Northern CT

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

Local Shops

Downtown Putnam Cyclery

Danielson Adventure Sports

Links to Relevant Resources

Northern CT

West Thompson Lake Dam

599 Ravenelle Rd
North Grosvenordale  Connecticut  06255
United States

(860) 923-2982

Easy

50%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

10%

Description

The natural setting surrounding West Thompson Lake is enjoyed year-round. Pleasing views from the dam offer sightseers and photographers a panoramic view of the area. Park Rangers manage the 1,857 acres, in which the forest covers approximately 1,125 of those acres.

There are three main trail systems at West Thompson Lake; yellow, orange and blue. All-in-all there are 17 miles of marked trails to enjoy. While the single track trails range from novice to advanced in areas, there are plenty of cart roads and double track sections that are great for beginners, kids, families and casual riders. 

Parking on the east side of West Thompson Lake is at the Boat Launch at 400 Campground Dr. North Grosverndale, CT.
 

Local Shops

Downtown Putnam Cyclery

Danielson Adventure Sports

Links to Relevant Resources

NW CT & FC NEMBA Spring 2015 Trail School

Date

4/25/15 (All day)

NW CT NEMBA will be hosting a trail school on April 25th, 2015.  
 
As a thank you to Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area for letting us use their facility and land, and for the great job they do, please consider a suggested donation of $5-$10 during the check-in period.
 
 
 
It will be an informative and educational morning.  You'll learn about:
 
- Sustainable trails (mission, theory, essential elements, design)
 
- Trail building, maintenance and rehab
 
- Tools and safety
 
- Working with volunteers
 
 
 
We'll provide lunch before heading out for the afternoon breakout sessions on the trails.  
 
 
 
There will two opportunities during the afternoon to choose from 3-4 trail projects of interest where you'll be able to get your hands dirty and practice using the trail tools.
 
 
 
After the breakouts we'll be ready to ride!  Those interested in getting some "ride leader" training will gather at this time for our own ride.
 
 
Pre-registration is required to attend our Trail School which is co-hosted by NW CT NEMBA and FC NEMBA on Saturday, April 25.
Please use the link below and complete the sign-up form by April 19th if you're planning to participate in this event:

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Directions to Sessions Woods WMA

Location

Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area, Burlington, CT

Chapter

Northwest CT

Event Leader

Margie Bowen
Margie@MTBskillsTraining.com

FC NEMBA Winter Solstice Ride

Event Date

12/17/17 10:30am to 2:30pm

Join us for a festive ride as we celebrate the return of the Sun!
Free admission but we do ask that you donate an item for shelter cats and dogs – see wish list below.
All levels ride! Families welcome – code word MARSHMALLOW. 
Hot drinks and cookies will be served. And while we line our bellies with all that deliciousness, let's not forget our furry friends.

So in the spirit of the holidays, please bring along a new unopened item for needy pooches and kitties in local shelters.
 
Mieow list:
Non-perishable food
Toys
Scratching posts
 
Woof list:
Non-perishable food
Leashes
Collars
Toys – no stuffed stuff or rawhide please
 
Generic items:
Gas cards
Garbage bags
Paper towels
Used pet carriers, crates, blankets, towels - only if clean and in mint condition.

Share this event and invite friends, the more the merrier!

Late breaking news will be on this Facebook Page.


  Read more about FC NEMBA Winter Solstice Ride

Location

Huntington State Park, Redding CT

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Paula Burton

NW CT NEMBA Fall Chapter Meeting

Date

9/30/14 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us for the 2014 Fall meeting being held at the beautiful Fairview Farms Club House in Harwinton, CT. Meet and greet starts around 6:30, meeting at 7pm. Appetizers will be provided and a full dinner menu will be available if you desire additional nourishment. See you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/543786952419403/?source=1

Location

Fairview Farms Club House in Harwinton, CT

Chapter

Northwest CT

Event Leader

Jon Regan
jonr@nwctnemba.org

NW CT NEMBA October Kids/Family MTB Ride

Event Date

10/5/14 10:00am
Our October Kids/Family MTB ride is scheduled for October 5th. For our final Kids/Family ride of the season we will switch it up a little and ride from the Nassahegon Soccer Field parking lot on Punch Brook 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 1-3 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.
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.

Location

Soccer fields on Punch Brook Rd in Burlington CT

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Brian Vibert

NW CT NEMBA September Kids/Family MTB Ride

Event Date

9/14/14 10:00am

Our September Kids/Family MTB ride is scheduled for September 14th. The location has yet to be determined, but it will most likely be at one of the parking spots in the Nassahegon trail system 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 1-3 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.

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. Read more about NW CT NEMBA September Kids/Family MTB Ride

Location

TBD

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Brian Vibert

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