Southern CT

FC NEMBA 2017 Upcoming Events

Monday, April 24, 2017

FC NEMBA has a full schedule of events planned for spring, summer and beyond! Join us for a ride, event or trail work session. Check out our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/153250044748995/ for latest info on all things MTB.
 
Trail maps at http://fcnemba.org/fc-mtnbikingmaps/index.htm
 
Chapter meetings are the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30 PM in Norwalk.
 
Upcoming Events
 
Sat.-Sun. May 6-7 Huntington and Putnam SP, FCNEMBA’s Trailfest! Join us for a great weekend of frolicking in the woods of Huntington State Park. We will eat, work, ride, camp, and eat and ride again. Light trail work, led rides for all levels, BBQ, Bonfire, and Camping. Free! Kid Friendly! Come for some or for the entire event. Details at http://www.facebook.com/events/423176344685439/
 
Fri. May 12, Southbury, North of FC Ride, Meeting, and Social. All levels. We’ll take a ride on the Larkin Trail to Black Hog Brewery and enjoy the beer and food trucks. Or just meet us there. Brief meeting at 7pm. 
 
Sat. May 20 NEMBA Trail School South in Oxford. Spend the day talking about, learning about, and building trails! Find out about trail initiatives in the area. There is still room so register now.

 
Fri-Sun. Aug. 11-13 Kingdom Trails. The first ever NEMBA Women’s Summit. Seminars, rides, movies, fashion show, prizes and more! FC is offering a partial scholarship to encourage more women to attend. Only a few tickets left.
 
Weekly Rides
 
Mondays - Southbury, Intermediate, with Greg Meghani, Class Cycles

Tuesdays - Southbury, Waldo, Social with Paula Burton
 
Wednesdays - Wilton, Wilton Woods, Intermediate, with Dave Francefort
 
Sundays - Ridgefield, Intermediate, with Ridgefield Bicycle Company
 
Trail Work Sessions
 
Please lend a hand if you ride at Mianus, Wilton Woods, Bennett’s/Hemlock Hills, Trout Brook, Huntington, Trumbull, Waldo! Select Saturdays 8.45-12 PM, often followed by a ride.
Sat. June 3 National Trails Day at Mianus River Park, Ryan Tucker, rrtucker@gmail.com
Sat. June 10 TBA
Sat. Sept. 9 TBA
Sat. Oct. 7 TBA
Sat. Oct. 14 TBA
Sat. Nov. 4 TBA
Sat. Nov. 18 TBA
 
Here is to a great year of riding. See you on the trails!
--Monika Stokes
 

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.

Fairfield County NEMBA Winter Social - Where the Trail Ends Movie

Date

3/16/14 5:00pm to 11:00pm

FC NEMBA Annual Winter Social - March 16th Doors open at 4pm for socializing & movie starts at 5:30@ Ridgefield Playhouse
$15 in Advance / $20 at the Door. Includes venue access, cupcakes, soda & beer, fun and the Fairfield County premiere of Where the Trail Ends provided free by Red Bull Media house.

... details to come on advance purchase

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZUsc1ewgUQ
Read more about Fairfield County NEMBA Winter Social - Where the Trail Ends Movie

Location

The Ridgefield Playhouse

Chapter

Central CT Fairfield County

Event Leader

Ryan Tucker
rrtucker@gmail.com

NW CT NEMBA - Trumbull Ride

Event Date

9/16/17 10:00am

NW CT NEMBA is taking a field trip to Trumbull (Indian Ledge Park), Saturday, 9/16. 
Intermediate/Advanced ride due to the terrain - a lot of rocks and features to play on (rollers, drops, etc.) - not the speed.
Expect to be out anywhere from 2-3 hours, depending on group size and time spent on various features.
Protective gear (elbow pads, knee pads) recommended for those who have never ridden Trumbull (lots of rocks that can sneak up on you when you're not familiar with the lines...not to comfy if you eat it...).

We will be meeting in the commuter parking lot on Park Street (Route 25 and Daniels Farm Road, Exit 9 off of Route 25). Here are the GPS coordinates: 41.25236277 -73.20073556.

All other NEMBA groups (if you are a member of our FB page, too, and see this) are welcome - especially the Fairfield County Folks - would love to have you!

Facebook Event Read more about NW CT NEMBA - Trumbull Ride

Location

Park St Commuter Lot, Trumbull

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

FC NEMBA Labor Day Ride

Event Date

9/4/17 10:00am

Happy Labor Day!

We will be riding in Trumbull, also known as Pequonnock River Valley. 

Check our FB page for any last minute updates

https://www.facebook.com/groups/153250044748995/

We will split up by skills/speed as needed. This is not beginner territory and kids must be accompanied by adults.

We will be far from civilization, and to go on the ride each rider MUST have the following:

  • Bike in working condition
  • Gloves & helmet
  • Sufficient hydration in a cage bottle or pack
  • Trailside snacks - high energy packable food - and something to put them in (saddlebag/own small backpack)
  • Spare tube and multitool
  • Clothing - thin, layered, technical; wool or synthetic socks as we may get wet, cotton police will be out, Ziploc bag rule in effect!

Meeting 9:45 in the parking lot off Whitney Ave in Trumbull (look for Bike Crossing sign, then turn right into the lot)

GPS 41.280503, -73.222863

Carpool if you can, come early to snag a spot, folks leave every few minutes.

Wheels down 10 AM, riding for 2 hours give or take, pizza after at the Trumbull Pizza Co. at the corner of Whitney and Main for all interested.

