Northern NH

Welcoming our newest chapter: Pemi Valley NEMBA

Friday, June 6, 2014

On behalf of NEMBA's Board of Directors, we welcome our newest chapter representing the Plymouth, Campton, Thornton and Waterville Valley areas of New Hampshire.

Here is their petition to form a new chapter:

Please consider this our formal petition to become a chapter of the New England
Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA). Upon acceptance by the NEMBA Board of Directors,
our group will be called “The Pemi-Valley NEMBA (PEMI-VALLEYNEMBA)”.

Over the past three decades, our local mountain biking community has established a large network of trails in the Plymouth, Campton, Thornton and Waterville Valley areas. These trails range from beginner to advanced, and are built on a combination of private, public and federal land. The majority of our core riders believe it is in the best interest of the community and trails to form an organized group under the NEMBA affiliation.

On May 2, 2014, a meeting was held in Campton, NH with the purpose of determining
if there was enough interest to support a local NEMBA chapter. The group of twenty individuals in attendance represented the core of our mountain biking community, as well as the two local bike shops. The overall consensus was extremely positive, and the decision to approach NEMBA was unanimous. Since our initial meeting, our membership email list has increased to over 100 recipients and is growing.

Subsequently, on May 22, 2014, a small group met with NEMBA representation to discuss the petitioning process, and as a result formed an interim board of directors:

Jeremy Hillger - President
Mike Avery - Vice President
Craig Antonides - Vice President
Sean O’Leary - Treasurer
Butch Simones - Trail Manager
Slade Warner - Public Relations
Mike “Shredder” Bombara

In addition, the group recognized three immediate priorities; formation of the chapter, construction of a beginner trail network in Waterville Valley, and re-establishing a productive relationship with the National Forest Service.

Although our trail networks are expansive, much of the past work has been done in an informal fashion and is currently unmarked. Currently there is single track riding at multiple areas in Plymouth (Gyroscope, Langdon Park and Fox Park), the Holderness Preparatory School, Rattlesnake Mountain in Rumney, the Welch-Dickey region in Thornton, as well as the National Forest Recreation Area known as Smarts Brook. The latter is the trail system of most concern as the riding is excellent, but any historical relationships with the Forest Service have been inconsistent. Currently, this particular area is at the top of our priority list.

We believe the time has come to legitimize the riding in this area by organizing a formal group that will build relationships with landowners and agencies. Through these partnerships we hope to preserve, build and maintain environmentally conscious trail systems, as well as promote responsible mountain bike riding across the region. We look forward to working with private landowners and organizations, like the Waterville Valley Foundation, Beebe River Nature Conservancy, Waterville Estates, while also building a functional relationship with the National Forest Service.

In addition, we are optimistic that any relationship with NEMBA will bring the resources we need to increase local and long range enthusiasm for the area. We look forward to hosting events that will promote proper trail building and maintenance, as well as riding etiquette. Eventually, we will reach the point where we can provide legitimate literature and maps, that will help the novice rider enjoy all the area has to offer. It is our sincere hope that these efforts will improve our already great riding, as well as support our local communities by raising interest and environmental awareness.

Mission Statement

Pemi-Valley NEMBA is a non-profit organization dedicated to working with other
organizations to plan, build, maintain, promote, and enjoy sustainable mountain bike trail
systems in the Pemi-Valley Region of New Hampshire. We work closely with land managers, private landowners, local governments, and Federal groups to preserve access to sustainable trails for mountain bicyclists of all abilities. We sponsor events to promote wellness through sustainable outdoor recreation.

On behalf of the Pemi-Valley Board of Directors, I want to thank you for your time, patience and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jeremy Hillger
Interim President

Pemi Valley

Pemi Valley NEMBA was founded in the spring of 2014 in order to steward and expand upon a large network of trails in the Plymouth, Campton, Thornton and Waterville Valley areas. These trails range from beginner to advanced and are built on a combination of private, public and federal land. Our mission is to work closely with land managers, private landowners, local governments, and Federal groups to preserve access to sustainable trails for mountain bicyclists of all abilities. We sponsor events to promote wellness through sustainable outdoor recreation.

