Southeast MA

Otis Trail Care

Date

3/20/16 9:00am to 11:30am

Cape Cod NEMBA will be host Rolling Trail Care day at Otis on Sunday 3/20 starting at 9:00 AM.

We'll meet on Route 151 across the street from the Cape Cod Pet Resort at 186 Nathan Ellis Hwy, North Falmouth, MA.

We'll split up into groups and go for a ride. Along the way we'll remove any deadfalls that we may encounter and brush back any trails that are overgrown.

Bring a small folding saw of a hand clipper.  We plan to cover as many miles as we can and will get in a good ride.

​Hopeto see you there.
 

Chapter

Cape Cod

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Dube
zrt800ac@aol.com

Otis Trail Care

Date

3/20/16 9:00am to 11:30am

Cape Cod NEMBA will be host Rolling Trail Care day at Otis on Sunday 3/20 starting at 9:00 AM.

We'll meet on Route 151 across the street from the Cape Cod Pet Resort at 186 Nathan Ellis Hwy, North Falmouth, MA.

We'll split up into groups and go for a ride. Along the way we'll remove any deadfalls that we may encounter and brush back any trails that areovergrown.

Bring a small folding saw of a hand clipper.  We plan to cover as many miles as we can and will get in a good ride.

Hopeto see you there.
 

Chapter

Cape Cod

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Dube
zrt800ac@aol.com

Otis Trail Care

Date

3/20/16 9:00am to 11:30am

Cape Cod NEMBA will be host Rolling Trail Care day at Otis on Sunday 3/20 starting at 9:00 AM.

We'll meet on Route 151 across the street from the Cape Cod Pet Resort at 186 Nathan Ellis Hwy, North Falmouth, MA.

We'll split up into groups and go for a ride. Along the way we'll remove any deadfalls that we may encounter and brush back any trails that areovergrown.

Bring a small folding saw of a hand clipper.  We plan to cover as many miles as we can and will get in a good ride.

Hopeto see you there.
 

Chapter

Cape Cod

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Dube
zrt800ac@aol.com

Otis Trail Care

Date

3/20/16 9:00am to 11:30am

Cape Cod NEMBA will be host Rolling Trail Care day at Otis on Sunday 3/20 starting at 9:00 AM.

We'll meet on Route 151 across the street from the Cape Cod Pet Resort at 186 Nathan Ellis Hwy, North Falmouth, MA.

We'll split up into groups and go for a ride. Along the way we'll remove any deadfalls that we may encounter and brush back any trails that areovergrown.

Bring a small folding saw of a hand clipper.  We plan to cover as many miles as we can and will get in a good ride.

Hopeto see you there.
 

Chapter

Cape Cod

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Dube
zrt800ac@aol.com

Cape Cod NEMBA Meeting

Date

3/8/16 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cape Cod NEMBA will be having it's monthly chapter meeting/party at Cape Cod Seasports, 195 Ridgewood Ave., Hyannis Ma.

We will be discussing NEMBA events, group rides, as well as just to talk shop. Food will be provided but BYOB.

Cape Cod Sea Sports has volunteered again to host the meeting at their shop. Thanks Jeff!

If you know any other riders who use the trails on Cape Cod, bring them along to meet other members and encourage them to join our chapter at www.nemba.org. 

Look forward to seeing everyone there!

Location

Hyannis, MA

Chapter

Cape Cod

Event Leader

Mike Dube
zrt800ac@aol.com

Southeast MA

Quincy Trails

199 Merrymount Pkwy
Quincy  Massachusetts  02170
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

5%

Description

Quincy has many choice but small riding areas. You could spend most of a day trying to ride them all. All of them are connectable by short pavement sections that we make the most of. There are ‘logs’ (curb stops) to hop, ‘trees’ (electric light poles) to dodge, and plenty of spastic squirrels to watch out for. But at the end of each paved section there’s another trail—singletrack, doubletrack, squiggly, marshy, backyard, gravelly and some even downright spooky cemetery trails. Some say night is best, some appreciate the early morning light, some prefer the trails close to the bay where the ocean breezes will provide plenty of relief during a hot summer workout.
 