Trail map: 

http://www.fcnemba.org/fc-mtnbikingmaps/trumbull/trailmaps/pvalley-trailmap-fs.htm Read more about FC NEMBA Labor Day Ride

Location

Trumbull Whitney Lot

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Monika Stokes monikaksATyahoo

FC NEMBA Rockland Excursion

Event Date

7/30/17 10:15am to 12:30pm
Riding Rockland Sunday late morning.
Check our chapter FB page for any changes
http://www.facebook.com/groups/153250044748995/

Arrive at 10, rolling 10:15.
Meeting at "79 Lot" on Route 79 across from Samantha Lane
Approx. address  2313 Durham Rd
Madison, CT 06443
41.423840, -72.652107

Couple hours of fun for sure!
Study up on the trail map
http://www.madisonct.org/DocumentCenter/View/727
Thank you to all the gnomes who have been toiling on this awesome trail system!

Location

Rockland Bike Park

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Monika Stokes

FC NEMBA Tour de Aspetuck Bi-weekly Ride Series

Event Date

Repeats every 2 weeks every Thursday 4 times .
7/6/17 6:00pm
Dates: 7/6, 7/20, 8/3 etc.
Please check our FB chapter page for latest info
http://www.facebook.com/groups/153250044748995/

Tour de Aspetuck this Thursday! Ride/run Troutbrook 6-7 from Wells Hill lot, then 7:30 catch up with friends and make new ones over tasty beverages. 

Wells Hill lot - off Kellogg Hill Road - go past where pavement turns to gravel, approx. address 199 Wells Hill Road, Easton, CT 06612, GPS 41.238612, -73.335564

Aspetuck Brew Lab - 3389 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06605

In partnership with Aspetuck Land Trust and Aspetuck Brew Lab.

This ride will be held on the first and third Thursday of every month.

Location

Troutbrook Valley Wells Hill lot & Aspetuck Brew Lab

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Ryan Tucker

Fairfield County NEMBA Trail Build @ Pine Mountain

Date

6/24/17 (All day)

Pine Mt NEW Trail Build Day 8:30-12 noon @ Miry Brook/RT 7 Commuter Lot in Danbury - We have received permission from the Ridgefield Conservation Commission to build a new Trail from the Pine Mt Rd parking lot to the Pine Mt Overlook.
This is HUGE, it will create a solid intermediate shared-use sustainable single track trail to climb or descend from the overlook. It's going to take us a number of sessions to get this done... some cool rock work and a couple challenging rock up/down sections will take some time but it should be a great blend of flow and tech with some great views.
Big thanks to Dave F., John S., Mike M., and Ray G. for keeping the idea fire burning.

Bring Gloves, sturdy shoes, and water we will bring the tools. FC NEMBA will host a lunch someplace after. We'll shuttle from the lot to the Pine Mt lot (parking is extremely limited and we want to be respectful of other trail users). Read more about Fairfield County NEMBA Trail Build @ Pine Mountain

Chapter

Fairfield County

Event Leader

Ryan Tucker
rrtucker@gmail.com

Southern CT

Mooween State Park

Red Cedar Lake Rd
Lebanon  Connecticut  06249
United States

860-526-2336

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

Mooween State Park in Lebanon, CT is home to southeast Connecticut’s newest trail system.  Set on the shores of Red Cedar Lake, the former summer camp for boys provides a variety of terrain for riders of all abilities. Throughout the fall and winter of 2016, a dedicated crew of trail builders roughed in and sculpted a network of nearly 10 miles of singletrack trails.  Existing double track, park roads and the new flowing beginner and intermediate level trails wind through stone walls and the old abandoned summer camp.  Along the way are opportunities to play on advanced technical features including giant boulders, steep rollers, log skinnies and 3 foot hucks. 
 
There are currently a few small parking areas to access the trails from.  A 10+ car parking area is planned for the future.
The “Boat Launch” (166 Camp Mooween Rd, Lebanon CT) – DO NOT BLOCK THE GATE  From the parking area ride across the dam.  Take the first left up a small rise on the double track.  The trail crosses the double track about 100 feet after the turn. The loop is bi-directional but flows more naturally ridden clockwise.  The builders suggest you take a left onto the Red Trail.
The “Scott Hill Rd Gate” (299 Scott Hill Rd, Lebanon CT) – There is room for several cars at this pull off.  Ride down the park road along the lake, about 2/3 of a mile.  Just before you get to the dam make a right onto the double track up the small rise.  The Red Trail will be on your left.
The “Galvanized Gate” (167 Scott Hill Rd, Lebanon CT) – Only room for a couple cars here.  Ride up the double track a little way.  The Yellow Trail crosses almost immediately.  The loop is bi-directional but flows more naturally ridden clockwise, so turn left onto the trail.
 
Hunting is allowed at Mooween State Park.  During hunting season (mid-September to December 31) please avoid riding during the week and on Saturdays.  There is no hunting on state lands on Sundays. 
 

Local Shops

Wayfarer Bicycle

Links to Relevant Resources

Local Eats

2 Brothers Pizza, Salem

The Plum Tomato, Colchester

NW CT NEMBA Scott Bikes, Singletrack and Sausage - Take II

Date

5/21/17 9:00am to 3:00pm

Let's try this again with better weather! Suburban Sports and Scott Bikes are once again bringing in the demo vans with latest linup of bikes for test rides. It's stacking up to be a spectacular Sunday to slide over to the Soccer Fields, demo a Scott bike, enjoy some super singletrack on Stone Road, slay the Surveyor Trail and return to the trailhead for a smorgasborg of savory sauasage hot off the grill.

Check out the Facebook event to let us know if you're coming, or for updates:
https://www.facebook.com/events/726547270851736
 

Location

Nassahegon Soccer Fields - 222 Punch Brook Rd, Burlington, CT 06013-1834, United States

Chapter

Northwest CT

Event Leader

Jon
contact@nwctnemba.org

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