Western ME

Carrabassett Region TrailFest

Date

8/18/17 3:30pm to 8/20/17 3:30pm

Time is growing near for CR NEMBA’s 5th Annual NEMBA TrailFest. We will be teaming up with Maine Huts and Trails (MH&T) to bring an outstanding work, ride, eat and stay experience to our friends from all over New England again this year. The dates are August 18-20
 
The Digs and Grub
Volunteers are the guests of Maine Huts & Trails who will be providing the food and their fully staffed Stratton Brook “Hut” at no cost. This “Hut” is a million dollar, self-sufficient facility in the wilderness on a hill with sweeping views and includes, bunk houses, composting toilets, showers and a full service commercial kitchen. Participants will have free lodging on Friday and Saturday nights August 20stnd & 21st. MH&T will be providing dinner on Friday night, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. See below for Bonus extended stay discount pricing option!
 
If you are not familiar with Maine Huts & Trails visit their website while there, and check out the Stratton Brook Hut.
 
The Dirt
 
We will be working on a small section of new hand-built singletrack at the top of Newton's Revenge. If time allows, we will also be making improvements to existing trails in the hut area.
 
The Plan

  • Friday, August 18th - Arrive in Carrabassett Valley and ride your bike to Stratton Brook Hut for dinner at 7:00 pm and camp fire fun. If you would like a gear shuttle, your bag must be at the Outdoor Center by 6:30
  • Saturday, August 19th  - breakfast at 7:30AM at Stratton Brook Hut;

trail work 8:30AM – 2:30PM (lunch served on the trail), back to the hut for a ride at 3:30PM; dinner at 7:00PM followed by Live Music. Beer and wine will be available for sale through MH&T

  • Sunday, August 20st   – breakfast 7:30AM; trail work 8:30AM – 1:00PM (lunch served on the trail), back to the hut for a ride.

 
The Call to Action
Please RSVP ASAP! We are expecting a tremendous turn out and space is limited. Bunks will be first come (RSVP) first serve.
 
RSVP NEMBA TrailFest required. Please contact David at dhughes@carrabassett.NEMBA.org to RSVP or with any questions.
 
IMPORTANT!

  • If you are planning to attend but not staying overnight at the hut, please let us know if you are planing to join us for any of the meals and if so, which ones, so we can plan the food purchases accordingly. If you are staying at the hut we will assume you are joining us for all the meals unless you tell us differently.
  • Due to liquor law challenges. We will not be able to provide free beer. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the hut through MH&T. There will be keg of beer that will be specially priced for TrailFest participants. If you BYOB, MH&T asks that you consume in your bunkroom.

 
The Bonus 
Maine Huts & Trails is offering a special rate to stay for one night (Sunday @ 25% discount) or two nights (Sun and Monday @ 50% discount) to NEMBA TrailFest participants who worked the Saturday and Sunday of the event.
 
RSVP Extended stay required. Please call MH&T reservations team at 207-265-2400 and tell them you are part of the event.
 
 
Thanks,
 
Dave Hughes (CR NEMBA Event Coordinator)
Peter Smith (CR NEMBA President)
Charlie Woodworth (MH&T Executive director)
Josh Tauses (CR NEMBA Trail Boss)
Jason Cooke (MH&T Trail Manager)
Sarah Pine (Huts Manager)
CR NEMBA board and members
Maine Huts and Trails and members
Town of Carrabassett Valley and citizens
And mountain bikers everywhere! Read more about Carrabassett Region TrailFest

Chapter

Carrabassett Region

Trail

Event Leader

David Hughes

NEMBA Trail School North, Auburn ME

Date

5/20/17 (All day)


Register by Wednesday May 17th for NEMBA Trail School North in Auburn ME on Saturday, May 20th.

Registration is over for this event --j 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 in Auburn, and we'll be doing the hands-on clinics at Mt. Apatite.

Location

Auburn, ME

Trail

Event Leader

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

Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride in the Carrabassett Valley

Date

9/23/17 9:00am to 4:00pm

CR NEMBA invites you to the Kona MTB Adventure Series ride on Saturday, September 23, at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Come ride the epic trails of the Carrabassett Valley during peak foliage. Join us for riding fun followed by complimentary beverages courtesy of Baxter Brewing Company as well as burgers and hot dogs. We’d welcome anyone bringing along a pot-luck side to add to the feast. We hope you’ll stay for our informal annual meeting.