There are a few ways to get to Quincy’s trails. Being an urban setting, there are plenty of MBTA buses with bike racks on them. If you live in or near Quincy, you can start your ride at home, and pickup trails along the way. Or, if you are driving from somewhere else, there are lots of parking options. Pageant Field at Merrymount Park is the best and safest place, with plenty of parking spaces when there aren’t any ball games going on there. Beechwood Knoll School is another option, when school isn’t in session. Wollaston Beach has hundreds of spaces along the sea wall and various other lots. If you’ve ridden with me in Quincy, you know where I live and are welcome to park there.
 
Here’s a brief description of a ride you can do anytime:
Black’s Creek Loop is a nice fast flat but interesting ride. Start at Beechwood Knoll School. Head east on Fenno street, or rather on the grass along Fenno, until you reach the Sailor’s Cemetery entrance. This is a peninsula that has an outer marshier loop, and an inner loop that has many little connecting trails. Do both, and you’ll log about 1.25 miles. On a hot summer day, or a cold blustery winter day, just stay there and do loops! There also is a lot of history there with the Sailors Cemetery and a neat Osprey nest built by the scouts. When you’ve seen enough there, head back out towards Fenno, but take a right into the woods before the gate. That will head you back towards the beach. Go right at Quincy Shore Drive and follow the dirt stripe until you reach Caddy Park. Another historical area with inscribed granite stones that provide info on the past. Back along the bike path, check out the tidal flood gates before heading right along Furnace Brook parkway. (At this point, you can opt to ‘drop in’ to the ‘bowl’ and grunt back up to the sidewalk) You’ll see an entrance to the woods on your right. This fun little trail will bring you back along FBP inside the guardrail. At the next intersection, go right again, and right again at the dirt parking lot. Stay right and go through the rock barriers. You’ll go through the boat ramp lot, and up the dirt road. Almost to the top of the road you’ll see a trail on the right, and a quick left. After this there are lots of little options, and some pavement to get you back to Beechwood. I won’t spoil ALL the fun, but just remember as long as the marsh is generally on your right, you can’t get lost!
 
There are LOTS more places to ride in Quincy, and hopefully I’ll have a better map put together someday. Until then, feel free to explore and, or use the SE Mass NEMBA Facebook page to contact one of us local Quincy riders to show you around!
 
Steve Cobble
 

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Bicycle Link

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Hub Bicycle

Bikebarn Racing

SNOWpatuck Winter Bike Bash

Date

2/12/17 9:30am to 2:00pm

On 2/12/17 SE MA NEMBA and the Friends of Wompatuck will be hosting a Winter Bike Bash at Wompatuck State Park.

The format will include a lot of riding.
     Guided rides for all skill levels and bike types
     Groomed Fat Bike course, assuming there's enough snow.
     Marked time trial segments.

This ride is FREE and you'll also get
     Hot chili and a bonfire after the ride.
     A SNOWpatuck Waterbottle
     A SNOWpatuck Sticker

But, This event is not limited to bikes.
     There will be a led x-country ski tour.
     Snowshoes are welcome.
     The heart Healty trail will be plowed and perfect for a hike.

Of course, the weather and snow cover will determine if this ride/event is only suitable for all bikes of just Fat Bikes.

For more information and last minute updates, check the event's Facebook page or the Snowpatuck webpage.

Location

Wompatuck State Park, Visitor's Center

Chapter

Cape Cod Greater Boston SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Dave Farrell
dfarrell@merlinone.com
508-723-4729

Southeast MA

The Badlands

42 German Hill Rd
Yarmouth  Massachusetts  02675
United States

Easy

35%

Moderate

55%

Difficult

10%

Description

Exit 8 – The Badlands

Winter weary riders often travel to Cape Cod for early season riding. The Cape has much to offer. For most of the winter the Cape’s trails are snow free and dry. Then too almost every town on the Cape has at least one really good trail network to explore.  Locals know where these are but most off-Capers seem to focus on Otis in Falmouth and the Trail of Tears in Marston’s Mills. A few will venture farther down the arm of the Cape to Nickerson State Park in Brewster, but few get to ride anyplace else.

