Northern CT

NW CT NEMBA Harwinton trail day

Date

7/18/15 9:00am

This will be our first official trail day in the Harwinton Sports Complex. The project of the day is to start on a new beginner mountain bike loop at the complex, which will be the first step towards a more substantial network in the area. Wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray, water, and whatever hand tool you have available. We'll be using tools like rakes, pruners, loppers, hand saws, etc.. We will be meeting at the cul de sac in the southern end of the sports complex, which is off of Bentley Drive, past the town hall.

Location

Harwinton Sports Complex

Chapter

Northwest CT

Event Leader

Tod Kenney
contact@nwctnemba.org

NW CT NEMBA Trail maintenance day

Date

5/30/15 9:00am

Come on out and give a little back to the trails of Burlington, CT. Will be working on completing the new extension of the white trail into New Britain Water lands and performing much needed maintenance on the Cemetery trail.

Bring sturdy shoes, bug spray, water and hand tools (loppers, clippers, hand saws, rakes, etc.) We will meet at 9am at 20 East Chippens Hill Road.

Hope to see you there!

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Location

20 East Chippens Hill Road, Burlington, CT

Chapter

Northwest CT

Event Leader

NW CT NEMBA
contact@nwctnemba.org

Goodwin/Natchaug Fun Ride

Date

6/4/16 9:00am to 2:00pm

This event will be running in conjunction with CT Trails Day Weekend activities at Goodwin Conservation Center, so bring the family to enjoy non biking activities as well. For more information on other activities visit Friends of Goodwin Forest

The Goodwin/Natchaug combination provides riders with a vast array of trails types, options, and miles upon miles of endless terrain to explore. Combined with both forests, there is also the Airline Trail, a section of the East Coast Greenway, running through both and providing a scenic option for the more casual rider.
Proceeds from this ride will be split between trail needs in Natchaug & Goodwin State Forests.
9am - Registration/ Show & Go (Arrowed Loops)
10am - Beginner/Mellow Loop Guided Ride 
12:30pm - BYO/Potluck BBQ Picnic

*Helmets Required*

All loops will be marked for self guided rides or join a guided ride. 

$10 Members
$15 Not Yet Members 

Ride FREE when you join or renew your NEMBA membership at the event. 15 & under ride free with an adult.

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Location

James L. Goodwin State Forest, 23 Potter Rd, Hampton, CT

Chapter

Quiet Corner

Trail

NW CT NEMBA All Levels Social Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Sep 12 2016 except Mon Jul 04 2016, Mon Jul 18 2016.
6/6/16 5:30pm
Margie will be leading all levels social rides on Monday nights starting June 6th. These rides will cater to less experience riders, but the group may split into multiple rides of varying levels to suit the abilities/interests of those who show up. Plan to arrive by 5:30pm, the aim is to get rolling by 5:45pm. Please let us know if you plan on making it to the ride, so the group can start as soon as everyone gets there.

This year we'll be alternating ride locations between the Nassahegon Soccer Fields and the Sessions Woods WMA areas, starting with the Soccer Fields on June 6th.

Check here, our Facebook page, or email us for updates and cancellations.
If you're unfamiliar with the parking location you can use the following addresses in your GPS:
Soccer Fields: 273 Punch Brook Rd Burlington CT 06013
Sessions Woods WMA: 341 Milford Street (Rte 69) Burlington, CT 06013

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Soccer Fields parking location on Google Maps
Sessions Woods WMA parking location on Google Maps
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Location

Varies

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Beginner

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

NW CT NEMBA

NW CT NEMBA Weekly Intermediate Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Sep 01 2016 except Thu Jul 07 2016, Thu Jul 21 2016, Thu Aug 11 2016, Thu Aug 25 2016.
6/2/16 5:30pm
Scott, Jon, and Brian will be leading intermediate rides on Thursday nights starting June 2nd. Ride length and intensity will vary depending on who shows up that week. Rides may also be split into 2 or more groups to accommodate different levels of ability and/or interest. Rides are somewhat technical and are typically 8-10 miles depending on the group and the amount of daylight. We try to be back to the parking lot before dark, but if you have lights it would be a good idea to bring them just in case. Plan to arrive by 5:30pm, the aim is to get rolling by 5:45pm. Please let us know if you plan on making it to the ride, so the group can start as soon as everyone gets there.

