Central MA

Wachusett NEMBA Toys for Tots Ride in Groton, MA

Date

12/18/16 8:00am to 12:00pm

December 18, 2016

Sign up and toy drop starts at 8 and we'll ride at 9:30. Intermediate pace for about 2 hours.

Toys should be unwrapped and suitable for kids up to 16. 

Hopefully the weather will cooperate. But in any case tires of all sizes are welcome, as are snowshoes and skis.    :)

The ride will start HERE!

Location

25 Hoyts Wharf Rd, Groton, MA 01450

Chapter

Merrimack Valley Southern NH Wachusett

Trail

Event Leader

David Burnham
TATTOODAVEJ@yahoo.com

Finding Solutions and Improving Mountain Biking in the Ware Watershed

Friday, October 3, 2014

On September 25th, 2014 Director Jonathan Yeo of the DCR Department of Water Supply Protection and some of his staff met with members of Wachusett Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) and NEMBA staffers, Philip Keyes and Bill Boles, to discuss recreational issues facing the Ware River Watershed.  Also in attendance was Dick O’Brien, chair of the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board (MARTAB). Mr. Yeo expressed serious concerns over the presence of mountain bikes on non-designated trails as well as the creation of additional unauthorized trails.

Currently, the Ware River Watershed is home to many singletrack trails adding up to at least 20 total miles. However, only three of those trails (the Midstate Trail and two trails dedicated to horseback riding) are recognized by the DWSP. For the last 30 years, residents have been mountain biking on this trail network without realizing this activity has always been banned. Bicycling is only allowed on roads and rail trails. Hikers, on the other hand, are permitted to walk anywhere they choose throughout the Ware River Watershed regardless of the presence of a trail.

NEMBA offered to provide solutions to curb unauthorized trail building and riding by working with the agency to create a legitimate and sustainable trail system for mountain biking, hiking, trail running and XC skiing, but this offer was firmly declined by Director Yeo. Instead, the Division says that it plans to dismantle all unauthorized trails and increase enforcement of the bicycle ban. NEMBA feels that the best course of action here would be to recognize bicycles as a valid trail user and work with, rather than against, those aligned with the agency's mission of maintaining the highest possible water quality. The presence or absence of bicycles on trails has not impacted water quality in the past 30 years and, with sustainably designed trails, would not do so in the future either.

NEMBA believes that the DCR DWSP should allow trail based recreational opportunities for all non-motorized recreation. Existing trails should be reviewed for environmental sustainability and passive recreation (which includes mountain biking) should be promoted and pro-actively managed in cooperation with dedicated user/service groups such as NEMBA. The 25,000 acre Watershed is critical habitat for the water supply of 2.5 million ratepayers, primarily in Greater Boston, but it is also an important open space that should offer meaningful public benefit to all tax-payers, and especially for the communities in which the watershed is situated.

Mountain biking and hiking have similar environmental impacts and should be managed together. There are numerous studies attesting to the similarity of physical impact between hiking and biking -- and there are no studies which state that hiking has no impact or that the impacts of mountain biking are dramatically different than hiking. The recreational analysis done by DCR in the Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Middlesex Fells Reservation states that "with respect to these two recreational impacts, these two recreational uses have similar impacts and should be evaluated similarly."

NEMBA believes that providing singletrack opportunities for mountain biking would be beneficial to the local communities who are looking for places to recreate. The current policy unjustly excludes mountain biking on trails as a legitimate activity in the watershed, and the lack of authorized trails for hiking and mountain biking have created a recreational vacuum that is currently being fulfilled by creating unauthorized trails. We feel strongly that by working with NEMBA and our dedicated volunteer base, DWSP can actually improve Ware Watershed water quality further by fixing or closing current unsustainable trails and providing new trails that are properly designed and built away from sensitive areas.

Finally, State Representative Anne Gobi met with NEMBA representatives on October 2, 2014 and offered her full support for NEMBA's efforts. We look forward to working together with our elected officials as we improve the situation we currently face in the Watershed.

NEMBA asks the mountain bike community surrounding the Ware watershed to respect the current regulations and on only ride on trails where bicycling is allowed.

Ware Watershed & Mountain Biking

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Members of Wachusett NEMBA will be meeting with Department of Conservation & Recreation land management for the Ware River watershed to discuss issues relating to mountain biking on this property. Mountain bikers have ridden on the many trails within the Watershed for years without issue nor impact to the drinking water supply. However, the DCR Watershed has decided to enforce a long standing ban on bicycles from all woods trails. Hikers, dog-walkers and equestrians have access to many of the trails but mountain bikers are completely excluded.

NEMBA believes that the DCR Division of Water Supply Protection should change the recreational use policies at the watershed to include mountain biking, as well as other forms of passive, sustainable recreation.

