Southern VT

BK NEMBA Summer News

Thursday, September 4, 2014

As of mid-summer the weekly chapter rides in both Keene and Brattleboro continue to be very well attended by both long-time members and people coming out for their first ride with us.  We’ve been doing rides local in each town, as well as venturing out to areas afar.  Keene rides Tuesday nights, and Brattleboro rides Thursday nights – both at 6PM.  Rides will continue into the fall.  As sunset starts coming earlier we might push the start times sooner, and lights will begin to be a good thing to have.

The kiosks are up at Drummer Hill!  And they have maps on them!  We had a fantastic turnout for the installation work night – enough people so we could all take a turn at standing around.  We have put one kiosk in at the trail head at Drummer Rd and Green Acres, and another at the mid-gate on Timberlane Dr where Old Gilsum Rd starts.  There is one more to install at the cul-de-sac at the end of Meetinghouse Rd.  We just need to work out property lines so we make sure to get it on city land.  Each kiosk has a map of the Drummer Hill/Goose Pond trail network, a chalk board for leaving messages, and there are push pins for leaving notes.  We still need to put small roofs on each to keep things out of the elements.  We’ll also post announcements regarding Drummer Hill trails at the kiosks. 

Speaking of Drummer Hill trail announcements…  the logging project that wiped out the Exits trails is mostly done, but another project has begun that has led to the closure of the Bitten and Threader trails.  We’ve posted a map on the kiosks showing the logging extents and trails impacted.  Please respect the trails closures.  This logging is happening on private property.  The logger is pro-bikers and has spoken favorably to the landowners about us.  Remember that the loggers are doing their job, on private property.  Be courteous, and stay out of the way of the heavy equipment when it is going in and out on Old Gilsum Rd.  And please stay out of the areas closed for logging.   If we don’t play nice, this could end badly for us.

The beginner (or easier) loop at Stonewall Farm is mostly complete.  One bridge was put in late June, and we have one more short bridge to install.  There is a little touch up work that we hope to get to at some point.  The trail has been marked, and the map updated such that riders can keep the trail junctions straight and find their way.  Stonewall Farm continues to be very supportive of our efforts.  We will be reworking a small section of trail directly behind the Learning Center.  This trail will be used for part of the kids race course at the Bike for Bovines races, and will also serve as a short single track connector when the farm has the lower field behind the center closed due to grazing animals.  Watch for fall work days to knock this out.

Watch for some organized kids/family rides this summer and fall.  Elm City Velo, a local cycling club, just wrapped up a very successful 6 week session of mountain biking instruction and race training.  They met twice a week at Stonewall Farm for their practice sessions.  I had the privilege of helping out one night per week and again race day.  The kids did amazing.  We are currently in talks to figure out how to successfully expand this.  We hadn’t worked out the details when this went to press, but expect some sort of collaboration between BK-NEMBA and Elm City Velo that will allow us to make this available to more kids, for more of the season.  We’ll also be looking for adults to help out with this.  This is very exciting for the future of mountain biking in the Keene-Brattleboro area - more to follow.

We decided to take the summer off for chapter meetings.  Scheduling conflicts complicated things, and we all wanted to get out and ride bikes.  Our next meeting will be 6PM on September 16th at Stonewall Farm. 

We might be joined by the Conservation Easement Steward from Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests that is responsible for the City’s Drummer Hill/Goose Pond property.  We’ll also try to get some representatives from the city to attend as well (Parks and Rec, Conservation Commission – nothing is finalized yet), and possibly someone from the Monadnock Conservancy.  Peter Poanessa and I met with the Steward and walked some of the trails at Drummer Hill.  The Steward is a mountain biker, and appreciates the work that has been done in Drummer.  He views us bikers as an asset.  But the easement does have certain stipulations that we need to work within, and he has some concerns.  Trail density and man-made structures are the biggest things he was concerned with.  This is a great opportunity for the mountain biking community to show that we are responsible stewards of the land, that we respect the wishes of the property owners (the City), and that we are willing to sit down with them and get educated about what we can and can’t be doing.  It would be great if we got a large turnout for this from a cross section of the mountain biking community that uses Drummer, NEMBA member or not.  Watch for more information as we get closer to the meeting date.

--Michael Davern

Southern VT

Ascutney

500
Ski Tow Road
Brownsville  Vermont  05037
United States

Easy

25%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

35%

Description

Ascutney has become a very popular mountain bike destination. There are over 30 miles of mapped and signed mountain bike trails ranging from smooth doubletracks to flowey singletracks to lung busting climbs. The local mountain bike club Sport Trails of Ascutney Basin maintains them. 

