MC Maine Monthly BOD Meeting and Ride
5/15/22 (All day)
Welcome! Join us for the second event of the 2022 Maine Gravel Series, The Pine Tree Loop!
This soon-to-be-classic, trip-back-in-time roughly follows the former Maine Central rail line from the headwaters of Belfast, inland to the Great Pines of Waldo County, cue "Where's Waldo?" The course will cover a mix of old rail bed to dirt roads and ATV tracks, as well as some classic New England busted-ass pavement. With a roundtrip pass, you can choose from the 40 mile scenic Belfast route or go for broke and venture further north on the 60 mile loop, a.k.a Moosehead. Both rides start and finish from the heart of coastal Maine in Belfast, exact location TBD. This is gonna be a good one, and not to toot our own horns or anything, but, choo-choo!
This event will be self-supported, there are no course markings. A paper map will be available at the start (yay!) and a GPX file will be provided to all participants in an email sent on the Wednesday before the event. If you don't have a GPS device, make friends with someone who does, or just follow someone like a vigilante trailing a perp. Not too close, don't wanna spook them, but don't wanna lose them either...
This ride will be a benefit to the Belfast Area chapter of NEMBA! Help us help them help the mountain bikers of the Belfast area!
If we don't reach our rider cap of 150 heads, there will be day-of registration. If we do sell out, shoot us a message and we'll see if we can work something out!
Any add'l questions or info needed? Feel free to reach out!
You can register and get more information here.
Stay tuned for more rides on the '22 MGS calendar, TBA! Read more about Pine Tree Ride Benefit
Event by Greater Portland NEMBA
For · NEMBA Members and potential members.
Hosted by Cyclemania (https://www.cyclemania1.com/).
We will ride from their store on 65 Cove St.
Rides starting at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 26th. Try to get there by 9:45 so that we can get the ride off on time.
Please sign the online waiver if you haven't yet - it's good for the remainder of 2021: https://smartwaiver.com/splash/17029.
Early in 2021 Greater Portland NEMBA won a $10,000 NEMBA Signature Trail Grant.
Project Description: GP NEMBA and the Gorham Conservation Commission (GCC) teamed up to create a
beginner-friendly flow trail.
The Goal: Create a flow-type trail with rollers, berms, and progressive jumps that would entice beginner to intermediate user levels but also be fun for advanced riders.
Knolly Roller is a closed and unidirectional loop utilizing existing geographical features such as knolls and depressions.
The trail is .86 miles in length and adjacent to the Lavoie Bike Park; home to a pump track that abuts an existing trail network of over 15 miles of singletrack.
It is also conveniently located between Gorham’s high school and middle school campuses.
Work will continue to make it even better. But for now . . .
See How It Rolls. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXwuaLlEaNY
GP NEMBA will be hosting rides at various locations in the Greater Portland area.
The rides will start at 5:30, but be there by 5:15 so we can roll out on time.
These rides will be fun and we won't drop anyone.
Be sure to sign NEMBA's Annual Waiver. But you only have to sign it once.
Contact me to see where this week's ride will be or for more information. Andy Haynes,
Let's Ride! Read more about GP NEMBA Wednesday Evening Rides
5/15/21 (All day)
It's time to start sprucing up the trails at Bradbury Mountain.
On Saturday 5/15, starting at 8:00 AM we'll be heading out to do some trail work.
Meet at the Main parking lot. Bring gloves, loppers, bug spray and a big smile.
Here are the deets:
I met with the BB Ranger staff yesterday about our trailwork day on Saturday 5/15.
Chris would like us to mainly focus on East Side trails. Blowing, raking, a little gravel work and replacing 1 small rotten bridge.
We can also blow off Krista’s if we are careful to not remove topsoil.
I thought I would grab the NEMBA trailer at our board meeting in Gorham on Monday 5/10. Planning for 8am-noon.
I will pick up coffee and donuts on my way to the park.
