What Wachusett NEMBA is all about:
Wachusett NEMBA was founded in 1998 by a bunch of us who ride in Leominster State Forest in Princeton, MA. For years we had noticed that the park was becoming more and more popular, and we were concerned that mountain bikers needed to organize so that we could have a single voice in working with the rangers and keeping the trails in good condition. We were also bummed that miles of choice singletrack was getting demo'ed by logging. The trails --now gone-- were never part of the official lineup of trails, so when the loggers came in and "harvested" the lumber, they weren't required to restore the trail.
We've worked closely with the rangers, and have succeeded in making these "unofficial" trails legitimate and open to bikes. In the process we've had numerous workdays where we've built bridges and boardwalks to protect some of the sensitive wetlands. We've even built some really nice singletrack trails!
We love to ride and offer group rides at least once a week in various areas.
Where we work and ride:
Wachusett NEMBA members ride all over, but especially love Leominster State Forest, Townsend State Forest, Groton Town Forest and the Midstate Trail. Most of us live from Rte. 495 west to Gardner, and south to Worcester. Lots of us live around Leominster and Fitchburg.
Besides riding a lot, we do a lot of trail maintenance and trail building. We've put in tons of time and money into Leominster State Forest, but we've also branched out to work on the northern part of the Midstate Trail and in the Groton Town Forest. We'd like to volunteer in other parks as well, and we're willing to work pretty much wherever are members are interested in helping out.
In the recent past, we've put on some really cool events. We raised lots of money for FRAXA, a group trying to find a cure for Fragile X Syndrome. We've also had a couple of great biking weekends in southern Vermont, and we've thrown some killer parties! We have a reputation for working hard and playing hard!