Western ME

NEMBA COVID Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Sessions

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

NEMBA Guidance for Rides

Out of an abundance of caution NEMBA put a hold on large Trial Care days and Group Rides as the Covid-19 Pandemic escalated.

Currently it seems like every day one or more of the New England States change their recommendations and guidelines. Their overriding concern, of course, is safety.

As each state sets its own policies NEMBA’s policies must be flexible. Our policies must follow at least the minimum guidelines set by each state. But since these guidelines vary in their directives, we have developed some parameters that we believe support the cautious resumption of group rides and trail care sessions. You can help support the health and safety of all riders (and other trail users) by following these practices!

See state by state restrictions below.

 

NEMBA Recommendations for Group Rides

  • Non-household Group rides are allowed in all New England states. The permitted size of those groups varies. NEMBA recommends group sizes of 10 people or less. This is a common requirement in many riding areas. It also reduces interruptions to other trail users and helps keep groups safe and fun. But we leave it to local chapters and their ride leaders to determine what is best for them.
  • Maintaining at least 3 bike lengths between each rider ensures physical distancing, at least 30’ but more may be better. The standard 6' social distance may not ensure safety when riding behind a rider or group for long periods of time. So we recommend as many times that distance as is practicable. The exception is with family members.
  • Ride with a mask at the ready so that you can quickly put it on if you come across other trail users in an area where you can’t maintain a social distance of at least 6’. Or better yet, leave it on. A mask is primarily a courtesy to others. It is a source control measure that limits what you may spread via exhalation. It also provides some protection to you.
  • Exaggerate your courtesy to other trail users. When encountering other trail users, slow down or stop and move off the trail to provide room for people to pass and maintain social distance. This is a time when nobody should assume a “right of way”.
  • Do not linger in groups before or after rides. We will all get our “social” on when this Pandemic is over.
  • Don’t overcrowd a riding area. If a riding area is busy, try to find an alternate time or location to ride but try to stay close to home. There are still state-by-state restrictions on traveling across state lines. Observe them!
  • Respect parking regulations. Parking has become a large pain point at many riding areas. If a parking area is full, find another legal place to park.
  • We leave it to local chapters to decide what is best for their area and the comfort level of their ride leaders.
  • NEMBA requires using some method of rider registration so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. NEMBA offers Evenbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it. But Eventbrite is only an option. Many chapters just keep a record.
  • If you or your chapter would like to hold a group ride, either with or without Eventbrite, send an email to . That way you and your riders will be covered by NEMBA’s insurance.

 

NEMBA Recommendations for Family Rides

  • Follow all the requirements of your local governments (state, city or town) and requirements of the property where you wish to ride.
  • Best practice is to ride with members of your household.
  • Wear masks when in the presence of others and it is not possible to be at least 6’ apart.
  • If possible, choose riding areas without crowds.

 

NEMBA Recommendations for Trail Care Events

Since each State sets its own policy for outdoor group size, NEMBA’s policy must be flexible. But it must follow the guidelines set by that state. Since these guidelines are in some cases contradictory, we have developed some suggested parameters of our own.

Traditional Trail Care days where more than 30 people might show up in a parking lot, hang out together for instructions, grab tools and head out should be put on hold for now. As must the traditional after trailwork parking lot thank you party. We recommend:

  1. Trail Care sessions must be limited to 4-9 people.
  2. Social distancing of at least 12’ must be maintained at all times.
  3. Face coverings must be used whenever one is within 15’ of anyone else.
  4. Tools must not be shared unless they are sanitized before handoffs.
  5. For the time being, doing small projects should be the goal.
  6. Advance sign up or, events run by invitation only, may be used to put limits on the numbers.
  7. After the event, participants should leave the gathering area as soon as possible.
  8. NEMBA requires using some method of volunteer registration so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. NEMBA offers Evenbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it.

If you or your NEMBA chapter want to sponsor a Trail Care Event send an email to . This will ensure that your event will be covered by NEMBA’s insurance.

 

State by State Guidance 

Maine Covid-19 Response           Maine Bureau of Parks

Vermont Covid-19 Guidance         VT State Parks

New Hampshire Covid-19             NH State Parks

Massachusetts Covid-19               Mass DCR Guidance

Connecticut Covid Response        CT DEEP Response

Rhode Island Covid Information    RI DEM Guidance

  Read more about NEMBA COVID Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Sessions

Western ME

Bethel Village Trails

21 Broad St
Bethel  Maine  04217
United States

Easy

60%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Bethel Area Trail system consists of about 6 miles of trails with more to come. Managed by both Bethel Village Trails and Mahoosuc Pathways the trails are fun and used by local residents, Gould Academy students and visitors from all over the region.

