Northern CT

NEMBA Trail School @ Goodwin State Forest

Monday, May 19, 2014

Riders and trail enthusiasts from an array of organizations gathered at Goodwin Conservation Center in Hampton, Connecticut for NEMBA's annual two-day course in trail design, construction and maintenance.

In addition to riders from numerous NEMBA chapters from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, participants came from the Connecticut Parks & Forests Association, the Central CT Regional Planning Agency, the Friends of Goodwin State Park, Greenfield Trails Association (NH), Londonderry Trails (NH) and even as far away as the Gennesee Region Offroad Cyclists (Rochester, NY).

In the NEMBA tradition of "work hard, play harder", the course featured not only classroom instruction but outdoors hands-on build clinics as well as an epic ride on the extensive trail system that encompasses Goodwin State Forest and Natchaug State Forest.

“Our trail school is key to increasing our capacity to improve and build more trails,” commented NEMBA director, Philip Keyes. “I’m confident that everyone who attended this year’s class will go on to put on their own trail care events and help us build a better New England for trails and trail-based recreation in all its forms.”

Our thanks to the supportive staff at the Goodwin Conservation Center and the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection for opening their doors to us and allowing us to camp out -- the evening bonfire was great!  We also thank the Friends of Goodwin State Forest for helping with project locations. Lastly, a huge shout-out of thanks to our NEMBA instructors, Paula Burton, Adam Glick, Maciej Sobieszek and Mike Tabaczynski, and to our ride leaders, Stacey Jimenez and Glenn Newcombe.

If you missed out, mark your calendars now for the May 21-22, 2015.

QC NEMBA - TRAIL DAY - West Thompson Dam

Date

5/31/14 7:30am

Want more rideable miles at WTD? Come out and give us a hand in a bit of trail work to improve your riding experience. 

Can only spare a few hours? GREAT! Extra hands for some time is better than none. 

Minors are welcome to attend under the supervision of a parent or guardian. We love to see the youngsters learning to care for the trails.

The Chapter will be providing lunch for volunteers. 


What to bring:
• Work Gloves
• Work or hiking boots
• Water bottle or other hydration system (camelbak)
• Bug Spray
• Mattocks, Rock Bars, leaf rakes... 
      (The chapter has tools available, but extra would be helpful if you have them)

Other items not to forget:
• Your bike & riding gear :)


Agenda:

7:30AM - Registration (Waiver forms) & instructions.

8:00AM - Heading out to the work site. 

Noonish - Clean-up followed by lunch.

1:30PM ish - Ride

Location

West Thompson Dam, West Thompson, CT

Chapter

Quiet Corner

Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez
QuietCornerNEMBA@gmail.com

Connecticut Trails Day Weekend Ride

Date

6/8/14 9:00am to 3:00pm

A FREE, fun day of riding for all ages and abilities.
• All rides will be guided.
• No riders will be left behind.
• Helmets are REQUIRED.

RIDE DESCRIPTIONS:

FAMILY RIDE : (4-6 miles) Casual family pace, Airline Trail.
Departure time: 11AM

BEGINNER RIDE: (8-10 miles) Casual pace, no drop, single & double track. Departure time: 10:30AM

INTERMEDIATE RIDE: (10-14 miles) Intermello pace, no drop, some technical. Departure time: 9:30AM

ADVANCED RIDE: (15-20 miles) Faster paced, no drop. Tech, climbs and more... Departure time: 9:30AM

EVENT SCHEDULE

9 - 11 AM - Registration

9:30 AM - Guided Advanced & Intermediate Rides depart

10:30 AM - Guided Beginner Ride departs

11:00 AM - Guided Family Ride departs

12:30 PM - Post ride Potluck/BYO cookout. Read more about Connecticut Trails Day Weekend Ride

Location

James L Goodwin State Forest

Chapter

Quiet Corner

Trail

Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez
QuietCornerNEMBA@gmail.com

Quiet Corner NEMBA Ride in the New Year

Event Date

1/1/18 (All day)

Quiet Corner NEMBA will be holding its 4th Annual Ride In The New Year starting from 22 Potter Rd, Hampton, CT.

This is an intermediate and up group ride. We will break into various paced groups if needed.

The ride willl start at Noon. Late breaking details will be posted to this Facebook Page.

Dress for cold weather.  :-) Read more about Quiet Corner NEMBA Ride in the New Year

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Stacey Jimenez

Submit Comments to Support Connecticut Mountain Biking

Friday, December 15, 2017

Action Alert – Mountain Bikers should Submit Comments Supporting Mountain Biking and More Trail Access to Connecticut’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

 

Comments must be submitted by Friday, December 28th.

 

Email comments to: deep.scorp@ct.gov

Mail comments to: DEEP SCORP c/o Doug Jann, Environmental Analyst, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, 79 Elm Street Hartford, CT 06106.

Connecticut’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) provides a five-year plan and vision for outdoor recreation. As such, it’s important for mountain biking to be highlighted and promoted in the plan where it is severely lacking at this time. We urge NEMBA members and riders at large to send in comments supporting mountain biking and increased multi-use trail development and access for bikes.

