Central MA

Wachusett NEMBA Treasure Valley Trail Crew Day

Date

Repeats every year on the 1 of March until Sat May 20 2017 . Also includes Sat Apr 29 2017, Sat May 13 2017, Sat May 20 2017.
4/22/17 9:00am

Join us as we mark existing trails and work on completing the Heron Marsh Trail.

These work days are hosted by Treasure Valley Trails Alive, Wachusett NEMBA, and Treasure Valley Ralley Read more about Wachusett NEMBA Treasure Valley Trail Crew Day

Location

Treasure Valley, Rutland MA

Chapter

Wachusett

Event Leader

Brett Russ
icycle@gmail.com

Wachusett NEMBA Women's Ride, Leominster SF

Event Date

Repeats every week every Tuesday until Wed Oct 04 2017 .
4/18/17 5:00pm
Join us for a ladies' ride at Leominster State Forest. This is a "no drop" intermediate ride for women riders already comfortable riding singletrack.

We meet at the "mountain bike parking lot" at Rocky Pond Road and Rte 31 in Princeton.

Rain cancels. Check the Wachusett NEMBA Facebook page for the latest or contact the ride leader.

 

Location

Rocky Pond Rd. Leominster SF

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Lydia Barter

BV NEMBA Weekly Ride Schedule 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Blackstone Valley NEMBA is pleased to announces our 2017 Weekly Ride Schedule. We hope to see our members out on the trail with us.

BVNEMBA Monday Evening Hopkinton State Park Ride

Ride Start 6:00PM. The Monday night HSP series are novice/intermediate paced, no drop rides. While the park has a few small climbs and technical features, mainly the trails are flowy and fun, and not very technical. Typically the rides last 1 to 1 ½ hours and cover 6 to 8 miles. Please contact the ride leader for parking instructions.Ride will depend on weather and ride leader availability, so please check the BVNEMBA Facebook page for event updates, or contact the ride leader.We look forward to seeing you out there and hope you enjoy the rides.
Ride Leader: Brian Forestal, Captainbri1@gmail.com, 508-509-9258 

BVNEMBA Tuesday Evening Ride

Ride Start 6:00PM.The Tuesday night series are advanced novice/intermediate paced, no drop rides.  Locations will vary week to week, but will include places such as Douglas, Northbridge, Millbury, Sutton, Uxbridge and Oxford. Difficulty and pace of rides will depend on location, so please check the description of the ride on Face Book, see the park description onwww.nemba.org/trails/massachusetts, or contact the ride leader. Typically the rides last 1 to 2 hours and cover 6 to 10 miles.Ride will depend on weather and ride leader availability, so please check the BVNEMBA Facebook page for event updates, or contact the ride leader.We look forward to seeing you out there and hope you enjoy the rides.
Ride Leader: Eammon Carleton, eammon@gmail.com, 508-361-3509 

BVNEMBA Wednesday Evening Ride
Ride Start 6:00PM. The Wednesday night series are advanced novice/intermediate paced, no drop rides.  Locations will rotate between West Hill Dam, Goat Hill/Ribbon Candy and Mendon Town Forest (“Zoo Trails”). Please check the description of the ride on Face Book, see the park description on www.nemba.org/trails/massachusetts, or contact the ride leader. Typically the rides last 1 to 2 hours and cover 6 to 10 miles.Ride will depend on weather and ride leader availability, so please check the BVNEMBA Facebook page for event updates, or contact the ride leader.We look forward to seeing you out there and hope you enjoy the rides.
Ride Leader: Moritz Schmid, Schmid90@gmail.com 

BVNEMBA Thursday Evening Ride
 
Ride Start 6:00PM. The Thursday night series are novice/intermediate paced, no drop rides.  Locations will cover the Metro west area and will vary, but will likely include regular rides at Callahan, Vietnam, Upton and Ribbon Candy. Please check the description of the ride on Face Book, see the park description on www.nemba.org/trails/massachusetts, or contact the ride leader. Typically the rides last 1 to 2 hours and cover 6 to 10 miles.Ride will depend on weather and ride leader availability, so please check the BVNEMBA Facebook page for event updates, or contact the ride leader. We look forward to seeing you out there and hope you enjoy the rides.
 
--Brian Forestal
BVNEMBA President

Blackstone Valley NEMBA Mendon Town Forest Fun Ride

Date

11/12/17 (All day)

BVNEMBA Fun Ride at Mendon Town Forest.

Sunday November 12th 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM.

The Zoo parking lot 2 Southwick Street Mendon, Ma.​

A challenging intermediate ride with marked loops starting at 5.5 miles with options to extend the ride to 10+ miles! Bring your children and try the obstacle course presented by Ovah The Bars, LLC.
Suggested donation:$10
Must be on the trails by 11am.
Proceeds to benefit Mendon Town forest
Food and drink availble just across the street at Galliford's

Late breaking news will be found on the Facebook Page. Read more about Blackstone Valley NEMBA Mendon Town Forest Fun Ride

Chapter

Blackstone Valley Cape Cod SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Brian Forestal
captainbri1@gmail.com

BV NEMBA Trail Care at Goat Hill

Date

4/22/17 9:00am to 12:00pm

Come and help clean up the trails at Goat Hill in Uxbridge.
 
This is a special event in the anticipation of getting these trails accepted by the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR). A strong showing of Blackstone Valley NEMBA volunteerism will show the DCR that mountain bikers will be good partners and will help steward these trails once they are brought into the official trail inventory.
 
Please come – and bring a friend too!
 
April 22nd, 9am start time. We will be cutting back the face-slappers and brushing out parts of the trail. Please bring clippers and a rake if you have them. We also recommend bringing a hydration pack and work gloves. The plan is to break into groups and have people
 tackle different parts of the trail.
 
Park in the field across from 281 Hartford Ave E, Uxbridge, MA 01569
 
If you have any questions, send me an email at the address below.
 

Location

Goat Hill, Uxbridge MA

Chapter

Blackstone Valley

Event Leader

Brian Forestal
captainbri1@gmail.com

NEMBA Trail School South, Oxford CT

Date

5/20/17 (All day)


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. The first 30 people to register will be given a complimentary trail building textbook from IMBA, IMBA's Trail Solutions.

Registration is now over for this event -- Sorry!

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.
 

Location

Oxford CT

Chapter

Central CT Fairfield County Northwest CT Quiet Corner Southeastern CT NEMBA

Event Leader

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

Mountain Bikers Deserve Access to the Ware River Watershed

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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.


(Photo: Brett Russ, DCR Commissioner Leo Roy, Senator Anne Gobi and Wilson Dobson) Read more about Mountain Bikers Deserve Access to the Ware River Watershed

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.

Email me if you have any questions.

Location

Rutland, MA

Chapter

Wachusett

Event Leader

Brett Russ
bruss@alum.wpi.edu

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