Western MA

Berkshire NEMBA Women's Ride Series

Event Date

10/31/20 10:30am

Come build your confidence and learn basic mountain bike skills in a fun, welcoming, setting! This group will be for women who are new to mountain biking, re-entering the sport after a long break, or just looking to boost their confidence on the trail. We will cover the basics of ride prep (including a little bike maintenance), confidence boosters, and some skills practice… but mostly we will just get comfortable riding!!

Tuesday, October 13 at 5:30
Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield, MA

Saturday, October 31 at 10:30
Greylock Glen, Adams, MA

We will be following social-distancing and other health/safety protocol to make sure we can keep enjoying this, please be sure to RSVP, fill out a waiver using the link, and bring a mask with you.

Ride waiver link: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/e/eNB6nMUon2KZXtZeXtai96/ 

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Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
Advanced-novice

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Alison McGee

Berkshire NEMBA TrailCare Day

Date

9/27/20 12:00pm

Join Berkshire NEMBA for a day of PSF trail care!

Our big project will be the construction of a brand new informational kiosk in the Lulu Brook Parking Area, however this will also be an opportunity to spend the day celebrating and caring for the entire trail network in PSF!

Socially distant groups can head out and ride with small tools or just gloves and help clear downed debris, address general maintenance, and explore the huge number of trails we have there.

Bring your own gloves and a face covering to be worn when you're close to others.

Please remember to sign the waiver, whether you’re a NEMBA member or not (link below).

This is a great time to chat with PSF Trail team leader Erik Forestell and Balance Rock Trail Team Leader Odin Adolphson (who will the be the project leader for the kiosk build).

This is also a great time to get to know the trials if you are unfamiliar with them!

Waiver Link: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ba93e7bf24b5/kiosk/ Read more about [node:title]

Chapter

Berkshire

Trail

Event Leader

Alison McGee
aamcgee@gmail.com

NEMBA COVID-19 Statement

Thursday, April 9, 2020

NEMBA Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic (updated: 4/9/2020)

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.

  • Be safe.
  • Dial it back – you may need to slow down and stop often for others.
  • Be patient with other trail users.
  • Don’t take risks.
  • Ride at off-hours.
  • Avoid crowded trail locations.
  • Avoid crowded parking lots. Park elsewhere and ride to the trail head.
  • Ride from your house to the trails if possible.
  • Ride alone* or with members of your immediate family.
  • Don't ride in large groups.
  • Provide extra physical spacing between riders, ideally >30'.
  • Be friendly and respectful of all trail users’ need for recreation and physical space. Say “Hi!” to other trail users!

*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!

 

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 [node:title]

Berkshire NEMBA Bridge Building @ Pittsfield SF

Date

5/18/19 9:00am

Bridge Building @ Pittsfield State Forest

Pittsfield State Forest Workday: Beaver Tail Boardwalk Building 

Saturday 5/18 from 9-12

Come join Trail Team Leader Erik Forestell for the first part of NEMBA’s Beavertail Boardwalk repair project.  This has been a long time in the naming and we’re excited to get this trail fixed up! 

The goal is to replace and build bridges to avoid the series of wet spots on Beaver Tail to make it more rideable and protect the natural area around it.

**Volunteers should park on Churchill Street (NOT inside PSF as usual) ...across from Camp Winadu, https://goo.gl/maps/zo9CU5rboao6Va2M9.  Please park along the road, not in the field, which is muddy.

Work will involve moving the building materials to the build sites, digging (in the mud), and constructing boardwalks (please bring cordless drills and batteries if you have them!!) Be prepared for working in the mud....lots of mud, but bring your bike for a ride afterward!

Remember NEMBA now has a once-a-year Waivers if you havent already done so sign them before the event and same.

If you haven’t already signed a DCF waiver you’ll need to do that there...

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Chapter

Berkshire

Trail

Event Leader

Alison McGee
aamcgee@gmail.com

Berkshire NEMBA Kennedy Workday

Date

5/4/19 (All day)

Kennedy Park Trail Day & Ride

Join Kennedy Park Trail Team Leader Ruth Wheeler for a quick and dirty trail day followed by a ride... focus will be on addressing a wet spot on the Log Hop Trail and volunteer work will be rewarded with a ride :)

Tools provided, wear old boots.

