6/7/14 8:30am to 1:00pm
6/7/14 8:30am to 1:00pm
Thursday, April 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.
*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]
5/20/17 (All day)
This course is perfect for riders, trail enthusiasts, land stewards and land managers interested in learning about what makes for sustainable, enjoyable trails and how to take care of them.
The course will include classroom presentations on the best practices of trail building and maintenance in the morning, followed by hands-on trail building clinics in the afternoon.
Coffee, snacks and lunch will be included, and there will also be an option to purchase IMBA's trailbuilding textbook, IMBA Trail Solutions.
The cost is $20. Please bring a check for $40 if you wish to purchace IMBA's book, Trail Solutions: IMBA's Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack.The course will take place in Auburn, and we'll be doing the hands-on clinics at Mt. Apatite.
9/26/20 9:00am to 9:00pm
Carrabassett Adventure Ride & CRNEMBA Party and Annual Meeting
(Note: The information below is for reference only. It's mostly from the 2019 event.)
Saturday, September 26, 2020
9:00AM to 9:00PM
Event/registration details below are subject to change.
Save the date (September 26, 2020) for our Carrabassett Adventure Ride (part of the New England Mountain Bike Association‘s Kona MTB Adventure Series) and CRNEMBA Party at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Ride the epic trails of the Carrabassett Valley trail network during beautiful fall foliage.
Riders of all abilities are welcome and invited. There will be guided rides for all levels. Ride guides will show you the trail system with riders of similar ability with an emphasis on having fun and connecting with fellow riders.
This page will be updated with event details as the date gets closer. As will the event's Facebook Page.
We invite you to the Carrabassett Adventure Ride (part of the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA)'s Kona MTB Adventure Series) on Saturday, September 28, at the Sugarloaf Outdoors Center in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Come ride the epic trails of the Carrabassett Valley trail network during peak foliage. Join us for riding fun followed by complimentary beverages (for folks ages 21+) courtesy of Baxter Brewing Co. as well as burgers and hot dogs. We’d welcome anyone bringing along a potluck side to add to the feast. We hope you’ll stay for our informal annual meeting.
Riders of all abilities are welcome and invited. There will be guided rides (see details below) as well as self-guided routes clearly marked for those who wish to venture on their own. Ride guides will show you the trail system with riders of similar ability with an emphasis on having fun and connecting with fellow riders.
WHO IS INVITED:
Anyone with or without a bike, from the Valley or beyond, and current NEMBA members and soon to be members who want to be introduced to the trail network and CRNEMBA, to just ride the trails, or most importantly, to have some fun!
Bike rentals are available at Allspeed Cyclery & Snow (located at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center).
Expect the party to begin when you return from your afternoon ride, about 4:00ish, with complimentary beverages. Grilling of hot dogs and burgers will begin as soon as folks are ready to eat! Food will be available at the Sugarloaf Outdoors Center, again free to all riders and guests. Potluck is welcomed.
INFORMAL ANNUAL MEETING (6:30-7:30PM):
Please join us for an informal meeting with CRNEMBA Board members to learn what we are doing, our relationship with the Carrabassett Valley Trails, and to ask questions and share your hopes and wants for CRNEMBA.
Registration will be available at the Sugarloaf Outdoors Center, beginning at 9:00 AM. Each rider will be required to sign a liability waiver.
- CRNEMBA or NEMBA members from any other chapter: $10/person suggested donation.
- Non-members: $25/person
- Renewing or joining NEMBA the day of the event: Free
(New Chapter Memberships: $35/individual; $45/family)
- Kids ages 15 and under: Free with a registered parent or guardian.
You may join CRNEMBA online, before the event, by visiting https://carrabassettnemba.org/cr-nemba-members/
Parking will be available at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, in the lower parking lot.
The goal for this event includes a celebration of our bike community and further recruitment of members. Thanks to the remarkable support we receive from our members, volunteers, sponsors, and partners, our trail network will continue to expand! As is always the practice for CRNEMBA, financial proceeds will be directed towards further development of CRNEMBA and the trail system we are creating with our partners.
GUIDED RIDE SCHEDULE:
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Expert Ride
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Advanced Ride
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Intermediate Ride
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Beginner Ride
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Advanced Ride
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Intermellow Ride
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Beginner Ride Read more about [node:title]
Carrabassett Valley, ME
8/19/16 5:00pm to 8/22/16 1:30pm
Stratton Brook Hut, Carrabassett Valley ME
8/21/15 9:00am to 8/23/15 3:00pm
CR NEMBA is planning another NEMBA TrailFest with Maine Huts & Trails in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. It will be held August 21 - 23 2015.
Volunteers are the guests of Maine Huts & Trails who will be providing the food and their fully staffed Stratton Brook “Hut” at no cost. This “Hut” is a million dollar, self-sufficient facility in the wilderness on a hill with sweeping views and includes, bunk houses, composting toilets, showers and a full service commercial kitchen. Participants will have free lodging on Friday and Saturday nights August 21 & 22. Included meals are dinner on Friday night, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Breakfast and lunch on Sunday. See below for Bonus extended stay discount pricing option!
If you are not familiar with Maine Huts & Trails visit their website http://www.mainehuts.org/, while there, check out the Stratton Brook Hut.
We will be continuing work on the Oak Knoll trail which when complete, will connect the town’s Narrow Gauge rail trail and the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center to Maine Huts & Trails Stratton Brook Hut. CR NEMBA, the Town of Carrabassett Valley and Maine Huts & Trails together are funding the construction of the remaining 2.5 +/- miles. This is the trail we broke ground on at last year’s event and we hope to complete it this building season. Maine Huts & Trails is committed to improving the mountain bike experience on their trail system. The Oak Knoll trail promises to be its crown jewel and a symbol of the partnership of the groups making it possible.