Riding:

Riders of all abilities are welcome and invited. There will be guided rides as outlined below, as well as self-guided routes clearly marked for those who wish to venture on their own. Ride Guides will show you the trail system with riders of similar ability with an emphasis on having fun and connecting with fellow riders.

Who is Invited:

Anyone with or without a bike, from the Valley or beyond, and current NEMBA members and soon to be members who want to be introduced to the trail network and CRNEMBA, to just ride the trails, or most importantly, to have some fun!

Bike Rentals:

There will be a limited number of bike rentals available from Carrabassett Valley Bike. Contact Bob Ash at 207-671-3560. 

End of Season Party:

the party to begin when you return from your afternoon ride, about 4:00ish with complimentary beverages. Grilling of hot dogs and burgers will begin as soon as folks are ready to eat! Food will be available at the Outdoor Center, again free to all riders and guests. Potluck is welcomed.

Annual Meeting: (6:30-7:30PM)

Please join us for an informal meeting with CRNEMBA Board members to learn what we are doing, our relationship with the Carrabassett Valley Trails, and to ask questions and share your hopes and wants for CRNEMBA.

Registration:

will be available at the CRNEMBA tent at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, beginning at 9:00 AM. Each rider will be required to sign a liability waiver. Fees are as follows:

CRNEMBA or NEMBA members from any other chapter: $10/person suggested donation

Non-members: $25/person

New Chapter Memberships: $35/individual; $45/family. New members will ride for free!

The goal for this event includes a celebration of our bike community and further recruitment of members. Thanks to the remarkable support we receive from our members, volunteers, sponsors, and partners, our free-to-ride trail network will continue to expand! As is always the practice for CRNEMBA, financial proceeds will be directed towards further development of CRNEMBA and the trail system we are creating with our partners.

Ride Schedule:

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Expert Ride

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Advanced Ride

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Intermediate Ride

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Inter-mellow Ride

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Beginner Ride

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Advanced Ride

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Intermediate Ride

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Beginner Ride

Follow the Event on Facebook.

  Read more about Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride in the Carrabassett Valley

Location

Carrabassett Valley, ME

Chapter

Carrabassett Region

Trail

Event Leader

Peter Smith
psmithconsult@roadrunner.com

Carrabassett Region TrailFest 2016

Date

8/19/16 5:00pm to 8/22/16 1:30pm

Carrabassett Valley TrailFest 2016!
 
Time is growing near for CR NEMBA’s Fourth Annual NEMBA TrailFest. We will be teaming up with Maine Huts and Trails (MH&T) to bring an outstanding work, ride, eat and stay experience to our friends from all over New England again this year. The dates are August 19th, 20th and 21st.
 
The Digs and Grub
Volunteers are the guests of Maine Huts & Trails who will be providing the food and their fully staffed Stratton Brook “Hut” at no cost. This “Hut” is a million dollar, self-sufficient facility in the wilderness on a hill with sweeping views and includes, bunk houses, composting toilets, showers and a full service commercial kitchen. Participants will have free lodging on Friday and Saturday nights August 21stnd & 22nd. MH&T will be providing dinner on Friday night, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. See below for Bonus extended stay discount pricing option!
 
If you are not familiar with Maine Huts & Trails visit their website http://www.mainehuts.org/our-huts/stratton-brook while there, and check out the Stratton Brook Hut.
 
The Dirt
 
There are several projects we are looking at for this year’s event. The specific project has not yet been determined but be not afraid, there is a lot going on in Carrabassett Valley and we will have something rewarding for everyone to do. We will be updating participants as this portion of the event further develops.
 
The Plan
  • Friday, August 19th - Arrive in Carrabassett Valley and ride your bike to Stratton Brook Hut for dinner at 7:00 pm and camp fire fun. If you would like a gear shuttle, your bag must be at the Outdoor Center by 6:30
  • Saturday, August 20th  - breakfast at 7:30AM at Stratton Brook Hut;
trail work 8:30AM – 2:30PM (lunch served on the trail), back to the hut for a ride at 3:30PM; dinner at 7:00PM followed by Live Music. Beer and wine will be available for sale through MH&T
  • Sunday, August 21st   – breakfast 7:30AM; trail work 8:30AM – 1:00PM (lunch served on the trail), back to the hut for a ride.
 
