Central NH

NEMBA COVID-19 Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Events

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

COVID-19 Guidance for NEMBA Rides & Trail Care Sessions


With warm weather and the easing of Covid-19 restrictions we know that there will be an iincrease in group rides and trail work days. Please consider the guidance below, as well as the state by state guidelines, when organizing and hosting a group ride, trail care event, or other event. We all want to ride bikes, let’s just do it safely!


Key Takeaways:

  • All participants must sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver.

  • Email with information of any upcoming events.

  • Follow state & local guidelines (see links below as these can change frequently)

  • We strongly encourage you to maintain a list of attendees with contact info so we have a record of participation and can do outreach to non-members.  This will also help in the event contact tracing is ever necessary. 

  • Most riders prefer a smaller, more personal group ride experience. Try to keep trail groups small, 10 or less is ideal. Split larger groups if possible. 

  • Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals and others who are recreating outdoors but are still an excellent preventative measure when in close contact or when near unvaccinated or at-risk people. 

  • Respect the wishes of any volunteer or participant who requests more enhanced protocols. Every individual has their own risk tolerance.

  • Very importantly, all state and local guidelines still apply.


Current State Requirements: (Subject to change.) - updated January 11 2022

Click on the State name for links to individual state COVID-19 websites

Connecticut: No outdoor mask requirements. No outdoor limit on group size.

Massachusetts: No mask requirements for fully vaccinated. No limit on outdoor group size.

Maine: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size.

New Hampshire: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size.

Rhode Island: No outdoor mask requirement. No limits on group size

Vermont: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size.

CDC Covid-19 Guidelines

CT DEEP,    Maine Bureau of Parks,    Mass DCR Guidance,    NH State Parks,    RI DEM,    VT State Parks 

   Note: Some cities and towns may have different rules.


NEMBA Recommendations for smaller events, rides, and trail care sessions

  • To schedule a group ride or trail care event send an email to

  • All participants must also sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver

  • Volunteers and participants should remain home if not feeling well, if they have received a positive COVID test, or if they have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID.

  • We strongly encourage chapters to maintain a list of attendees with contact info so we have a record of participation and can do outreach to non-members. This will also help in the event contact tracing is ever necessary. This can be as simple as a sign-in list, if capacity is not a concern, or a pre-registration site such as EventBrite. 

Many chapters just keep a record of attendees. Either by pre-signing up people or taking names and email addresses at the event. This is a best-practice, regardless of COVID.

NEMBA offers EventBrite registration, with a covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it. This can help with capacity requirements due to limited ride guides. Eventbrite is just one option, other options are welcomed.

When riding with the same people every week, this can be waived.

  • Respect parking regulations. Parking has become a problem at some riding areas due to the influx of new trail users. If a parking area is full, find another legal place to park.

  • Try to keep groups small, 10 or less is ideal. Participants have more enjoyable times in smaller groups. Split larger groups if possible. Large groups can also cause trail conflicts and should be avoided. Have sufficient ride leaders to meet demand or create ride limits that reflect your ride leader capacity.

  • Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals and others who are recreating outdoors but are still an excellent preventative measure when in close contact or when near unvaccinated or at-risk people. 

  • 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 unless they waive you by. Always say hello and be friendly.

  • On trail care days bring hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, etc. Some places require providing sanitizing materials at events 

  • You are strongly encouraged to review the state and local guidelines for your area if post ride food is being offered. Bring hand sanitizer, minimize the sharing of food, and ensure social distancing is maintained.

  • Respect the wishes of any volunteer or participant who requests more enhanced protocols. Every individual has their own risk tolerance. 

  • It is up to local chapters to decide what is best for their area and the comfort level of their ride leaders.

  • Follow local, state and federal guidelines. Use the links above for up-to-date information as these change frequently. 



2/6/22 10:30am

                              Central NH NEMBA Freeztivus

We will be hosting a specail event at Franklin Falls Dam located on Federal Dam Access Road in Franklin NH

You don't have to be a member of NEMBA to join in.

   But everyone needs to sign the 2022 Waiver

More information on the evnt will be posted to this Facebook Page as we get closer to the event.

Dress warm.

   This wiil be fun!