Check the Ascutney Trails page for more information, including the location of places to purchase maps. Read more about Ascutney

Free Screening of the film Blood Road

Date

10/18/17 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Wednesday, October 18 at 7 PM
 
Whetstone Church
 
Brattleboro-Keene will be hosting a free screening of the film Blood Road.

Reserve you free ticket at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blood-road-tickets-38259627576

Blood Road follows the journey of ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their goal: to reach the crash site and final resting place of Rebecca’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Laos some 40 years earlier.

During this poignant voyage of self discovery, the women push their bodies to the limit while learning more about the historic ‘Blood Road’ they’re pedaling and how the Vietnam War shaped their lives in different ways.

#BloodRoad, #BKNEMBA

Location

Whetstone Church: 28 Birge St, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Event Leader

Mike Davern, BK-NEMBA Secretary
bknemba@gmail.com
603.359.7474

Fall Ride and BBQ

Date

10/14/17 9:00am to 3:00pm

Fall BBQ Details are shaping up...

October 14th (Saturday)

Meet at 9AM on Summit Rd in Keene. Just a bit past the YMCA there is a big pull off on the left.

We'll split into appropriate groups based on desired pace/ride length/distance and head up. We can access the Food Network, Stonewall Farm, and points in between.

Rides will try to wrap up between 12-1, and then we'll head to my place at 733 Hurricane Rd. Just over 3 miles from the trail head.

BBQ, fire, socialization. Kids/significant others welcome.

You are welcome to attend just the ride, ride + BBQ, or just the BBQ.

Bring your own drinks and something to share.  The chapter will grill up some burgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers.

If it is pouring, we'll forgo the ride, I'll through the garage doors up, and we'll just social/eat/drink.

I'll be putting together a sign-up so we can have rough #s.

Location

Food Network

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Event Leader

Mike Davern, BK-NEMBA Secretary
bknemba@gmail.com
603.359.7474

Bridge Build

Date

10/7/17 9:00am to 2:00pm

Local MTBer, NEMBA member, and Eagle Scout Jonathan Hills will be building a bridge for his Eagle Scout Service Project.

He'll be organizing a build of a 100' span of the long wet stretch on the "Snowshoe Trail" in West Keene. This trail is below the rail trail and is a nice climbing trail from down low, and a good winter fat bike connector over to Skittles and up to Rail Trail. Even in the winter there has been a moisture problem here. This should make it a great year round trail, avoid downhill traffic on Rocket Pop, and help get us off the two track climb even more.

Rain date is Sunday the 8th.

We need to know if you are coming so Jonathan can arrange pizza and water.

Bring muscles, water/snacks, gloves, cordless drills if you have them. A rock bar, shovel, and Rogue Hoe or two could come in handy.

 

We will meet at Peter Poanessa's (36 Dickinson Rd Keene, NH) at 9am.

We'll update details as they come in. Hope to see you, many hands make light/less work. Read more about Bridge Build

Location

Dirt pull off out past YMCA in West Keene

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Event Leader

Mike Davern, BK-NEMBA Secretary
bknemba@gmail.com
603.359.7474

Brattleboro Wednesday Night Ride - Grand Reopening!

Date

8/16/17 5:15pm to 9:00pm

Join us August 16th in Brattleboro for an epic Wednesday Night Ride.  Kind of a Grand Reopening!  Meet at the parking area for the hockey rink at the Living Memorial Park.

The crew in Brattleboro have been working hard adding new trail, cleaning up and buffing out the other stuff, and getting trails signed/marked and putting a map together.  And they aren’t done.  In fact, they are just getting started.

So on the 16th they’d like to have a bigger WNR and showcase what they have been up to.

There will be 2 ride groups. An inter-mellow (casual/social/intermediate pace) that will hit the berm trail, the new climbing trail, and the town trails.  You’ll probably hit them 2x (they are that good).  There will also be a faster ride that goes out to Pete's trails and back with everything in between. Tires roll for fast group @ 5:30.  People should try to arrive by 5:15 so the guys can give a brief intro to the land use arrangement that they have worked out.

You’ll want to stick around, West Hill will be providing après ride snacks and will set up a tent in the parking lot.  There will be printed maps to help get yourselves oriented as well.

If 5:15 is too early, you should still try to come out, if for no other reason than to hang out after and socialize.  But you can probably still get a good ride in and likely run into the crew out there.

Things are really starting to get going in Brattleboro again, so come out and show some support and learn how you can help.  There is a lot of potential for new trails in the area, group rides are going off consistently, shops are getting more involved…  Come learn more.

And if you have lights, bring them.  You probably won’t need them, but it is that time of year when darkness sneaks up on you!
 

Location

Nelson Withington Skating Facility - 61 Guilford St, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Event Leader

Mike Davern, BK-NEMBA Secretary
bknemba@gmail.com

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