The Ware River Watershed abuts Rutland State Park, a small 200+ acre parkland that allows mountain biking.

BVNEMBA Tuesday Evening Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Sep 05 2017 .
4/18/17 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 Read more about BVNEMBA Tuesday Evening Ride

Location

To Be Determined

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Novice
Advanced-novice
Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Eammon Carleton
508-361-3509

BVNEMBA Thursday Evening Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Nov 23 2017 .
4/20/17 6:00pm


The Thursday night series are novice/intermediate paced, no drop rides.  The locations will be at Hopkinton State Park. 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. Read more about BVNEMBA Thursday Evening Ride

Location

Hopkinton State Park

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Brian Forestal
508-509-9258

QC NEMBA - Weekend Warrior Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Sunday 1000 times .
5/14/17 (All day)

If you are looking to get out in the woods, have some fun, and stretch your skills, feel free to join us. The group will stop to play on skinnies, drops and other features along the way. We ride together, play together, teach and learn from on another. This is often a technical based ride for intermediate and up riders.

If you are looking for steady fast paced, high mileage, smooth single track, this is probably not the ride for you.

Starting time and location vary. The ride typically takes place on Sunday, but may change to Saturday due to weather or ride location. This is a year round ride, but revolves around ride leader availability.

Details for each week's ride are posted in the Chapter's Facebook Group Forum. www.facebook.com/groups/QuietCornerNEMBA Read more about QC NEMBA - Weekend Warrior Ride

Location

Varies week to week

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Types

Ride Style

Technical/Freeride

Ride Leader Name

Stacey
860-230-1237

Central MA

Wendell State Forest

392 Wendell Rd
Millers falls  Massachusetts  01349
United States

413 659 3797

Easy

20%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

30%

Description

Kona Mountain Bike Adventure Series Ride 8/9


Located south of the Millers River and Route 2, this vast state forest has long offered mountain biking opportunities to regional riders.  Wendell State Forest covers over 7,500 acres of rolling forested hills, streams, ponds, gravel roads and trails. Purchased by the Commonwealth in the 1920s the area was heavily burned during the early 1900s. Some of the park development and most of the road systems, are attributed to Civilian Conservation Corps activities in the 1930s.

The forest's roads, trails and visitors would remain pretty much unchanged from that time until 2004 when a new initiative to rejuvenate this gem of the Pioneer Valley came about. With the active encouragement and mentoring of Park Ranger and Trails Supervisor Bryant Stewart, NEMBA and a sampling of local snowshoeing, cross country skiing and hiking enthusiasts have created some of the best multi-use single track anywhere in New England.

There are several distinct loops that local riders usually take, when embarking on a two hour excursion of Wendell State Forest.  Today we'll take the moderate loop, which misses some of NEMBA's star trails, but is much friendlier to riders of all abilities.  That isn't to say this is an easy loop or that very many riders will clean it without a dab or a do-over!  We begin at Park Head Quarters and duck around the gate onto the Old XC Ski Trail. We follow this across the access to the Event Parking Area and rip over the bridge, through the mild rocky areas out to Carlton Rd.  At Carlton Rd, we head into the park along the road for about ¼ mile until we bang a right onto the M&M Trail. We follow a short section of this 100 mile through trail until it meets the Carlton Dirth trail where the M&M crosses Montague Rd.  Instead of crossing on the M&M, and riding the miles of cool stuff south of the road, we follow the Carlton Dirth Trail all the way to Dirth Rd.

We follow Dirth Rd. about ½ mile looking for a recovered hunters trail now known as Hammerhead's Hiatus.  We take a left onto this smooth winding single track through the principally hardwood forest.  Don't hammer this trail and enjoy the Hiatus, as you probably need to recover before the rocky adventure that waits at the next junction.  As the Hiatus ends back on Carlton Rd, we cross onto the Western Wicket Pond Trail.  This trail was built by the SCA Americorps volunteers about 10 years ago.  We follow it until just before it drops down to the pond's edge and instead attack the rocky, techy climb up the Wicket Pond Escape and out to Brook Road.

We take a right onto Brook Rd. and cruise along the road down to Wicket Pond Rd. where we bear left and then a quick right onto the Maple Leaf Trail.  We skirt the swamp and wind past the old cellar hole before dipping down the flowing and fun Nipmuck Trail.  This masterpiece of Wendell drops down to the bottom of Baker Rd. winding through beech forests until it gets to the evergreen lowlands.  Along the way enjoy the rock jumps, berms and flowing pitch changes.  Mostly downhill, the trail builders still managed to keep your heart rates up by incorporating grade reversals and other surprises scattered throughout this 1 1/2 mile delight.  For every moment of biking, there is a payback.  In the case of the Nipmuck, the pain follows in the form of a mile-long fire road climb up Baker Rd.

