6/7/14 8:30am to 12:00pm
The crew will continue improving the trail on Cousins Island and possibly begin construction on a new section of trail leading from Talbot Rd to Wharf Rd. That section will bring the trail close to the southern most terminus. Yarmouth will provide tools, water and snacks. Please wear appropriate clothing (long pants, long sleeves, boots and gloves), eye protection is always a good idea as well. This is sure to be a rewarding morning of building trail so come out and join the team! Read more about GP NEMBA - Yarmouth Trail Day (6/7/14)
5/10/14 8:30am to 12:00pm
Work on the new section of the West Side Trail on Cousins Island in Yarmouth will continue this spring. We will primarily be improving wet areas on the trail which was roughed in last fall. This will include building boardwalks and hardening with rock and gravel. We'll provide tools, water and snacks. Please wear appropriate clothing (long pants, long sleeves, boots and gloves), eye protection is always a good idea as well. As usual this will be a rewarding morning of building trail!
Please meet at the Sandy Point parking lot, http://goo.gl/maps/PtLVr.
Yarmouth West Side Trail
4/27/14 8:00am to 12:00pm
Come help get the trails ready for the season by helping to remove winter debris and improving drainage where necessary. Meet at the park at 8am (http://goo.gl/maps/X8hyC). Please wear appropriate clothing for working in the woods, work boots and gloves are strongly recommended. A small backpack with water and food (e.g. energy bars) is also recommended. Tools will be provided. Read more about GP NEMBA - Bradbury Mountain Trail Day (4/27/14)
Bradbury Mountain State Park
Sunday, March 2, 2014
The GP NEMBA executive board met in January and February to discuss plans for the 2014 season. We are very excited about the upcoming events planned for this year.
We'll kick off the season with a chapter meeting and social on April 10th @ 6pm @ Rivalries (www.rivalriesportland.com) in Portland. To start the evening the board will share plans for the year and get feedback from the membership at large. Please try to get there a little early so we can start promptly at 6pm. Following the meeting there will be free appetizers provided by GP NEMBA, opportunities to mix and mingle with other local riders and swag to give away donated from many of our great local shops. There will be another chapter meeting and social in October. Hope to see you there!
We're planning trail improvements and expansion this year in Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Yarmouth & Gorham. GP NEMBA President Jim Tasse and former president Mitch Wacksman continue to work hard with the Conservation Commission in Cape Elizabeth protecting and maintaining existing trails and planning for future expansion. Trail expansion on the lot adjacent to Winnick Woods will continue in 2014 so look for the next trail work day this spring. http://www.capeelizabeth.com/government/bds_commissions/standing/conserv...
Caleb Hemphill has helped to lead an explosion of single track in Falmouth and more is planned for 2014, in particular a new connector between Lowell Preserve and Blackstrap Rd. Falmouth continues to rock! www.town.falmouth.me.us/pages/falmouthme_parks/landmgmt
The newest member of the GP NEMBA board, Robert Lavoie with Gorham's Parks and Conservation Commission, has been helping to lay the ground work for the return of mountain bike trails in Gorham. The town has applied for a Recreational Trails Program grant to help pay for trail restoration and expansion. Contact GP NEMBA or Gorham town hall for more info.
With the help of GP NEMBA VP Andrew Favreau the West Side Trail in Yarmouth became a legit MTB destination in 2013 with more improvements and growth expected in 2014. You can follow the project on Facebook, www.facebook.com/yarmouthtrails or join the WST mailing list, http://tinyurl.com/westsidetrail.
Pat Hackleman and the staff at Gear Works Productions (hosts of The 12 Hours of Bradbury) are planning an exciting MTB ride series for 2014 in partnership with GP NEMBA and local businesses. The rides will start and end at various locations with fun post ride socializing! Follow the Gear Works calendar of events for the ride dates, times and details (www.gearworksproductions.com).
If you'd like to get involved with GP NEMBA, would like more information on any of our events or projects, or if you are interested in participating on the executive board please contact us at email@example.com and you can follow us on facebook, www.facebook.com/gpnemba.
Vice President Read more about Greater Portland NEMBA News - March 2014
3/24/14 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Penobscot Region NEMBA and Red Bull are proud to present:
“Where the Trail Ends”
Monday, March 24th
Doors open at 5:15pm: We’ll be holding our annual raffle and playing a short educational film on trail planning, design, and building.
