Southern CT

NEMBA Trail School @ Goodwin State Forest

Monday, May 19, 2014

Riders and trail enthusiasts from an array of organizations gathered at Goodwin Conservation Center in Hampton, Connecticut for NEMBA's annual two-day course in trail design, construction and maintenance.

In addition to riders from numerous NEMBA chapters from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, participants came from the Connecticut Parks & Forests Association, the Central CT Regional Planning Agency, the Friends of Goodwin State Park, Greenfield Trails Association (NH), Londonderry Trails (NH) and even as far away as the Gennesee Region Offroad Cyclists (Rochester, NY).

In the NEMBA tradition of "work hard, play harder", the course featured not only classroom instruction but outdoors hands-on build clinics as well as an epic ride on the extensive trail system that encompasses Goodwin State Forest and Natchaug State Forest.

“Our trail school is key to increasing our capacity to improve and build more trails,” commented NEMBA director, Philip Keyes. “I’m confident that everyone who attended this year’s class will go on to put on their own trail care events and help us build a better New England for trails and trail-based recreation in all its forms.”

Our thanks to the supportive staff at the Goodwin Conservation Center and the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection for opening their doors to us and allowing us to camp out -- the evening bonfire was great!  We also thank the Friends of Goodwin State Forest for helping with project locations. Lastly, a huge shout-out of thanks to our NEMBA instructors, Paula Burton, Adam Glick, Maciej Sobieszek and Mike Tabaczynski, and to our ride leaders, Stacey Jimenez and Glenn Newcombe.

If you missed out, mark your calendars now for the May 21-22, 2015.

Fairfield County NEMBA Winter Social - Where the Trail Ends Movie

Date

3/16/14 5:00pm to 11:00pm

FC NEMBA Annual Winter Social - March 16th Doors open at 4pm for socializing & movie starts at 5:30@ Ridgefield Playhouse
$15 in Advance / $20 at the Door. Includes venue access, cupcakes, soda & beer, fun and the Fairfield County premiere of Where the Trail Ends provided free by Red Bull Media house.

... details to come on advance purchase

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZUsc1ewgUQ
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Location

The Ridgefield Playhouse

Chapter

Central CT Fairfield County

Event Leader

Ryan Tucker
rrtucker@gmail.com

HV NEMBA Trolley Trail Grand Opening

Date

6/6/20 (All day)

HV NEMBA & Woodbury Trolley Trail Grand Opening

On June 6 the town of Woodbury wants to hold a grand opening of the Trolley Trails.

The event will be on the same day as Connecticut Trail Day which is supposed to be a celebration oftrails in CT.

We will start with a beginner and kids ride with a ride leader at 9:00.T

hen we will have a 10:00 intermediate ride that will be all of Trolley trails and then we will go to Whitamore Sanctuary trails on the full white loop.

The town of Woodbury will be handing out maps that day and there may be a bike demo too.

   More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to the event.  Stay Tuned.

Note:  You Can save time by signing NEMBA's once-a-year Annual Ride Waiver ahead of time if you haven't already done so. Read more about HV NEMBA Trolley Trail Grand Opening

Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Event Leader

Bill Lake
wlake40@yahoo.com

NEMBA COVID-19 Statement

Saturday, March 14, 2020

NEMBA Statement on the Covid-19 (updated: 3/17/2020)

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!

 

3/14/2020:

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:

https://www.cdc.gov/

https://www.who.int/

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 NEMBA COVID-19 Statement

Central CT NEMBA Trail Day @ Dividend Pond

Date

3/7/20 (All day)

TRAIL WORK AT DIVIDEND POND, SATURDAY MARCH 7.


The Town of Rocky Hill has graciously given us permission to build singletrack at Dividend Pond, a local recreational park with hiking trails.

The end goal is to build a total of 1.5 - 2 miles of fun, flowy singletrack.

The terrain in the area we are building in is reminiscent of the rolling terrain at River Highlands. For this session, we hope to make headway on a half mile portion of the trail.

Please bring a rake if you have one.

Wear sturdy shoes or boots, and bring water and a snack.


    Also, make sure you have signed the once a year Trail Care Waiver.

We will meet on Pleasant Valley Road, along Dividend Brook in Rocky Hill for 9:00 a.m.

