Southeast MA

Spark Turkey Chase

Date

11/28/15 8:00am to 9:30am

BACK FOR A FOURTH YEAR

Can you believe that this will be the fourth year that we've done this? This will be the fourth year that we've transformed our Saturday morning group ride & run into something ridiculous. It's very unofficial; there is no signing up, no fee, no t-shirt, no waiver, and no real pressure other than the bragging rights involved. The point is to get together and have fun while collecting toys for needy Taunton kids.

PLEASE BRING A NEW AND UNWRAPPED TOY WITH YOU!

HOW IT WORKS

Everyone is divided into two groups; Turkeys and Hunters. Turkeys are trail runners and they get a 15 minute head start. Turkeys flee at 8:00am after a group picture. Hunters are mountain bikers and they pursue the Turkeys. The object is to have your group finish before the other group. We don't keep score but there's always a few turkeys who squeak through.

THE COURSE

We use the Massasoit State Park "race loop" for this except without the ending loop and it comes out to about 7 miles. It is rooty but not rocky and has some small little hills in it. We mark it with some really bright orange arrows on trees yet somehow someone always gets lost. If you get lost, too bad. The park isn't really that big so you'll find your way back eventually. If you're prone to getting lost please turn in your new and unwrapped toy BEFORE the start.

TIMELINE

7:30am - 7:45am: Arrive and assemble in the parking lot. Please do not arrive later than 7:45am!

7:50am: Group picture and briefing.

8:00am: Turkeys Flee

8:15am: Hunters Pursue

9:15am: Most People Finished

9:30am: Turn in Toys at Spark Bike Run Sports

TOYS AND AFTER PARTY AT SPARK

A few years ago we found out that Toys For Tots no longer distributes toys to families in the Taunton area so this year the toys will go to the CCHS Honor Society Toy Drive. Coyle & Cassidy students do an amazing job every year with this toy drive which actually allows the parents to "shop" for toys while their kids are entertained at a party elsewhere in the school. The toys will go there this year.

After the "race" bring your new and unwrapped toy over to Spark and hang out for awhile. We'll have coffee and donuts. It's also Small Business Saturday so the shop might be busy, hopefully.

Every year this thing gets a little bigger and every year we say that we're going to make it some kind of "official" event but for now just another group ride/run works for us. We hope you'll join us!

Check our Facebook Page for last minute updates.

Chapter

Cape Cod SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Mike O'Connell
sparks@me.com

SE MA NEMBA Turkey Afterburner

Date

11/29/15 8:30am

TURKEY AFTERBURNER
Mountain Bike Ride at Foxboro State Park

DATE: Sunday November 29th 8:30am - 12:30pm

Join us at Foxboro State Park (68 Mill St, Foxborough - down the road from the Ranger station) - rides start at 9AM from the Foxboro town Recreation lot.

A FREE, fun day of riding for all abilities.

And join us after the ride for a free brunch!!!

Location

Foxboro, MA

Chapter

SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

David Farrell
dfarrell@merlinone.com

Cape Cod NEMBA Toy Drive Ride

Date

12/3/17 (All day)

Join Cape Cod NEMBA for our annual Toys for Tots ride.

Toy drop off will be from 8-9 am at the Crooked Cartway lot and the ride will set off at 9:00 am.

The ride will break off into groups based on ability level. Please bring a new unwrapped toy or canned food with you to donate. There will not be a marked loop so please arrive early.

There are always more needy kids than there are people out riding mountain bikes, so if you can, consider donating more than one toy.

As always there is a greater need for toys for teens.

Park at the end of Crooked Cartway ( off Race Lane ). That's 135 Crooked Cartway In Marstons Mills.

Hope you can make it!!

Kris and Perry 

  Note:  Although there's no hunting in Massachusetts on Sundays it wouldn't be a bad idea to wear some orange.  Hmmmmmm, like maybe the orange Cape Cod NEMBA Trail of Tears shirt.  :-)

  Read more about Cape Cod NEMBA Toy Drive Ride

Chapter

Blackstone Valley Cape Cod Greater Boston Rhode Island SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Kris & Perry Ermi
bograts@comcast.net

RI NEMBA Fun Ride at Diamond Hill

Date

11/15/15 9:00am to 3:30pm

Diamond Hill Fun Ride, POSTPONED

We will update later once a new date has been decided upon.

All proceeds will go to the further development and maintenance of the Diamond Hill Trail System.
2 Arrowed loops, a 10 mile advanced option and a 5 mile easier option.
Address to Diamond Hill is 4300 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI.  Enter the park and follow the signs to the pump track!  Registration will be at the pump track

Location

Diamond Hill (Cumberland, RI)

Chapter

Rhode Island

SE MA NEMBA Meeting

Date

10/26/15 (All day)

POSTPONED!!!

The meeting will be postponed, maybe until Wednesday.  There will be an update tomorrow.

SEMASS NEMBA will be holding a much-needed meeting at Landry's Norwood Bike Shop this coming Monday, October 26, at 7 pm.

All are welcome to attend, you don't have to be a member of SE MASS NEMBA to be there.

Bring your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, twisted singletrack tales, and an appetite. We always provide dinner.  :-)

See you there.

Chapter

SE Mass

Event Leader

Steve Cobble
cobblestv@gmail.com
781 254-8796

Saturday Mellow Ride 10-24-15

Event Date

10/24/15 (All day)
Saturday's Mellow ride will start from the back end of the International Fund for Animal Welfare parking lot at 10:AM. That's at 290 Summer St Yarmouth, MA

This ride will differ from the last in that it will be on mostly flat non-technical trails. The pace will be mellow and I expect that we'll cover 10 or more miles in 1.5 - 2 hours.