WM NEMBA Tuesday Night Trailwork

Date

Repeats every week every Tuesday 28 times .
4/29/14 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Our Tuesday night trailwork (TNT) is entering its fourth year and has been a great way to get a lot of work done. Let us know if you have work area suggestions and please consider coming out after work on any Tuesday evening to help out. Work sites will be listed at http://wmnemba.wordpress.com/tnt/ .

Location

Location Varies, check website

Chapter

White Mountains

Event Leader

Rob Adair
radair@allpointstech.com

Northern NH

Moose Brook State Park

Jimtown Rd
Gorham  New Hampshire  03581
United States

603-466-3860

Easy

80%

Moderate

18%

Difficult

2%

Description

Location:

Gorham NH Off Rt 2, Jimtown Rd

 

Moose Brook State Park in Gorham NH offers camping, swimming and of course mountain biking. The park's 774 acres host a number of excellent singletrack trails as well as some scenic relaxing dirt roads. It's a fun place to ride and a great place to bring the family for a picnic.

There are 59 campsites which are open Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend. Call 1-877-647-2757 to make a reservation,

Notes: From the State website:

"Located in the White Mountains Region, just north of the Presidential Range, Moose Brook State Park is in an area of unparalleled scenery and offers a variety of outdoor activities. The park is ideally located for fishing in the Peabody and Moose rivers. Moose Brook flows through the park, and after passing through a shallow warming pool, feeds the swimming area with cool, clear mountain water. Picnicking and swimming are enjoyed against the scenic mountain backdrop. The many trails in the park are great for exploring on foot or mountain bike."


White Mountains NEMBA Description and MAP Read more about Moose Brook State Park

Links to Relevant Resources

Northern NH

Great Glen Trails

1 Mount Washington Auto Road
Gorham  New Hampshire  03581
United States

(603) 466-2333

Easy

40%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

20%

Description

Located in Northern New Hampshire right next to Mt Washington Great Glen offers a wonderful mountain bike experience. Like most for fee facilities you can expect that the trails are well maintained and that they were created with mountain biking in mind. This is not the case at most of the places where we ride. Normally, as we all know, we're mostly riding around on trails that were made by others. Old logging roads, motorcycle and ATV trails, utility rights of way, and long existing foot trails. Trails that in short, while lots of fun, weren't really designed with mountain biking in mind.

Great Glenn is an exception to that. The trails here were designed for mountain bikers, and designed to be fun for mountain bikers. And riders of all ability levels and ages can and will enjoy themselves here.

Check out last year's 24 hour race at Great Glen.

By Bill Boles Read more about Great Glen Trails

Links to Relevant Resources

Northern NH

Black Cap

Hurricane Mountain Road
North Conway  New Hampshire  03818
United States

Easy

15%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

35%

Description

The ride start with a big climb, or drive to the top of a narrow winding mtn road (do-able by normal cars). Driving saves two miles of climbing, but you'll need to get back to the car somehow. Then a 1 mile technical single track climb, to a nice 2 mile single track downhill,and then, a 1.5 mile high speed dirt road downhill. There are great views on this ride and a cool place (Horsefeathers) to get a beer after riding.


Directions:
Take RT 16N thru North Conway, NH.
One mile north of the village, turn right on Hurricane Mtn rd. Drive, or ride to the top.
Turn right onto the Black cap trail (marked) 1 mile up to 1stright(Cranmore).
Beautiful single track to a dirt road down Cranmore ski area.
Do it again or ride to N.Conway!

By Mike Contois Read more about Black Cap

Links to Relevant Resources

White Mountains

White Mountains NEMBA (WM-NEMBA) represents the voice of mountain bikers in the Mount Washington Valley and beyond. We work with land managers on an ongoing basis to resolve conflicts and provide input on critical issues such as the National Forest Plan Revision and access to public lands over private property. We work to promote mountaing biking to the local community, and to educate mountain bikers about responsible riding. We perform regular trail maintenance, and partner closely with land managers to help preserve and expand our riding opportunities in the area.

We also host many group rides, have an ongoing Tuesday Night Trailwork series, and put on an annual Mountain Bike Weekend in North Conway and also in Gorham.  Come ride with us, and help us give back to the trails.

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