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Event Leader

Matt Bowser

CNH NEMBA Trail Day @ Spaulding


11/7/21 9:00am

Central NH NEMBA Trail Build

Trail building day at Spaulding in Tilton on Sunday 11/7.  

9AM Start at the boat launch parking lot

We will be adding 2 new trails. 

If you have any rakes,shovels, and loppers etc. please bring them along. 

Any help will be greatly appreciated.  

You don't have to be a member of NEMBA to attend, you just want to have more great trails.

   But everyone must sign NEMBA's Annual Waiver if they haven't already done so.

If you have any questions, text me Shawn Livingston 603-630-4855

Also looking for trail name suggestions.  
Trail 1 is short and will be janky and technical
Trail 2 is longer and will have some variety

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Event Leader

Shawn Livingston


Central NH NEMBA Trail Day, Ride, Party


11/13/21 9:00am

Central NH NEMBA Event @ Veterans Memorial Ski Area

Veterans Memorial Ski Area

Duration: 12 hr

For  · NEMBA Members and Non-Members who want to make our trails better.

    You don't have to be a member of NEMBA to help out, But everone must sign the Annual Waiver if they haven't already done so.

On Saturday, November 13th we will be hosting a trail building event at Veterans Memorial Ski Area in Franklin, NH.

The plan is to reroute a section on the Shaw Pond Trail and continue polishing up existing trail to make it exceptional singletrack.

This will allow us to add additional trails come Spring.

Rough Itinerary:
- 9am to 12pm trail work
- 12:30pm to 2:30pm we ride
- 3pm on we enjoy each others company around the bonfire pit.

Refreshments will be provided by @TheGrindRailTrailCafe and @KettleheadBrewery

The lodge has been rented out for the night, so families and friends are welcome and bringing food for a potluck style dinner is encouraged.


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Event Leader

Mike Geldermann

Pemi Valley NEMBA Trail Day


10/23/21 9:00am

Pemi Valley Trail Day


Trash clean up on Texas Hill rd, Plymouth NH

Saturday October 23rd 9am sharp rain or shine!

Meet at: the picnic table on the Texas hill side of the pond at Fox Park.

Please park at the main parking lot of the park as there is not much room at the pond side.

GOAL: clean up the road, create awareness and connection in the local community about PVN through action and conversation.

What to bring:

water and snack for yourself

weather appropriate attire

work gloves, it can be a nasty job

What is provided:

Trash bags


What is still needed:

A volunteer to take collected trash to the dump, preferably someone from Plymouth that has access to the transfer-station and a relationship with attendants.

Contact me, Bree Heward, with questions or for more information.

You don't have to be a NEMBA member to help out.

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Event Leader

Bree Heward

Pemi Valley NEMBA Chapter Meeting


10/7/21 6:00pm

Hello friends of Pemi-Valley NEMBA!

We are excited the venue for our Fall meeting will be The Last Chair restaurant at 6pm on Thursday, October 7th. We’ve reserved outdoor seating and a fire ring or two. We’ll treat guests to pizza, so bring your appetites. This is an important gathering of our tribe with fun & informative topics on the agenda:

  • A toast to our outgoing – and much appreciated – chapter president Kevin Luce (fun!)
  • A new multi-use trails organization in Plymouth (more fun!)
  • Updates on Whitten Woods and a new project (or two) in the pipeline (even more fun!)
  • Elect our next chapter president (kinda fun after a beer or two!)

So we really need you to rally for this one. Bring a friend if you’ve got one. Bring two if you’re really popular. Forward this email to others in our realm who ride the mechanical steed. If you enjoy MTB trails in our area, you have a stake in this!

Regarding electing our next chapter president, Slade and I are assembling a slate of candidates. If you have a nominee, please forward their name and contact info to us ASAP (suggestion: check with them first... or not LoL). We’ll reach out to all nominees and make sure they’re game before adding them to the slate. Please consider yourself for this opportunity, too. You’ll have plenty of help and this is a really exciting time to take the reins.

Please let us know if you have any extreme pizza preferences. In fact, please RSVP with # of guests so we know how much pizza to order!   

We hope to see you at The Last Chair for a fun evening to celebrate our MTB community!