This year we'll be alternating ride locations between the Nassahegon Soccer Fields and the Sessions Woods WMA areas.  The first week we'll be starting at the Soccer Fields, and will be switching every week from there.  Check here, our Facebook page, or email us for updates and cancellations.

If you're unfamiliar with the parking location you can use the following addresses in your GPS:
Soccer Fields: 273 Punch Brook Rd Burlington CT 06013
Sessions Woods WMA: 341 Milford Street (Rte 69) Burlington, CT 06013

NW CT NEMBA Facebook Page
Soccer Fields parking location on Google Maps
Sessions Woods WMA parking location on Google Maps
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Location

Varies

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

NW CT NEMBA

NW CT NEMBA July Kids/Family MTB Ride

Event Date

7/26/15 10:00am

Our First Kids/Family MTB ride of 2015 is scheduled for July 26th. We'll start the season by 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.

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Location

Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area, Burlington, CT

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Beginner

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Brian Vibert

FC NEMBA & NW CT NEMBA Co-hosted Trail School 4/25/2015

Date

4/25/15 8:00am to 5:00pm

Pre-registration is required by 4/19/2015 at:
www.MTBskillsTraining.com/NEMBAtrailschool.html

Learn how to design, build and maintain the trails you ride!

* Working with land managers
* Getting permission to build
* Learning techniques to prevent erosion
* Using trail building tools
* Safety and more.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Margie Bowen, MTB Instructor
Ride & Trails Liaison for NW CT NEMBA


Location

341 Milford St (Rte 69), Burlington, CT 06013

Chapter

Fairfield County

Event Leader

Margie Bowen

Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride at Nathan Hale SF

Date

7/18/15 9:00am to 4:00pm

Come join Quiet Corner NEMBA as they host a day of mountain biking on the great singletracks at Nathan Hale State Forest.

Nathan Hale is a favorite place to ride for mountain bikers in Northeast Connecticut. It features challenging climbs, memorable decents, twisting singletrack, rock gardens, log rides, ridge lines and more. The ride is suitable for riders of all skill levels.

There will be self-guided arrowed loops as well as guided rides.

$10 Members
$ 25 Non Members  -- FREE if you join or renew your NEMBA membership at the event!
Kids 15 & under ride free with a registered adult

All proceeds go toward preserving our local trails, supporting the local Parks & Forests, education, advocacy & community mountain bike events.

Location

Nathan Hale SF, Coventry CT

Chapter

Fairfield County Quiet Corner Southeastern CT NEMBA

Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez
quietcornernemba@gmail.com

Northern CT

Bigelow Hollow State Park / Nipmuck State Forest

Route 171
Union  Connecticut  06076
United States

Easy

10%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

60%

Description

Bigelow Hollow, You'll either love it or you'll hate it. Hidden in the Nipmuck State Forest you'll find some of the tightest, hardpacked, flowy singletrack that New England has to offer. But to find that you will have to ride through some hardcore rock gardens and up steep hills. These rock gardens are not only tricky because of the rock placement but also because they are always damp, even in an August drought.

Want a 3.5 hour loop that'll make your legs turn to Jell-O but will leave your heart wanting more? Drive down the paved park road from the Park Entrance to the 3rd Parking Lot. From there head strait accross the road and follow the white blazed double track park road for 1 mile until you come to a clearing where you will see a small wooden sign with a white blaze that is labeled "East Ridge Trail" follow that. At the conclusion of the East Ridge Trail you will come down a steep down hill that you will want good brakes for. Take a right onto the double track and follow that around the tip of "Breakneck Pond". After that look for "Ridge Trail" which is blazed with Blue and Orange. Warning: one section of that trail is a hike a bike section unless you are a highly skilled trials rider. Follow the Ridge Trail all the way back to the parking lot where you began, but dont forget to enjoy the view along the way. Bonus points if you can find the rabbit rock, a section of slick rock with a small rabbit carved into it.

Directions
I-84 to Exit 73 or 74, then follow Route 190 north to Route 171 east to the park entrance

Review by: David Julien

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