From the top of Baker Rd, your 2 hour moderate ride will conclude with a left turn onto the Bob-is-Fat trail and with a right at the junction, a scamper through the rocky section of the Maple Leaf trail as it returns you to the intersection of Damon Camp Rd. and Wickett Pond Rd.  Follow Wicket Pond Rd. to your right back to park headquarters.

If, however you want to test your biking metal, and are up for some examples of prime, rigorous New England singletrack, just before you reach the summit of Baker Rd, you will see a rocky single track heading off to your right.  This 2 year old Mormon Hollow Return trail will take you on an adventure second to none.  With your skills sharpened for this rocky, rooty, twisting excursion set yourself up for a couple miles of generally downhill torture.  But wait, the fun is just beginning, at the bottom of the Mormon Hollow Return, we jump onto another of the stars of the Forest, Hannah Swarton's Remove.  This trail, ridden in this direction, is guaranteed to remove any extra energy reserves you have.  Heading back to the center of the park on this trail provides rocky climbs, a few grade reversing descents and nearly as much rocky fun as the Mormon Hollow.  Winding for nearly 3 miles you eventually find yourself back at the top of Baker Rd.  Had enough yet?  If so follow the conclusion to the intermediate's ride above.

Want some more fun?  Got another hour?  Wait till you see this next piece, take a right for another 100 yards on Baker Rd. down to the junction of Damon Camp Rd. and ride to your right to the Moose Trax Trail which is on your left after about ¼ mile.  Follow this down to the brook crossing and then up through a nice laurel stand to the junction of the Lookout trail.  Take a right on the Lookout Trail (don't miss the lookout while you are here) and follow it to where it merges with the M&M.  Take the M&M all the way to the bottom of Damon Camp Rd., enjoying the smooth descents and twisting surprises.  Be aware though, the M&M may have more hikers and backpackers than most of the trails you have been on, especially along this section.  Always yield the right of way to hikers.  At the bottom of Damon Camp Rd., take a left onto Davis Rd.

Follow Davis Rd. until you see a freshly opened single track off to your right.  Follow this unnamed trail up to another lookout and then along a long rock spine as it winds up and down through the Mt. Grace Conservation Land which abuts the State Forest and again meets up with another section of the M&M.  A right turn back onto the M&M brings you up yet another rocky, sometimes steep, climb to the Ruggles Pond parking area where you will most likely be ready to call it a day.

Have fun and keep exploring the park - we didn't cross Montague Rd to the Robert Frost Trail and other stellar single and double track gems, or venture out to the Bear Mountain area where the fire roads are burly, and the emergence of new single track is imminent. There's plenty more out there for another day.

Directions:

Less than 90 minutes from Hartford and Boston, Take Rte. 2 to Rte. 63 south to the center of Millers Falls.  Go straight onto Wendell Rd. over the iron R.R. bridge and follow the signs up to park headquarters at the top of the hill, about 3 miles.

Before Memorial Day you can park right at the Park Headquarters on Montague (Wendell) rd., but during the summer, you'll have to enter and park at Ruggles Pond. (The state now sells a $35 season parking pass good at all State Parks and Forests or $5 day passes.)

Cautions:

Watch out for hunters during hunting season. (There's no hunting in Massachusetts on Sundays.)  Expect to find lots of kids and dogs running around near Ruggles Pond on summer afternoons.
Watch out for hikers especially on the Trail to the Lookouts, the M&M and the Robert Frost.
Some of the rocky spines can be slippery when wet.

Carry plenty of water, be self sufficient with regards to repairs and bring a buddy.  Rides can take you many miles into the forest which is not regularly patrolled.

Submitted by Liam O'Brien & Harold Green
and Updated from a SIngleTracks Magazine article. Read more about Wendell State Forest

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Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride at Leominster State Forest

Date

9/18/18 9:00am to 4:00pm

Wachusett NEMBA invites riders to come experience a mix of old school rugged trails and new school flow. Do you want to talk about long strenuous climbs, raging downhills and some seemingly endless rock gardens? Leominster State Forest has them all: a mix of old school rugged trails along with new school flow.  They'll be putting together a 20+ mile loop where your tires will never touch asphalt, so come on out and experience the vast beauty that is LSF.

There will be beginner, intermediate and advanced options that'll be sure to leave you tired and smiling. Those looking to extend their ride and test their mettle can tackle one or more of the optional Hero side loops.

As a bonus, you can hit the beach to cool off after your ride!

Registration:  9am-11am.

Cost: $10 for NEMBA members, $25 for non-members or join/renew your NEMBA membership for $35 and ride for free!

Directions to the Ride
GPS:  266 Fitchburg Rd, Princeton, MA

  Read more about Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride at Leominster State Forest

Location

Leominster State Forest

Chapter

Wachusett

Trail

Event Leader

Dave Burnham
tattoodavej@yahoo.com

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