We'll meet at Reservoir Road/Portuguese Pulloff (back entrance to Kennedy) in Lenox at 8;30.

We'll probably be done by 10:30.

You don't not have to be a member of NEMBA to take part.  You just have to want to make Kennedy Park's trails better.

You can save time by signing NEMBA's once-a-year RideTrail Care Waivers in advance. Read more about [node:title]

Chapter

Berkshire

Trail

Event Leader

Ruth Wheeler
meanwheels@aol.com

Berkshire NEMBA Pittsfield SF Planning Session

Date

2/20/19 (All day)

PSF Planning (and Pizza)

2/20 at 6:00

Pittsfield State Forest Ski Lodge

Come join Berkshire NEMBA’s PSF Trail Team Leader Erik Forestell for the first planning session of the year—help form a trail team for Pittsfield State Forest, share ideas and thoughts for trail maintenance and other needs, and kick off the new NEMBA season right... open to members and nonmembers alike!

The purpose of the PSF trail team’s ongoing meetings is to communicate about the future needs and trail user requirements with DCR, plan and schedule future volunteer trail work days/events, and form a consistent base for maintenance and promotion of this amazing property.

We’ll meet in the PSF Ski Lodge (first left past the entrance) ...pizza and soda will be provided, feel free to bring other beverages as well.   Read more about [node:title]

Chapter

Berkshire

Trail

Event Leader

Alison McGee
aamcgee@gmail.com
518-727-3549

PV NEMBA Sawmill Ride

Event Date

2/22/20 (All day)

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series

PV NEMBA will be hosting a series of February Fat Bike Rides at various Locations.

This ride will be part of the Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series. PV NEMBA will be raffling off some winter cycling related gear donated from some local bike shops.

Riders must attend 2 or more of the rides in the series to be entered into the raffle. Entries will be tallied by waiver sign ins.

Feb 22 or Feb 23 - Sawmill
Meeting @ Col Lavalley Lane, Northampton, MA
Time: 10 am
Contact: Adele Paquin - adele.paquin@gmail.com

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State

Massachusetts

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Adele Paquin

PV NEMBA DAR Ride

Date

2/8/20 (All day)

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series

PV NEMBA will be hosting a series of February Fat Bike Rides at various Locations.

This ride will be part of the Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series. PV NEMBA will be raffling off some winter cycling related gear donated from some local bike shops.

   Riders must attend 2 or more of the rides in the series to be entered into the raffle. Entries will be tallied by waiver sign ins.

Feb 8 or Feb 9 - DAR
Meeting @ DAR parking lot, Goshen, MA
Time: 11am
Contact: Jeff Fowler - fowlerjeffrey@yahoo.com

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Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Event Leader

Jeff Fowler
fowlerjeffrey@yahoo.com

PV NEMBA Robinson SP Ride

Date

2/1/20 (All day)

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series

PV NEMBA will be hosting a series of February Fat Bike Rides at various Locations.

This ride will be part of the Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series. PV NEMBA will be raffling off some winter cycling related gear donated from some local bike shops.

   Riders must attend 2 or more of the rides in the series to be entered into the raffle. Entries will be tallied by waiver sign ins.

Feb 1 or 2/2 - Robinson State Park
Meeting @ Robinson Park Elementary School, Begley St., Agawam, MA.
Time: 10am
Contact: Jonathan Mauterer - jonathanmauterer@gmail.com

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Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Trail

Event Leader

Jonathan Mauterer
jonathanmauterer@gmail.com

Berkshire NEMBA Winter Social

Date

2/9/19 (All day)

Berkshire NEMBA Winter Social

The event will be held at 979 North St in Pittsfield starting at 6:00 PM

Annual winter celebration, 2018 recap, and 2019 kickoff... better late than never!

Come join Berkshire NEMBA and friends for an evening of snacks and socializing as we celebrate all the hard work our volunteers did this past year and get ready for more in the new year.

Open to members and friends (membership signups available at the party), kid friendly, chili and some other snacks will be provided, feel free to bring an optional snack or beverage to share... BYOB Read more about [node:title]

Chapter

Berkshire

Event Leader

Alison McGee
aamcgee@gmail.com

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