Central MA

Wachusett NEMBA Meeting & Ride


4/11/19 (All day)

Wachusett NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Ride

Ride 5pm

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2275762142674686/

Ride start: https://goo.gl/maps/Zjc2FwJxZKk

We'll meet to ride at 5pm before we head to our meeting just down the street. Ride will be intermediate level in the Millers River/Lake Denison and surrounding areas led by Kevin.

Ride starts at 5pm from Pete & Henry's (closed) restaurant in Royalston.

Meeting 7pm

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/354416775156072/

Meeting venue: https://goo.gl/maps/sw43YQRPEW52

BYOB, chapter will supply sandwiches and/or pizza. 

Meeting starts at 7pm at Red Apple Farm's Brew Barn (no taps open just yet...so BYOB)

Big agenda:

- Willie Jacobsz will be giving us a discussion on Trailforks, as he's an active volunteer for them. It's a powerful trail mapping and status tracking tool on both web and mobile devices. I'm pretty interested in this personally because, frankly, creating good trail maps and getting them to our audience is tough but is key to growing our sport.

- Upcoming events:
-- AMC/DCR trail day June 1
-- NQTA trail day June 2
-- TVR June 15

- Initial thoughts on an annual budget for our chapter: tracking what money comes in (and from where) and where it should go. We want to optimize this for the best benefit to our region's trails and riders.

- discuss (with suggestions and guidelines) leading rides at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels

- discuss ideas for more effective communications so everyone feels included/informed?

- discuss ways to better market what we are doing

- updates from our trail teams

- updates from the NEMBA summit being held this weekend. JeffA and WillieJ went from our region.

- any other business

Thanks all,
BR Read more about Wachusett NEMBA Meeting & Ride



Event Leader

Brett Russ

Central MA

DAR State Forest

78 Cape St
Goshen  Massachusetts  01032
United States

(413) 268-7098








The Daughters of the American Revolution State Forest (DAR) offers over 15 miles of trails ranging from easy to quite challnging. Pioneer Valley NEMBA has done a lot of work on these trails to get them into tiptop shape, and those efforts will be readilly apparent.

DAR also has dozens of campgrounds, as well as a very popular beach and picnic areas.

DAR is a really fun place to ride.

Although there are some fairly flat trails, you can expect to do some climbing here.

Few riders are able to explore all of DAR's trails in one visit. So, expect to come back.

You can email the park at dar.forest@state.ma.us . Their telephone number is 413 268-7098 and the DCR website for DAR is HERE! Read more about DAR State Forest

Local Shops

Bicycles Unlimited

Berkshire Bike, Ski & Board

Northampton Bike

Plaine's Bicycle

Links to Relevant Resources



5/11/19 (All day)

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Trail Care Day


It's time for some Spring Cleaning. We're running a few early season trail work days to get the trails ready for an awesome year of riding!

Come join us for a day of clearing deadfall, trimming back overgrowth, and general maintenance of our trails. Bring sturdy boots, work gloves if you have them, a bottle of water, and small snacks you may need during the trail work.

On Saturday May 11th, starting at 9:00 AM, our Trail Ambassador Phil Pless, philpless@me.com will be leading a trail day at Daughters of the American Revolution State Park.

If there are no major issues noted in a pre-event check, it may be possible to have a few pocket saws and snippers on board with riders for a ride and clean event instead.

If people are interested/available and the trail conditions are acceptable, we can head back for a group ride after the trail work.

Save time by signing NEMBA's once a year Trail Care Waiver. Read more about PV NEMBA DAR Trail Day


D.A.R. State Forest


Pioneer Valley

Event Leader

Jonathan Mauterer

PV NEMBA Hawley Winter Ride


3/17/19 (All day)

We will plan on riding the trails in Hawley SF. We'll meet at 16 Plainfield Rd.

These rides will be condition dependant. We won't ride trails if wet enough to damage.

We will check conditions prior to rides as best we can and will update on the event page and give equipment recommendations.

We will attempt to accommodate all skill sets.

Bring a sense of adventure and a sense of humor.

The ride will begin at 11:00 AM.   Plan on 2-3 hours.                      We usually stop at Berkshire Pizzeria afterwards.

Late Breaking Details will be on this Facebook page, or contact me at fatbike413@gmail.com   

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Pioneer Valley


Event Leader

Marc Lombard

Volunteer Appreciation Night


2/21/19 7:00pm to 9:00pm

NEMBA Volunteers : If you spent any time building and maintaining trail, leading rides, painting faces at kids events at any NEMBA event last year
WE WANT TO THANK YOU, by inviting you to Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall on February 21 at 7 PM (306 Northern Av, Boston MA). We will have pizza and ... you guessed it, some of the finest Harpoon beer. You can come by earlier or stay later and hang out at their bar at the main entrance.
this event is open to all NEMBA chapters. 

Maciej Sobieszek Read more about Volunteer Appreciation Night


Harpoon Brewery


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Event Leader

Maciej "Magic" Sobieszek

PV NEMBA Winter Rides

Event Date

1/20/19 3:00pm

Pioneer Valley NEMBA will be hosting a Winter Ride Series in the Kenneth R Dubuque State Forest, known to us locals as Hawley.

The rides will start from the Hawley Fire Station on Plainfield Rd at 11:00 AM.

The rides are scheduled for 1/20, 2/17 & 3/17.

   NOTE: The 2/17 ride will be part of the Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series. PV NEMBA will be raffling off some winter cycling related gear donated from some local bike shops.

   Riders must attend 2 or more of the rides in the series to be entered into the raffle. Entries will be tallied by waiver sign ins.

Conditions will determine the routes and duration while extreme conditions may necesitate a date change.