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Slade Warner


Event Date

7/13/21 5:30pm

Mountain Bikers!

Central NH NEMBA is rebooting our monthly social rides starting next Tuesday 7/13 at Franklin Falls.  5:30 pm rollout.  

After the ride around 7:00 pm, we will be grilling hotdogs and hamburgers, and sharing beverages and bike talk.    

As always, all mountain bikers are welcome!  All ability levels!  We will split into groups of different pace levels so everyone can have fun, and no one is dropped.  Bring your friends!

   Youdon't have to be a member of NEMBA to join us, but you must have signed NEMBA's Annual Waiver.

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New Hampshire

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style


Ride Leader Name

Mike Geldermann

CNH NEMBA Spring Social Meeting


6/29/21 5:45pm

Central New Hampshire NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Social

Central NH Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association is having our long delayed Spring Social Meeting! All mountain bikers welcome! Membership not required.

We are trying out a new mind-blowing concept: A live and in person meeting. (sorry anti-social work at home addicts, no Zoom feed)

When? Tuesday Evening 6/29

Time? 5:45-7:00 pm Social hour! Have a drink and some apps on us.

Special dinner menu available.

7:00-8:00 pm Business meeting. Get all the news on latest happenings

and trail projects. Tell us what you think.

Where? Onions Pub and Restaurant

   255 Main St, Tilton, NH 03276

RSVP not required, but is appreciated. RSVP: geldermj@yahoo.com

or text Mike @ 603-387-2592

Hope to see you there!

Mike Geldermann

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Event Leader

Mike Geldermann

A Capital Partnership is Born

Thursday, June 17, 2021


submitted by Matt Bowser, CNHNEMBA Chapter Vice President


For most people traveling to New Hampshire, the city of Concord has always been a convenient place to stop for groceries, gas, and dinner on the way to the Lakes Region or White Mountains, but unless you are a lawyer or a politician, the city has never been much of a destination for most people. 

What most don’t realize is that for the past three decades, Concord has been quietly acquiring undeveloped land and building trails for multi-use recreation (including mountain biking), and as of this writing Concord has over 80 miles of developed trails throughout the city.


In 2017 the Central New Hampshire chapter of NEMBA (CNHNEMBA) and the city of Concord began what we hope is a long and productive partnership to build and maintain trails in the city.  Around that time, the city acquired a large parcel of land adjacent to an existing conservation area that already had developed multi-use trails. The Broken Ground conservation area was a popular lunch destination for mountain bikers and trail runners due to its close proximity to the State Office Park and several commercial office buildings but lacked the inventory to make it a destination for longer after-work or weekend rides.


CNHNEMBA Answers the Call


Concord recognized that building and maintaining trails on their growing list of conserved open space was limited by the small workforce of largely retired volunteers and a handful of employees, so the city began seeking outside help from volunteer organizations.

CNHNEMBA answered their call and worked with the city to develop a pilot project on the new land acquisition next to Broken Ground.  Over the next year, city officials and the CNHNEMBA leadership team worked together to establish a new process to allow outside organizations to build and help maintain trails on city land.  

The process involved working with the Conservation Commission, the Trails Committee, and city planners to establish a work plan with timelines and deliverables.  CNHNEMBA also gave presentations at public hearings and worked with the city forester to develop trail boundaries that would not interfere with an upcoming logging operation or disrupt any critical wildlife habitat.  

Once all the approvals were in place, CNHNEMBA began work, and in November 2018, Ry’s Way was officially opened with a small ceremony with the family of ‘Ry’ Sumner Perry (the trail’s namesake).  Since opening Ry’s Way and connecting it to the rest of the Broken Ground conservation trail system, the area has become a very popular mountain bike location and has had very favorable reviews from both the mountain bike community and the residents of Concord.  

In 2019, Concord purchased another large parcel of land adjacent to another existing conservation area (Oak Hill) and CNHNEMBA immediately began work on the project with the city.  The success of Ry’s Way paved the way for a more streamlined process now that the trust relationship had been established between the city and CNHNEMBA and we were granted approval for two new trails on this property.  

