Central VT

NEMBA COVID Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Events

Friday, April 9, 2021

NEMBA COVID recommendations for NEMBA rides & trail care sessions

 

As the warm weather approaches and trails dry out, we recognize that there is an increased demand for group rides and trail work days. Please consider the guidelines below, as well as the state by state guidelines, when organizing and hosting a group ride, trail care event, or other event. We all want to ride bikes, let’s just do it safely!

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Follow state & local guidelines (see links below as these change frequently)

  • Ensure you have a participant list with contact information in case contract tracing efforts are needed. This is a requirement.

  • Try to keep groups to 10 or less. Split larger groups as necessary. 

  • Wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

  • Respect the wishes of volunteers who request a more strict approach. Every individual has their own risk tolerance.

  • All participants must also sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver.

  • Email office@nemba.org with information of any upcoming events.

  • Very importantly, all guidelines still apply irregardless of any individual’s vaccination status.

 

Background:

Out of an abundance of caution most NEMBA chapters put a hold on Trail Care days and Group Rides as the Covid-19 Pandemic escalated. As vaccination efforts continue, and studies suggest extremely low transmission rates while outdoors, NEMBA looks forward to resuming trail work days and group rides. Recently, it seems like everyday one or more of the New England states relax their recommendations and guidelines. Their overriding concern though, of course, is still safety. NEMBA must follow at least the minimum guidelines set by each state. But these state guidelines vary in their directives. So, we have developed recommendations that support the cautious resumption of group rides and trail care sessions. See state by state restrictions at the links below.

 

NEMBA Recommendations for Group Rides

  • Group rides are allowed in all New England states. The permitted size of those groups varies. NEMBA is recommending group sizes of 10 people or less. When more than 10 people are expected our recommendation would be to divide up into smaller groups. This reduces interruptions to other trail users and helps keep things safe and fun. But we leave it to local chapters and their ride leaders to determine what is best for them.

  • If you anticipate more than 10 attendees to a ride, break into smaller groups and physically disperse the groups (example: direct one group to the north end of the parking area, the other to the south etc. Or, plan different meet-up locations for the groups. Your goal is to avoid creating a large congregation of people in the same area)

  • NEMBA requires using some method of rider registration or participant recording so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. Please record the name and phone or email for each participant. 

NEMBA offers Eventbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it. But Eventbrite is just one option. Many chapters just keep a record of attendees. Either by pre-signing up people or taking names and email addresses at the ride. 

  • Maintaining at least 2 bike lengths between each rider ensures physical distancing.

  • If the ride stops for any reason, encourage social distancing there as well and mask up.

  • Wear masks when gathering (at the start of the ride, working on a trailside repair, etc.)

  • Ride with a mask at the ready so that you can quickly put it on if you come across other trail users where you can’t maintain a social distance of at least 6’. Or better yet, leave it on. While a mask is primarily a courtesy to others, it also provides protection for you.

  • Exaggerate your courtesy to other trail users. When encountering other trail users, slow down or stop and move off the trail to provide room for people to pass and maintain social distance. Say hello, but give everyone space.

  • For now, don’t linger together in groups before or after rides. We can get our “social” back on when the pandemic diminishes further. This also means no social food gatherings after rides for now.

  • Try not to overwhelm a riding area. If a riding area is busy, try to find an alternate time or location to ride.

  • Respect parking regulations. Parking has become a problem at many riding areas due to the influx of new trail users. If a parking area is full, find another legal place to park.

  • We leave it to local chapters to decide what is best for their area and the comfort level of their ride leaders.

  • Bring hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, etc. Most states require providing sanitizing materials at events.

  • Volunteers and participants should remain home if not feeling well, if they have received a positive COVID test, or if they have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID.

  • All the above health and safety guidelines still apply irregardless of any individual’s vaccination status

  • When a NEMBA chapter wants to schedule a group ride, send an email to . That way your event will be covered by NEMBA’s insurance.

  • All participants must also sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver

  

Currently, larger group events (MBAS, etc) are on hold. Some chapters have begun planning for fall 2021, but most states currently restrict large events. Further guidelines will be developed as needed to accommodate for larger events.

