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GBNEMBA PYT Rides

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What is a "PYT" ride??? PYT stands for Practice Your Technique. It is a ride where we go out and practice our technique or skills. It will usually start with a short talk about what we know and what we want to learn and then go for bit of a warmup ride and then we'll find a couple places to try skills such as skinnies or log rolls/hops and practice them until we are more comfortable. This ride is great for beginner mountain bikers or even experienced riders. Come out and learn something new or get better at something you are rusty on - and maybe meet some fellow riders to ride with in the future.

Who can go?
These rides are open to anyone who is interested in a fun evening ride, as well as current and prospective NEMBA members. All riders must be fit enough to handle strenuous activity for about 1.5-2 hours. Riders should bring a serviceable mountain bike, be over 18, have water and must wear a helmet. Remember that mountain biking may be an exhilarating sport, but it is also dangerous. Know your limits and don't take unnecessary chances. NEMBA assumes no liability...

So what's the ride like?
What you will first notice is our volunteer Ride Guidesrideguides, who break off with small groups of riders with similar skills and pace and lead a fun and appropriate ride through the woods. We always need more Ride Guides, so if you know your way around and would like to volunteer, let us know.

We also use sweepers who are generally used to riding with certain leaders and know their routes. We always need sweepers, too, so if you would like to volunteer, let us know. It is the teamwork between these two folks that keeps a group together and having fun.

Some ride leaders also use a clever method to keep a group together and moving at the same time. It is a technique borrowed from the good folks at VORBA and entails having the first rider behind the leader stop at a trail intersection to wave the rest of the riders through until he or she sees the sweeper and is only then able to resume riding.

Best practices include:
  • Stay on legal trails
  • Ride through the center of a mud patch or puddle, NOT around it.
  • Ride over an obstacle, NOT around it.
  • If you can't ride over an obstacle, get off and walk it - stay on the trail.
  • Do not make new routes or trails.
  • Do not build stunts.
  • Do not skid, spin out, or fishtail - uphill nor downhill.
  • Slow down when you see other riders, hikers, or animals.
  • Always offer to yield the right of way.
  • Be friendly
  • Slow down to about the same speed of walkers when you pass them.

Rain Policy
If it is cloudy, threatening, misty, sprinkling - we ride. If there has been heavy rain within 24 hours of the ride - we cancel...but check the website to be sure! We’ll try to post on the GBNEMBA Facebook Rides page and NEMBA Forum as well.

More info on the PYT Rides Here

Merrimack Valley NEMBA by GratefulTread Tuesday Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Tuesday 50 times .
8/20/19 6:00pm

Due to the Covid-19 crisis this ride is on suspension until further notice.

Our Tuesday evening “Easy Rider” ride is aimed at maxing out the fun factor while not being overly technical.

We try to get in about 10 miles and have it last around 2 hours.

We ride at Russell Mill in Chelmsford and the Billerica State Forest .

The pace is generally more mellow than our Thursday ride and we will finish after dark. So bring lights. Feel free to join us!

Please let the ride leader know that you're coming or for directions. On the rare occasion that no one RSVPs, or in case of inclement weather, the ride may be cancelled.

Until further notice this ride will start at 6:00 PM.  Please try to get there early so we can get off on time.

Save time by signing NEMBA's Annual Waiver ahead of time. 

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

David Zizza
Phone or text to 617-543-3971

GB NEMBA Monday Night Practice Your Technique Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Aug 27 2018 .
5/7/18 5:45pm

Join us on Mondays for a Practice Your Technique (PYT) ride at various locations around our region.

Free post-ride pizza courtesy of JRA Cycles.

Following a successful pilot in 2013, the weekly GBNEMBA PYT ride (formerly at the Fells on Wednesdays) now moves to varios locations on Monday nights. And, thanks to the very kind sponsorship of JRA Cycles, we will be having pizza delivered for immediate post-ride consumption!

Format: PYT = Practice Your Technique. The format is all about building MTB skills: bike handling, body position, sessioning on trail features, braking, climbing, shifting, etc. Russell Mill has a pump track which will be utilized as well. The ride will be led by GB Ride Guides, is no-drop and could best be thought of as "ride, practice a skill, ride some more, practice a skill, etc." 

The PYT rides have something for all riders of all abilities and levels. Come out and learn something new or get better at something you are rusty on - and maybe meet some fellow riders to ride with in the future. This is a great way to take your skills up a notch!

What to bring:
1. Mountain bike
2. Helmet (required)
3. Water
4. You!

Check this Facebook Page for weekly updates.

Ride meeting time is 5:45PM.  Please be ready to ride by 6:00PM. Read more about GB NEMBA Monday Night Practice Your Technique Ride

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Dan McCormack

GBNEMBA Beginner/Novice Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Aug 26 2019 .
4/22/19 6:00pm

 

6/3/19: The Beginner/Novice ride is canceled for tonight - we'll be at the Redbones Bike Party! Come join us!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1921769441262660/

 

Returning for the 2019 season, GBNEMBA is hosting a Monday night ride designed specifically for new and novice MTB'rs. Post-ride pizza will be provided again!


