Northern ME

NEMBA COVID-19 Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Events

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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 June 15, 2021

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. All State covid restrictions end on 6/15.

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

New Hampshire: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size. Covid restrictins end 6/12.

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

Vermont: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size. All Covid restrictions ended 6/15.

CDC Covid-19 Guidelines

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

   Note: Some cities and towns may have different rules.

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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. 

PRNEMBA Pop-up Trail Night

Date

9/16/21 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Join PRNEMBA Thursday September 16th at 4pm at the Caribou Bog Conservation Area for a pop-up trail work night!

Meet at the parking lot on the Taylor Road in Orono. We will be working on improving single track trail on Bangor Hill. Come prepared with sturdy work boots and gloves, and please sign the annual NEMBA waiver if you have not already done so. Link to the waiver below.

https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ee3b647520b5/kiosk/

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Location

Caribou Bog Conservation Area (Newman Hill)

Chapter

Penobscot Region

Trail

PR NEMBA Skills Ride

Date

8/28/21 2:00pm to 4:00pm

If you want to acquire the skills and maneuvers that will help you ride better and have more fun on your mountain bike, come join us in the UMaine De Merritt Forrest in Old Town on Saturday, August 28th. We’re leaving from the parking lot at the Old Town Elementary School, 576 Stillwater Avenue, Old Town at 2:00 PM. PR NEMBA member Emmy Monahan will lead the skills ride.

The goal of the skills ride is to help you understand mountain biking better so you can take your riding to the next level. Position and balance, operation of controls, trail awareness, direction control, and/or front or rear wheel lift may be among the skills and maneuvers that Emmy will cover. The ride will last about 2 hours. The ride is geared toward riders new to mountain biking (beginner), riders with limited off-road riding experience (novice), and riders comfortable at slower speeds on trails with roots, rocks and tight single track (intermediate). A bike helmet is mandatory.

You don't have to be a member of NEMBA to participate in the skills ride, but you must sign NEMBA's Annual Waiver. https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ee3b647520b5/kiosk/

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Location

576 Stillwater Avenue, Old Town, Maine

Chapter

Penobscot Region

Trail

Event Leader

Emmy Monahan
prnemba@gmail.com

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

Northern ME

Trafton Lake Trails, Limestone

392 Ward Rd
Limestone  Maine  04750
United States

(207) 328-7491

Easy

60%

Moderate

35%

Difficult

5%

Description

Trafton Lake is a recreation area owned and run by the town of Limestone. At only 85 acres it somehow squeezes in 5 miles of trails. There is also a connector trail leading to and from the High School.

The trails are mostly flat and smooth offering views of nearby farmlands as they travel through a dense hardwood forest. 

The recreation area also hosts seasonal camping and there's a boat launch for Trafton lake. No fees are charged to use the trails but there is a fee to camp. $10 for tents and $20 for RVs.

This is a very pelasant place to ride, perfect for families and newer riders. Extending your ride to and from the High School will add another 7.5 miles to your ride. Read more about [node:title]

Local Shops

Trafton lake Campground

Northern ME

Split Cedar Trails, Van Buren

St Mary's Brook Road
Van Buren  Maine  04785
United States
See Directions Below

Easy

50%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Split Cedar Trails explore the lands surrounding the reservoir.

The longest trail is the Split Cedar Trail Loop. Circling around the reservoir on it's northeaster edge it connects to a trail leading from the Van Buren Water District building in town. That link is theee miles long.
The Split Cedar Loop, 5 miles in lenght, is fairly easy but offers good views of the water. Be sure to check out the ebaver huts.

The 3.7 miles White Hawk Loop is partially contiguous with the Spli Cedar but it's more difficult. It crosses the dam and has some of the best vistas in the system.

There are a couple of other loops and some short interconnecting trails. In all you'll explore over 11 miles of trails. Or, if you elect to do an out and back from the Water Distraick Building, almost 17.

Trailhead:  From the junction of Castonguay Road and St Mary's Brook Road follow St Mary's Brook Road for 1.6 miles.  You'll see the parking area on your left.





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Northern ME

Nordic Heritage Center, Presque Isle

450 Fort Fairfield Rd
Presque Isle  Maine  04769
United States

(207) 762-6972

Easy

20%

Moderate

70%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Nordic Heritage Center (NHC) is a four-season outdoor recreation facility managed and operated by the Nordic Heritage Sport Club. The facility includes a world class cross country ski and biathlon venue with a stadium and lodge, a team wax building, and 20 kilometers of cross country ski trails and over 20 miles of mountain bike trails. The lodge is open to the public from 6 am to 10 pm and includes kitchen facilities, restrooms, shower rooms, and a sauna. The trails are free to the public.

 

The mountain bike trails at the NHC include over 20 miles of hand made and machine made single track that crosses most of the Maine Winter Sports property and some adjacent properties. Rich Edwards of IMBA's Trail Solutions designed the majority of the trail system. The trails wind through different forest types and vary from smooth and fluid to narrow and technical. Moderate to expert line options such as log skinnies, exposed bedrock outcrops, and natural drops can be found on some of the trails. A skills/terrain park is available for practicing dirt jumps and other technical features such as skinnies, log obstructions, stairs, teeter totters, etc. Other features of interest include "The Enchanted Forest" (don't miss the tree gnomes), and Vacationland, an intermediate/expert loop that circles one of the ridges on the property.


     
Directions:
The NHC is located along the town boundary of Presque Isle and Fort Fairfield in northern Maine. From Main Street in the City of Presque Isle, take Route 167 (Fort Fairfield Road) northeast toward Fort Fairfield. Stay on Route 167 until you pass the Quoggy Jo Alpine Ski Centre at the top of a hill on your left. The entrance to the NHC is also located on the left about 1,000 feet past Quoggy Jo. The trailhead for Tom's Trail is located beside the main entrance.
 

By Chad McPherson

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