In the winter there are groomed Fat Bike Trails, Trail Passes are required and help to defray the costs of grooming.

Bethel Village Trails is a project of Mahoosuc Pathways, a non-profit trails organization. Bethel Village Trails manages the Nordic, snowshoe, and fat bike trail center in the winter, and the mountain bike trails in the summer. The trails all leave from the Bethel Inn Resort. http://mahoosucpathways.org/Bethel-Village

Nearby Sunday River has downhill Skiing.

Gould Academy has a fine network of trails that are used for nordic skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer but they do not allow Fat Bikes.

While you're here be sure to check out Mahoosuc Pathway's Bacon Hill, located only six miles away in Albany Township.

  Read more about Bethel Village Trails

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Barker Mountain Bikes

Links to Relevant Resources

Carrabassett Region TrailFest

Date

8/18/17 3:30pm to 8/20/17 3:30pm

Time is growing near for CR NEMBA’s 5th Annual NEMBA TrailFest. We will be teaming up with Maine Huts and Trails (MH&T) to bring an outstanding work, ride, eat and stay experience to our friends from all over New England again this year. The dates are August 18-20
 
The Digs and Grub
Volunteers are the guests of Maine Huts & Trails who will be providing the food and their fully staffed Stratton Brook “Hut” at no cost. This “Hut” is a million dollar, self-sufficient facility in the wilderness on a hill with sweeping views and includes, bunk houses, composting toilets, showers and a full service commercial kitchen. Participants will have free lodging on Friday and Saturday nights August 20stnd & 21st. MH&T will be providing dinner on Friday night, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. See below for Bonus extended stay discount pricing option!
 
If you are not familiar with Maine Huts & Trails visit their website while there, and check out the Stratton Brook Hut.
 
The Dirt
 
We will be working on a small section of new hand-built singletrack at the top of Newton's Revenge. If time allows, we will also be making improvements to existing trails in the hut area.
 
The Plan

  • Friday, August 18th - Arrive in Carrabassett Valley and ride your bike to Stratton Brook Hut for dinner at 7:00 pm and camp fire fun. If you would like a gear shuttle, your bag must be at the Outdoor Center by 6:30
  • Saturday, August 19th  - breakfast at 7:30AM at Stratton Brook Hut;

trail work 8:30AM – 2:30PM (lunch served on the trail), back to the hut for a ride at 3:30PM; dinner at 7:00PM followed by Live Music. Beer and wine will be available for sale through MH&T

  • Sunday, August 20st   – breakfast 7:30AM; trail work 8:30AM – 1:00PM (lunch served on the trail), back to the hut for a ride.

 
The Call to Action
Please RSVP ASAP! We are expecting a tremendous turn out and space is limited. Bunks will be first come (RSVP) first serve.
 
RSVP NEMBA TrailFest required. Please contact David at dhughes@carrabassett.NEMBA.org to RSVP or with any questions.
 
IMPORTANT!

  • If you are planning to attend but not staying overnight at the hut, please let us know if you are planing to join us for any of the meals and if so, which ones, so we can plan the food purchases accordingly. If you are staying at the hut we will assume you are joining us for all the meals unless you tell us differently.
  • Due to liquor law challenges. We will not be able to provide free beer. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the hut through MH&T. There will be keg of beer that will be specially priced for TrailFest participants. If you BYOB, MH&T asks that you consume in your bunkroom.

 
The Bonus 
Maine Huts & Trails is offering a special rate to stay for one night (Sunday @ 25% discount) or two nights (Sun and Monday @ 50% discount) to NEMBA TrailFest participants who worked the Saturday and Sunday of the event.
 
RSVP Extended stay required. Please call MH&T reservations team at 207-265-2400 and tell them you are part of the event.
 
 
Thanks,
 
Dave Hughes (CR NEMBA Event Coordinator)
Peter Smith (CR NEMBA President)
Charlie Woodworth (MH&T Executive director)
Josh Tauses (CR NEMBA Trail Boss)
Jason Cooke (MH&T Trail Manager)
Sarah Pine (Huts Manager)
CR NEMBA board and members
Maine Huts and Trails and members
Town of Carrabassett Valley and citizens
And mountain bikers everywhere! Read more about Carrabassett Region TrailFest

Chapter

Carrabassett Region

Trail

Event Leader

David Hughes

NEMBA Trail School North, Auburn ME

Date

5/20/17 (All day)


Register by Wednesday May 17th for NEMBA Trail School North in Auburn ME on Saturday, May 20th.