This is intended to be a fun, no stress ride.  We won't run away from anyone.

Please be there by 9:45 so that we can get the ride off at 10:00.

Hope you can join us.  :-)
 

Location

Yarmouth, MA

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Novice
Advanced-novice
Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Bill Boles

SE MA NEMBA Update, Nov 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

This year is turning out to be a year of club closings--First TT's, Johnny D's is slated to close, the Beachcomber in Quincy, now Church in the Fenway....all places that I've spent time at in the past but cant say I've 'frequented' in recent years but institutions nonetheless that I always knew I could experience vicariously via the WMBR concert report on the Late Risers Club and through video and reports on social media. Bike shops are local institutions as well, always there for the community. One local institution I can say that I've been fairly loyal to for many years is Dave's Bike Infirmary, in Milton. They've been there for me when I couldn't find a rare schwinn tire or when I needed a cassette on the fly--they would order anything you would see in a catalog or online, and get it within a day or two, and their prices were always fair. Like many other 'regulars' , I would stop by on my way to work, or mid-ride, or just before they open, help them get the bikes outside and setup for the day, or, get there as they were closing to pickup that new chain I needed to complete my drivetrain overhaul…..But like the local clubs, most bike shops are independent businesses run by families with their fate at the mercy of the economy and always evolving demographics. Apparently the economy is changing, along with the rising use of the internet and with that, more people who might have occasionally ridden a bike getting lazier and to upcoming generations passing off riding bikes as an unnecessary or dangerous activity. Just as kids can easily listen to mp3’s and watch videos on their mobile devices while live music becomes a thing their parents reminisce about, they are brought up to take the easy, ‘safe’ way to school—in their parents cars. Online bike shops (and Big Internet Superstores )are also making it very difficult for an independent to make ends meet, even as more and more ‘avid’ bikers join our ranks every day. WE are a minority. But a minority that is forcing change in our communities, a minority who is constantly reaching out to the majority to improve riding experiences on our local trails and roads. Don’t be fooled about the ‘roads’ part—we are all in this together, and the agencies in charge of the commuter roads also influence change on the trails we ride. ‘Strength in Numbers’--like the Anthill movie synopsis ( of that name )says, “is a rally call to connect all mountain bikers, regardless of location or language or discipline. is a rally call to connect all mountain bikers, regardless of location or language or discipline”. Look it up. Watch it. Anyways, yes, we are all connected. And yes, as you may have guessed, we are losing a bike shop. Dave’s was there in Milton since 1974, when then Milton firefighter Dave Forsyth started it as a part time business. Dave’s was a huge supporter of the late Blue Hills Mountain Bike Day, and NEMBA and the mountainbike community in general. Always willing to help. Personal family reasons and Dave’s health contributed to their decision to close, along with declining business due to reasons mentioned earlier…but keep your eyes peeled when on Cape Cod, the family is moving to Onset with all their tools and experience.... There hadn’t been any closings of shops in the Southeast Kingdom in many years—lets just hope this isn’t a sign of things to come. And hope that trails we ride will remain plentiful and the streets safer to ride. But HOPE won’t make things change, YOU have to MAKE things change. ADVOCATE. Thank you to Dave and his family for 41 years of quality service to local bicyclists. Please support your local bike shop (AND local nightclub) Steve Cobble

Saturday Mellow Ride

Date

10/10/15 (All day)

There will be a Mellow ride in Yarmouth Saturday morning starting at 10:00 am. This is intended to be a very enjoyable ride done at a "mellow" pace. IE: It's not a race. We won't run away from anyone.

The terrain is very enjoyable, not technical, with few climbs. I rode the route earlier this week and just couldn't stop smiling. I expect that we'll be out for 1.5 - 2 hours.

The ride will start from the back end of the International Fund for Animal Welfare building at 290 Summer Street, Yarmouth MA. Please get there by 9:45 so we can get the ride off at 10:00.

Hope to see you there. 

Location

Yarmouth, MA

Chapter

Cape Cod SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Bill Boles
nembabill@yahoo.com

Foxboro Trail Care Day

Date

11/7/15 9:00am to 12:00pm

We'll meet at 45 Mill St Foxboro, MA. That's the parking lot across the street from the ranger station. The event starts at 9:00 AM.  Please arrive by 8:45 to sign in. We will ride our bikes to the worksites.

Various projects for the day include: 1.) chainsaw work to remove large fallen oak tree in order to reopen old short section of trail ( has sweet berm), rake out and close the go around line. 2.) Reclose trail ( leading to Dan's trail), which has recently seen high usage, at both ends. 3.) Clean up / close down multiple braids and define actual line on the part of Dan's trail on the small climb ( pine needles area). This trail has been completely blown out due to MX usage and lazy mtbers

There will be a ride after the trail work's done.

Ceck for last minute updates on the SE MASS NEMBA Facebook Page.

Location

F. GILBERT HILLS STATE FOREST, FOXBORO, MA

Chapter

SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Brad Childs
bcmtb64@yahoo.com

KIDS RIDE - Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride at Great Brook Farm SP

Event Date

9/13/15 10:15am to 11:30am
Come join MVNEMBA for a Kids’ Ride at the Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride at Great Brook Farm SP on Sunday September 13th. Kids’ Rides are a great way for kids and teens to build strong bodies, build confidence, have tons of fun and enjoy being outside! The ride begins at 10:15 and will go between 2-3 miles depending on group. For more information about the day including directions, please visit http://www.nemba.org/events/kona-bicycles-mtb-adventure-ride-great-brook....

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
Advanced-novice

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Barry Moore

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