 

NEMBA Recommendations for Trail Care Events

  • Limiting trail care groups to 10 people or less. If a larger group shows up, please split into small groups. Ensure there are enough volunteer leaders to manage demand.

  • NEMBA requires using some method of participant recording so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. Please record the name and phone or email for each participant.

NEMBA offers Evenbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it. But Eventbrite is just one option. Many chapters just keep a record of attendees. Either by pre-signing up people or taking names and email addresses at the ride.

  • Embrace social distancing. Spread out and work on different parts of the trails.

  • Wear a mask, especially when it is not possible to maintain at least 6’ of distance between participants.

  • Bring hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, etc. Encourage participants to bring their own gloves and tools if possible. Minimize the sharing of tools, and clean between use.

  • Advance sign up or, events run by invitation only, could be used to put limits on numbers.

  • Minimize pre- and post- event socializing. This also means no social food gatherings after trail care events for now.

  • Volunteers and participants should remain home if not feeling well, if they have received a positive COVID test, or if they have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID.

  • All the above health and safety guidelines still apply irregardless of any individual’s vaccination status

  • If your NEMBA chapter wants to sponsor a Trail Care Event send an email to . This will ensure that your event will be covered by NEMBA’s insurance.

  • All participants must sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver

 

State by State Guidance 

Connecticut Covid Response          CT DEEP Response

Maine Covid-19 Response             Maine Bureau of Parks

Massachusetts Covid-19                Mass DCR Guidance

New Hampshire Covid-19              NH State Parks

Rhode Island Covid Information     RI DEM Guidance

Vermont Covid-19 Guidance          VT State Parks

 

  Read more about NEMBA COVID Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Events

Flow State Mountain Bike Festival.

Date

7/30/21 (All day) to 8/1/21 (All day)

Mountain Flyer Magazine Presents FLOW STATE , the Vermont Mountain Bike Festival at Ascutney Trails.

 

Brownsville, Vt. (FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) – Following Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s announcement that large events can be held during summer 2021, Mountain Flyer Magazine and Ascutney Trails are excited to announce FLOW STATE, the Vermont Mountain Bike Festival, July 30-August 1, 2021.

FLOW STATE is a three-day celebration of all things mountain biking at the Ascutney Outdoor Center in Brownsville, Vt. Set in the heart of Ascutney Trails’ 35-mile network of singletrack, with access to an additional 20 miles of trail on private property, FLOW STATE will feature product demos, guided rides and clinics as well as camping, food trucks and beer, live music and more.

“Since we last hosted a mountain bike festival in 2018, our trail network has undergone a major renovation to enhance flow and increase signage to improve route finding,” says Erik Schutz, president of Ascutney Trails. “We’re stoked to show the mountain bike community our world-class trails.”

“Vermont mountain biking is the best in the East, and the bike industry is taking note,” says John Costello, Mountain Flyer events coordinator. “Plus, our ridership in the Northeast has exploded in recent years. It’s time to bring a big festival back to the Green Mountains.”

FLOW STATE organizers are formalizing plans, bike vendors, food trucks and sponsors for this summer’s Vermont Mountain Bike Festival. Early festival pass sales will be available to select New England markets on May 5, 2021. All tickets and camping passes will go on sale May 21, 2021.

About Ascutney Trails: Located at the base of the old Ascutney Mountain Resort, the Ascutney Trails network snakes around the base of the northern side of the mountain and has grown since 2006 to include more than 35 miles of mapped singletrack with an additional 20 miles of trail on private land. This spring, Ascutney Trails will add another 10 miles of singletrack, headlined by the Norcross Trail, which contours the mountain from the Ascutney State Park Campground to the heart of the network in Brownsville. Also on tap is a skills park and flow trail.

About Mountain Flyer Magazine: Mountain Flyer is a premium quality, quarterly mountain bike journal based in Gunnison, Colo., and Jeffersonville, Vt. Our honest editorial and rich photography take you straight into the gritty, salt-stained core of the mountain bike scene. Our mission is to inspire our readers to ride and explore. Mountain Flyer is renowned for its photo-driven, feature-oriented storytelling, focusing on clean design and high-quality printing.

Vendor Contact: John Costello John@holpublications.com

Sponsor Contact: Brian Riepe Riepe@mountainflyer.com

 

      Read more about Flow State Mountain Bike Festival.