The Call to Action
Please RSVP ASAP! We are expecting a tremendous turn out and space is limited. Bunks will be first come (RSVP) first serve.
 
RSVP NEMBA TrailFest required. Please contact David at dhughes@carrabassett.NEMBA.org to RSVP or with any questions.
 
IMPORTANT!
  • If you are planning to attend but not staying overnight at the hut, please let us know if you are planing to join us for any of the meals and if so, which ones, so we can plan the food purchases accordingly. If you are staying at the hut we will assume you are joining us for all the meals unless you tell us differently.
  • Due to liquor law challenges. We will not be able to provide free beer. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the hut through MH&T. There will be keg of beer that will be specially priced for TrailFest participants. If you BYOB, MH&T asks that you consume in your bunkroom.
 
The Bonus
Maine Huts & Trails is offering a special rate to stay for one night (Sunday @ 25% discount) or two nights (Sun and Monday @ 50% discount) to NEMBA TrailFest participants who worked the Saturday and Sunday of the event.
 
RSVP Extended stay required. Please call MH&T reservations team at 207-265-2400 and tell them you are part of the event.
 
 
Thanks,
 
Dave Hughes (CR NEMBA Event Coordinator)
Peter Smith (CR NEMBA President)
Charlie Woodworth (MH&T Executive director)
Josh Tauses (CR NEMBA Trail Boss)
Jason Cooke (MH&T Trail Manager)
Sarah Pine (Huts Manager)
CR NEMBA board and members
Maine Huts and Trails and members
Town of Carrabassett Valley and citizens
And mountain bikers everywhere!
 
 

Location

Stratton Brook Hut, Carrabassett Valley ME

Chapter

Carrabassett Region

Trail

Event Leader

David Hughes
hughes@carrabassett.NEMBA.org

Sugarloaf Fat Tire Festival

Date

2/5/16 6:00pm to 2/7/16 3:00pm

Presented by Sugarloaf and supported by Carrabassett Region NEMBA and Maine Huts & Trails

Building on the success of last year's event, Sugarloaf is hosting the 2nd annual Fat Tire Festival on February 6 and 7, 2016. There will be a three-part on-snow race held on Saturday morning, a dual-slalom race Saturday evening, and a Frozen-Fattie guided group ride on Sunday. There will also be demo bikes and guided rides during the day on Saturday and a Fat Tire Festival party Saturday night at the Widowmaker with prizes, movies and music.
There will be a pre-festival event held on Friday evening at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM so participants can pick up their registration packets. There will be a fire, hot drinks and the trails will be marked for evening/night riding from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM so bring your bikes and headlamps!

Fat Tire Race
The highlight of this Fat Tire event will be a three-part on-snow race that will feature racers riding UP the boardwalk trail and DOWN through the banked-slalom course back to the finish and festival area. The race will then head OVER to the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center for the final leg. The race will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Sugarloaf Ski Resort and will start at 7:00 AM from the resort base area. This is an open age group race limited to 100 riders with awards going to the fastest women and men shortly after the race is complete.
You can register for the Fat Tire Race and the Frozen Fattie Ride by clicking HERE
Men's Division:
·     Top 3 overall times
·     Fastest Climb
·     Fastest Downhill
Women's Division:
·     Top 3 overall times
·     Fastest Climb
·     Fastest Downhill

The entry fee for the race is $50. Register right HERE through BikeReg.com. You registration will include race entry, course access, a bike demo tag, and goodie bag.

