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

Fairfield County NEMBA Fat Biking Seminar and Meeting

Date

2/21/18 (All day)

Heads up for Wed. Feb. 21st at Class Cycles located at 77 Main St N Suite 105, Southbury, CT 06488

At 6:30 we will have 2 short presentations for the public. "Fat Biking in the Winter", and "So You Want to try Mountain Biking". I'll show some fun videos of fat biking and will talk about where to go and what you need to get started ( hey- not much!).

For the second subject, I 'll discuss the upcoming spring beginner skills clinics and everything you need to know to get on that fun single track.

The presentations will be followed by a NEMBA meeting. All are invited to stay for the meeting- we love your input!

Refreshments will be served. RSVP appreciated.

E-mail if any questions. Read more about Fairfield County NEMBA Fat Biking Seminar and Meeting

Chapter

Fairfield County

Event Leader

Paula Burton
peburton1@gmail.com

SECT NEMBA: Bluff Point Saturday Morning Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Saturday until Tue Jan 01 2019 .
2/3/18 9:00am to 11:15am

Wayfarer Bicycle and SECT NEMBA will be hosting a Saturday morning ride at Bluff Point State Park. (Weather Dependent)

These will be fun no-drop rides and if there are enough people we'll divide up into groups.

The rides will run from 9:00-11:15 am.

For more information contact Pat Lamond. Read more about SECT NEMBA: Bluff Point Saturday Morning Ride

Location

Bluff Point State Park

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Pat Lamond
860-443-8250

SE CT NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

2/21/18 (All day)

SE CT NEMBA will be holding its monthly chapter Meetings at Wayfarer Bicycle located at 120 ocean Ave, New London starting at 6:30 PM.

We'll talk about upcoming SE CT NEMBA rides, events and happenings. But mostly we'll have a good time talking mountain biking.

Everyone is invited and you don't have to be a current member of SE CT NEMBA to attend.

          SE CT NEMBA will provide pizza, but don't hesitate to bring snacks of your own.

SE CT NEMBA Meetings are normally on the second Wednesday of the month.  But, because of Valentines Day, we're having this month's meeting on the 21st. Read more about SE CT NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Chapter

Southeastern CT NEMBA

Event Leader

Kim Bradley
kimberlybradley628@gmail.com

Submit Comments to Support Connecticut Mountain Biking

Friday, December 15, 2017

Action Alert – Mountain Bikers should Submit Comments Supporting Mountain Biking and More Trail Access to Connecticut’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

 

Comments must be submitted by Friday, December 28th.

 

Email comments to: deep.scorp@ct.gov

Mail comments to: DEEP SCORP c/o Doug Jann, Environmental Analyst, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, 79 Elm Street Hartford, CT 06106.

Connecticut’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) provides a five-year plan and vision for outdoor recreation. As such, it’s important for mountain biking to be highlighted and promoted in the plan where it is severely lacking at this time. We urge NEMBA members and riders at large to send in comments supporting mountain biking and increased multi-use trail development and access for bikes.

In order to help you submit comments, we are providing a few bullet points you can copy and paste into your response or incorporate into your own words:

1) Increase and improve on the quality of the singletrack trail inventory in the Connecticut state park system. Trail-based recreation needs a larger inventory of quality multi-use trails throughout the state. Increased funding for trail development is important. However, it is equally important to increase the partnerships with trail advocacy organizations, such as NEMBA, to create and maintain new multi-use singletrack trail opportunities.

2) Increase the multi-use singletrack trail connectivity between DEEP Forests and Parks, municipal and private land trusts properties, and water company lands. i.e.: Burlington area trails can be used to interconnect different singletrack trail networks.

3) Create and expand long distance commuter trails that connect different communities and multi-use trail systems to promote environmentally friendly commuting and expand upon economical impacts from trail users. Trails, such as the Airline Trail, Hop River Trail, Richard Goodwin Trail are important connectors to build upon.

4) Increase accessibility for mountain biking on multi-use trails through improved parking lots and trail marking/mapping for trail systems. Modernize and increase wayfinding technology by creating supporting mobile map apps and improving signage and maps. Work on signage that works for all trail users.

5) Increase promotion of outdoor recreation, outdoor events and partner organizations on DEEP’s website to increase local trail use and trail use tourism. Work with NEMBA to identify trail systems that are mountain biking friendly and to promote multi-use trail development across town lines. Read more about Submit Comments to Support Connecticut Mountain Biking

FC NEMBA Apres Turkey Ride

Event Date

11/26/17 10:00am to 1:00pm

Come ride off the pie and tryptophan!
Adult intermediate and expert, juniors intermediate to expert, will split into groups, no drop. 
Please note this is not beginner friendly territory.
​Meeting 9:45, wheels down 10AM at Wells Hill Road lot, off Kellogg Hill Road - go past where pavement turns to gravel, approximate address 199 Wells Hill Road, Easton, CT 06612, GPS 41.238612, -73.335564.
Stale cold turkey samiches served after ride. Kidding. Bring light treats, cuz sharing is nice. Read more about FC NEMBA Apres Turkey Ride

Location

Troutbrook Wells Hill lot

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Monika Stokes

SE CT NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

10/18/17 (All day)

SE CT NEMBA CHAPTER MEETING 


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18th 6PM
LOCATION -- WATERFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY (Activity Room)
49 Rope Ferry Rd, Waterford, CT
We will be discussing the future of SECT NEMBA. Leadership from NEMBA will be down from to help answer questions and take part in the conversation. If you are interested and want to have a voice in shaping mountain biking advocacy in our area please attend. Read more about SE CT NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Chapter

Southeastern CT NEMBA

Event Leader

Cory Stiff
corymstiff@aol.com

FC NEMBA Pine Mountain Trail Build

Date

10/1/17 8:45am

Details: Join us this Sunday October 1 for a trail building session at Bennett’s Farm/Pine Mountain. If you ride, please give back!

Meeting Sunday 8:45 AM

Miry Brook Road Park & Ride Lot. 

Approx. address 15 Miry Brook Road

Danbury, CT 06810

GPS 41.370422, -73.476158

 

NOTE: We will shuttle to and from the lot. 

If you are late please go directly to Pine Mountain Road in Ridgefield.  We ask that you are respectful of neighbors parking areas and property. 

Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, ugly clothes and plenty of water. Tools and instruction provided by FC NEMBA.

Working till 12:15 then shuttling back to the lot, lunch after provided by FC NEMBA. 

We will put a huge dent into the NEW Pine Orange Trail. This NEW trail is part of a new trail project connecting Pine Mountain Road parking lot to the Pine Mountain Overlook. It will create a solid intermediate shared-use sustainable single track trail to/from the overlook and it will be a great blend of flow and tech. YAY! Read more about FC NEMBA Pine Mountain Trail Build

Chapter

Fairfield County

Event Leader

Ryan Tucker
rrtucker@gmail.com

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