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Trail

Vermont Adaptive Charity Challenge

Date

3/19/21 (All day) to 6/19/21 (All day)

Vermont Adaptive Charity Challenge

 
Challenge yourself for Charity!

While physically hosting the 11th anniversary of the Vermont Adaptive Charity Challenge isn’t possible again this year due to the pandemic, we are determined to celebrate this event with the best virtual challenge possible now through June 19, 2021

 
There are many ways to participate in the Vermont Adaptive Charity Challenge. Pick your choice of sport or exercise - ride a road or mountain bike, stationary bike, run, walk, horseback ride, take an exercise class, swim, and more anytime and anywhere...from your own home or neighborhood.

For all of the details, please visit: https://charityride.vermontadaptive.org

Everything we do at Vermont Adaptive comes back to ensuring our athletes have the programs, adaptive equipment and experiences they need to enjoy sports and recreation. There will be more seasons, more bike rides, more hikes and more paddling, skiing, and snowshoeing. With YOUR help, we can make that happen.


Again this year, our Vermont Adaptive Charity Challenge must raise the critical $300,000 for our year-round programs and athletes. Now more than ever we must raise these funds to support added expenses incurred for running modified programs safely now, and to be ready for full programming when we return to normal. By supporting our online auction, YOU can still make an incredible impact on others while you’re at home staying safe and healthy.


For more than 30 years, Vermont Adaptive has provided adaptive sports outings statewide to people with disabilities. We are the largest non-profit in Vermont to do so, and we serve all ages and all (dis)abilities including those with physical, cognitive, emotional/behavioral, and developmental disabilities.

 Vermont Adaptive is a leader in the Adaptive Sports Industry and has more than 400 highly trained volunteer instructors, who donate more than 24,000 hours to our clients and statewide programs annually. The proceeds from this event will help provide year-round programming for those with disabilities and allow them to enjoy the outdoor activities and sports that many of us take for granted.

 
 
Please give a shout with any questions!

 
Jeff Alexander
Director of Strategic Partnerships & Business Development
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports
Sports for EveryBODY
Mail: PO Box 139  Physical: 77 Alpine Drive
Killington, VT 05751
o - 802.786.4991 Ext. 29
c - 610.761.3603

Event Leader

Jeff Alexander
partners@vermontadaptive.org

Central VT

Woodstock Inn

14 The Green
Woodstock  Vermont  05091
United States

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Description

The Woodstock Inn & Resort hosts a vast network of Mountain Bike Trails.

Everything from flow trails to lift served downhill trails are found here.

There are bike rentals, guide services and even lessons.

In the winter, it's a center for fat biking.

The town of Woodstock also has many more miles of trails managed by the Woodstock Area Mountain Bike Association.

  Read more about Woodstock Inn

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Central VT

Liberty Hill, Pittsfield

3306 Liberty Hill Rd
Pittsfield  Vermont  05767
United States
Drive 1.8 miles from Rt 100 to get to the trailhead.

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Description

The Libery Hill trails form a lollypop loop. They can be ridden in either direction and are very scenic on the East side at the top of Mayo Meadow.

About 7 miles of trails await you.  Don't expect technical challenges, but do expect to have a good ride. Read more about Liberty Hill, Pittsfield

Central VT

Camel's Hump State Forest, Irasville

157 Dana Hill Rd
Irasville  Vermont  05673
United States
The directions above show the approximate location of the trailhead on Dana Hill Road.

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Description

The Camel's Hump State Forest consists of two separate "blocks".

The Howe Block, at 643 acres contains over 7 miles of mountain bike trails. These trails link into many other trails on private lands.

The Camel's Hump trails are maintained by the Mad River Riders a great group to join if you ride in this area here frequently.

Expect to do a lot of climbing here. Also expect to see others out on the trails as they are very popular.

Camel's hump is a fun place to ride. Read more about Camel's Hump State Forest, Irasville

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Central VT

Killington Bike Park

4763 Killington Rd
Killington  Vermont  05751
United States

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Description

Killington Mountain Bike Park is a commercial all season's resort. (Skiing in the winter)

Over the last few years the park has expanded its trail system beyond just downhill trails and now offers riding experiences for all levels of ability and desires. As of 6/1/17 there were 35 trails totaling 25 miles with more on the way.

