Central MA

PV NEMBA Monday Facing Rock Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Jul 01 2019 .
6/3/19 (All day)

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Monday Facing Rock Ride

During the month of June Jonathan Falcetti will be leading some Monday evening rides at Facing Rock in Ludlow.

We will roll at 5:40 sharp. 7.7mi, intermediate/chill pace, no one will be left behind. However, this is not a beginner ride; I only say that because the terrain can be technically challenging and there is a fair amount of sustained climbing in the 1st half of the loop (leading to beautiful vista).

The trailhead is at the end of Bridle Rd in Ludlow, its a dead end.
There is large brown sign at the end of the road indicating the trailhead, you cannot miss it. Very easy to find using the address 60 Bridle Rd, Ludlow, MA. Parking is on either side of the street at the end... please be respectful and do not park on any of the neighboring resident's property.

If the group would like, we can always add to the route. Facing Rock is a beautiful lesser known trail system. It is generally dried out before anywhere else, but keep an eye on the event page for cancellations (if the trails are too soft we do not want to cause damage with a large group).

Why not save time by siginig NEMBA's once-a-year Ride Waiver ahead of time if you haven't already done so.

   For more info contact Jonathan, listed below.

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Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Jonathan Mauterer
225-939-9092

Wachusett NEMBA Bearsden Trail Day & Ride

Date

5/11/19 9:00am to 12:00pm

Wachusett NEMBA Trail Day & Ride @ Bearsden Forest Conservation Area

Mark your calendars! Our area leader Kevin Killay has been working with the Athol Conservation Commission and will be leading a trail work day in Bearsden this coming Saturday starting at 9am.

Parking at the big lot at the top of Bearsden Rd in Athol:

Bring some basic hand tools like metal rakes and clippers, gloves, and water.

Kevin will have a chainsaw with all safety gear, blower and power pole saw.

Bug spray might be a good idea too.

Bearsden has 10 miles of trails and we'll be removing some deadfalls and doing some trail definition.

After the trail work, which shouldn't take too long, we'll be going for a two hour ride around the conservation area.

You do not have to be a member of NEMBA to take part. You just have to want to make Bearsden's trails better.

This will be a Wachusett NEMBA event and we ask that you sign our waiver (on site), or you can sign NEMBA's once-a-year Ride & Trail Care Waivers ahead of time.  Read more about [node:title]

Chapter

Wachusett

Event Leader

Kevin Killay
killay-kevin@montytech.net

PV NEMBA Novice/Beginner Women+ MTB Skills ride at Robinson

Event Date

5/19/19 (All day)

New to mountain biking or want to work on your skills and meet other riders?

We'll be doing a Beginner MTB ride at Robinson State Park in Agawam, which has fun and flowy trails.

We'll do some skills at the beginning and then go play bikes.

The ride will start at 65 Begley Street in Agawam. We'll meet before 9:30 and the ride will be over by 11:00.

This event is Women+ and we welcome women, trans, femme, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals.

You do not have to be a member of NEMBA to attend.

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State

Massachusetts

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Adele Paquin

Wachusett NEMBA Meeting & Ride

Date

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

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Chapter

Wachusett

Event Leader

Brett Russ
bruss@alum.wpi.edu

Central MA

DAR State Forest, Goshen

78 Cape St
Goshen  Massachusetts  01032
United States

(413) 268-7098

Easy

35%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

25%

Description

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 [node:title]

Local Shops

Bicycles Unlimited

Berkshire Bike, Ski & Board

Northampton Bike

Plaine's Bicycle

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PV NEMBA DAR Trail Day

Date

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, 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 [node:title]

Location

D.A.R. State Forest

Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Event Leader

Jonathan Mauterer
jonathanmauterer@gmail.com

PV NEMBA Hawley Winter Ride

Date

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    

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Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Trail

Event Leader

Marc Lombard
fatbike413@gmail.com

Volunteer Appreciation Night

Date

2/6/20 7:00pm to 9:00pm

NEMBA Annual Volunteer Appreciation Night

NEMBA Volunteers : If you spent any time building and maintaining trail, leading rides, painting faces at kids events at any NEMBA event last year . . .

Greater Boston NEMBA wants to than you by inviting you to Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall on February 6 at 7 PM located at 306 Northern Ave, Boston MA.

We will have pizza and ... you guessed it, some of the finest Harpoon beer.

Entrance and parking details: Attendees must use the entrance on Seafood Way to access the Tasting Room. This entrance is located on the opposite side of the building from where the parking lot is located. Guests are welcome to park in the Harpoon lots, in the parking garage across the street, or arrive by public transit on the Silver Line.
 

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. 

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Location

Harpoon Brewery

Chapter

Blackstone Valley Cape Cod Greater Boston Merrimack Valley North Shore Rhode Island SE Mass Southern NH

Event Leader

Rick Forzese
rick@rickforzese.com

PV NEMBA Fat Bike February Rides

Event Date

2/15/20 (All day)

Pioneer Valley NEMBA will be hosting a Fat Bike February Ride Serie in the Kenneth R Dubuque State Forest, known to us locals as Hawley.

The ride will start from the Hawley Fire Station on Plainfield Rd at 10:00 AM.

   NOTE: The 2/15 ride may be on 2/16 depending on the weather. It 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, 

 

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Location

Meet at Fire Station E Plainfield Rd, Hawley

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Marc Lombard

Central MA

Brooks Woodland Preserve, Petersham

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

Easy

25%

Moderate

70%

Difficult

5%

Description

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

Lovely path along the stream - Picture of Rutland Brook Wildlife Sanctuary,  Petersham - Tripadvisor Hit the Trail Riding - The Trustees of Reservations Brooks Woodland Preserve - The Trustees of Reservations Brooks Woodland Preserve | Sweet singletrack trail at the Br… | Flickr Read more about [node:title]

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