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.

HV NEMBA Beginners Skill Ride

Event Date

4/16/22 10:30am

Sat. April 16- Beginners Skill rides, meet 10:30 at Waldo SP in Southbury.

If you are up for a two-for, head over to Derby in the afternoon to Racebrook for a beginners ride led by Laura.

I'll probalby be doing both. If you plan to do both, we'll stop for lunch somewhere on the way to Laura's ride.

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Ride Leader Name

Paula Burton

FC NEMBA Fitness Rides

Event Date

Repeats every week every Tuesday 30 times .
4/5/22 6:00pm

Tuesday Fitness Rides Are Back

FC NEMBA is starting up the Tuesday Night Fitness rides again at in the Ridgefield area at 6:00 pm.

Check the FC NEMBA facebook pages below for weekly updates.

There will also be a ladies only group that goes out and the terrain is always tailored to the skills of the group.

They are no drop rides. But, expect some climbing. These are fitness rides.

These will be weekly rides, weather permitting.

Check the FC NEMBA and FC NEMBA Ladies Facebook groups for weekly updates.

Be sure that you've signed the 2022 NEMBA Annual Waiver. But you only need to sign it once.

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All Levels

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Ride Leader Name

Michaela Lawler

SECT NEMBA Playground Trails Grand Opening


5/14/22 9:00am to 12:00pm

Nathan Hay-Ray Middle School will be hosting a grand-opening for the new Playground Trail System!!

Join SECT NEMBA, Specialized, and other sponsors for guided rides, food & refreshments, give-aways and a great time!!!

There will be group rides for different ability levels, kids, and e-mtbs, or ride at your own pace and follow the map on Trailforks (link below).

There will also be guided hikes.

Food & refreshments will be free with participation from 11:30-1.

Over the past year, Nathan Hale-Ray Middle School (NHRMS) has added more than eight miles of multi-use trails to their 200+ acre campus.

To celebrate the new trails and the many hours of volunteer work that went into building the trails, bridges, signs and other features, NHRMS is hosting a grand opening event!

This event will provide community members with an opportunity to explore the newly designed trails.

Southeastern CT New England Mountain Bike Association will be offering opportunities to talk about why mountain biking is a great sport for all ages and providing info on how to get involved in local mountain bike and trail-related activities.

Specialized Bicycles will be on-site providing food and refreshments for all participants. There will be give-aways from additional sponsors throughout the event.

Trailforks Trail Map

   You don't have to be a NEMBA members to attend, but everyone should have already signed NEMBA's Annual Waiver.

Location: 73 Clark Gates Rd, Moodus
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Southeastern CT NEMBA


Event Leader

Brett Severson