Registration is over for this event --j Sorry!

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

The course will include classroom presentations on the best practices of trail building and maintenance in the morning, followed by hands-on trail building clinics in the afternoon.

Coffee, snacks and lunch will be included, and there will also be an option to purchase IMBA's trailbuilding textbook, IMBA Trail Solutions.

The cost is $20.  Please bring a check for $40 if you wish to purchace IMBA's book, Trail Solutions: IMBA's Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack.

The course will take place in Auburn, and we'll be doing the hands-on clinics at Mt. Apatite.

Location

Auburn, ME

Trail

Event Leader

Philip Keyes
pk@nemba.org
800-576-3622

Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride in the Carrabassett Valley

Date

9/26/20 9:00am to 9:00pm

This event has been cancelled for 2020 due to the Pandemic.  Hope to see you in 2021.

Carrabassett Adventure Ride & CRNEMBA Party and Annual Meeting
   (Note: The information below is for reference only. It's mostly from the 2019 event.)


Saturday, September 26, 2020 
9:00AM to 9:00PM
Event/registration details below are subject to change.

Save the date (September 26, 2020) for our Carrabassett Adventure Ride (part of the New England Mountain Bike Association‘s Kona MTB Adventure Series) and CRNEMBA Party at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center in Carrabassett Valley, Maine.  Ride the epic trails of the Carrabassett Valley trail network during beautiful fall foliage.

Riders of all abilities are welcome and invited.   There will be guided rides for all levels.    Ride guides will show you the trail system with riders of similar ability with an emphasis on having fun and connecting with fellow riders.

This page will be updated with event details as the date gets closer. As will the event's Facebook Page.


We invite you to the Carrabassett Adventure Ride (part of the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA)'s Kona MTB Adventure Series) on Saturday, September 28, at the Sugarloaf Outdoors Center in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Come ride the epic trails of the Carrabassett Valley trail network during peak foliage. Join us for riding fun followed by complimentary beverages (for folks ages 21+) courtesy of Baxter Brewing Co. as well as burgers and hot dogs. We’d welcome anyone bringing along a potluck side to add to the feast. We hope you’ll stay for our informal annual meeting. 

RIDING: 
Riders of all abilities are welcome and invited. There will be guided rides (see details below) as well as self-guided routes clearly marked for those who wish to venture on their own. Ride guides will show you the trail system with riders of similar ability with an emphasis on having fun and connecting with fellow riders.

WHO IS INVITED: 
Anyone with or without a bike, from the Valley or beyond, and current NEMBA members and soon to be members who want to be introduced to the trail network and CRNEMBA, to just ride the trails, or most importantly, to have some fun!

BIKE RENTALS: 
Bike rentals are available at Allspeed Cyclery & Snow (located at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center).

END-OF-SEASON PARTY: 
Expect the party to begin when you return from your afternoon ride, about 4:00ish, with complimentary beverages. Grilling of hot dogs and burgers will begin as soon as folks are ready to eat! Food will be available at the Sugarloaf Outdoors Center, again free to all riders and guests. Potluck is welcomed. 

INFORMAL ANNUAL MEETING (6:30-7:30PM): 
Please join us for an informal meeting with CRNEMBA Board members to learn what we are doing, our relationship with the Carrabassett Valley Trails, and to ask questions and share your hopes and wants for CRNEMBA.

REGISTRATION:
Registration will be available at the Sugarloaf Outdoors Center, beginning at 9:00 AM. Each rider will be required to sign a liability waiver. 

FEES:
- CRNEMBA or NEMBA members from any other chapter: $10/person suggested donation.

- Non-members: $25/person

- Renewing or joining NEMBA the day of the event: Free
(New Chapter Memberships: $35/individual; $45/family)

- Kids ages 15 and under: Free with a registered parent or guardian. 

You may join CRNEMBA online, before the event, by visiting https://carrabassettnemba.org/cr-nemba-members/

PARKING:
Parking will be available at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, in the lower parking lot. 

