Northern CT

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.

QC NEMBA - TRAIL DAY - West Thompson Dam

Date

5/31/14 7:30am

Want more rideable miles at WTD? Come out and give us a hand in a bit of trail work to improve your riding experience. 

Can only spare a few hours? GREAT! Extra hands for some time is better than none. 

Minors are welcome to attend under the supervision of a parent or guardian. We love to see the youngsters learning to care for the trails.

The Chapter will be providing lunch for volunteers. 


What to bring:
• Work Gloves
• Work or hiking boots
• Water bottle or other hydration system (camelbak)
• Bug Spray
• Mattocks, Rock Bars, leaf rakes... 
      (The chapter has tools available, but extra would be helpful if you have them)

Other items not to forget:
• Your bike & riding gear :)


Agenda:

7:30AM - Registration (Waiver forms) & instructions.

8:00AM - Heading out to the work site. 

Noonish - Clean-up followed by lunch.

1:30PM ish - Ride

Location

West Thompson Dam, West Thompson, CT

Chapter

Quiet Corner

Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez
QuietCornerNEMBA@gmail.com

Connecticut Trails Day Weekend Ride

Date

6/8/14 9:00am to 3:00pm

A FREE, fun day of riding for all ages and abilities.
• All rides will be guided.
• No riders will be left behind.
• Helmets are REQUIRED.

RIDE DESCRIPTIONS:

FAMILY RIDE : (4-6 miles) Casual family pace, Airline Trail.
Departure time: 11AM

BEGINNER RIDE: (8-10 miles) Casual pace, no drop, single & double track. Departure time: 10:30AM

INTERMEDIATE RIDE: (10-14 miles) Intermello pace, no drop, some technical. Departure time: 9:30AM

ADVANCED RIDE: (15-20 miles) Faster paced, no drop. Tech, climbs and more... Departure time: 9:30AM

EVENT SCHEDULE

9 - 11 AM - Registration

9:30 AM - Guided Advanced & Intermediate Rides depart

10:30 AM - Guided Beginner Ride departs

11:00 AM - Guided Family Ride departs

12:30 PM - Post ride Potluck/BYO cookout. Read more about Connecticut Trails Day Weekend Ride

Location

James L Goodwin State Forest

Chapter

Quiet Corner

Trail

Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez
QuietCornerNEMBA@gmail.com

QC NEMBA Goodwin Natchaug Fun Ride

Date

6/1/19 (All day)

Goodwin Natchaug Epic Fun Ride

We’re going for broke again. We have some ideas being tossed around for another epic adventure. This year we will be featuring more of Natchaug, but still offering up some of the Goodwin trails you love.

The ride will start from 23 Potter Rd in Hampton.

Short Loop: (6ish miles) Enjoy the scenic trails of Goodwin State Forest and preview some of the great riding it has to offer.

Intermediate Loop: (15+ miles) Not interested in the Epic challenge, but definitely looking for more than 6 miles. No worries, we’ve got you covered. This loop will start off with a great cadence warm up heading straight out toward Natchaug. You will get a nice sample of some of Natchaug’s finest and then you can enjoy a great rest stop, with tons of character, some refreshments and snacks, and a few laughs while you gear up for the rest of your ride. You will have the option of SingleTrack or Airline on the return to the potluck you, no doubt, earned.

Epic Loop: (25+ miles) If you’ve attended this event in the past and attempted to be hero for a day by going for the long loop, you know how EPIC of a ride the combination of these two forests presents.

This year you will be taking on more of the gnar of Natchaug, where the majority of your battle will be. Then come back through after the grueling assault to gather your strength before making the final push back to Goodwin for the pot luck BBQ.

Once again we’ve put together a new loop to keep it interesting, and keep you wondering why you chose to torture yourselves.

This event will be running in conjunction with CT Trails Day Weekend activities at Goodwin Conservation Center, so bring the family to enjoy non biking activities as well. For more information on other activities visit Friends of Goodwin Forest

The Goodwin/Natchaug combination provides riders with a vast array of trails, route options, and miles upon miles of endless terrain to explore. Running through part of both of these state forests, there is also the Airline Trail, a section of the East Coast Greenway, which provides a scenic option for the more casual rider.

9am - Registration/ Show & Go (Arrowed Loops)
10am - Beginner/Mellow Loop Guided Ride
12:30pm - Potluck or BYO BBQ Picnic

*Helmets Required*

All loops will be marked for self guided rides or join a guided ride.

$10 Members
$15 Not Yet Members

Ride FREE when you join as a NEW NEMBA member at the event. 15 & under ride free with an adult. Read more about QC NEMBA Goodwin Natchaug Fun Ride

Chapter

Quiet Corner

Trail

Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez
quietcornernemba@gmail.com

Women's Wild Wednesdays Flat Tire Clinic #3

Date

4/3/19 (All day)

LADIES! Join us for a hands-on flat tire series! Wednesday April 3rd from 6 PM - 9 PM

It will be led by Apollo of Apollo Cycles, located at 21 Furnace St in Danielson, who will show us how to fix a flat properly and let us practice. Road & Mtn Bikers welcome.

Clinic #3 will involve quick review on fixing flats and conclude with a contest and prizes! Also, how to fix a derailleur when you get stuck in the woods...

Hope to see you there.  

You do not have to be a member of Quiet Corner NEMBA to attend. Read more about Women's Wild Wednesdays Flat Tire Clinic #3

Chapter

Quiet Corner

Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez
quietcornernemba@gmail.com

QC NEMBA Women's wild Wednesday Flat Tire Clinic # 2

Date

3/6/19 (All day)

LADIES! Join us for a hands-on flat tire series! Wednesday March 6th from 6 PM - 9 PM

It will be led by Apollo of Apollo Cycles, located at 21 Furnace St in Danielson, who will show us how to fix a flat properly and let us practice. Road & Mtn Bikers welcome.

Clinic #2 will involve review fixing flats, plus what to do when your tubeless burps, CO2 vs. pump, and hands-on practice, and #3 will conclude with a contest and prizes!

Hope to see you there.  

You do not have to be a member of Quiet Corner NEMBA to attend. Read more about QC NEMBA Women's wild Wednesday Flat Tire Clinic # 2

Chapter

Quiet Corner

Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez
quietcornernemba@gmail.com

QC NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

2/5/19 (All day)

QC holds 4 chapter meetings per year. We invite all chapter members to join us. Meetings announce  projects, events, opportunities and the status of the chapter. Meetings provide insight into the chapter’s focus and goals. Meetings are a great way to get involved, learn about opportunities, and meet fellow members. We welcome members to submit ideas and topics to be added to the agenda prior to the meetings. Please email information to QuietCornerNEMBA@gmail.com.

We hope to see you there!

 

2019 Chapter Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, February 5th @ 6:30pm  

Tuesday, May 7th @ 6:30pm

Tuesday, August 6th @ 6:30pm

Saturday, November 2nd @ TBA Read more about QC NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Location

23 Potter Rd, Chaplin, CT

Chapter

Quiet Corner

Event Leader

Stacey
QuietCornerNEMBA@gmail.com

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