For questions send an email to  Marc Lombard, fatbiker413@gmail.com


Save time by signing NEMBA's Annual Waiver ahead of time.  Read more about PV NEMBA Winter Rides


Meet at Fire Station E Plainfield Rd, Hawley




Ride Level


Ride Style


Ride Leader Name

Marc Lombard

Central MA

Brooks Woodland Preserve

22 East Rd
Petersham  Massachusetts  01366
United States
There are two parking areas on East Rd. The one further to the west is larger.








The Trustees of Reservation's Brooks Woodland Preserve and North Common Meadow's 723 acres host over 15 miles of mild to moderate trails. 

It is a very scenic place to ride. One of may favorite trails, the Blue Dot Trail follows a river down hill (or uphill depending on which way you ride it.) It's stunningly beautiful.

If you choose to ride from one of the East Road starting areas I'd suggest doing the northernmost trails before heading into the center of Brooks. Caution, one trail in this area leads to a beswamp where the trail has been submerged. You'll recognize it because there are many downfalls on it and it seems to get little use.

There is a red dot loop to the north, a blue dot loop in the middle and a yellow dot loop to the south. All of these are very ridable though you'll do over 900 feet of climbing if you exlore them all.

In addtion there are many white dot trails bisecting these loops. Generally these are harder, have more climbing, and include a couple of singletracks. This would all be very confusing if you don't bring a copy of the map at the top of this page with you.

Some of the trails lead into neighboring property such as one section of the Harvard Forest which also has many trails.

My guess is that you won't ride here for a technical challenge. But you will ride here for the experience. And you wil return.

Bill Boles

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PV NEMBA Chili Ride


11/18/18 (All day)




11/18/18 12:00pm

Chili Ride #10 is scheduled for Sunday, November 18th!

The Chili Ride is a great way to round out the fall: a 2 to 3 hour mountain bike ride on classic Wendell singletrack at an intermediate pace, followed by a chili-themed potluck at Bill's house across the street from park headquarters.

The rides start at 12:00pm from the Wendell Ranger Station (392 Montague Road, Wendell MA) and will go for about 2-3 hours. This will be an unmarked ride, and groups will be formed based on skill level. All riders are welcome but be aware that Wendell trails are considered technically challenging. We will accommodate all that show up! Non biking partners welcome to take a leisurely hike during the ride.

This late in the year New England weather can be unpredictable so be sure to layer up, bring snacks and plenty of hydration. We should not be needing lights for this ride but feel free to bring one, just to be on the safe side.

Chili Cookoff:

As always, we will be having a chili cook-off this year - bring your favorite chili, side dish, appetizer or dessert for a chance to be crowned the 2018 PV NEMBA Chili Champion!!

The party after the ride will be at Bill Gabriel's house just before the ranger station on the right (334 Wendell Road, Millers Falls); if you're bringing food you can drop it off at his house before the ride between 11:00am and 11:45pm. You can also leave your car in his driveway and bike over to the ranger Station (parking will be limited at the ranger station).

Directions to the Wendell Ranger Station:

From the east or west: Take Rte. 2 to Rte. 63 south through Miller Falls, Wendell Rd. over R.R. bridge, take Montague Rd. and follow signs.

From the north or south: Take Rte 47 North to Route 63 North. Travel approximately 6 miles and follow lead in signs approximately 2 miles to the Park Headquarters. (From RT63: turn right on Highland St (before center of Millers Falls) to intersection with S Prospect St, turn right onto S Prospect St and follow that all the way up -turns into Wendell Rd, bear right)

Location: Wendell State Forest, Park Headquarters, 392 Montague Road, Wendell MA

Directions to Bill Gabriel's house (from Millers Falls):

Follow the signs to Wendell State Forest. Bill's house is on the right just before the Ranger Station, brown house with a red barn sitting back from the road (334 Wendell Road, Millers Falls).

Feel free to contact me with questions for further information, car pooling or just to let me know you're coming. Hope to see you all soon! If you're unsure if the ride is still happening (rain, heat, surprise blizzard etc.) call me the day of the ride - leave a message and your phone number if I don't pick up and I will call you back.

Contact: Marc – fatbiker413@gmail.com - 413-772-9319

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Pioneer Valley


Event Leader

Mark Lombard

Wachusett NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Ride


9/11/18 (All day)

Mark your calendars for our next chapter meeting. It will be held at \the Gardner Ale House.

We're also having an optional pre-meeting ride.   Both are on Tuesday Sept 11:


5pm start at the Gardner Veterans ice arena (https://goo.gl/maps/HPQ1Nt4d9nG2) will cover some local trails in Gardner (one recent ride there got 11 miles)


7pm start at the Gardner Ale House (https://goo.gl/maps/M3SXdgm35iq). We will have a private room and chapter supplied pizzas and salad, you buy your beverages (Moon Hill Brewery is on site and has great beer!). So we can ensure we plan for enough space at the restaurant please RSVP here as soon as you can: https://doodle.com/poll/6xxy9k6meu72sbxk 


  • elect new chapter officers (up for grabs at this time: President, Secretary; early next year we'll need a new Treasurer too)
  • discuss new chapter positions for area leads/liaisons (adding coverage for Trout Brook in Holden, would like to add coverage for Pearl Hill and some other areas)
  • discuss all the latest news from our revived partnership with DCR in Leominster State Forest
  • discuss the $50k RTP grant we won to build phase 1 of a new singletrack network in Oakham State Forest
  • discuss the latest in the Ware River Watershed trail/access situation
  • discuss any other member business, trail opportunities and/or challenges

Hope to see you, don't forget to RSVP for the meeting at https://doodle.com/poll/6xxy9k6meu72sbxk

You do not have to be a member of Wachusett NEMBA to attend. Read more about Wachusett NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Ride



Event Leader

Dave Burnham