Northern CT

NW CT NEMBA Trail Day

Date

10/22/16 (All day)

We will be giving some much needed love to the "Miller Time" section of the white/red trail! Planned work includes rebuilding some berms, removing bogeys and restoring the overall flow.

Meet on Cornwall Rd in Burlington by the Blue Blazed Tunxis trail crossing at high noon. Bring shovels. pick axes, landscape rakes as well as water, gloves and sturdy shoes. Frosty beverages to follow the work day.

We will be done by 4:00.

Hope to see you there.
 

Chapter

Northwest CT

Event Leader

Jonathan Regan
jonr@nwctnemba.org

FC NEMBA Family/All Levels Ride

Event Date

10/1/16 3:30pm to 6:00pm
Rain cancels - please check FB for updates before heading out!
http://www.facebook.com/groups/153250044748995/
A great a day to take kids mountain biking.
For kids of all ages, beginners and shy spice.
May split into groups.
Minors must be accompanied by riding parents.
Starting from Sunset Hill statues lot.
Must have: functioning bike, fitting helmet, full-fingered gloves, plenty of hydration & snacks, spare tube, temp-appropriate clothing.

Location

Huntington State Park, Redding CT

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Monika Stokes

Connecticut's NEMBA Chapters respond to Hartford Courant Article

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Below is a Letter to the Editor to the Hartford Courant regarding their September 21, 2016 article "Illegal ATV Trails in State Forests a Growing Problem" written by NEMBA and its five Connecticut NEMBA chapters.

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Hartford Courant
Letters to the Editor
285 Broad St.
Hartford, CT 06115

September 22, 2016

Dear Editors of the Hartford Courant,

Below is a response written by five Connecticut chapters of the New England Mountain Bike Association regarding Gregory Hladky's September 21, 2016 article, "Illegal ATV Trails in State Forests a Growing Problem." We hope that you publish it in its entirety.

Mountain bikers can be part of the solution

We thank Gregory Hladky for reporting on some of the important issues facing our state forests and public lands in Connecticut, “Illegal ATV Trails in State Forests a Growing Problem.” Indeed, there is a delicate balance between preserving and protecting habitat and providing public access for recreation, and illegal trail use and trail building are serious issues.

The New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) works closely with the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) to steward public trails and improve the quality of trail experience for non-motorized recreation. We have five active NEMBA chapters in Connecticut whose volunteers dedicate 1000’s of hours to maintain trails and educate and assist all trail users. When issues arise that relate to mountain biking, we work closely with local land managers to find solutions. NEMBA opposes unauthorized trail building and works in partnership with DEEP to create legal and sustainable trails. Like hiking, mountain biking is a sustainable and legitimate form of recreation in Connecticut’s state forests and parks.

Unauthorized trail construction is a significant problem but it is nothing new -- probably over half of the state’s trail inventory are legacy trails that were created by informal use. Enforcement is important to help prevent illegal trail building, but perhaps even more important is the need for DEEP to partner with non-motorized trail organizations, such as NEMBA, to improve the quality and quantity of recreational trails so that the general public doesn’t take matters into their own hands. We need both the stick and the carrot.

It is our experience that increasing the amount of legitimate trail use reduces the amount of illegal trail use, and we look forward to increasing our partnership with local land managers to improve and protect the trails for everyone.

Philip Keyes
Executive Director
New England Mountain Bike Association
www.nemba.org
800-576-3622

Cory Stiff
President
Southeastern CT NEMBA

Glenn Vernes
President
Central CT NEMBA

Jon Regan
President
Northwest CT NEMBA

Ryan Tucker
President
Fairfield County NEMBA

Stacey Jimenez
President
Quiet Corner NEMBA

NW CT NEMBA Weekly Thursday Ride - Burr Pond

Event Date

7/21/16 5:30pm

That's right, we're switching things up again this week. 2 weeks ago we hit up the fine trails in Harwinton, now we've lined up some tour guides for Burr Pond in Torrington!

We'll have two groups - one which is likely to hit all the rocky goodness they can find, and the other will take a toned down approach. For those who haven't been , this will be a good chance to try out some different riding from Burington. Not sure what the mileage will be, but it will be fun!

