Central MA

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
3/29 - Grand Finale Special

Location

Danielson Adventure Sports

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Stacey Jimenez
860-230-1237

Mountain Biking not Harmful to Watershed Land

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mountain biking not harmful to watershed land

Brett Russ
Vice President Wachusett Chapter New England Mountain Bike Association
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MWRA Advisory Board Joe Favaloro’s recent fear-mongering propaganda in various media outlets (http://mwraadvisoryboard.com/concerns-over-mountain-biking/) portrays mountain bikers as destructive criminals who, if permitted to ride bicycles on trails in the vast watershed lands of central Massachusetts, would soon degrade Boston’s pristine water to that found in Flint, MI. The ignorance of his op-ed is equalled only by the hypocrisies of reality.

Living in central Massachusetts means being surrounded by more than 100,000 acres of watershed land owned by us, the Commonwealth’s citizens. This land is foremost the water supply for the residents in greater Boston but lucrative extraction of natural resources and some recreation are also allowed. There is constant logging in the watershed and it is easy to find evidence of oil spills, trash, deep muddy ruts, and extensive collateral damage to the remaining trees. There are bulldozed road drainage ditches into watershed wetlands, clear violations of laws. There’s evidence of toxic illegal dumping sites left for years along watershed roads near tributaries. A large and eroded gravel pit sits mere feet from water on a Quabbin peninsula.

Walkers, permitted nearly everywhere, let dogs swim in critical watershed intake zones. And powerboats are allowed on the Quabbin Reservoir among other watershed lakes.

Favaloro ignores all of this but speculates that mountain biking poses the greatest threat to water purity. Favaloro ignores the scientific literature that attests that the physical impacts of mountain biking are similar to that of hiking, even though the Department of Conservation & Recreation that oversees the Division of Water Supply Protection (DWSP) has reviewed and agrees with these conclusions. Favaloro, the MWRA, and the DWSP have no factual basis to make these claims.

Favaloro fears that allowing mountain biking is a slippery slope that could lead to allowing snowmobiles, horseback riding, and swimming. But he seems to be unaware that all of those activities are already permitted within the Ware River Watershed.. He suggests that mountain biking could spread to the Wachusett Reservoir Watershed, but doesn’t realize that there have been legal mountain bike trails there since 2001.

Overall, Mr Favaloro’s opinion, while widely publicized, is factually inaccurate and fails to consider the needs of area residents. That he is in a position of authority in our water management system is extremely concerning.

The DWSP is mandated to allow environmentally sustainable recreation to the Ware River Watershed and for decades mountain biking has co-existed on the more than 35-miles of trails there. During this time, the MWRA’s own reports indicate that water quality has increased, not decreased, and this fact alone highlights the error in Favaloro’s claims.. Mountain bikers are a responsible user-group that play an important role in stewarding trails and open spaces. Hiking, XC skiing, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and mountain biking should all be possible in the watershed; there’s no reason for just mountain biking to be excluded.

Local residents now feel that they are living in a police state. Trails used for decades by walkers, equestrians and cyclists have been closed to everyone by hundreds of signs and state cut trees. Hidden spy cameras abound. Watershed rangers photograph you and your license plate to look up your address and create a list of everyone on this public land. Keeping people off trails that have been in use for decades with no effect on water quality is suddenly the top priority despite 15 years of water quality reports never even identifying recreation as a cause of poor test results, much less mountain biking.

The DWSP should partner with the local residents to fix or close the trails that could erode and use factual analysis to allow shared non-motorized trail use. Together we could improve the recreational experience of all of local residents while at the same time ensuring that the resource is protected. This is what the New England Mountain Bike Association, the Friends of the Ware River Watershed, and I have offered from the start. But we’ve been soundly and repeatedly told to go away. One can only hope that fear-mongering and misinformation attacks will cease. That common sense will prevail and that we can all work together to achieve the goals of protecting this resource and the recreational experience of local residents.

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Click this link for NEMBA's solutions to the issue of mountain biking on Ware River Watershed Land. Read more about Mountain Biking not Harmful to Watershed Land

NEMBA & DCR Partner to Open 15-mile Singletrack Trail Network at Dubuque State Forest

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

(HAWLEY, MASS.) – The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) announce a partnership to open a 15-mile network of single-track trails at Dubuque State Forest.
 
“Dubuque’s single-track trails wind through gorgeous and diverse woodlands and offer a variety of challenges, loops and scenic features that mountain bikers seek,” says Harold Green, President of the PV-NEMBA Chapter. “But these trails will also provide new opportunities for cross-country skiers, hikers and trail runners as well.”
 
Before approving this trail network, the DCR carefully assessed each trail to ensure that the network would protect important natural and culture resources, but also provide excellent recreational experiences to a variety of users. 
 
PV-NEMBA has agreed to organize volunteer trail maintenance and stewardship of the new trail system, help monitor against illegal trail building and work to educate trail users about etiquette and stewardship.
 
We are very excited about this partnership to expand recreational opportunities at Dubuque,” said DCR Commissioner, Leo P. Roy.  “We expect that this new trail network will draw users from both the Pioneer Valley and Berkshire County to Hawley, and we believe that excellent trail networks and recreation can have economic benefits to local communities and the region. “
 
DCR and NEMBA are currently working to install signs, create new on-line maps, and build some additional trail connections.

PV NEMBA Chili Ride

Date

11/13/16 12:30pm to 3:30pm

This will be Pioneer Valley NEMBA's 8th annual Chili Ride. It's a 2-3 hour mountain bike ride on some of the dopest singletrack New England has to offer, followed by a potluck and chili cook-off hosted by the ever-so-gracious Bill Gabriel. Great prizes, great food, great riding and great company - so come on down to ring out the season in style!