Unfortunately, the pandemic ground everything to a halt for most of 2020, but during that time CNHNEMBA and the city worked behind the scenes to get all the approvals in place so that by the time things began to open up this spring, we were ready for action.  Since April of 2021, we have had two major trail days with over 20 volunteers at each event, tapping into a community that loves the outdoors and is excited for new trails to explore in their own backyard.


Lessons Learned while Building Trust


While CNHNEMBA has had years of experience working with both public and private landowners, our work with Concord has taught us a number of important lessons when establishing a trust relationship with a landowner (especially municipalities).  Some of these may seem obvious, but can be a challenge when you are relying on an all volunteer workforce: 

  • You need a manager - Someone who is the face of the organization for each engagement is essential for the trust relationship to develop and grow.  The manager may be tapped for presentations, public hearings, and trail event coordination.  It’s essential that the manager has both the time and passion to give.

  • Follow through - Do what you say and say what you mean.  Public landowners such as municipalities are all about stability and not following through with action signals instability.

  • Be patient - Municipal landowners are often constrained by a litany of rules and regulations that may make the pace seem downright glacial, but remember that we are in it for the long run and your patience now will pay off down the road.

  • Be responsive - Expect to field a lot of questions in the form of emails and phone calls.  Respond to each query as quickly as possible.  


The new trails will open this summer and Concord has already installed a new parking area and kiosk to help alleviate some of the parking problems at the other parking lots at Oak Hill. Once we finish up the last of the trail work, the city will print out the final maps, post them in the kiosk and open the trails to the general public.  These new trails will add several challenging but fun biking miles to the existing 10 miles that the Oak Hill conservation already offers.

So the next time you find yourself driving through Concord on your way North, think about stopping in and sampling some of the city has to offer.


About Concord, NH

Situated on the Merrimack River in south central New Hampshire, Concord is the seat of Merrimack County as well as the state capital. Concord is 42 miles from New Hampshire's southern boundary and 135 miles from the northern boundary and boasts a population of just over 43,000. Conveniently located, Concord is 18 miles north of the state's largest city, Manchester, and 70 miles north of Boston.   Read more about [node:title]

CNH NEMBA Oak Hill Trail Day


5/21/21 8:00am

Central NH NEMBA Oak Hill Trail Day

When: Saturday June 5th at 8AM - 1PM (rain or shine)

Where: Hot Hole Pond Road, Concord NH. (43.28175909269339, -71.51961562456147)

Parking: A new parking area should be installed and ready to go by June 5th, but there is a Fish and Game parking lot about 1/4 mile down the road that has additional parking (we will shuttle you up if needed). 

Check at the main lot when you arrive.

Tools: Bring shovels, rakes, and any dirt moving implements like Rogue hoes, McLeods if you have them.

RSVP: Let us know if you can attend so we can plan for food and drink (text or call Matt Bowser @603-491-5448)

Apre-Work: We are planning on a cookout once the work is complete with hotdogs and hamburgers (vegetarian choice available if you let us know).

As many of you know, CNH-NEMBA has been working with the City of Concord to expand mountain biking specific trails on City properties over the last several years, and we are excited to be a part of the latest expansion effort. 

The City purchased 2 properties totalling about 87 acres in the past 2 years and CNH-NEMBA has been working hard to develop 2 new trails that will connect  the existing Oak Hill trail system to a new parking area being developed on Hot Hole Pond Road.

The purchased properties have over 1500 feet of frontage on Hot Hole Pond Road and extend all the way up Oak Hill and directly abut the existing conservation land and will connect on or near Dancing Bear trail.  The first trail located on the West side of the new property is 99% complete and will be used as the preferred uphill route for biking.  The trail on the East side is about 60% complete and will be used for downhill traffic. This is where we need your help.

The East side trail has roughly 250 feet of elevation change from top to bottom and we expect it to be a fast (and hopefully flowy) downhill-ish trail with interesting rock features that can be developed into some fun stuff.  The trail traverses a steep glacial cirque that will require a significant amount of benching and berming to achieve our goal.  

We hope to see you there.

   Be sure to sign NEMBA's once-a-year Waiver before you arrive.

Note: You do not have to be a member of NEMBA to take part. You just have to want to make our trails better.

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Matt Bowser