  Read more about Central CT NEMBA Trail Day @ Dividend Pond

Chapter

Central CT

Event Leader

Glenn Vernes
glennvernes@gmail.com

Central CT NEMBA Sunday Ride Series

Event Date

Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Nov 29 2020 .
3/8/20 (All day)

Central CT NEMBA Sunday Ride Series.

Central CT NEMBA will be holding a series of Sunday Rides at various locations around Connecticut.

The details for every ride will be posted to our Central CT NEMBA Facebook Page.

The rides will start at 9:00 or 10:00.  Rides will be 2-3 hours long on average.   Bad weather will cancel.

These are intermediate level trail rides.  Bring your helmet and a mountain bike in good working condition.

Try to arrive early enough so that we can get the ride started on time.

  Save time by signing NEMBA's once-a-year Ride Waiver ahead of time.

Questions? Contact me, John Puziss, through Facebook Messenger as I don't check my email every day.

 

  Read more about Central CT NEMBA Sunday Ride Series

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

John Puziss

HV NEMBA Trail Day @ Waldo

Date

5/2/20 9:00am to 12:00pm

Cancelled: Due to the Covid-19 crisis we are cancelling/postponing this event.  We will reschedule when it's appropriate.

 

HV NEMBA Waldo Trail Maintenance

Housatonic Valley NEMBA will be hosting a trail day at George Waldo State Park on Saturday 5/2 starting at 9:00 AM.

We'll meet at the parking lot on Purchase Brook Rd in Southbury. 

We plan to work on a few areas that need cleaning up and narrowing.

Wear sturdy shoes and bring snacks, water, and work gloves.

   There will be a ride and tail gate party after.

Save time by signing NEMBA's once a year Ride & Trail Care Waivers ahead of time.

  Read more about HV NEMBA Trail Day @ Waldo

Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Trail

Event Leader

Andy Engel
Aeinct@aol.com

HV NEMBA Trail School

Date

4/26/20 8:00am to 3:00pm

Due to the Covid-19 crisis this even has been cancelled.  It may be rescheduled later in the year.

 

HV NEMBA Trail School

This Trail School is presented by the Housatonic Valley Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association, Western Council of Governments and Flanders Nature Center. It will be held at the Nature Center which is located at 596 Flander Rd in Woodbury.

   While this is listed as an HV NEMBA event it is not limited to HV NEMBA members. 

To sign up go HERE!

This one day course is perfect for riders, trail enthusiasts, land stewards and land managers interested in learning about what makes for sustainable, enjoyable multi -use trails and how to take care of them.

The course will include classroom presentations on the best practices of trail design, building and maintenance in the morning at the Flanders Nature Center and after lunch we will head outside for hands-on practice.

Coffee, snacks and lunch will be included.

The cost is $20.

The clinic will run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, and there may be an optional group ride after.

Bring work gloves, sturdy shoes, and water bottle.

We will supply tools.

   Save time by signing NEMBA's once-a-year Trail Care Waiver ahead of time.

  Read more about HV NEMBA Trail School

Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Event Leader

Paula Burton
peburton1@gmail.com

HV NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Social

Date

1/26/20 (All day)

Housatonice Valley NEMBA Chapetr Meeting & Social

On Wednesday Jan 26, 6:30 pm HV NEMBA will be aving a winter meeting and social at Class Cycles located at 77 Main St in N Southbury CT.

Francis Pickering will be showing slides of his recent mountain biking adventure in South Africa. 

Pizza will be served.

   You do not have to be a member of  NEMBA to attend. Read more about HV NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Social

Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Event Leader

Paula Burton
peburton1@aol.com

Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride & Huntington Happening with FC NEMBA, HV NEMBA and CCT NEMBA

Event Date

5/30/20 9:00am to 2:00pm

Save the date - Huntington Happening is back! Join us Saturday May 30, 2020 for a great day on bikes at Huntington State Park.

A day on bikes for the whole family, with led group rides and lots of fun on 2 wheels...more info coming soon.

Brought to you by the fantastic trio of NEMBA chapters: HVNemba, Central CT Nemba and Fairfield County NEMBA. More details to follow! Read more about Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride & Huntington Happening with FC NEMBA, HV NEMBA and CCT NEMBA

Location

Huntington State Park

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

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