It's a great location not too far from both the Green Mountain Trails in Pittsfield and Pine Hill Park in Rutland.  Read more about Killington Bike Park

Local Shops

West Hill Shop

MeesCo Cycles

365 Cycles

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Central VT

Millstone Trails, Barre

277 Websterville Rd
Barre  Vermont  05641
United States

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Description

The Millstone Trail network consists of over 60 miles of trails. These trails are unique in that they focus on the granite quarry industry.

A good overview of the trails is located on the Millstone website. The trails range from easy famiy friendly singletracks to the extremes of Angry Gnome, the Vortex Trail or the Screaming Demon.

There are three parking areas, 277 Websterville Rd, Barre VT, 44 Brook ST, Barre VT and 111 Barclay Quarry Rd., Graniteville, VT.

Day passes can be purchased on line or at many local stores for $10. Read more about Millstone Trails, Barre

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Central VT

Pine Hill Park, Rutland

2 Oak Street Extension
Rutland  Vermont  05701
United States

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Description

A number of my friends told me that I had to check out Pine Hill Park in Rutland VT. I live in Southeastern Massachusetts, way down in Southeastern Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. So taking a four and a half hour ride to Rutland Vermont is not something that I undertake lightly.

Well, it was worth it! Pine Hill Park has one of the best purpose built trail systems that I’ve ever seen. To say the trails are fun is totally inadequate. To say that they’re well maintained doesn’t even come close. To say that the walled berms on the downhills flow into each other doesn’t compare to actually experiencing them. You have to go there yourself.
                       
On the way into the park you’re welcomed by a friendly “bicycle” sign pointing to the trails. A large signboard at the trailhead has a map of the trails and current information. You’d do best to print out a copy of the map. Intersections come quick and fast and without a map, or a guide, you’ll miss out on many of the best trails.

Pine Hill Park is 300 acres with 16 miles of trails. Owned by the City of Rutland Vermont and managed by the Rutland Recreation Department and the Pine Hill Partnership it’s a co-operative effort by the community, citizens, schools and agencies to create the best possible trail system for everyone to use.

Volunteers have contributed tens of thousands of man, woman and child hours not to mention many thousands of dollars in materials and supplies to build one of the most unique trail networks in the country. Certainly one of, if not the, best trail system entirely within municipal limits.

Spend a few minutes on the Pine Hill Park website and you’ll see what I mean.  Be sure to check out the bridges. They are unlike anything that I, or you, have ever seen out in the woods. The videos will give you an idea of what riding the trails is like.

Riding Pine Hill Park means parking at the Giorgetti Athletic Complex on the west side of town and climbing a hill. Actually, depending on the route that you choose, maybe many hills. When exploring a new area I like to, as much as possible, circumnavigate it, and then fill in the middle. This worked perfectly for me at Pine Hill Park. After some awesome singletrack and some pleasant uphill dirt roads I found myself on the upper portion of ‘Pine Hill’. The singletrack trails here meander around without too much elevation gain or loss for a very long time. On my way back to the start I managed, with a few uphill repeats, to ride all of those fast flowing bermed downhills.
                                                   
A day well spent! And though I live half a day away, the first of many visits to come.

Take a close look at the map and plan your own route. You won’t be disappointed at Pine Hill Park and while you’re out on the trails you’ll marvel at how well built they are. Pay close attention to what they did and how they did it. Then bring that knowledge back to your home trails.
                        
My favorite cross country trails included 999 to Overlook to Stegosaurus to Strong Angel, but really I enjoyed everything. There was not one trail here that I wouldn’t gladly ride again.

My biggest grins came when I combined the downhills Halfpipe and Exit Strategy. A combination I enjoyed so much I did it three times. (I would have done it again if rain hadn’t driven me off the trails.)

I could rave on and on but you won’t believe me until you experience this place yourself. Put Pine Hill Park on your personal bucket list!

Looking for a longer ride? Check out the map for the Carriage Trail. It runs right through Pine Hill Park and can add another 5 miles of somewhat challenging trails to your ride.

Accommodations: Rutland is a thriving metropolis, there are almost too many motels to count and food and drink options are endless.