What a shame! On route 6 alone Exit 1 & 2 lead you to Shawme Crowell State Forest in Sandwich. Exit 3 to Scudder Creek, also in Sandwich. Exit 4 to the Maple Swamp Conservation area. Exit 5 to the aforementioned Trail of Tears. Exit 6 to the Hathaway’s Pond Conservation area in Barnstable. Exit 7 to over 50 miles of trails in Barnstable and Yarmouth at “Willow Street”. Exit 8 to “The Badlands” in Yarmouth Port. Exit 9 to the “Route 6 Trails” in South Dennis. Exit 11 to the “Test Track” and Exit 12 to Nickerson State Park.
If you’ve never heard of some of these places, but would like to explore them, and many others not mentioned here, or on the NEMBA site, Join the Cape Cod NEMBA Group Facebook page and ask a local for a tour.

To whet your whistle let’s take a look at just one of these riding gems, The Badlands.

The Badlands are located in Yarmouth Port just north of Route 6. They consist of a vast network of trails on both private and public lands. They go on for miles. The Badlands’ trails actually connect to trails leading all the way back to Maple Swamp at exit 4. That’s about 30 miles. (But we’ll save that ride for another day.)

The riding at the Badlands ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. Many of the singletracks are smooth and flowy, completely lacking in rocks or roots as the glide up, down and around some very gentile hills.

On the other extreme, the rediculous, is the Badland Trail. Although the whole area is referred to by the locals as The Badlands, the Badland Trail itself is a deviously constructed singletrack that winds itself over and around every defilement, rock, crevice and drop that could be found at a long abandoned sandpit. You’ll know when you’re on it because it will be unlike anything else you’ve ever ridden. Ummmm – Or walked, before.

Fortunately the Badland Trail is an exception. Most of the area’s trails are quite suitable for all levels of riders though some are quite hilly. The gently rolling hills become steeper and longer as you head east and they do add up.  By the end of your ride, you'll be tired. A quick look at the map will show you that the trail network is quite convoluted. More than one day of exploring will be required to find out where they all go. 

Assisting in this is a marked portion of the Cape Cod Pathway that sort of runs from end to end and the Bud Carter trail that starts in the northeastern corner.

Weir Road, which turns into Great western Road runs through the middle of the Badlands. The trails to the east of Weir/Great Western are mostly easy and flowing with some hills. That is – except for the Badlands Trail. 

The climbs north of Weir/Great Western Road can be challenging. Especially if you’re going the wrong way on the area’s many singletracks. But they do have a purpose. At one point you’ll be at the top of an immense sand pit with an excellent view of the surrounding area. Step, or ride off the edge of the sandpit though, and it’s a long way down.

I usually choose to park near the base of German Hill Road, about 1000 feet north of Route 6 where there’s a small parking area. 42 German Hill Road, Yarmouth Port on your GPS will get you there. Though the trail starts about 500 feet before that. The main trail goes into the woods on the north side of this road. Park here and you get to ride all of the best flowy stuff before you get to the harder trails.

Alternatively you could park at 230 North Dennis Road where there’s very limited parking. This is at the start of the Bud Carter Trail. If you choose that option you’ll be starting at the low point of the area and will get some warm up climbs right off the bat.

If you’re not into exploring on your own, as I suggest above, use the Facebook option to see if you can get some locals to show you around. But, if you are exploring on your own, you won’t get too lost. Bring a copy of the map and listen. On most of the trails you can hear Route 6 traffic noise off in the distance.

Given the number of trails mentioned above, if you’re heading to the Cape this winter for a ride, why not make it a weekend mini-vacation instead of a day trip? The snow slush and mud will still be waiting for you when you get home, and don’t you deserve a break?

Oh!   And of course the trails are even better in the spring, summer and fall.   :-)
 
Bill Boles
 

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Sailworld Cape Cod

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Corner Cycle

Bike Zone

Bike Den

Wheelhouse Bike Co

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