fcnemba.org/fc-mtnbikingmaps/index.htm
 
Chapter meetings are the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30 PM in Norwalk.
 
Upcoming Events
 
Sat.-Sun. May 6-7 Huntington and Putnam SP, FCNEMBA’s Trailfest! Join us for a great weekend of frolicking in the woods of Huntington State Park. We will eat, work, ride, camp, and eat and ride again. Light trail work, led rides for all levels, BBQ, Bonfire, and Camping. Free! Kid Friendly! Come for some or for the entire event. Details at http://www.facebook.com/events/423176344685439/
 
Fri. May 12, Southbury, North of FC Ride, Meeting, and Social. All levels. We’ll take a ride on the Larkin Trail to Black Hog Brewery and enjoy the beer and food trucks. Or just meet us there. Brief meeting at 7pm. 
 
Sat. May 20 NEMBA Trail School South in Oxford. Spend the day talking about, learning about, and building trails! Find out about trail initiatives in the area. There is still room so register now.

 
Fri-Sun. Aug. 11-13 Kingdom Trails. The first ever NEMBA Women’s Summit. Seminars, rides, movies, fashion show, prizes and more! FC is offering a partial scholarship to encourage more women to attend. Only a few tickets left.
 
Weekly Rides
 
Mondays - Southbury, Intermediate, with Greg Meghani, Class Cycles

Tuesdays - Southbury, Waldo, Social with Paula Burton
 
Wednesdays - Wilton, Wilton Woods, Intermediate, with Dave Francefort
 
Sundays - Ridgefield, Intermediate, with Ridgefield Bicycle Company
 
Trail Work Sessions
 
Please lend a hand if you ride at Mianus, Wilton Woods, Bennett’s/Hemlock Hills, Trout Brook, Huntington, Trumbull, Waldo! Select Saturdays 8.45-12 PM, often followed by a ride.
Sat. June 3 National Trails Day at Mianus River Park, Ryan Tucker, rrtucker@gmail.com
Sat. June 10 TBA
Sat. Sept. 9 TBA
Sat. Oct. 7 TBA
Sat. Oct. 14 TBA
Sat. Nov. 4 TBA
Sat. Nov. 18 TBA
 
Here is to a great year of riding. See you on the trails!
--Monika Stokes
 

CCT NEMBA Trail Day at Quillinan

Date

10/26/14 8:30am

Trail Day @QuillinanCentral Connecticut Chapter and Thule, Inc. are teaming up for a trail work day at the Quillinan Reservoir trails (Quillinan Block, Naugatuck State Forest), Sunday, October 26, 2014, 8:30 AM.

Thule will be providing lunch and we'll be riding the trails afterwards.

Parking/lunch @ Thule, Inc. 42 Silvermine Rd., Seymour, CT.

Location

Quillinan Reservoir, Seymour/Ansonia, CT

Chapter

Central CT

Event Leader

Mark Lurie
eatsleepfish@gmail.com

CCT NEMBA Fall Fiesta 2014

Date

10/12/14 (All day)

The 2014 Central Connecticut NEMBA "Fall Fiesta" is being held at Gay City State Park on Rt. 85 in Bolton on Sunday, October 12.  Led rides will kick off at 8 AM with an expert ride through Gay City to Case and back, with intermediate and easy rides at 9-10 AM.  There will also be arrowed courses around the park for those who want to do their own thing.  All rides are open to members and the general public at no charge.  NEMBA members (including those who join the day of the event) are invited to stay for a pizza lunch, swag raffle, and annual membership meeting.

The latest info is here.


Location

Gay City State Park, Bolton, CT

Chapter

Central CT

Event Leader

Al Tinti
alanrtinti@cox.net
860-368-9109

NEMBA Trail School @ Goodwin State Forest

Monday, May 19, 2014

Riders and trail enthusiasts from an array of organizations gathered at Goodwin Conservation Center in Hampton, Connecticut for NEMBA's annual two-day course in trail design, construction and maintenance.

In addition to riders from numerous NEMBA chapters from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, participants came from the Connecticut Parks & Forests Association, the Central CT Regional Planning Agency, the Friends of Goodwin State Park, Greenfield Trails Association (NH), Londonderry Trails (NH) and even as far away as the Gennesee Region Offroad Cyclists (Rochester, NY).