Nearby: Did I mention that Rutland is only 20 minutes away from Pittsfield Vermont, home of the great Green Mountain Trail system? Why not come for a weekend?  http://www.gmtrails.org/

Bill Boles Read more about Pine Hill Park, Rutland

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Central VT

Green Mountain Trails, Pittsfield

3178 Vermont 100
Pittsfield  Vermont  05762
United States

802-746-8061

This address is for the trail head at Riverside Farm

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Description

When Joe Desena (Spartan Race founder? Yes, *that* Joe Desena.) decided to build a mountain bike network on the mountain behind his bucolic farm in Pittsfield,VT, it was against the advice of nearly everyone. The trailbuilder at the time, Jason Hayden, recalls taking "experts" to scout the area and coming back full of doubt. So, in their typical take no prisoners style, they built it anyway. Back in 2006, Hayden would race ahead of a mini ex operator, himself past retirement age, marking trail as fast as it could be cut. A hundred switchbacks and twenty miles later,  Green Mountain Trails emerged almost overnight. 

Hayden, beset by obligations, delegated the trail work to Matt Baatz, a long time mountain biker without much building experience, who showed up at the farm in pursuit of a simpler lifestyle. He has spent the last five years fine tuning flow and sustainability while retrofitting the system with a few gnarlier options. One of the first signs that they had something special in the works is when the popular blog MTBVT paid a visit in 2011 and deemed the trails, "a field of dreams for mountain bikers" and "the best kept secret in Vermont."

The Green Mountain Trails have riding options for all abilities, passing by mountain streams and overlooks, with a beguiling panorama of The Green Mountains and pastoral valley at the summit that you won't want to miss.

There are a thousand feet of climbing and descending. Though a majority of the trails are relatively smooth and flowy, there are several miles of rooty, rocky, technical singletrack. Over 100 bermed switchbacks make the long descents a blast for mountain bikers. Most of the uphills are gradual and forgiving on the quads, but challenging uphills are also an option. Depending on your route, descents can linger for as long as six miles. The entire trail system is free to the public.

Some of the system highlights are Noodle's Revenge, an uber flowy,  multi directional singletrack with long switchbacks, Warman, a 20 berm corkscrew, and Fusters a perfect balance between old school gnar and new school flowiness. Day trippers most often have a blast following the GMT Loop encompassing Noodles Revenge, Luvin It, The Summit, Labyrinth, Warman, Fusters and The Escalator. Check out www.gmtrails.org for details.

New trails balance the abundance of easier flow with old school gnar. Devil's Throat forges it's way over steep rocks and narrow ledges to sate the skilled and intrepid. Bubba Trail is also full of natural, old school, features, but is less fear inducing. Within the confines of 700 acres, the system will probably max out at around 30 miles, but trail development in the adjacent communities of Rochester and Killington means that the potential for this region remains unfathomable.

For gravity assisted rides, shuttle runs are also an option with parking available at the top of  Tweed River Drive and at Riverside Farm or Amee Farm. The latter involves fording a low river which may not be passable after storms or in Spring. Weddings are a regular occurence at Riverside Farm and may effectively restrict that trailhead on Saturdays.

Pittsfield is an up and coming destination in itself. A enchanting mix of wilderness and farmland, the town is anchored by rustic bed and breakfasts, inns and a historic general store with creative and hearty fare as well as craft beer and wines. The trails host beautifully appointed canvas tents (similar to yurts) nestled in the forest. More primitive camping options exist close to town.

Parking is a available at Sweet Georgia Ps at Amee Farm on route 100 (Barn Dance trailhead), though the bridge is out a little way up the trail, next to the white barn at Riverside Farm on Tweed River Drive (Noodles Revenge trailhead), or at the end of Tweed River Drive (Green Trail trailhead) mid mountain. In the case of a wedding or other event, alternative parking is available at Bikram Yoga Pittsfield or the village green. Find trail conditions and more info at www.gmtrails.org, and on their Facebook page.

Maps:  Maps are available at the Original General Store in Pittsfield Center. More information, and an interractive map is located on thier website.  http://www.gmtrails.org/ Read more about Green Mountain Trails, Pittsfield

Local Shops

West Hill Shop

MeesCO Cycles

365 Cycles

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Local Eats

Original General Store