This is a FREE event but DONATIONS to PRNEMBA are greatly appreciated.
Where The Trail Ends brings you to the most remote locations on the planet in a mountain bike expedition unlike any other ever undertaken.
The film follows the world’s top freeride mountain bikers – including the likes of Darren Berrecloth, Cameron Zink, Kurtis Sorge, James Doerfling and Andreu Lacondeguy – as they search for unridden terrain around the globe in the hope of shaping the future of big mountain freeriding.
This films documents man’s challenge of Mother Nature and himself showcased through a cast of colorful characters. This is the most progressive and ambitious mountain biking ever attempted resulting in an entertainment adventure unlike anything experienced before.
Penobscot Theatre: 131 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401
Please join us for our fall chapter meeting and social at Rivalries in Portland as we begin to wrap up the 2014 riding season. At 6pm we will have a brief presentation on end of season plans, 2014 accomplishments and an opportunity to share your thoughts on the local riding scene. Please come a little early if you can so we can start promptly at 6pm. After the presentation you can mix and mingle with other local riders, chat with the GP NEMBA board members and partake in the free appetizers provided by GP NEMBA. We will have some swag to give away provided by the many great bike shops in the area. Hope to see you there! Members and non-members are welcome. There is a $5 suggested donation for this event but no obligation. Read more about GP NEMBA - Fall Chapter Meeting and Social
Rivalries, 10 Cotton St, Portland, ME 04101
Please join us for our spring chapter meeting and social as we kick off the 2014 riding season. At 6pm we will have a brief presentation on plans for the upcoming season and an opportunity to share your thoughts on the local riding scene. Please come a little early if you can so we can start promptly at 6pm. After the presentation you can mix and mingle with other local riders, chat with the GP NEMBA board members and partake in the free appetizers provided by GP NEMBA. We will have some swag to give away provided by the many great bike shops in the area. Hope to see you there! Members and non-members are welcome. There is a $5 suggested donation for this event but no obligation. Read more about GP NEMBA - Spring Chapter Meeting and Social
Rivalries, 10 Cotton St, Portland, ME 04101
Portland Area Riding
Riding in the Portland area has a lot to offer at the moment with many ongoing projects adding trail all the time. Stopping in a local bike shop or hooking up with one of the area riding groups are the best ways to explore new trails and maybe make some new friends in the process!
The River Trail:
One of the most loved trails in the area lies along the Presumpscot River and is maintained by Portland Trails. The "River Trail" is a multi-use trail that offers riders fast flowing singletrack, many challenging technical sections and climbs. Beautiful views of the river corridor, forest and a nice set of rapids await riders. Trail sections are available and well marked on both the north and south sides of the river and the clever rider can link a very nice two-hour ride in the area with many available starting points and optional "extra credit" loops of trail. See Portland Trails' website for more information on the Presumpscot River trail and the many other trails they maintain in the area.
Lowell Nature Preserve, Atherton Hill and Blackstrap:
Another popular riding area includes the Lowell Nature Preserve. The town of Windham maintains the Lowell Preserve as a multi-use trail system leaving right from the Windham fire station on Blackstrap Road . A resourceful rider can link this trail system to the nearby Atherton Hill and Blackstrap community forest trail networks although going with someone familiar to the area is suggested as there is a lot of terrain to explore (i.e. get lost in)! There are many options available in the Lowell preserve area to combine different sections of trail to ride for as little or long as someone wants. Terrain in the area includes rolling hills, steep technical sections, stream crossings, roots, rocks and everything in between. MAP
Libby Hill Forest:
A great multi-use trail network designed by Winter Olympian John Morton. You can find detailed information on their website.
Clifford Park in Biddeford is a spider web of very twisty, rocky and rooty singletrack. This challenging group of trails will challenge your technical skills. The trails are marked, but not well marked. The town provides a map on their website.
Behind the Congin middle school, there is a short and fast loop of singletrack. Although short, it is diverse and tends to stay drier then many of the other riding spots in Southern Maine. It flanks a pipeline that provides access to a long strip of power lines is also popular amongst mountain bikers. Locator MAP
A vast plot of land. Riders often refer to the two distinct parts of the the park as the “mountain side” and the “Foley side” or “water shed side”. Both sides provide lots of riding. It’s best to find a guide as many trails are unmarked and it is quite easy to get lost.