Dual Slalom, Single Elimination Race
The dual slalom race will be held on the Birches trail just below the base lodge on Saturday evening, February 6 at 6:00 PM (registration from 4:45 to 5:45 in the base lodge). Entry fee for the race is just $5!
Fat Tire Festival Party
Join us at the Widowmaker in the Sugarloaf base lodge for the first annual Fat Tire Festival Party. There will be music, videos, prizes and lots of fat bike talk.
Frozen Fattie Adventure Ride
This event will take place Sunday, February 7 and feature a longer ride to one of Maine Huts & Trails huts where a hearty lunch will be served and where riders can rest and warm up before the return trip. This is a guided ride for the fit and hearty. The exact location and route will be determined as snow conditions evolve so check back for updates.
Friday, February 5 (Sugarloaf Outdoor Center):
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM Night Riding
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Participant packet pickup
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM Hang by the fire
Saturday, February 6 (Sugarloaf Resort Base Area):
7:00 AM to 10:00 AM Fat Tire Race
10:00 AM Award Ceremony
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Demo Bikes
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM CRNEMBA, MH&T and other organization booths
Saturday Evening, February 6 (Widowmaker):
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Dual slalom race
9:00 PM Fat Tire Festival Party
Sunday, February 7 (Location TBD):
9:00 AM Frozen Fattie ride departure
2:00 PM Approximate return
Event Contacts
Jen Reese, Sugarloaf Resort, Events Manager: (207) 237-6897; 
Dave Hughes; CR NEMBA
Joe Hines; CR NEMBA;
Cayce Frigon; Maine Huts & Trails; 
 

Chapter

Carrabassett Region

Trail

Event Leader

Dave Hughes
dhughes@carrabassett.nemba.org

Carrabassett Region NEMBA Awarded $50K Grant from LL Bean

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Carrabassett Region Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association will use the grant to leverage over $237,000 for trail construction



The Carrabassett Region chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (CRNEMBA) announces the receipt of a $50,000 grant from LL Bean’s Charitable Giving for Conservation and Outdoor Recreation. According to CRNEMBA president, Peter Smith, the funds will be matched by the Town of Carrabassett Valley to provide funding for the continued development of a world class mountain bike trail network in the Carrabassett Region. The LL Bean Grant will be combined with other funding sources to generate a total of $237,000 for trail construction.
 
“All of us who are passionate about mountain biking and enjoy the recreational activities available in western mountains of Maine are very excited about the continuing support from so many people to make this happen,” says Peter Smith. “Our vision includes a world class mountain bike trail network for riders of all ability levels who wish to explore the vast wilderness and beauty of this very special region.”
 
Since 2011, CRNEMBA has collaborated with the Town of Carrabassett Valley, Maine Huts & Trails, and other partners to create a world-class mountain bike trail system that puts the Carrabassett area on the national stage as mountain biking destination. As of the end of 2014 there are approximately 77 miles of mountain bike specific trail serving all levels of riders in the Carrabassett Region. This includes almost 23 miles of brand new machine and hand built singletrack, purpose built for mountain biking. Over 4700 hours of volunteer labor and over $323,000 have thus far been invested into the trail system.
 
The Carrabassett Mountain Bike Trail Network currently includes two separate and connected trail “pods”. These pods are located at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center (Pod One) with 35 miles of mountain bike specific trails and Campbell Field Trail Head (Pod Two) with 42 miles of mountain bike specific trails. These pods are linked by introductory level mountain bike trail known as the Route 27 Connector Trail.
 
The LL Bean Grant will be combined with additional funds provided by CRNEMBA and the Town of Carrabassett Valley to provide $130,000 for investment in mountain bike trail development in Pod Two, or the Campbell Field Trail Head during 2015-2016.
 
These funds will be utilized to create several new mountain bike specific trails, including a new, multi-use trail to the Maine Huts & Trails Stratton Brook Hut for use by both mountain bike riders and Nordic skiers. Plans call for adding up to 12 miles of trail in the Campbell Field Trail Head project. 
 
Mac McKeever, spokesperson for LL Bean, said “LL Bean is very pleased to support the project to develop a mountain bike destination in the Carrabassett Valley area.”
 
The Town of Carrabassett Valley has also received a $35,000 grant for mountain bike trail construction at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center from the State of Maine through the Recreational Trails Program Grant. Coupled with matching funds from the Town and other sources, there will be approximately $107,000 available for investment in mountain bike trail construction at the Outdoor Center for 2015-2016, which is expected to add 5.5 miles to the mountain bike trail network.
 

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