Come learn the basic skills to ride singletrack! We will be teaching bike handling, shifting, body position, basic trail skills and basic trailside bike maintenance in a relaxed and supportive setting.
 
What to bring:
1. Bike with fat tires (2" or over)
2. Helmet (required)
3. Shoes suitable for riding your bike (no sandals, flip-flops or other open-toed shoes)
4. Water
5. You!

Instruction will be by GBNEMBA's experienced Ride Guides in a supportive, fun environment.

Ride format will *always* be no-drop, very casual pace (Note: this is not a recovery or rest ride for you experienced MTBrs - this is an instructional ride format for new riders). We'll have plenty of opportunity to practice what we learn as we go along! Please be ready to ride by 6:00pm, ride will leave the lot by 6:15pm.
 
Please note: This is an 18 and older ride. The ride format is aimed at adults - please see our Kids Ride series for rides appropriate for kids and teens. Thanks!
 
Weather Policy: Rain cancels this ride - chance of a rain shower does not.
 
To speed up the ride check-ins, please sign the NEMBA Waiver in advance: https://www.nemba.org/waiver
 
Remember to always be an ambassador for our sport! Best practices include:
  • Slow down when you see other riders, hikers, or animals.
  • Pass other trail users at about their speed - be courteous and talk to them
  • Ride through the center of a mud patch or puddle, NOT around it.
  • Ride over an obstacle, NOT around it.
  • If you can't ride over an obstacle, get off and walk it - stay on the trail.
  • Do not make new routes or trails.
  • Do not build stunts.
  • Do not skid, spin out, or fishtail - uphill nor downhill.
  • Always offer to yield the right of way.
  • Be friendly - say hi to other trail users!

Location

Beaver Brook North, 295 Mill St. Belmont MA

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Adam Glick

MV NEMBA Family Ride - Great Brook Farm

Event Date

4/26/14 9:00am to 12:30pm
Bring your kids and enjoy a nice ride together at Great Brook Farm SP.  Afterwards, parents can get their kids some homemade ice cream at the farm and check out the animals.

RSVP required.

Location

Great Brook Farm SP, Carlisle MA

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
Advanced-novice

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Karen Korza

GBNEMBA Social Rides

Friday, April 11, 2014

What are the GBNEMBA Wednesday and Thursday Night Social Rides?

These are all levels rides. There will be at minimum an advanced and a mellower group going out each week. If we have enough volunteer ride leaders, there may be an intermediate or other groups. Advanced and intermediate riders should know their own abilities. Experienced novice riders are welcome on the mellower ride. It's a great way to get out and meet fellow riders, learn about a great riding area and a great organization, and get in a good workout during the middle of the week.

When and Where?

For the 2016 season we will be hosting rides at BOTH Fells and Landlocked Forest.

Fells: Meet at the Bear Hill parking lot.

Landlocked Forest in Burlington/Lexington/Bedford. The ride starts from the Estabrook School in Lexington - please DO NOT park at the powerlines for the Thursday night ride.

Keep an eye on our chapter page - www.nemba.org/gbnemba - we will only be posting cancelations - assume the rides are ON if nothing is posted.

Who can go?
These rides are open to anyone who is interested in a fun evening ride, as well as current and prospective NEMBA members. All riders must be fit enough to handle strenuous activity for about 1.5-2 hours. Riders should bring a serviceable mountain bike, be over 18, have water and must wear a helmet. Remember that mountain biking may be an exhilarating sport, but it is also dangerous. Know your limits and don't take unnecessary chances. NEMBA assumes no liability and all participants must sign a waiver.

So what's the ride like?
What you will first notice is our volunteer Ride Guides, who break off with small groups of riders with similar skills and pace and lead a fun and appropriate ride through the woods. We always need more Ride Guides, so if you know your way around the LLF and would like to volunteer, let us know.

We also use sweepers who are generally used to riding with certain leaders and know their routes. We always need sweepers, too, so if you would like to volunteer, let us know. It is the teamwork between these two folks that keeps a group together and having fun.

The ride itself depends on the ride leader, but typical terrain at LLF in the is fun, swoopy singletrack. There are hills, but mostly short and usually somewhat steep. There are no long grinding climbs. Most of the terrain is suitable to novice and intermediate riders. Expert riders will only be challenged by distance and pace.

Terrain at the Fells is a mix of single- and double-track, some swoopy but a fair amount of rocky/rooty technical bits. Riders will tend to be more challenged than at LLF.

Best practices include:
  • Slow down when you see other riders, hikers, or animals.
  • Pass other trail users at about their speed - be courteous and talk to them
  • Ride through the center of a mud patch or puddle, NOT around it.
  • Ride over an obstacle, NOT around it.
  • If you can't ride over an obstacle, get off and walk it - stay on the trail.
  • Do not make new routes or trails.
  • Do not build stunts.
  • Do not skid, spin out, or fishtail - uphill nor downhill.
  • Always offer to yield the right of way.
  • Be friendly - say hi to other trail users!
Rain Policy
If it is cloudy, threatening, misty, sprinkling - we ride. If it is pouring down rain or lightning - we cancel...but check the GBNEMBA chapter page to be sure - we will only post cancelations, assume the ride is ON if nothing is posted! We’ll do our best to update Facebook, NEMBA Forums as well.