The goal for this event includes a celebration of our bike community and further recruitment of members. Thanks to the remarkable support we receive from our members, volunteers, sponsors, and partners, our trail network will continue to expand! As is always the practice for CRNEMBA, financial proceeds will be directed towards further development of CRNEMBA and the trail system we are creating with our partners. 

GUIDED RIDE SCHEDULE:

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Expert Ride

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Advanced Ride

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Intermediate Ride

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Beginner Ride

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Advanced Ride

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Intermellow Ride

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Beginner Ride Read more about Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride in the Carrabassett Valley

Location

Carrabassett Valley, ME

Chapter

Carrabassett Region

Trail

Event Leader

Ed Gervais
ehgervais3@casconpump.com

Carrabassett Region TrailFest 2016

Date

8/19/16 5:00pm to 8/22/16 1:30pm

Carrabassett Valley TrailFest 2016!
 
Time is growing near for CR NEMBA’s Fourth Annual NEMBA TrailFest. We will be teaming up with Maine Huts and Trails (MH&T) to bring an outstanding work, ride, eat and stay experience to our friends from all over New England again this year. The dates are August 19th, 20th and 21st.
 
The Digs and Grub
Volunteers are the guests of Maine Huts & Trails who will be providing the food and their fully staffed Stratton Brook “Hut” at no cost. This “Hut” is a million dollar, self-sufficient facility in the wilderness on a hill with sweeping views and includes, bunk houses, composting toilets, showers and a full service commercial kitchen. Participants will have free lodging on Friday and Saturday nights August 21stnd & 22nd. MH&T will be providing dinner on Friday night, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. See below for Bonus extended stay discount pricing option!
 
If you are not familiar with Maine Huts & Trails visit their website http://www.mainehuts.org/our-huts/stratton-brook while there, and check out the Stratton Brook Hut.
 
The Dirt
 
There are several projects we are looking at for this year’s event. The specific project has not yet been determined but be not afraid, there is a lot going on in Carrabassett Valley and we will have something rewarding for everyone to do. We will be updating participants as this portion of the event further develops.
 
The Plan
  • Friday, August 19th - Arrive in Carrabassett Valley and ride your bike to Stratton Brook Hut for dinner at 7:00 pm and camp fire fun. If you would like a gear shuttle, your bag must be at the Outdoor Center by 6:30
  • Saturday, August 20th  - breakfast at 7:30AM at Stratton Brook Hut;
trail work 8:30AM – 2:30PM (lunch served on the trail), back to the hut for a ride at 3:30PM; dinner at 7:00PM followed by Live Music. Beer and wine will be available for sale through MH&T
  • Sunday, August 21st   – breakfast 7:30AM; trail work 8:30AM – 1:00PM (lunch served on the trail), back to the hut for a ride.
 
The Call to Action
Please RSVP ASAP! We are expecting a tremendous turn out and space is limited. Bunks will be first come (RSVP) first serve.
 
RSVP NEMBA TrailFest required. Please contact David at dhughes@carrabassett.NEMBA.org to RSVP or with any questions.
 
IMPORTANT!
  • If you are planning to attend but not staying overnight at the hut, please let us know if you are planing to join us for any of the meals and if so, which ones, so we can plan the food purchases accordingly. If you are staying at the hut we will assume you are joining us for all the meals unless you tell us differently.
  • Due to liquor law challenges. We will not be able to provide free beer. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the hut through MH&T. There will be keg of beer that will be specially priced for TrailFest participants. If you BYOB, MH&T asks that you consume in your bunkroom.
 
The Bonus
Maine Huts & Trails is offering a special rate to stay for one night (Sunday @ 25% discount) or two nights (Sun and Monday @ 50% discount) to NEMBA TrailFest participants who worked the Saturday and Sunday of the event.
 
RSVP Extended stay required. Please call MH&T reservations team at 207-265-2400 and tell them you are part of the event.
 
 
Thanks,
 
Dave Hughes (CR NEMBA Event Coordinator)
Peter Smith (CR NEMBA President)
Charlie Woodworth (MH&T Executive director)
Josh Tauses (CR NEMBA Trail Boss)
Jason Cooke (MH&T Trail Manager)
Sarah Pine (Huts Manager)
CR NEMBA board and members
Maine Huts and Trails and members
Town of Carrabassett Valley and citizens
And mountain bikers everywhere!
 
 

Location

Stratton Brook Hut, Carrabassett Valley ME

Chapter

Carrabassett Region

Trail

Event Leader

David Hughes
hughes@carrabassett.NEMBA.org

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