Central CT

Central CT NEMBA Bridge Build at River Highlands

Date

10/29/16 8:00am

We'll be helping DEEP build a new bridge on the yellow trail. Activites will involve carrying materials to the work site and helping to build the bridge. Wear work gloves, sturdy shoes and long pants. Bring water and a snack. If there's time we might tackle some other jobs as well, like trail work or skinny builing. 
 
Meet 8AM in the park lot at 105 Field Rd Cromwell  

Location

River Highlands State Park, Cromwell, CT

Chapter

Central CT

Trail

Event Leader

Glenn Vernes
glennvernes@gmail.com

FC NEMBA Family/All Levels Ride

Event Date

10/1/16 3:30pm to 6:00pm
Rain cancels - please check FB for updates before heading out!
http://www.facebook.com/groups/153250044748995/
A great a day to take kids mountain biking.
For kids of all ages, beginners and shy spice.
May split into groups.
Minors must be accompanied by riding parents.
Starting from Sunset Hill statues lot.
Must have: functioning bike, fitting helmet, full-fingered gloves, plenty of hydration & snacks, spare tube, temp-appropriate clothing.

Location

Huntington State Park, Redding CT

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Monika Stokes

Connecticut's NEMBA Chapters respond to Hartford Courant Article

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Below is a Letter to the Editor to the Hartford Courant regarding their September 21, 2016 article "Illegal ATV Trails in State Forests a Growing Problem" written by NEMBA and its five Connecticut NEMBA chapters.

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Hartford Courant
Letters to the Editor
285 Broad St.
Hartford, CT 06115

September 22, 2016

Dear Editors of the Hartford Courant,

Below is a response written by five Connecticut chapters of the New England Mountain Bike Association regarding Gregory Hladky's September 21, 2016 article, "Illegal ATV Trails in State Forests a Growing Problem." We hope that you publish it in its entirety.

Mountain bikers can be part of the solution

We thank Gregory Hladky for reporting on some of the important issues facing our state forests and public lands in Connecticut, “Illegal ATV Trails in State Forests a Growing Problem.” Indeed, there is a delicate balance between preserving and protecting habitat and providing public access for recreation, and illegal trail use and trail building are serious issues.

The New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) works closely with the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) to steward public trails and improve the quality of trail experience for non-motorized recreation. We have five active NEMBA chapters in Connecticut whose volunteers dedicate 1000’s of hours to maintain trails and educate and assist all trail users. When issues arise that relate to mountain biking, we work closely with local land managers to find solutions. NEMBA opposes unauthorized trail building and works in partnership with DEEP to create legal and sustainable trails. Like hiking, mountain biking is a sustainable and legitimate form of recreation in Connecticut’s state forests and parks.

Unauthorized trail construction is a significant problem but it is nothing new -- probably over half of the state’s trail inventory are legacy trails that were created by informal use. Enforcement is important to help prevent illegal trail building, but perhaps even more important is the need for DEEP to partner with non-motorized trail organizations, such as NEMBA, to improve the quality and quantity of recreational trails so that the general public doesn’t take matters into their own hands. We need both the stick and the carrot.

It is our experience that increasing the amount of legitimate trail use reduces the amount of illegal trail use, and we look forward to increasing our partnership with local land managers to improve and protect the trails for everyone.

Philip Keyes
Executive Director
New England Mountain Bike Association
www.nemba.org
800-576-3622

Cory Stiff
President
Southeastern CT NEMBA

Glenn Vernes
President
Central CT NEMBA

Jon Regan
President
Northwest CT NEMBA

Ryan Tucker
President
Fairfield County NEMBA

Stacey Jimenez
President
Quiet Corner NEMBA

Central CT NEMBA 3rd Annual Holiday Ride and Luncheon

Date

12/4/16 10:00am

10 am West Rock, Main Street Parking Lot at Wintergreen Lake, Hamden, CT.

Intermediate no drop ride, luncheon immediately follows at Lisa’s house in Hamden, please BYOB or a side dish.  Contact Lisa Maloney at lisa.maloney@yale.edu with any questions.

Location

West Rock Ridge SP, Hamden, CT

Chapter

Central CT

Trail

Event Leader

Lisa Maloney
lisa.maloney@yale.edu

Central CT NEMBA 3rd Annual Halloween Ride and Costume Contest

Date

10/29/16 10:00am

Join us for the 3rd Annual Halloween Ride and Costume Contest.  Starting at 10am at Rockland, Dead Hill Road, Durham, CT.

Intermediate no drop ride.  There will be prizes awarded to the best 3 costumes plus the people’s choice costume and after the ride there will be cider, cookies and other goodies.

Please join us and bring your scary!  Rain cancels!  For more details contact Lisa Maloney at lisa.maloney@yale.edu.

Location

Rockland Preserve, Madison, CT

Chapter

Central CT

Trail

Event Leader

Lisa Maloney
lisa.maloney@yale.edu

Central CT

Rockland & Pisgah Preserves

99 Renees Way
Madison  Connecticut  06443
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

40%

Description

The Rockland Preserve is a town owned property where, including Pisgah, 20 miles of trails have been created, solely by volunteers. The trails are for non-motorized use and are excellent for mountain biking, walking, running and dog walking.

