Central MA

NEMBA COVID-19 Statement

Thursday, April 9, 2020

NEMBA Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic (updated: 4/9/2020)

NEMBA recommends that all chapters and individuals follow the active public health practices that are set by your local and state public health organizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re all in this together until the end of the COVID-19 emergency.

All NEMBA rides and events are suspended until state and local public health guidelines indicate resumption of activities are safe.

NEMBA Chapters can and should take advantage of virtual meeting technologies to promote connections in the mountain bike community and maintain basic chapter communications and planning.

We encourage all mountain bikers to heed state and local public health guidelines if you choose to get out and ride.

  • Be safe.
  • Dial it back – you may need to slow down and stop often for others.
  • Be patient with other trail users.
  • Don’t take risks.
  • Ride at off-hours.
  • Avoid crowded trail locations.
  • Avoid crowded parking lots. Park elsewhere and ride to the trail head.
  • Ride from your house to the trails if possible.
  • Ride alone* or with members of your immediate family.
  • Don't ride in large groups.
  • Provide extra physical spacing between riders, ideally >30'.
  • Be friendly and respectful of all trail users’ need for recreation and physical space. Say “Hi!” to other trail users!

*If you must ride alone, please take extra caution for yourself! Take a charged phone and let family/friends know your expected route and time of return.

We are part of a much larger community of people seeking comfort through outdoor recreation right now – we need to do everything we can to make it safe and responsible for all trail users.

This is also a very visible time to demonstrate that mountain bikers are positive, compatible, and integral members of our trail communities. We are all ambassadors – every one of us.

3/17/2020: As of today, NEMBA is recommending that all NEMBA chapters place a hold on all organized in-person meetings, events, and rides until at least April 15th, 2020. We believe this is prudent in light of the overall guidance coming out of local, state, and federal public health organizations to greatly limit groups and minimize contact between individuals. Chapter, or other meetings, that can be conducted via conference call or video conference should absolutely continue. We will re-evaluate this guidance as we get closer to April 15th. Thank you all for doing your part to help slow down transmission of COVID-19!



Given the recent developments with the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19), NEMBA’s Executive Board is concerned about the potential health impacts for our membership and the wider community. In an effort to do our part to help mitigate the spread of the virus, our chapters are urged to follow all local, state and federal government public-health guidelines regarding actions that can be taken to staunch the transmission of COVID-19. While not exhaustive, some preventative actions to protect yourself and others include:

· Being vigilant about hygiene: wash your hands often and thoroughly; follow the CDC guidelines.

· Practice social distancing: keep space between you and others.

· Stay at home if you are sick.

· Cover your coughs and sneezes. If you use a tissue, immediately throw the tissue in the trash.

· Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.

· Clean frequently touched surfaces regularly.

Please keep apprised of changes during this rapidly evolving situation. Good information can be found at the CDC and WHO sites:



Many municipalities have, or are, enacting restrictions on large gatherings. Chapters should follow these guidelines and make preparations to hold events like chapter meetings via conference call or postpone if necessary. These guidelines should also be followed when considering organizing a group ride. While participation in mountain biking on the trails generally imparts a natural separation of greater than the recommended 6’ distance; we must recognize that there are opportunities for closer contact during check-in, stoppages and pre-post ride social interactions. Everyone should be vigilant on the trails to protect yourself and others. NEMBA is monitoring the public-health guidance and we will make appropriate recommendations regarding regionally organized events. We will communicate any changes to the regional calendar as the situation warrants. We urge everyone to take the needed precautions to protect yourself, your fellow riders and the community at large. Read more about [node:title]

PV NEMBA Sawmill Benefit @ Berkshire East


1/3/20 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Sawmill Benefit

Time to start scheduling the new year!

We'll be starting off our year at Berkshire East on January 3rd for a night of snow and fundraising.

For this night, NEMBA members will receive a $5 discount off their lift ticket.

As an extra bonus, we'll be receiving $5 from each NEMBA lift ticket purchased that night and it will be donated to help fund some of the costs for a land acquisition at Sawmill Hills by the city.

On top of donating the money received from the lift tickets, we'll be holding a raffle with some donations from area bike shops.

There is a talk of some post ski/snowboard fat bike riding, but I'll let that conversation take place on this Facebook Page if people are interested.

Location: Berkshire East, 66 Thunder Mountain Rd., Charlemont.


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Pioneer Valley

Event Leader

Jonathan Mauterer

Wachusett NEMBA Sansoucy Stone Pizza Night


10/1/19 7:00pm

Wachusett NEMBA Pizza Night (& Ride)

This is a first time event for us! Help us welcome fall weather over at Sansoucy Stone where long-time NEMBA supporter John Sansoucy treats us to the freshest pizza you've ever had right out of their outdoor pizza oven. He's also supplying some adult beverages!

BRING YOUR APPETITES! Let's make this a cool NEMBA social event for local mountain bikers to get to know one another and swap stories.

This is NOT a chapter meeting, so we're not running through an agenda or anything like that.

We'll do an optional pre-ride too, that will be posted separately and linked to the Facebook event once decided. But, since our pre-rides often run a little late, we're going to start earlier (and bring lights) at 4:30pm and be sure to give folks time to get to the party on time.

Check out http://www.sansoucystone.com/ for more info on John's business which is located at 23 Paradox Drive in Worcester.

RAIN DATE: Thursday Oct 3, same time.

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Event Leader

Brett Russ

Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride at Leominster State Forest


9/13/20 9:00am to 3:00pm

Come join the Wachusett Chapter of NEMBA this September for some great riding at Leominster State Forest, our 7th year. 

There will be Beginner, Intermediate and Hero loops with trails marked out for self guided or options to join a group ride for each ability


$10 Members

$ 25 Non Members

FREE if you join or renew your NEMBA membership at the event!

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Leominster State Forest




Event Leader

Jim Wrightson

Wachusett NEMBA Chapter Meeting


12/12/19 (All day)

Wachusett NEMBA Chapter Meetings

Wachusett NEMBA holds its chapter meetings every other month on the second Thursday of the month.

    Bring your ideas and energy while catching up with latest info from the people in our chapter making mountain biking advocacy happen in our region. 

Ride in Leominster State Forest will start promptly at 5:30pm. Meet for the ride at the same address as the meeting, which is at Jim Wrightson's house virtually across the street from Leominster State Forest:
41 Rocky Pond Road Princeton, MA 01541


The chapter meeting will follow at 7:30pm. Please RSVP and BYOB, a chair might be good too, just in case. There will be food!

  Save time by signing the once-a-year Ride Waiver ahead of time.

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Event Leader

Brett Russ