Southern VT

Full Moon Ride - January

Event Date

1/4/15 6:00pm to 9:30pm
We are going to try for some Full Moon rides this winter.  They could also end up being ski or snowshoes, or just beer drinking.  We'll see.  Dates are 1/4/2015, 2/3, 3/5, 4/4.  We might move the actual night around by one ot two days to take advantage of better conditions.  We'll see how it goes.  It will be cold...

Location

various

Chapter

State

New Hampshire

Ride Level

Novice
Advanced-novice
Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Michael Davern
603-359-7474

Brattleboro/Keene Chapter Meeting

Date

9/16/14 6:00pm to 8:00pm

We've got a chapter meeting coming up September 16th (6PM at Stonewall Farm). 

The Society of the Protection of NH Forests holds a Conservation Easement on the City of Keene's Drummer Hill/Goose Pond property, and the Steward for the property will be coming to the meeting to talk to us about the the easement and what it means to our activities.  We'll also review the MOU the chapter has with the city regarding Drummer.  This is an important meeting for you all to attend.  It doesn't matter if you are a XC racer, DH/Gravity guy, Clyde, or out riding with you kids.  It doesn't matter if you are a NEMBA member or not, trail builder or not, or just occasional user.  It is in our best interest to have a good turn out and show that the MTB community in the area cares about being good stewards of the land we use.  We should all understand what can/can't be done on property as well - we'll learn, and have an opportunity to ask questions. 

Spread the word, and we'll see you on the 16th.

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Davern
madavern@hotmail.com

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Date

10/4/14 9:00am to 12:15pm

Ride bikes with kids! More to follow!

I'll be looking for volunteers to help lead rides and give out goodies. Yell if you are interested. Or just come out and ride. October 4th at Stonewall Farm, 9-12.

https://www.imba.com/tkmbd/local-events/brattleboro-keene-nembastonewall-farm-take-kid-mountain-biking-day

Location

Stonewall Farm - Keene

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Trail

Event Leader

Michael Davern
madavern@hotmail.com
603-359-7474

B-K NEMBA Tuesday Night Rides - Kid/Family rides 8/26

Event Date

8/26/14 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Are you new to mountain biking?  Maybe you’re getting back into it after a “few” years off?  Or ready to give your kids a taste of riding bikes in the woods?  Or just maybe you’ve wanted to do a couple of the regular Tuesday Night Rides, but all the “hammerhead” talk scared you off?

Well, the Tuesday Night Ride (TNR) format is changing.  Every other week the ride will be a beginner ride designed to be a fun way for people to experience mountain biking.  We’ll meet at Stonewall Farm at 5:30 and have some fun on the trails.  Stonewall has a variety of trail types – ranging from wide wagon roads to steep and twisty single track.  But the nice thing is we can ride sections and keep the difficulty/length at the proper level for the group(s).  Another nice thing is you can get ice cream at the farm after your ride (always helpful with kids).

Mountain Biking is a GREAT way for kids and teens to build strong bodies, gain confidence, have a ton of fun and enjoy being outside!  That goes for adults as well.  Parents aren’t required to ride, but extra adults in the group can sure be handy.  Come spend some quality time in nature with your kids!

The exact route and ride length will vary depending the group size, skill level, and specific interests.  But plan on being in the woods 1-1.5 hours.  Ride distance will average from 3-6 miles, and all will be waited for.  The riding will be targeted for kids 9+ and beginner adults, or parents who want to ride with their kids.  That’s not to say you can’t bring your 4 year old out on their balance bike to play around… or that a more experienced rider can’t come out and join us for some low key riding and give me a hand.

The new family/kids rides will start July 29th.  The last ride will be August 26th, just before school starts.  Ride dates are July 29th, August 12th and 26th.  Depending on the interest level and schedules we can continue into the fall.  If the kids/family rides don’t continue for whatever reason all TNRs will revert back to regular rides.  I would love to continue this.

Riders must have a serviceable bike, properly fitting helmet, and water for the ride.  All riders must wear closed-toed shoes - no flip flops or sandals.  Riders (or their parents) will also be required to sign a waiver.
The traditional TNRs will continue on the off weeks, and beginner adults who feel they are ready for something longer and more challenging are encouraged to join those rides.  This will be a good chance to find out where you are on the learning curve. 

There is also a kid’s race team that meets regularly.  Their focus is training for local MTB races.  They ride/train at a higher level.  This kids TNR series will serve as a feeder program for the race team.  If your child has the interest we can get them hooked up.

It would be great if other regular TNR riders could show up and help out.  I’ll need lots of help keeping every one having fun.  Reach out to me if you want to get involved in this great opportunity.