We'll meet at the Burr Pond boat launch parking area (699 Burr Mountain Road, Torrington) between 5:30-5:45. We will be rolling by 6 at the latest. As always this is an intermediate level no drop ride, so come on out and have some fun!

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Location

Burr Pond Boat Launch

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Brian and Scott

NW CT NEMBA Weekly Thursday Ride - Harwinton

Event Date

7/7/16 5:30pm
We're switching things up a bit for this ride and moving things to Harwinton. For those who don't know: The Town of Harwinton has been working with NW CT NEMBA over the last couple of years to establish mountain bike trails on their properties. A lot of work has been done and we're going to check it out!

Our plan right now is to have one group do about 10 miles at a moderate pace, though we could split into 2 groups if needed. The goal is to show off the trails and terrain in the area. It will be a nice change of pace from the riding in Burlington that normally do for our group rides.

Meet at 5:30 at the Harwinton Town Hall at 100 Bentley Drive.

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Location

Harwinton Town Hall

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Scott and Brian

NW CT NEMBA All Levels Social Ride - Morning edition

Event Date

7/4/16 8:00am

Join Dennis and Margie for another of our no-drop Monday social rides. This time we'll get in a nice cool morning ride!

Geared toward newer riders but we always split up into two groups and have a faster and longer ride, too.

Depending on the group you go with you could be riding a mellow 4-6+ miles or a faster 8-10+ miles with more climbing and technical features.

Meet at the Nassahegan soccer fields at 8:00 a.m. with the goal of rolling out by 8:15.

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Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
Advanced-novice
Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced
All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Margie and Dennis

2016 Old Furnace Fun Ride

Date

7/17/16 9:00am to 2:00pm

Bring your legs for some "Old Furnace miles." For a small park, this place can pack a punch. Old Furnace State Park is one of the Quiet Corner's hidden gems. Challenging terrain, daunting climbs, daring rollers, cliff edge ridge lines, drops, kickers, crazy fun and more. 

The park has undergone some vast improvements made possible from the funds raised at our 2014 & 2015 Old Furnace Fun Rides. New bridges, new trails, new fun.
 
There will be intermediate and advance loop options.
 
Parking: Ross Pond Lot (Boat Launch)
 
9am - 11am Registration
 
*Helmets Required*
 
All loops will be marked for self guided rides or join a guided ride.
 
$10 Members
$15 Not Yet Members
 
15 & Under ride FREE
 
**All proceeds raised go toward trail maintenance.**

 

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Location

223 Ross Rd, Danielson, CT

Chapter

Quiet Corner

Trail

NW CT NEMBA Thursday Ride

Event Date

5/26/16 5:30pm
Let's do it all again this week. Last week we rolled 26 strong in 3 different groups. Can we top that this week? We plan on 3 groups again. This past Thursday, our leaders were pushed by their groups a bit beyond our mileage expectations for each group so let's reset our estimates to: Group A is 6-8 miles; Group 2 is 9-11 miles; and Group X is 11-13+ miles. No matter what group you feel most comfortable in this is still a no drop social ride. There will be a good mix of abilities on these rides, so don't let the "intermediate" label scare you off.

We'll be back at Sessions Woods WMA off of route 69 in Burlington this week. Let's meet at 5:30 and try to be rolling by 5:45-6:00.

If you're on the fence about going - Just do it! We have some fun loops planned again for this week!

Click here for directions: Sessions Woods WMA

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Location

Sessions Woods WMA

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Scott and Brian

NW CT NEMBA Kids/Family Ride

Event Date

5/29/16 10:00am
Our first Kids/Family ride of the season will be on May 29th. We'll be riding from Sessions Woods WMA in Burlington CT. Meet at 10am and we'll get rolling as soon as everyone is ready. Please respond if you're planning on coming so we know to wait for everyone. Participants should be able to ride a bike without training wheels, and, as always, everyone must wear a helmet. The pace will be slow, with plenty of stops for re-hydration and snacks. We'll ride 1-4 miles or so, depending on the group. The goal is to introduce children to the fun of riding bikes in the woods. No one will be left behind and we'll do our best to make sure that everyone has a good time! You do not have to be a NEMBA member to join the ride. Click here for directions: Sessions Woods WMA Please check back here, our Facebook event page, or via email (contact@nwctnemba.org) for updates on the ride location, or any changes to the time or date. Facebook event page Click here to join our mailing list

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Brian

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