Central CT

FC NEMBA 2017 Upcoming Events

Monday, April 24, 2017

FC NEMBA has a full schedule of events planned for spring, summer and beyond! Join us for a ride, event or trail work session. Check out our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/153250044748995/ for latest info on all things MTB.
 
Trail maps at http://fcnemba.org/fc-mtnbikingmaps/index.htm
 
Chapter meetings are the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30 PM in Norwalk.
 
Upcoming Events
 
Sat.-Sun. May 6-7 Huntington and Putnam SP, FCNEMBA’s Trailfest! Join us for a great weekend of frolicking in the woods of Huntington State Park. We will eat, work, ride, camp, and eat and ride again. Light trail work, led rides for all levels, BBQ, Bonfire, and Camping. Free! Kid Friendly! Come for some or for the entire event. Details at http://www.facebook.com/events/423176344685439/
 
Fri. May 12, Southbury, North of FC Ride, Meeting, and Social. All levels. We’ll take a ride on the Larkin Trail to Black Hog Brewery and enjoy the beer and food trucks. Or just meet us there. Brief meeting at 7pm. 
 
Sat. May 20 NEMBA Trail School South in Oxford. Spend the day talking about, learning about, and building trails! Find out about trail initiatives in the area. There is still room so register now.

 
Fri-Sun. Aug. 11-13 Kingdom Trails. The first ever NEMBA Women’s Summit. Seminars, rides, movies, fashion show, prizes and more! FC is offering a partial scholarship to encourage more women to attend. Only a few tickets left.
 
Weekly Rides
 
Mondays - Southbury, Intermediate, with Greg Meghani, Class Cycles

Tuesdays - Southbury, Waldo, Social with Paula Burton
 
Wednesdays - Wilton, Wilton Woods, Intermediate, with Dave Francefort
 
Sundays - Ridgefield, Intermediate, with Ridgefield Bicycle Company
 
Trail Work Sessions
 
Please lend a hand if you ride at Mianus, Wilton Woods, Bennett’s/Hemlock Hills, Trout Brook, Huntington, Trumbull, Waldo! Select Saturdays 8.45-12 PM, often followed by a ride.
Sat. June 3 National Trails Day at Mianus River Park, Ryan Tucker, rrtucker@gmail.com
Sat. June 10 TBA
Sat. Sept. 9 TBA
Sat. Oct. 7 TBA
Sat. Oct. 14 TBA
Sat. Nov. 4 TBA
Sat. Nov. 18 TBA
 
Here is to a great year of riding. See you on the trails!
--Monika Stokes
 

CCT NEMBA Trail Day at Quillinan

Date

10/26/14 8:30am

Trail Day @QuillinanCentral Connecticut Chapter and Thule, Inc. are teaming up for a trail work day at the Quillinan Reservoir trails (Quillinan Block, Naugatuck State Forest), Sunday, October 26, 2014, 8:30 AM.

Thule will be providing lunch and we'll be riding the trails afterwards.

Parking/lunch @ Thule, Inc. 42 Silvermine Rd., Seymour, CT.

Location

Quillinan Reservoir, Seymour/Ansonia, CT

Chapter

Central CT

Event Leader

Mark Lurie
eatsleepfish@gmail.com

CCT NEMBA Fall Fiesta 2014

Date

10/12/14 (All day)

The 2014 Central Connecticut NEMBA "Fall Fiesta" is being held at Gay City State Park on Rt. 85 in Bolton on Sunday, October 12.  Led rides will kick off at 8 AM with an expert ride through Gay City to Case and back, with intermediate and easy rides at 9-10 AM.  There will also be arrowed courses around the park for those who want to do their own thing.  All rides are open to members and the general public at no charge.  NEMBA members (including those who join the day of the event) are invited to stay for a pizza lunch, swag raffle, and annual membership meeting.

The latest info is here.


Location

Gay City State Park, Bolton, CT

Chapter

Central CT

Event Leader

Al Tinti
alanrtinti@cox.net
860-368-9109

NEMBA Trail School @ Goodwin State Forest

Monday, May 19, 2014

Riders and trail enthusiasts from an array of organizations gathered at Goodwin Conservation Center in Hampton, Connecticut for NEMBA's annual two-day course in trail design, construction and maintenance.

In addition to riders from numerous NEMBA chapters from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, participants came from the Connecticut Parks & Forests Association, the Central CT Regional Planning Agency, the Friends of Goodwin State Park, Greenfield Trails Association (NH), Londonderry Trails (NH) and even as far away as the Gennesee Region Offroad Cyclists (Rochester, NY).

In the NEMBA tradition of "work hard, play harder", the course featured not only classroom instruction but outdoors hands-on build clinics as well as an epic ride on the extensive trail system that encompasses Goodwin State Forest and Natchaug State Forest.