Location

Stonewall Farm - Keene

Chapter

State

New Hampshire

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Michael Davern
603-359-7474

BK-NEMBA Weekly Ride - Brattleboro

Event Date

Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Oct 23 2014 .
5/29/14 6:00pm to 8:30pm
We will be doing weekly chapter rides starting the first week in May. Keene will be riding Tuesdays (starting May 6th), Brattleboro will roll on Thursdays (starting May 7th). Start times for both will be 6PM. Locations will vary and I'll try to announce a few days in advance. Mostly local, with some field trips out of the area. Brattleboro-Keene NEMBA Facebook page is a good place to go for last minute info about rides. Rides will be social, no drop, regroups, etc. We'll try to accommodate everyone's skill/fitness level.

Location

varies

Chapter

State

Vermont

Ride Level

Intermediate
All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Josh Reynolds

Southern VT

Whitingham to Wilmington and Back

6677 Vermont 100
Whitingham  Vermont  05361
United States

Easy

50%

Moderate

35%

Difficult

15%

Description

Whitingham to Wilmington and Back

Note:

This ride requires considerable endurance.


Whitingham to Wilmington and return via paved and dirt roads, old rail bed, single track, and abandoned farm roads.

 


 

Summary:

This ride circles Lake Harriman between Wilmington and Whitingham, VT. I've included alternate routes so riders can either eliminate some hard climbing (and great downhills) or make the route easier to follow. It is 26 miles long and features about 3000' of climbing. I would expect to spend the better part of a day completing the circuit, but shorter "out and backs" would take considerable less time.

Ride: Park behind the general store or school museum in Whitingham on Route 100. The store sells a variety of beverages and foods which is helpful if you have forgotten anything.

Head west on RT 100 around the bottom of Lake Harriman until you come to a paved road on your right. This leads into the Harriman Dam. Continue on the paved road to the lower parking lot, and then head north across the dam (about 3 miles). Riders who are less strong or adventurous can go right at the end of the dam and follow the old rail bed north. You will rejoin the riders on the more difficult section just before Wilder Brook.

Those who enjoy climbing and the resultant downhills bear left and head up the hill, following a rough track which becomes an abandoned dirt road. At the end of the rough section of dirt road riders have a choice of either continuing on west and picking up a good quality dirt road which will take them to the top of the ride, or they can turn NE and follow the road to an isolated farm house. At the farm house please stop to see if it is occupied. If it is, ask the owners for permission to cross their property. Circle to the east of the farm house then head due north through an old apple orchard to an old farm road which will take you up to the road at the top of the climb.

The road at the top is a category 4 town road neither plowed, nor maintained. Head N and enjoy a rough downhill until you pass the alternate downhill on your right and then the cemetery on your left. After the cemetery follow the road N until you pass a sizable ledge of stone in the road, followed by what looks like large puddle in the road, but which in reality is a deep mud pit. I've been caught! Either take a right which will bring you out to a power line, or continue N until the road hits a "T". Turn right and follow this downhill to the rail trail; a fun downhill. Stop and inspect the old stone foundations and sheep folds on your left; great stone work.

Follow the rail bed N to Wilder Brook. The brook portion of the trail can get pretty tricky depending upon how wet it is. Use the wooden foot bridge to cross the brook if the water is high. Follow the trail N for about 50 yds. then take a right on a short trail which will bring you back to the rail trail. At the rail trail you can walk S to the end of the embankment. A small, very steep trail on the left leads down into a little gorge with great pools for soaking on a hot day; great for the legs and a good place for a snack. Follow the rail bed N (go around the locked gate) to the bridge over the river and Route 9. Turn E toward Wilmington and turn right (S) at the traffic light. I usually like to stop here and get lunch or a beverage and watch the tourist go by.

Head S up the steep hill. About 2/3 of the way up riders can bear left and follow a good road S where it will "T" into the road leading to the public recreation area; toilets and changing rooms for a swim. Follow the beach to the right and around a small bay and you'll come to the nudist beach. Be sure of your preferences! The beach is segregated by mutual unspoken consent.

The route I use is to head directly over the hill and down by the lake. At the end a bit of a climb will bring you to a scenic outlook, a lovely modern home, and a locked gate. Too your left you will spy a very faint track which will head E. Follow this until a trail appears on your right. Follow this trail S and it will come to a pretty ritzy housing development with dirt roads. This part is difficult: follow the dirt road and on your right after about 1/3 -1/2 a mile you should see a break in the woods to the right (when I was there last, a winter blow down had obscured the trail behind it. Follow this in and you will find an old snow mobile trail (single track) which will take you S to the recreation area parking lot. If you miss the turn just continue on and you'll come to the road you could have taken back in Wilmington.

Follow the recreation area road back toward Route 100, but before you get there take a right just before the stables and follow the dirt road to the end. At the end of the road follow the tractor path south as far as you possible can. You will end up on pavement and a long climb back toward the start. Follow the road and you will get back to Route 100 just E of Whitingham, or in Whitingham itself. You'll be done!

Cautions:

This is a very long ride. Expect to spend the better part of a day completing it.

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