Southern CT

FC NEMBA Trail Build

Date

4/8/17 (All day)

It's Trail Building season!!!! We have our first work day of the season at Hemlock Hills in Ridgefield. We will be meeting 8:45am Saturday April 8 at the NOTE: MEET AT Ridgebury Elementary School
112 Bennetts Farm Rd, Ridgefield

It'll be 3 hours of work. At the request of the RCC, and with their approval, we will be rerouting a trail that currently goes through vernal pool so that it does not impact the sensitive habitat. The reroute will retain both the accessibility for less technical riders and option for the technical challenges in the area. If we have time we'll also get started on the new green trail.

This is a huge step in protecting a sensitive habitat and in getting these trails officially recognized as "marked" trails and advancing mt. Biking as a long term legitimate RCC user group.

last minute updates will be posted to our Facebook Page.

Stay tuned at Pine Mt. as we are trying to finalize a neat options that John Sweeney and David Francefort have been working on laying out and assessing for years! It will create new options for looping Bennetts and RCC properties without hikeabike yellow from Pine Mt parking to the Lookout. Read more about FC NEMBA Trail Build

Chapter

Fairfield County

Event Leader

Ryan Tucker
rrtucker@gmail.com

NEMBA Trail School South, Oxford CT

Date

5/20/17 (All day)


NEMBA's Trail School South -- Saturday May 20th, 2017

Registration is now open for our one-day course in how to design, construct and maintain great singletrack. The first 30 people to register will be given a complimentary trail building textbook from IMBA, IMBA's Trail Solutions.

Registration is now over for this event -- Sorry!

This course is perfect for riders, trail enthusiasts, land stewards and land managers interested in learning about what makes for sustainable, enjoyable trails and how to take care of them.

The course will include classroom presentations on the best practices of trail building and maintenance in the morning, followed by hands-on trail building clinics in the afternoon.

Coffee, snacks and lunch will be included, and there will also be an option to purchase IMBA's trailbuilding textbook, IMBA Trail Solutions.

The cost is $20.  Please bring a check for $40 if you wish to purchace IMBA's book, Trail Solutions: IMBA's Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack.

The course will take place at Rockhouse Hill Sanctuary, managed by the Oxford Land Trust, located about 45 minutes southwest of Hartford and 30 minutes northwest of New Haven.
 

Location

Oxford CT

Chapter

Central CT Fairfield County Northwest CT Quiet Corner Southeastern CT NEMBA

Event Leader

Philip Keyes
pk@nemba.org
800-576-3622

FA NEMBA Bikes Beer & Cheer

Date

12/22/16 6:15pm to 9:00pm

Celebrate the Holidays with a Ride ( all levels, lights required) from Class Cycles to the Larkin Trail and on the way back, stop by the Southford Lodge for a beer and wings.

Brief meeting about NEMBA and mountain biking opportunites in the area.

Any bike will do, but there a few rough sections of the trail and it is mostly dirt. Message Paula Burton for more info.

Late breaking information will be on this Facebook Page.

Location

Southford Lodge 1455 Southford Rd, Southbury, Connecticut 06488

Chapter

Fairfield County

Event Leader

Paula Burton
peburton1@gmail.com

FC NEMBA Apres Thanksgiving Ride

Event Date

11/27/16 10:00am to 12:00pm
RBC/FC NEMBA fun post-Thanksgiving ride! Updated!!
Adult intermediate and expert, juniors intermediate to expert, will split into groups, no drop. Please note this is not beginner friendly territory.
​Meeting 9:45, wheels down 10AM at Wells Hill Road lot, off Kellogg Hill Road - go past where pavement turns to gravel, approximate address 199 Wells Hill Road, Easton, CT 06612, GPS 41.238612, -73.335564.
Holiday leftovers served after ride. Kidding. Light treats, bring your faves cuz sharing is nice.

Location

Troutbrook Valley, Wells Hill Lot

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Monika Stokes
monikaksATyahoo

FC NEMBA Brewery Destination Ride

Event Date

11/20/16 10:00am to 2:00pm

In partnership with Ridgefield Bicycle Company, this Sunday morning RBC mountain bike ride is at the West Hartford Reservoir in West Hartford CT at 10AM. It is a great ride with lots of varied terrain. About 2 hours. Intermediate level.

To carpool, we’ll meet at the gun club (Wooster Mountain Shooting Range 74 Sugar Hollow Road = Route 7 Danbury) parking lot on Route 7 on the left when heading north in Danbury just south of the Airport at 8:40.

Driving Directions are.. It is an hour and 5 minutes from Ridgefield. 84East to exit 39. Right on CT-4/Farmington Avenue. Entrance on left about 3 miles. Street address is 1420 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

Enter the West Hartford reservoir from Farmington Avenue Route 4, a left turn. Drive straight ahead through the entrance. Take your first left into the first parking lot and we will gather there.

Contact John Sweeney if you intend to attend so we have an approximate head count. Last minutes are just fine.

After the ride, we have the private room and a tour of the beer at the City Steam Brewery in Hartford at 942 Main St, Hartford, CT courtesy of Mick Ferraro. We’ll have lunch and sample the beer. Bring a change of dry clothes.

Location

West Hartford Reservoir -> City Steam Brewery

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

John Sweeney

NW CT NEMBA Fall Trail Care Work Day #3

Date

11/19/16 10:00am to 2:00pm

We'll be having our third Fall Trail Care Work Day of 2016 this Saturday, Nov. 19th.  We plan to continue the TLC on the "Miller Time" section of the white/red trail! Planned work includes rebuilding berms, removing bogeys and restoring the overall flow. Meet on Cornwall Road by the Blue Blazed Tunxis trail crossing at 10am. Bring shovels. pick axes, landscape rakes as well as water, gloves and sturdy shoes. Frosty beverages to follow the work day. Come on out and lend a hand for the last official work day of 2016.

Location

Cornwall Rd, Burlington CT

Chapter

Northwest CT

Event Leader

Jon
contact@nwctnemba.org

FC NEMBA Mellow Ride

Event Date

10/23/16 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Riding Trumbull this afternoon.
Adult social intermediate, junior expert.
Wheels down 3:30 Daniels Farms commuter lot.

Location

Trumbull

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Monika Stokes

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

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