Central ME

Carrabassett Valley MTB Adventure Ride

Date

9/25/21 9:00am to 9:00pm

Carrabassett Adventure Ride & CRNEMBA Party and Annual Meeting
   (Note: The information below is for reference only. It may change before the 9/25 event.)


Saturday, September 25, 2021 
9:00AM to 9:00PM
Event/registration details below are subject to change.

Save the date (September 25, 2021) for our Carrabassett Adventure Ride (part of the New England Mountain Bike Association‘s 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.

We also 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!

You do not have to be a NEMBA member to take part, but everone must have signed NEMBA's Annual Waiver.

BIKE RENTALS: 
Bike rentals may be available details to come.

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 if they haven't already done so.

FEES:
- CRNEMBA or NEMBA members from any other chapter: $10/person
- Non-members: $50/person
- Kids ages 15 and under: Free with a registered parent or guardian. 

You may join NEMBA online, before the event, by visiting  nemba.org/join

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
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Location

Carrabassett Valley, ME

Chapter

Carrabassett Region

Trail

Event Leader

Ed Gervais
ehgervais3@casconpump.com

Central ME

Range Ponds State Park, Poland

State Park Road
Poland  Maine  04274
United States

(207) 998-4104

Easy

45%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

10%

Description

At 750 acres Range Ponds State Park offers a sandy beach and over two miles of family friendly walking trails. In the eastern end of the park Central Maine NEMBA and local mountain bikers are working with the State to build a really fun network of mountain bike trails. 8 miles of trails have now been completed with more on the way. You'll note that there are two maps above. The Strava map show the frequency with which the trails are ridden as well as a trail leading out to an alternative starting area on Empire Road.

Range Ponds State Park is open from may 15th to October 1st but visitors are invited to park outside the gate in the off season to ski, hike or ride. just don't block the road.

Check out this Portland Press Herald artice on Range Ponds and here's a link to the State's Range Ponds Page. Read more about [node:title]

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Rainbow Bicycle

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Carrabassett Region NEMBA Awarded $50K Grant from LL Bean

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Carrabassett Region Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association will use the grant to leverage over $237,000 for trail construction



The Carrabassett Region chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (CRNEMBA) announces the receipt of a $50,000 grant from LL Bean’s Charitable Giving for Conservation and Outdoor Recreation. According to CRNEMBA president, Peter Smith, the funds will be matched by the Town of Carrabassett Valley to provide funding for the continued development of a world class mountain bike trail network in the Carrabassett Region. The LL Bean Grant will be combined with other funding sources to generate a total of $237,000 for trail construction.
 
“All of us who are passionate about mountain biking and enjoy the recreational activities available in western mountains of Maine are very excited about the continuing support from so many people to make this happen,” says Peter Smith. “Our vision includes a world class mountain bike trail network for riders of all ability levels who wish to explore the vast wilderness and beauty of this very special region.”
 
Since 2011, CRNEMBA has collaborated with the Town of Carrabassett Valley, Maine Huts & Trails, and other partners to create a world-class mountain bike trail system that puts the Carrabassett area on the national stage as mountain biking destination. As of the end of 2014 there are approximately 77 miles of mountain bike specific trail serving all levels of riders in the Carrabassett Region. This includes almost 23 miles of brand new machine and hand built singletrack, purpose built for mountain biking. Over 4700 hours of volunteer labor and over $323,000 have thus far been invested into the trail system.
 
The Carrabassett Mountain Bike Trail Network currently includes two separate and connected trail “pods”. These pods are located at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center (Pod One) with 35 miles of mountain bike specific trails and Campbell Field Trail Head (Pod Two) with 42 miles of mountain bike specific trails. These pods are linked by introductory level mountain bike trail known as the Route 27 Connector Trail.
 
The LL Bean Grant will be combined with additional funds provided by CRNEMBA and the Town of Carrabassett Valley to provide $130,000 for investment in mountain bike trail development in Pod Two, or the Campbell Field Trail Head during 2015-2016.
 
These funds will be utilized to create several new mountain bike specific trails, including a new, multi-use trail to the Maine Huts & Trails Stratton Brook Hut for use by both mountain bike riders and Nordic skiers. Plans call for adding up to 12 miles of trail in the Campbell Field Trail Head project. 
 
Mac McKeever, spokesperson for LL Bean, said “LL Bean is very pleased to support the project to develop a mountain bike destination in the Carrabassett Valley area.”
 
The Town of Carrabassett Valley has also received a $35,000 grant for mountain bike trail construction at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center from the State of Maine through the Recreational Trails Program Grant. Coupled with matching funds from the Town and other sources, there will be approximately $107,000 available for investment in mountain bike trail construction at the Outdoor Center for 2015-2016, which is expected to add 5.5 miles to the mountain bike trail network.
 

Central ME

University of Maine Trails, Orono

22 Hilltop Rd
Orono  Maine  04469
United States

207-581-1082

Easy

35%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

15%

Description

The trails at the University of Maine Orono are a well enjoyed resource for class weary students looking for a mental break as well as area mountain bikers, hikers, snowshoers and x-country skiiers.

In all the 2000 acres of open space abut the campus. The 1650 acre Dwight B. Demeritt Forest making up the majority of that. It's estimated that 35,000 to 50,000 people enjoy these trails every year.

Why? Well, the trails consist of singletracks, doubletracks, old logging drag paths and a few dirt roads. A variety of trails suitable for all levels of riders. More than 15 miles of trails in all.