“Our trail school is key to increasing our capacity to improve and build more trails,” commented NEMBA director, Philip Keyes. “I’m confident that everyone who attended this year’s class will go on to put on their own trail care events and help us build a better New England for trails and trail-based recreation in all its forms.”

Our thanks to the supportive staff at the Goodwin Conservation Center and the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection for opening their doors to us and allowing us to camp out -- the evening bonfire was great!  We also thank the Friends of Goodwin State Forest for helping with project locations. Lastly, a huge shout-out of thanks to our NEMBA instructors, Paula Burton, Adam Glick, Maciej Sobieszek and Mike Tabaczynski, and to our ride leaders, Stacey Jimenez and Glenn Newcombe.

If you missed out, mark your calendars now for the May 21-22, 2015.

Central CT NEMBA Prevents Ban on Mountain Biking in Tolland CT

Friday, April 18, 2014

Thanks to the involvement of Central CT NEMBA and area members, a proposed ban on mountain biking was prevented and cycling will still be a legitimate activity on conservation lands in Tolland, Connecticut.  Central CT NEMBA was able to help defeat a proposal by a local group called “Conserve Tolland” to ban mountain biking on all 13 of the town’s open spaces. At the April 8th meeting of the Tolland Town Council, the group argued for the ban citing trail damage, user conflict and liability issues as their reasons.

Alan Tinti, a Central CT NEMBA board member, and several local mountain bikers spoke in defense of mountain biking.  Numerous studies show that the impacts of mountain biking and hiking are essentially similar and that user conflict issues can be addressed through education and setting appropriate expectations to share trails.  Central CT NEMBA played a key role, along with Connecticut Forest & Parks and the Sierra Club, in strengthening the recreational liability law in Connecticut to protect towns and municipalities what allow recreation on their properties. Connecticut’s recreational use statute is more robust than it ever has been.

The Town Council voted to adopt the Conservation Commission’s recommendations to allow and manage mountain biking on Tolland open space, along with other types of muscle-powered recreation.

Central CT NEMBA Intermediate Ride at Rockland

Event Date

1/26/19 10:00am

Intermediate ride at Rockland, Sat. Jan. 26th.  Meet at Dead Hill Rd at 10:00.  If there’s no snow, we’ll ride.  If there’s a little snow, we’ll ride fat bikes.  If there’s a lot of snow, we’ll xc ski or snowshoe.  If the weather’s awful, we’ll postpone to a later date.   Check CT NEMBA Facebook page for updates. Read more about Central CT NEMBA Intermediate Ride at Rockland

Location

Rockland Preserve - Dead Hill Lot, Durham, CT

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

John Puziss

HV NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

2/6/19 (All day)

The February meeting of Housatonic Valley NEMBA will be held at Class Cycles loacted at 77 Main St N in Southbury on Wednesday February 6th.

The meeting will start at 6:30 PM.

Pizza and Refreshments will be served. We have a lot to talk about, including upcoming rides and events.

Help us plan our 2019 season.

You do not have to be a NEMBA memebrs to attend. Read more about HV NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Event Leader

Paula Burton
peburton@aol.com

Central CT

Burlington / Nassahegon Trails

222 Punch Brook Rd
Burlington  Connecticut  06013
United States

Easy

45%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

15%

Description

Burlington/Nassahegon Trails: 

The mountain bike trail network in Burlington extends through a large portion of the abundant forest lands in town. At present, the marked trail network is comprised of roughly 40 miles of mountain bike specific singletrack within the Nassahegon State Forest, Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area and watershed lands owned by the City of New Britain. The marked routes are mainly beginner/intermediate level and provide connectivity between the main parking areas as well as access to all the different forest zones.

The 40 miles of marked MTB trail only represent a small percentage of the actual riding that is available in Burlington. With a sense of adventure and a little help from the locals you can ride for days on end without duplication. The Burlington trail network when combined with the nearby trail networks in Harwinton spans a handful of towns and two counties, one of the largest continuous MTB trail networks in Southern New England.

The riding in Burlington is best described as varied. Trails exist for all riding abilities from first timers to the most skilled. There is a great balance between technicality and flow. Rocks, roots, rollers, berms etc., it’s one stop shopping for all your MTB needs.

For Connecticut standards, there is also a good amount of elevation to be gained and lost. Technical climbs and flowy descents are strewn throughout the network, some over a mile in length so be prepared to pedal up and whoop it down.

Plain and simple, just some fantastic XC riding hiding here in the hills of Burlington, CT.  

Map:

The main map can be located here: Burlington Trails or on NWCT NEMBA’s web page NW CT NEMBA - Map Page

Trailheads, Parking and Informational Kiosks can be found at the following locations in Burlington, CT:

Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area

341 Milford Street (Route 69) - Burlington

 

Camp Nepaug (Old WPA Work Camp)

480 Stone Road - Burlington

 

Nassahegon Recreation Complex

222 Punch Brook Road - Burlington

 

 Submitted by Jon Regan   Read more about Burlington / Nassahegon Trails

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