In the NEMBA tradition of "work hard, play harder", the course featured not only classroom instruction but outdoors hands-on build clinics as well as an epic ride on the extensive trail system that encompasses Goodwin State Forest and Natchaug State Forest.

“Our trail school is key to increasing our capacity to improve and build more trails,” commented NEMBA director, Philip Keyes. “I’m confident that everyone who attended this year’s class will go on to put on their own trail care events and help us build a better New England for trails and trail-based recreation in all its forms.”

Our thanks to the supportive staff at the Goodwin Conservation Center and the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection for opening their doors to us and allowing us to camp out -- the evening bonfire was great!  We also thank the Friends of Goodwin State Forest for helping with project locations. Lastly, a huge shout-out of thanks to our NEMBA instructors, Paula Burton, Adam Glick, Maciej Sobieszek and Mike Tabaczynski, and to our ride leaders, Stacey Jimenez and Glenn Newcombe.

If you missed out, mark your calendars now for the May 21-22, 2015.

Central CT NEMBA Prevents Ban on Mountain Biking in Tolland CT

Friday, April 18, 2014

Thanks to the involvement of Central CT NEMBA and area members, a proposed ban on mountain biking was prevented and cycling will still be a legitimate activity on conservation lands in Tolland, Connecticut.  Central CT NEMBA was able to help defeat a proposal by a local group called “Conserve Tolland” to ban mountain biking on all 13 of the town’s open spaces. At the April 8th meeting of the Tolland Town Council, the group argued for the ban citing trail damage, user conflict and liability issues as their reasons.

Alan Tinti, a Central CT NEMBA board member, and several local mountain bikers spoke in defense of mountain biking.  Numerous studies show that the impacts of mountain biking and hiking are essentially similar and that user conflict issues can be addressed through education and setting appropriate expectations to share trails.  Central CT NEMBA played a key role, along with Connecticut Forest & Parks and the Sierra Club, in strengthening the recreational liability law in Connecticut to protect towns and municipalities what allow recreation on their properties. Connecticut’s recreational use statute is more robust than it ever has been.

The Town Council voted to adopt the Conservation Commission’s recommendations to allow and manage mountain biking on Tolland open space, along with other types of muscle-powered recreation.

Central CT NEMBA Turkey Burner 2017

Event Date

11/24/17 10:00am

The 2017 Turkey Burner will be on Friday November 24, weather permitting. 10 AM start at the Case Pond trailhead, 68 Birch Mountain Road, Manchester.  Spillover parking is also available a short distance away at the eastern end of the Charter Oak Greenway, 691 Camp Meeting Road, Manchester.  Led rides for social intermediate through expert riders.  Riders should be at the Case Pond lot and ready to go by 10.

There is a map of the course on this Facebook Page. Read more about Central CT NEMBA Turkey Burner 2017

Location

Case Mountain, Manchester, CT

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Al Tinti
860-368-9109

Central CT NEMBA Winterfest Ride & Holiday Luncheon

Date

12/3/17 10:30am

Join us for the 4th annual Winterfest Ride & Holiday Luncheon, Sunday December 3, 2017, 10:30 a.m. West Rock State Park, Main Street, Hamden (Wintergreen Lake Parking Lot).

Intermediate no drop ride followed by Holiday luncheon and fundraiser in Hamden at Lisa Maloney’s house.  Please bring a dish and donation for Where The Love Is Animal Rescue (cash or checks accepted).

Contact Lisa for more information and address at lisa.maloney@yale.edu or 203 772 5812.
  Read more about Central CT NEMBA Winterfest Ride & Holiday Luncheon

Location

West Rock State Park, Hamden, CT

Chapter

Central CT

Event Leader

Lisa Maloney
lisa.maloney@yale.edu
203 772 5812

Central CT NEMBA Work Session at River Highlands

Date

9/23/17 9:00am to 1:00pm

Trail work at River Highlands.  Bring the usual (water, good shoes, .,..) and this being RH, bug spray is probably in order.  There's been a lot of great work here this year - please come and join in on the fun! Read more about Central CT NEMBA Work Session at River Highlands

Location

River Highlands State Park, Cromwell, CT

Chapter

Central CT

Trail

Event Leader

Glenn Vernes
glennvernes@gmail.com

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