The event starts at 12:30, hopefully to beat the morning's chill. The party will go on until . . .

Chili Ride Facebook Page

Chapter

Berkshire Pioneer Valley

Trail

Event Leader

Bill Gabriel
Barkeater334@gmail.com

NEMBA Kids Ride - Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Event Date

10/1/16 9:00am to 1:00pm

****CANCELLED***
We have been actively watching the weather and have strong confidence that the Fells will receive significant enough rain starting tonight and running through the conclusion of the scheduled kids ride tomorrow to make conditions at the fells difficult for riding. As sad as we are to be rained out three years in a row our goal is to make any ride we sponsor to be fun and safe. We still have one kids ride left on Sunday, November 27 at the Fells. See you then!

This Saturday is Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day and GBNEMBA plans to once again celebrate! Come join us for some biking, arts & crafts, food and much more.

Come join us as we celebrate International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day at the Middlesex Fells! There will be guided rides at 9:30am and 10:30am. BBQ Lunch at noon, crafts and a raffle for some sweet bike swag!

The Kids’ Rides are designed for children ages 6-15.  Based on the skill levels of the participants, we typically break into two groups: one for kids who have more experience with riding, and a second group for beginners.  All we ask is no training wheels. 
 
No registration is required.  If you have any questions about the Kids’ Rides please contact Andrea Jones.

These rides allow children to have fun while enjoying the outdoors and getting some fitness.  In addition to learning some biking skills, we teach respect for the parks, trails, and other trail users.  The ride will be well staffed and every safety precaution will be observed (we typically have one of the MTB Patrol along if first aid is needed).  Parents are welcome on the ride but not required.  Riders must have a serviceable bike, properly fitted helmet, and water for the ride.  All riders must wear closed-toed shoes - no flip flops or sandals.  Snacks will be provided! Read more about NEMBA Kids Ride - Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
Advanced-novice
Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Andrea Jones

Wachusett NEMBA News, June 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016

Ware River Watershed
In short, good discussions with key state officials continue and we are being heard. The concept of the Friends of the Ware River Watershed was presented to the Ware River Watershed Advisory Committee whose members were supportive of the idea as long as the group was comprised of multiple user groups and wasn't used for lobbying for MTB access. However, the DCR-DWSP itself would first need to agree to such a partnership and they have stated that the Friends group are enemies of the watershed because the majority of its members include mountain biking in their list of interests. The whole situation is very unfortunate, but the public should be aware of the high anti-bike and anti-trail enforcement ongoing in the area: hidden trail cameras, state police, environmental police, watershed and perhaps also parks rangers, and lots of signs and blocked trails. Other things are in progress so look forward to more news soon.
 
Treasure Valley
Much is happening over at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation on the subject of trails. The first ever trail building school was taught by The Trustees (of Reservations), Wachusett NEMBA, and Team BUMS MTB Club with sponsorship from Downtown Putnam Cyclery (in Putnam, CT). The full day program exposed attendees to a wide variety of knowledge including concepts and techniques for building sustainable trails, tools and safety, bridging do's and don'ts, and field visits to various trail sites within camp.
 
The trail school was followed a week later with the St. Johns High School annual volunteer day at Treasure Valley. A total of 18 students helped out with trail related projects. 12 of them worked on bench cutting a trail that last year's crew began building and the other 6 worked on brush removal along an abandoned lakeside trail in camp.
 
Also in the works is a brand new map of all the roads and trails within camp. The project involves Quantum GIS, a free software package that is very powerful but also has a steep learning curve. Trails and roads are categorized based on their status, maintenance level, width, and more. Each segment of trail or road between intersections is tracked independently so eventually a user will be able to piece together a route comprised of any chain of segments.
 
Finally, a separate trails effort is underway to mark and cleanup a number of trails within the core area of camp for use during the summer Boy Scout camp program. These trails provide connectivity between camp sites and key destinations within camp and have seen some neglect over the years. It's nice to see so much interest lately in trails within Treasure Valley!
 
Leominster State Forest
Members of Wachusett NEMBA participated in DCR Park Serve Day in LSF on April 30th. We repaired broken boardwalks, cleared fallen trees from the trails, and installed non-slip mesh to the surfaces of the boardwalks in Spooky Forest. It's great to see this kind of collaborative relationship with DCR MassParks.

Brian and Kara's Thursday Hopkinton SP Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Nov 17 2016 except Thu Jun 16 2016, Thu Jun 23 2016, Thu Jul 07 2016, Thu Jul 28 2016, Thu Sep 15 2016, Thu Oct 13 2016.
6/30/16 6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Thursday night ride series at Hopkinton State Park 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 1/2 hours and cover 6 to 8 miles.  Beginners are welcome, and we will split the ride into two groups if levels vary.

We ride most Thursdays, but check the BVNEMBA Facebook page or contact the ride leader to confirm.

Park in the cul-de-sac on Holly Lane in Ashland.  Wheels up at 6:00 PM.

Location

Hopkinton State Park, Starting at Holly Lane, Ashland

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Brian Forestal

Public Ware River Watershed Trails Info Meeting

Date

1/13/16 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Amazingly it's been a year since our last public informational meeting about the public access issues to the large trail network in the Ware River Watershed. A lot has happened in that time. Let's discuss what's happened, where things stand, answer questions, and discuss next steps. We will also discuss other projects in the area to help find alternate places to recreate. We'll be sure to cover this as well: http://nemba.org/news/nemba-presents-ware-river-watershed-proposal-eoeea

Location

Rutland Town Library, 280 Main St, Rutland, MA 01543 -- Lower rear entrance

Chapter

Blackstone Valley Wachusett

Event Leader

Brett Russ, Friends of the Ware River Watershed, Wachusett NEMBA
bruss@alum.wpi.edu

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