The best description of these trails can be found on the Madison website. This Trail Map is from that website as well.

There are three parking areas.

2)  99 Renees Way, Madison CT, 06443, the best place to access the easiest trails.
3)  Dead Hill Road, Durham CT, 06422, just south of it's intersection with Trout Lilly Drive.

       These are all imbeded in this map

You'll enjoy riding these trails. No, actually you'll probably rave about these trails.

IF you haven't heard we are building a skills park and pump track at Rockland in Madison. This is a unique opportunity to build something great but we could use some help in the way of pressure treated lumber donations. Nothing Painted, nothing old, must be new or in great shape. 

Late Breaking News

Wanted: Brand New pieces of pressure treated wood. Longer the better, but 24" minimum. 2x4 2x6 2x8 2x10 2x12 4x4 4x6 6x6 stuff like that. Tell me what you have and we can try and link up or leave it somewhere like behind the Kiosk at the 79 lot. Not trying to build the whole skills park with scraps, but figure, people always have stuff laying around from projects and its a good way to recycle. We now have Official Approval for the pump track skills park, but we can start the skills park pretty soon. Huge thanks to the town for getting on board with my vision. There is nothing like this anywhere in the state. Cant wait to build some fun lines just 100 ft from the parking lot. 

Thanks!! 
Jon (475-227-puke) if you need to text me info...  Or contact me by email.  jonpetersen@sbcglobal.net 



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NW CT NEMBA Weekly Thursday Ride - Burr Pond

Event Date

7/21/16 5:30pm

That's right, we're switching things up again this week. 2 weeks ago we hit up the fine trails in Harwinton, now we've lined up some tour guides for Burr Pond in Torrington!

We'll have two groups - one which is likely to hit all the rocky goodness they can find, and the other will take a toned down approach. For those who haven't been , this will be a good chance to try out some different riding from Burington. Not sure what the mileage will be, but it will be fun!

We'll meet at the Burr Pond boat launch parking area (699 Burr Mountain Road, Torrington) between 5:30-5:45. We will be rolling by 6 at the latest. As always this is an intermediate level no drop ride, so come on out and have some fun!

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Location

Burr Pond Boat Launch

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Brian and Scott

NW CT NEMBA Weekly Thursday Ride - Harwinton

Event Date

7/7/16 5:30pm
We're switching things up a bit for this ride and moving things to Harwinton. For those who don't know: The Town of Harwinton has been working with NW CT NEMBA over the last couple of years to establish mountain bike trails on their properties. A lot of work has been done and we're going to check it out!

Our plan right now is to have one group do about 10 miles at a moderate pace, though we could split into 2 groups if needed. The goal is to show off the trails and terrain in the area. It will be a nice change of pace from the riding in Burlington that normally do for our group rides.

Meet at 5:30 at the Harwinton Town Hall at 100 Bentley Drive.

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Location

Harwinton Town Hall

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Scott and Brian

NW CT NEMBA All Levels Social Ride - Morning edition

Event Date

7/4/16 8:00am

Join Dennis and Margie for another of our no-drop Monday social rides. This time we'll get in a nice cool morning ride!

Geared toward newer riders but we always split up into two groups and have a faster and longer ride, too.

Depending on the group you go with you could be riding a mellow 4-6+ miles or a faster 8-10+ miles with more climbing and technical features.

Meet at the Nassahegan soccer fields at 8:00 a.m. with the goal of rolling out by 8:15.

See ya there! Read more about NW CT NEMBA All Levels Social Ride - Morning edition

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
Advanced-novice
Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced
All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Margie and Dennis

Central CT

Powder Ridge Mountain Park

99 Powder Hill Road
Middlefield  Connecticut  06445
United States

866-860-0208

Description

The mountain bike park is now open with lift access to five trails from Top to Bottom and four more on the lower Mt. including the concreate runs with more to come.
Open Trails Top to Bottom: Red- tail, Viper, Shredwood, Timberline & Fisher Cat. Lower Access: Pipe. Copperhead, Rattler & Lift line.
 
Lift Access Mountain Biking Pass – $28.
Lower Access - $18
As we continue to build trails, skill parks and more we are offering a Grand Opening Special 50% off day passes, until July 19, Plus 50% off on Bag Jump! Season passes are discounted 30%. 2015 -2016 Powder Ridge season pass holders ride for free this season.
Discounted pricing - $14 for full access and $5 for 5 bag jumps
The bike trails are open every Friday from 3 to 9 p.m., every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Oct. 31. For all trail updates PowderRidgePark.com
 
Powder Ridge is a year round adventure sports park offering skiing, snowboarding, tubing and Mt. biking. Check our calendar for all the special events; from music festivals and BBQ cook offs to food truck shows and summer music series. Dining options include Fire at The Ridge offering handcrafted dishes inspired by native New England flavors and locally-sourced ingredients. Plus, the Ridgeside Tavern with craft beers and casual dining to gather with friends.
 

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