See you out there! Any questions, email Maciej

GBNEMBA 2014 Weekly Ride Series

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The riding around Boston is just starting to come online as we warm up and dry out and its going to be great! For 2014, GBNEMBA is expanding the weekliy rides available to you based on your feedback. So here you go!

  1. Monday Night Beginner/Novices ride at Beaver Brook North on Lexington/Waltham. This series is aimed at *new* MTB'rs with little or no experience riding singletrack.
  2. Monday Night PYT at Russell Mills in Chelmsford. This year, we're continuing the partnership with our MVNEMBA brethren and continue our Practice Your Technique skill-building rides at the pump track and on the trails. Special post-ride bonus will be food graciously provided by the awesome folks at JRA Cycles!
  3. Wednesday Night Social Ride at the Fells. Open to all - no drop, multiple groups (Mellow, Intermediate, Advanced)- social and fun!
  4. Thursday Night Social Ride at the Landlocked Forest. Open to all - no drop, multiple groups (Mellow, Intermediate, Advanced)- social and fun!
  5. Ride Like a Girl! Back in its 4th season, this amazing women-only progressive skill building series will be kicking off in May and continue monthly through October. Pre-registration and NEMBA membership required.
  6. Sunday Grom Rides - coming back this year rides tailored to building MTB skills and tiring out your 13-18 year old groms! There will be a series of 5 of these in May and June and will be at 5 different great riding locations (Russell Mills, Harold Parker, Landlocked Forest, Vietnam, Georgetown)
  7. Kids Rides - also back this year, these awesome rides for any kids/young teens (and moms & dads, too!) will be monthly in May, June, July, Augist and October.
All of the adult rides start time is 6:00pm and rides go out by 6:15pm. Please be prompt and ready to go. All rides require helmets. Rain policy: drizzle/passing showers/light rain wont cancel the ride. Steady rain and/or thunder & lighting will cancel. Assume all rides are ON - we will only post if a ride is canceled. Cancelations will be posted on the GBNEMBA chapter page here at nemba.org and we will make every effort to post to Facebook, forums, etc. Available scheduled rides can be found at www.nemba.org/rides

Ride Like A Girl #4 - Lowell-Dracut SF

Event Date

9/14/14 1:30pm
Clinic Focus:  Let’s get technical! Climbing and descending rocks and roots.


Heading into its fourth year of offering clinics to female riders seeking to develop their mountain biking skills, HMBP and NEMBA proudly present RIDE LIKE A GIRL 2014! Tried and true, this series brings some of the best local riders and coaches to some of the greatest local trails to inspire and instruct women of the northeast!

This free women-helping-women skills building series teaches proper technique to improve bike handling skills in a fun and supportive environment. (NEMBA Membership Required).

The series, designed with progression in mind, focuses on developing control on increasingly more technical terrain throughout the season.

We believe CONTROL leads to CONFIDENCE, and confidence leads to COURAGE, the courage required to CHALLENGE the comfort zone and CONQUER more technical trail and features!

NEMBA membership and Pre-registration Required.

Registration opens one month prior to the clinic date. Email Karen to reserve your spot.

Please include in the subject line the clinic you wish to attend. In the body of the email please provide your full name, city/town & state, NEMBA membership number, and phone # in the event of a cancellation.*

More information on the Ride Like a Girl Series

Location

Lowell-Dracut State Forest

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
Advanced-novice
Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Karen Eagan

Ride Like A Girl #2 - Russell Mill

Event Date

7/13/14 1:30pm
Clinic Focus:  Finding trail flow.  Pump more and brake less!

Heading into its fourth year of offering clinics to female riders seeking to develop their mountain biking skills, HMBP and NEMBA proudly present RIDE LIKE A GIRL 2014! Tried and true, this series brings some of the best local riders and coaches to some of the greatest local trails to inspire and instruct women of the northeast!

This free women-helping-women skills building series teaches proper technique to improve bike handling skills in a fun and supportive environment. (NEMBA Membership Required).

The series, designed with progression in mind, focuses on developing control on increasingly more technical terrain throughout the season.

We believe CONTROL leads to CONFIDENCE, and confidence leads to COURAGE, the courage required to CHALLENGE the comfort zone and CONQUER more technical trail and features!

NEMBA membership and Pre-registration Required.

Registration opens one month prior to the clinic date. Email Karen to reserve your spot.

Please include in the subject line the clinic you wish to attend. In the body of the email please provide your full name, city/town & state, NEMBA membership number, and phone # in the event of a cancellation.*

More information on the Ride Like a Girl Series

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
Advanced-novice

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Karen Eagan

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