Please help me to advertise by posting message to various social media. Thanks!
Also bring a mask or gator that you can pull up when in close proximity to others.
Be sure to sign NEMBA's once a year liability waiver ahead of time.
Call me if you have any questions: 207.239.5247 Read more about GP NEMBA Trail Day @ Bradbury Mountain
Monday, February 1, 2021
Catching up with Kris Haralson and Lawrence Kovacs from the Six Rivers NEMBA Chapter
Lawrence Kovacs is an educator, a former Outward Bound instructor, and a champion for youth riding. He is passionately committed to getting more people on bikes, starting with those who have not yet learned the N+1 equation in school. (N+1 being the appropriate number of bikes to own, where N is the current number of bikes that you own).
In 2017 Lawrence received a grant from Specialized to run a curriculum on safe bike riding in his Bath, ME school. The grant included 25 hardtail bikes and allowed him to make riding bikes an almost daily occurrence for students during fair weather. Lawrence truly believes that mountain biking can enrich the lives of these students and lead to a better learning day. Often, he reaches out to students who “need this” time; an opportunity to get out of a classroom, exercise their bodies and engage their brains in an exhilarating and mind-consuming technical pursuit.Ever the enthusiast Lawrence expanded his vision to the area around him, looking to create even more opportunities for better mountain biking. The best leaders envision the future and then find the right movers and shakers to help make it happen. This is very evident with Lawrence tapping Kris Haralson on the shoulder to help drive the local mountain biking scene forward. Kris is another strong advocate for youth programs, who over the past four years has been coordinating, and filling to capacity, an after-school riding program in Brunswick and Topsham.
Finding an enthusiastic and robust riding community in the three towns of Bath, Brunswick, and Topsham, they looked for a common thread to bring them all together. Finding none, they made the decision to create one!
After meeting with past NEMBA Executive Director, Philip Keyes, and evaluating the needs for the area including the ridership and the opportunities for partnerships, the Six Rivers NEMBA Chapter was born in 2018. The concern for local trail access and the network of knowledge, advocacy, and support available as a NEMBA Chapter ultimately solidified this decision. Huge kudos to the original chapter officers of Lawrence (first Chapter President), Kris, Jack Bateman, Channing Jones, and a few others for their dedication and creation of a robust chapter!
The Chapter promptly got to work and has already had two major success stories leading to more and better trail access. In 2018 the chapter rallied volunteers, collaborated with land trusts, and helped design and build four miles of beginner friendly trails at Neptune Woods in Brunswick. In 2019 Six Rivers collaborated with the town of Topsham, who they described as “Pro-Outside” and amazing to work with, to unveil 5 miles of single-track. These are described as accessible trails that are fun and a great place to have safe family riding. They are still adding and updating features to Topsham such as a bike skills park and plan to continue to add some technical features as the trails settle.
This is all in addition to helping to secure and maintain trails in Bath, which Lawrence describes as wonderfully scary and fun once you get to know them but are also the driving force for the desire to create the new novice-friendly trail systems. Not to stay idle for long the Six Rivers Chapter extended their riding season and started grooming the Neptune and Topsham trail systems for winter. There is a standing invitation for all you fat bikers to head their way and check out these trails in the snow!
Kris Haralson is now at the helm as Chapter President, steering the Six Rivers ship through the murky waters of town politics and trail access advocacy as he heralds in the next era of projects. In 2020 Six Rivers also added their first female board officer, Kristin Jhamb, and they look forward to her help tenaciously moving forward projects in their slice of the mid-coast of Maine while building relationships with local riders, landowners, and conservation groups.
This is one Chapter to keep your eye on for big and exciting things coming over the next few years… maybe including one of the largest pump tracks in the state… or New England… time will tell.
They are also developing some great Kids FlowTrails.
The Arundel Conservation Trust also manages the Welch Woods trail.
Though these trails are short, they are quite enjoyable.