In order to help you submit comments, we are providing a few bullet points you can copy and paste into your response or incorporate into your own words:

1) Increase and improve on the quality of the singletrack trail inventory in the Connecticut state park system. Trail-based recreation needs a larger inventory of quality multi-use trails throughout the state. Increased funding for trail development is important. However, it is equally important to increase the partnerships with trail advocacy organizations, such as NEMBA, to create and maintain new multi-use singletrack trail opportunities.

2) Increase the multi-use singletrack trail connectivity between DEEP Forests and Parks, municipal and private land trusts properties, and water company lands. i.e.: Burlington area trails can be used to interconnect different singletrack trail networks.

3) Create and expand long distance commuter trails that connect different communities and multi-use trail systems to promote environmentally friendly commuting and expand upon economical impacts from trail users. Trails, such as the Airline Trail, Hop River Trail, Richard Goodwin Trail are important connectors to build upon.

4) Increase accessibility for mountain biking on multi-use trails through improved parking lots and trail marking/mapping for trail systems. Modernize and increase wayfinding technology by creating supporting mobile map apps and improving signage and maps. Work on signage that works for all trail users.

5) Increase promotion of outdoor recreation, outdoor events and partner organizations on DEEP’s website to increase local trail use and trail use tourism. Work with NEMBA to identify trail systems that are mountain biking friendly and to promote multi-use trail development across town lines. Read more about Submit Comments to Support Connecticut Mountain Biking

Fairfield County NEMBA Opt Outside Trail Care & Ride

Date

11/24/17 (All day)

Opt Outside and ride instead of standing in line at the mall! The Fairfield County NEMBA (New England Mountain Biking Association) is hosting a trail ride at Huntington State Park.
 
We will start with some trail work and finish with a ride on the Stratocaster trail. Don't forget to bring clothes to keep you warm and get messy in, sturdy shoes, gloves, and water for trail work.
 
If you are planning on riding, bring your own mountain bike (at least front suspension) in proper working order, water for the ride, and a helmet.
 
November 24th - 8:45am - 1pm  at Huntington State Park - 50-80 Sunset Hill Rd, Redding, CT 06896

Chapter

Fairfield County

Trail

Event Leader

Ryan Tucker
rrtucker@gmail.com

Fairfield County NEMBA Bike Swap

Date

11/18/17 (All day)

You! On the mountain bike! The 2nd kinda-semi-annual FCNemba Bike Swap is Saturday Nov 18, 2017 at the fabulous Aspetuck Brew Lab (Link3389 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06605 from 1-5
 
The swap is a great place to get amazing deals on new and used bikes, bike parts, apparel, bags and vintage bike items. The swap is FREE for everyone to buy or sell at. Arrive early for the best selection! We're working on having food available for purchase and, of course, ABL is one of the finest brew labs in the area and has supported our Thirsty Thursday Troutbrook rides over the summer.
 
If you're planning to bring your stuff to swap or sell, we'd advise getting there around 12 or 12:30. For more information, call Gunnar at 917-626-6150. Tell your friends.
 
Easy Details:
Saturday, November 18th - 12ish-5ish
Aspetuck Brew Lab
Bridgeport, CT 06605 
Easy access from I-95

Chapter

Fairfield County

Event Leader

Gunnar Waldman
Gunnar.waldman@gmail.com

Quiet Corner NEMBA "Walktober" Ride @ Goodwin SF

Event Date

Repeats every 2 weeks until Sat Oct 21 2017 .
10/7/17 (All day)

Mountain Bike Ride at Goodwin State Forest, All levels welcome.


October 7 & 21. Please plan to be ready to ride at 9AM

Quiet Corner NEMBA will lead guided mountain bike rides through Goodwin State Forest’s trails in Hampton, CT. These rides are open to all levels.

Groups will be divided to cater to various experience levels.

All are welcome. Bike, helmet required.

Part of The Last Green Valley “Walktober” event. See www.tlgv.org for full brochure.

 

The rides will start at Pine Acres Lake, 23 Potter Rd Hampton CT. Read more about Quiet Corner NEMBA "Walktober" Ride @ Goodwin SF

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Stacey Jimenez

NW CT NEMBA - Trumbull Ride

Event Date

9/16/17 10:00am

NW CT NEMBA is taking a field trip to Trumbull (Indian Ledge Park), Saturday, 9/16. 
Intermediate/Advanced ride due to the terrain - a lot of rocks and features to play on (rollers, drops, etc.) - not the speed.
Expect to be out anywhere from 2-3 hours, depending on group size and time spent on various features.
Protective gear (elbow pads, knee pads) recommended for those who have never ridden Trumbull (lots of rocks that can sneak up on you when you're not familiar with the lines...not to comfy if you eat it...).

We will be meeting in the commuter parking lot on Park Street (Route 25 and Daniels Farm Road, Exit 9 off of Route 25). Here are the GPS coordinates: 41.25236277 -73.20073556.

All other NEMBA groups (if you are a member of our FB page, too, and see this) are welcome - especially the Fairfield County Folks - would love to have you!

Facebook Event Read more about NW CT NEMBA - Trumbull Ride

Location

Park St Commuter Lot, Trumbull

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

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