• Friday, August 21st - Arrive in Carrabassett Valley and ride your bike to Stratton Brook Hut for dinner at 7:00 pm and camp fire fun. If you would like a gear shuttle, your bag must be at the Outdoor Center by 6:30
• Saturday, August 22nd - breakfast at 7:30AM at Stratton Brook Hut;
trail work 8:30AM – 2:30PM (lunch served on the trail), back to the hut for a ride at 3:30PM; dinner at 7:00PM followed by Live Music and Beer.
• Sunday, August 23rd – breakfast 7:30AM; trail work 8:30AM – 1:00PM (lunch served on the trail), back to the hut for a ride
Maine Huts & Trails is offering a special rate to stay for one night (Sunday @ 25% discount) or two nights (Sun and Monday @ 50% discount) to NEMBA TrailFest participants who worked the Saturday and Sunday of the event.
Please RSVP ASAP! We are expecting a tremendous turn out. There are a limited number of bunks at the hut and limited space to pitch a tent. Bunks will be first come first serve.
RSVP NEMBA TrailFest required. Please contact David at dhughes@carrabassett.NEMBA.org to RSVP or with any questions.
RSVP Extended stay required. Please call MH&T reservations team at 207-265-2400 and tell them you are part of the event.
Check out the photos from a prior event!
Dave Hughes (CR NEMBA Past President)
Charlie Woodworth (MH&T Executive director)
Josh Tauses (CR NEMBA Trail Boss)
Jason Cooke (MH&T Trail Manager)
CR NEMBA board and members
Maine Huts and Trails
Town of Carrabassett Valley
Carrabassett Valley, ME
Trafton Lake is a recreation area owned and run by the town of Limestone. At only 85 acres it somehow squeezes in 5 miles of trails. There is also a connector trail leading to and from the High School.
The trails are mostly flat and smooth offering views of nearby farmlands as they travel through a dense hardwood forest.
The recreation area also hosts seasonal camping and there's a boat launch for Trafton lake. No fees are charged to use the trails but there is a fee to camp. $10 for tents and $20 for RVs.
This is a very pelasant place to ride, perfect for families and newer riders. Extending your ride to and from the High School will add another 7.5 miles to your ride. Read more about [node:title]
The Split Cedar Trails explore the lands surrounding the reservoir.
The longest trail is the Split Cedar Trail Loop. Circling around the reservoir on it's northeaster edge it connects to a trail leading from the Van Buren Water District building in town. That link is theee miles long.
The Split Cedar Loop, 5 miles in lenght, is fairly easy but offers good views of the water. Be sure to check out the ebaver huts.
The 3.7 miles White Hawk Loop is partially contiguous with the Spli Cedar but it's more difficult. It crosses the dam and has some of the best vistas in the system.
There are a couple of other loops and some short interconnecting trails. In all you'll explore over 11 miles of trails. Or, if you elect to do an out and back from the Water Distraick Building, almost 17.
Trailhead: From the junction of Castonguay Road and St Mary's Brook Road follow St Mary's Brook Road for 1.6 miles. You'll see the parking area on your left.
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3/24/14 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Penobscot Region NEMBA and Red Bull are proud to present:
“Where the Trail Ends”
Monday, March 24th
Doors open at 5:15pm: We’ll be holding our annual raffle and playing a short educational film on trail planning, design, and building.
This is a FREE event but DONATIONS to PRNEMBA are greatly appreciated.
Where The Trail Ends brings you to the most remote locations on the planet in a mountain bike expedition unlike any other ever undertaken.
The film follows the world’s top freeride mountain bikers – including the likes of Darren Berrecloth, Cameron Zink, Kurtis Sorge, James Doerfling and Andreu Lacondeguy – as they search for unridden terrain around the globe in the hope of shaping the future of big mountain freeriding.
This films documents man’s challenge of Mother Nature and himself showcased through a cast of colorful characters. This is the most progressive and ambitious mountain biking ever attempted resulting in an entertainment adventure unlike anything experienced before.
Penobscot Theatre: 131 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401
The Nordic Heritage Center (NHC) is a four-season outdoor recreation facility managed and operated by the Nordic Heritage Sport Club. The facility includes a world class cross country ski and biathlon venue with a stadium and lodge, a team wax building, and 20 kilometers of cross country ski trails and over 20 miles of mountain bike trails. The lodge is open to the public from 6 am to 10 pm and includes kitchen facilities, restrooms, shower rooms, and a sauna. The trails are free to the public.
The mountain bike trails at the NHC include over 20 miles of hand made and machine made single track that crosses most of the Maine Winter Sports property and some adjacent properties. Rich Edwards of IMBA's Trail Solutions designed the majority of the trail system. The trails wind through different forest types and vary from smooth and fluid to narrow and technical. Moderate to expert line options such as log skinnies, exposed bedrock outcrops, and natural drops can be found on some of the trails. A skills/terrain park is available for practicing dirt jumps and other technical features such as skinnies, log obstructions, stairs, teeter totters, etc. Other features of interest include "The Enchanted Forest" (don't miss the tree gnomes), and Vacationland, an intermediate/expert loop that circles one of the ridges on the property.
The NHC is located along the town boundary of Presque Isle and Fort Fairfield in northern Maine. From Main Street in the City of Presque Isle, take Route 167 (Fort Fairfield Road) northeast toward Fort Fairfield. Stay on Route 167 until you pass the Quoggy Jo Alpine Ski Centre at the top of a hill on your left. The entrance to the NHC is also located on the left about 1,000 feet past Quoggy Jo. The trailhead for Tom's Trail is located beside the main entrance.
By Chad McPherson