Central MA

Wachusett NEMBA Chapter Ride & Meeting

Event Date

9/8/14 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet at the Wachusett Village Inn. Ride starts promptly at 6 PM. The meeting will be held in the restaurant at 7:15 PM.

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Location

Wachusett Village Inn

Region

Chapter

Wachusett

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Eric Boudreau

NEMBA Trail School South, Oxford CT

Date

5/20/17 (All day)

Register for NEMBA's Trail School South -- Saturday May 20th, 2017

Registration is now open for our one-day course in how to design, construct and maintain great singletrack.

Register Now.

This course is perfect for riders, trail enthusiasts, land stewards and land managers interested in learning about what makes for sustainable, enjoyable trails and how to take care of them.

The course will include classroom presentations on the best practices of trail building and maintenance in the morning, followed by hands-on trail building clinics in the afternoon.

Coffee, snacks and lunch will be included, and there will also be an option to purchase IMBA's trailbuilding textbook, IMBA Trail Solutions.

The cost is $20.  Please bring a check for $40 if you wish to purchace IMBA's book, Trail Solutions: IMBA's Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack.

The course will take place at Rockhouse Hill Sanctuary, managed by the Oxford Land Trust, located about 45 minutes southwest of Hartford and 30 minutes northwest of New Haven.
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Location

Oxford CT

Event Leader

Philip Keyes
pk@nemba.org
800-576-3622

Mountain Bikers Deserve Access to the Ware River Watershed

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


(Photo: Brett Russ, DCR Commissioner Leo Roy, Senator Anne Gobi and Wilson Dobson)

Mountain Bikers Meet with Senator Gobi, DCR and EEA Leaders to Discuss Access to the Ware River Watershed

 
On February 16, 2017, Senator Anne Gobi (5th Worcester District) arranged a meeting between NEMBA, a local mountain biker engaged with Ware River Watershed access issue, leadership from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) and Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA), and the Legislative Director for Representative Kimberly Ferguson.
 
At the meeting, Wachusett NEMBA Vice President Brett Russ and local rider Wilson Dobson urged the DCR and the EEA to take action to legitimize and allow shared-use passive recreation, including mountain biking, on the existing trails in the Ware River Watershed. Russ and Dobson also urged them to put a halt on the anti-mountain bike propaganda and misinformation being spread by officials in the Division of Water Supply Protection (DWSP) and Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA).
 
DCR Commissioner Leo Roy and EEA Assistant Secretary Dan Sieger affirmed that they supported increasing mountain bike access to the watershed. However, Commissioner Roy believes that this must be done through the review process of the next Public Access Plan. He wishes to accelerate the time table for the Public Access Plan so that it begins in the fall of 2017 instead of 2019.
 
Russ and Dobson expressed skepticism that this process would be fair and fact-based. They said that there is evidence that DWSP is already creating new maps of the watershed which dramatically increase the amount of buffer lands where many of the current trails are now located. The maps appear to go well beyond the legally established guidelines defined in the Watershed Protection Act and appear to be falsely fabricated with invented tributaries, impossible water connections, and arbitrary “protection zones”.  Russ and Dobson expressed concern that the DWSP was already engaged in planning the Public Access Plan in order to pre-determine the outcome of the process and re-affirm the ban on mountain biking and trails.
 
Senator Gobi urged DCR to start the public process in the spring or early summer instead of waiting until the fall. Commissioner Roy said that he would look into the details about how the public planning process will work, so that it can be fair, rational and based on fact and not prejudice.
 
Russ and Dobson commented that there are many in the larger mountain bike community who have lost patience about the lack of action to provide equitable access to the watershed.
 
Commissioner Roy asked if there were other DCR properties in the region where NEMBA could help develop trails for mountain biking. Russ described NEMBA’s proposal to DCR for an 8+mile trail system in Oakham State Forest. However, DCR only approved a one-mile trail. Another potential opportunity for new trails could be in Spencer State Forest.  Commissioner Roy said that he would review NEMBA’s Oakham Proposal and that he’d be willing to do a site visit to Spencer State Forest with NEMBA once the snow has melted.

Post Update: The Friends of the Ware River Watershed are asking people to support non-motorized trail access to the watershed. Add your name to this online petition on Change.org: Support Sustainable Trails in the Ware River Watershed.

More info on this issue and to read NEMBA's Proposal.
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Wachusett NEMBA Women's Ride

Event Date

4/11/17 (All day) to 6/27/17 (All day)

Wachusett NEMBA will be hosting a Ladies Ride at the Leominster State Forest on Tuesday evenings in April, May and June.

The ride initially will start @ 5:00 PM and then shift to 5:30 as the evening's daylight increases.

Given the varied terrain at LSF, this ride isn’t for beginners. It's more a sport level ride, with more single track than dirt roads.

This will always be a no-drop ride. Please call me with questions regarding level of riding, the terrain, trails or conditions.

We'll meet at the dirt parking lot at 71 Rocky Pond Rd in Princeton.  (That's about a half mile south of Leominster's main parking lot.)

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Location

Leominster State Forest

Region

Chapter

Wachusett

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Lydia Barter
774-249-0705

Wachusett NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

1/25/17 (All day)

Wachusett NEMBA wil be having a chapter meeting at 7:00 PM on Wednesday January 25th at Ladds Restaurant which is located at 64 Barre Paxton Rd in Rutland.

Come meet local riders and volunteers and catch up on what's going on in our area. Help make plans for 2017.

Talk Mountain Bikes!!!

Please RSVP to the event on the Facebook page so that we can give the restaurant a heads up.

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Location

Rutland, MA

Event Leader

Brett Russ
bruss@alum.wpi.edu

QC NEMBA Winter Women's Clinics

Event Date

Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Mar 29 2017 .
1/25/17 6:30pm to 8:30pm

OK ladies, in efforts to stay connected to each other and our bikes during the winter months, the chapter in conjunction with Danielson Adventure Sports at 21 Furnace St. Danielson, CT has set up a series of weekly women's clinics.

Many of these will be hands-on clinics, so be sure to check each week's event post for details regarding that week's clinic topic and what you will need to bring.

More information and discussion is on this Facebook Page.

BYO refreshements!

1/25 - Bike cleaning & safety check
2/1 - Nutritional Supplements
2/8 - Winter Riding Gear Must Haves
2/15 - Strength Training & Stretching
2/22 - Suspension setup 
3/1 - What's in your pack - Essential items 
3/8 - Rollers v Trainers 
3/15 - Tire Maintenance & Repairs (tubes and tubeless)
3/22 - Emergency Fixes to get you out of the woods
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Location

Danielson Adventure Sports

Region

Chapter

Quiet Corner
Rhode Island

State

Connecticut

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Stacey Jimenez
860-230-1237

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