Pineland Farms, New Gloucester:
Most of thier trail system is open for mountain biking in the non-winter months. Park your car at the Welcome Center, pick up a map while there, fill up your water bottle and enjoy the country air.
With its rolling terrain, the River Loop is excellent for family rides. Add the Valley Farm Loop for a challenging, hilly ride, or try the Oak Hill trail system for a combination of both. Trails are graded and are 12-16 feet wide. Trail passes can be purchased at the Welcome Center.
One day trail pass: $5 per person
Season pass (late spring through fall): $30 per person.
Children 17 and under ride free
Another great offering from Portland Trails. The Fore River sanctuary is a popular multi uses trail that is located within city limits. It provides a great opportunity for after work rides and is often combined with some of the other local options for longer rides.
Fore River Sanctuary
Hidden behind the main area of the cemetery, there is a few miles of challenging single track. The terrain is rocky, steep and often very challenging. Although short, this section of trail is very easily connected with the Fore River Sanctuary and Stroudwater trails for a much longer loop.
Bradbury Mountain State Park:
Bradbury Mountain State Park continues to offer some of the best single track anywhere with miles and miles of well manicured trail available a short distance from downtown Portland in Pownal , Maine . Trail sections are adopted and meticulously maintained by area groups including the Friends of Bradbury Mountain, local bike shops and clubs, and the State Park staff. Bradbury offers buff singletrack suitable for any skill level as well as steep climbs and some highly technical sections on various trails. Terrain includes rolling hills, open fields, and Bradbury Mountain where riders can take in a spectacular view of the countryside. Each year Bradbury hosts a number of events and races with a NEMBA sponsored fun day on the calendar for July 25th. See Bradbury Mountains ' website for maps, an events calendar, and other information.
By Mitch Wacksman
Links to Relevant Resources
Back Country Excursions
Back Country Excursions Of Maine has been operating since 1991 (wasn't that before suspension?) That makes Back Country Excursions one of the oldest cross country MTB centers in New England, if not the world. Although BCE is a commercial venue, it is a low-key, laid-back place - not your typical pay-to-play mountain biking center. It is managed and maintained as a joint business venture between a national forest products company and the mountain bike outfitter and guide service of Back Country Excursions. Land managers and Cliff Krolick, founder of BCE, collaborated with numerous local and national organizations to raise the funds to purchase a recreational easement and develop this long term partnership. As a result, 9,000 acres of heavily forested, hill country is now permanently protected against development.
Trails, Rides, & Conditions:
Since BCE has been around a while we've had an opportunity to develop and hand build a surprisingly wide variety of excellent trails with varied terrain. There's lots of variety for all riding levels, something for everybody!
· 20 miles of tight, hand-built singletrack.
· freeride - halfpipe park filled with lots of challenging stuntsy experiences, including a ride-able rollercoaster.
· 4 miles of expert steeps with rated stunts, which can be avoided if you just want to keep two wheels to the ground.
· Make a mental note: This area is high and dry so while others may still be wallowing in springtime muck or too wet this place is ready to rock. There's generally never any mud and ground surface conditions tend to be smooth and not rocky or rooted as in some other places. Elevations range from 600'-1500'
Access, Fees, & Management:
Through the tireless efforts of a very few, this exceptional riding area does come with a price tag. Unless you are part of the trail maintenance team, all trail access is thru BCE guide service.
BCE fees are based on your choice of:
· Day rides
· Overnight basic camp & ride packages
· Complete weekend Getaways (food included)
· Hosted MTB Events
· Clinics and Instructor Certification
· Season's Passes / Gift Certificates
. NEMBA Member Discounts always available
BCE is a mountain biking destination, vacation, and guide center. It has some bike parts on site, workstations, lubes and all your basic repair needs. It is 15 minutes from a large parts supplier where you can get most anything (especially weekdays).
· Camping facilities include water, shower, fire pit, picnic tables, and outhouses.
· Lodging facilities include kitchen, Yurt (bunkhouse) private rooms, light meals, wood-fired hot tub, rec room, and screened porch.
By Cliff Krolick, Proprieter Read more about Back Country Excursions