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.
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.
Mondays - Southbury, Intermediate, with Greg Meghani, Class CyclesTuesdays - 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, email@example.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!
Central 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.
Quillinan Reservoir, Seymour/Ansonia, CT
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
Gay City State Park, Bolton, CT
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.
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.
Join us for our monthly CCT NEMBA chapter meetings. These are usually the first Wednesday of the month, but please contact Mark Lurie to verify time and location.
We'll be installing another kiosk and doing some general trail work and cleanup in the Stone Road area. Meet at the Stone parking area at 10am.
We'll be starting, hopefully finishing the second section of the blue reroute. We'll be raking and clearing deadfall. Wear boots or sturdy shoes, bring water, snack, and a leaf rake if you have one. Meet at 9AM in the park lot at 105 Field Rd Cromwell. Read more about Central CT NEMBA Trail Building at River Highlands
River Highlands State Park, Cromwell, CT
12/1/18 10:00am to 12:30pm
Please check for any last minute updates on FC NEMBA page before heading out for this ride!
Re-enactment of Apres Turkey Ride in balmier conditions!
Adult intermediate and expert, juniors intermediate to expert, no drop. We will split into groups ranging from fast and furious to intermediate, intermellow, social, antisocial, dawdling and diffident.
Not beginner friendly territory.
A bike clear of mechanicals and a fitting helmet is a must, as are plenty of snacks and liquids, tools, a correct size spare tube, and temp appropriate breathable sheddable packable clothing.
Meeting 9:45, wheels down 10AM at Lower Dodgingtown Road lot, at the very end of Dodgingtown Road past the pond, at approxim. 198 Dodgingtown Rd
Redding, CT 06896
Overflow parking in Upper Dodgingtown lot, where the bathroom is. Read more about FC NEMBA Apres Novembre Ride
Huntington SP Lower Dodg lot
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Trail building at River Highlands
9AM Saturday 12/1
Help us finish the blue reroute. We'll be benching and raking. Wear boots or sturdy shoes, bring water, snack, and a leaf rake if you have one. Meet at 9AM in the park lot at 105 Field Rd Cromwell Read more about Central CT NEMBA Trail Building at River Highlands
River Highlands State Park, Cromwell, CT