While there are many places to access the trails, (check the map), I've chosen the New Balance Student Recreation Center as a starting point as it's centrally located. Read more about [node:title]

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Rose Bike

Slipping Gears

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Central ME

Camden Snow Bowl

20 Barnestown Rd
Camden  Maine  04843
United States
Drive up Barnestown Road to the main parking area.

Easy

20%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

20%

Description

Riding at the Camden Snow Bowl is a nearly unique experience. The Snow Bowl, (more formally known as the Ragged Mounain Recreation Area), is owned and managed by the town of Camden as a multi-sport, multi-season recreation area. It includes trails, playing fields, pinic areas and a large pond.

In non-snow months there is an extensive trail network to explore. This includes a long somewhat challenging loop trail into the Ragged Mountain Preserve. Think remote! Even though you're less than three miles from the center of town, you'd swear that you were a hundred miles away into Maine's northern backcountry.

While there are some fairly easy trails at the bottom of the mountain, not to mention a pump track, most the the Snow Bowl's trails involve climbing. The climbs are manageable and lead to an extensive network of semi-technical trails.  Read more about [node:title]

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Central ME

Hothole Valley - Wildlands, Orland

1514 Acadia Hwy
Orland  Maine  04472
United States

Easy

35%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

20%

Description

At over 3400 acres Hothole Valley Wildlands contains more than 19 miles of trails.

Many of these trails are gravel roads making a perfect woodland experience for newer riders or families.

Mountain bikes are welcome on all multi use trails.  

For a trail by trail description of Hothole Valley check the Maine Trail Finder Page.

One visit to Hothole is never enough. There's too much to see and enjoy. You'll return time after time.
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Local Shops

Rainbow Bicycle

Busytown Bikes

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Central ME

Quarry Road Trails, Waterville

300 Quarry Road
Waterville  Maine  04901
United States
Follow Quarry Rd under the highway to the end.

Easy

70%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

5%

Description

Quarry Road Trails currently hosts 3 miles of NEMBA-built singletrack, along with 7.5 miles of wide, fast, and well-maintained cross country ski trails.

Mountain bikers of all interests and abilities will find something to love here. The ski trails make a great introduction to mountain biking for families and newer riders, and a variety of more challenging trails allow for progressive skill development.

During the summer the area hosts a free weekly group ride for kids of all ages and abilities to build skills, make friends, and have fun on mountain bikes.

The trails are scenic and, though quite close to town, seem remote, and the top of the "challenging Sheave Train" climb provides one of the best sunset views in central Maine . Read more about [node:title]

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Rainbow Bicycle

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Central ME

Mount Apatite, Auburn

98 Small Rd
Auburn  Maine  04210
United States

207-333-6601 X 2108

Easy

20%

Moderate

75%

Difficult

5%

Description

I have a real appetite for Mount Apatite's trails. It's an interesting place to ride. Especially for a city park.

At 325 acres it offers a little bit of everything, dense forest stands, semi-precious stone mining sites, abandoned quarries, ledges and large glacial erratics.

Many of the trails are all natural surface ranging from old woods roads to sinuous singletracks. In all you'll find just under 10 miles of trails. They are very well maintained by the City of Auburn. You'll notice many drainage features to keep water off the trails. There are long armored "turnpikes" to keep you high and dry in perpetually muddy areas. There are even benches every half mile or so in case you want to stop and take a break.

In 2018 Central Maine NEMBA won NEMBA's very competitive Signature Trail Grant. The monies were used to construct Mt Apatite's Signature Trail.

In 2020 Central Maine NEMBA built Carrie On, as a tribute to long time supporter and all around inspiration Carrie Boudreau who passed away in April of 2020.

A short stint on double track allows you to connect these two trails for a very fun ride in either direction. Carrie On crosses the Small Road entrance to the park and is an easy jumping on point.

One highlight of Mt. Apatite is the abandoned mineral quarry. You'll almost always find people picking away at the rocks looking for gemstones. On my last visit a prospector showed me a handkerchief full of garnets that he'd found. The quarry also has a couple of good spots to go for a swim if you're so inclined.

Park on either side of the mountain. 98 Small Road next to the snowmobile club or 599 Stevens Mill Road, sometimes called Mt Apatite Road. Park just beyond the ballfields.

Sun Journal Article on Mt Apatite. Read more about [node:title]

Local Shops

Rainbow Bicycle

Ernie's Cycle Shop

Busytown Bikes

Cyclemania

Central ME

Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest, Manchester

92 Scribner Rd
Manchester  Maine  04351
United States

(978) 952-6856

Trailhead parking is in the lot near the Bright Beginnings Nursery School

Easy

70%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

5%

Description

The Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest is a 735 acre property owned and managed by the New England Forestry Foundation. Like the majority of NEFF properties non-motorized trail recreation is welcomed. 

The trails here are well maintained and mostly flat making it a perfect place to introduce newer riders to the sport. There are about 8 miles of trails in Allen-Whitney though at the Southwest corner of the property there's a 2.5 mile side trail leading through the Gannett Woods and Wyman Memorial Forest.  This is an out-and-back that leads to route 27 initially running along the southern and western portions of Shed Pond.

Riding Allen-Whitney exposes you to forestry practices at their best. You'll see stands of many different varieties of trees in all stages of their growth cycles.

Capital Walks: Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest  Allen Whitney Memorial Forest | Wandering Around the Block

Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest - Maine Trail Finder Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest - Maine Trail Finder Read more about [node:title]

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Rainbow Bicycle

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