Southern 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.

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
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Location

The Ridgefield Playhouse

Chapter

Central CT Fairfield County

Event Leader

Ryan Tucker
rrtucker@gmail.com

FC NEMBA Women's Ride

Event Date

11/21/20 9:30am to 11:30am

Women's Ride @ Troutbrook Saturday morning.

All levels no drop. Trails we'll ride are mellow to intermediate, and there will be some climbing/descending, and boardwalks.

We hike what we don't ride.

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State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Novice
Advanced-novice
Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Monika Stokes

SE CT NEMBA December Challenge

Date

12/1/20 (All day) to 12/31/20 (All day)

Hi SECT NEMBA Riders!

 

2020 has been a long year and it’s been a long time since we’ve heard from all of you! I hope this note finds you and your families well and that you’ve been able to get out and enjoy the trails this year. We miss you all and the fun group rides we used to do each year! Due to circumstances, we are unable to have group activities this year, but still want to stay in touch with you and stay connected as a community.

 

With less daylight and dropping temperatures, sometimes it can be challenging to stay motivated and get out and ride all the places we enjoy so much. So to keep the motivation going, we’ll be running a fun challenge in December -

 

Challenge:

  • Ride different places in the Southeastern Connecticut region from Dec 1 - Dec 31 (ride areas listed below).

  • Submit a link to your ride (e.g. Trailforks, Strava, Garmin) using this entry form.

  • Share a picture and content to our SECT NEMBA Facebook page at @SECTNEMBA #sectnemba or on Instagram at @sectnemba #sectnemba related to these activities during December. Don’t forget to tag us!

    • Content for posts: Tell us about your ride! Where did you ride? Have you ridden there before? What did you like about the location?

 

For each unique area in Southeastern Connecticut that you ride and submit, you will be entered into our holiday swag giveaway. If you ride 2 unique places, you will get 2 entries into the giveaway, and so on.

  • Renewing your NEMBA membership for 2021 or becoming a new member of NEMBA, will also get you one entry.

  • You must be a member of NEMBA for your entry to be accepted.

  • Please sign NEMBA’s once-a-year ride waiver if you haven’t already done so.

 

In January 2021, we will select 3 (or more!) members to receive some awesome swag from Wayfarer Bicycle, Cycling Concepts, Airline Cycles, Specialized and DeFeet.

We will make arrangements with you for delivery of prizes if you win. Winners will be announced on our SECT NEMBA Facebook & Instagram Page (unless of course you ask us not to release your name, we’ll check with you first).

Looking forward to seeing your awesome rides and adventures in December! Please reach out if you have any questions, and happy riding!

 

Things to note:

  • Trail conditions - we do not encourage riding trail systems in inclement weather. If heavy rain is or has occurred in a 24 - 48 hour period, we will not accept the entry. If trails have had a deep freeze and then thawed causing there to be a lot of mud, we will also not accept entries.

  • Please follow all the rules of the areas you choose to ride and maintain good trail etiquette.

  • Please wear a face covering when near people. NEMBA COVID-19 guidelines.

  • Please ride responsibly.

  • Have fun!

 

 

SECT Mountain Bike Areas Include:

  • Bluff Point State Park, Groton

  • Candlewood Ridge Preserve, Groton

  • Candlewood Hill Wildlife Management Area, Groton

  • Day Pond, Colchester

  • Darling Road Preserve, Salem

  • Eight Mile River Watershed (mountain bike approved areas)

  • Goodwin Trail, East Lyme - East Haddam

  • Grayville Falls, Hebron

  • Haley Farm, Groton

  • Hartman Park, Lyme

  • Hurd Park, East Hampton

  • Johnston Preserve, Lyme

  • Merritt Family Forest, Groton

  • Mooween State Park, Lebanon

  • Mount Archer Woods, Lyme

  • Nehantic State Forest, Lyme

  • Oswegatchie Hills, Niantic

  • Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown

  • Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme

  • Salmon River, Comstock Bridge, Colchester

  • Sheep Farm Preserve, Groton

 

 

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Chapter

Southeastern CT NEMBA

Event Leader

Tina Severson
nembasect@gmail.com

HV NEMBA Challenge

Date

11/15/20 (All day) to 12/15/20 (All day)

Housatonic Valley Ride Five Parks for Five Miles Challenge

Hi all, we could not have our usual holiday party and /or rides, so we are bringing this do your own ride series.

Check out each of five parks, ride a minimum five miles in each, and make a donation to the HVNEMBA chapter to help us further our trail building and maintenance efforts.

Post your rides on FB. You have a month to ride them all. 


This challenge runs from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15. 


Five trail systems are: Waldo in Southbury, Rockhouse in Oxford, Quillinan in Seymour, Upper Paugussett in Newtown, and Trolley in Woodbury.  All Trail Systems are on Trailforks
Donations can be made via pay pal to HVNEMBA@gmail.com or via Trail Karma on Trailforks. 

For any other info , please contact Paula Burton peburton@aol.com

   Be sure to sign NEMBA's annual ride waiver if you haven't already done so.

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Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Event Leader

Paula Burton
peburton1@gmail.com

HV NEMBA Thanksgiving Ride Series

Event Date

11/26/20 (All day) to 11/29/20 (All day)

HV NEMBA Thanksgiving Weekend Ride Series

Looking to get out for a ride over the upcoming Thanksgiving Weekend?

HVNEMBA as we cover the trails across our Chapter.

We will also be opening up the Peach Farm section at Rockhouse and this will be the official opening of this great addition to the Rockhouse trail; system..

Come on out and Join us!

 

Contact the ride leader for meeting place. Limit of 10 riders for each ride.

Parking and times are staggered for social distancing.

  Be sure to sign NEMBA's Annual Ride Waiver if you haven't already done so.

Please bring face covering.

Contact for entire series , Maria Dumoulin , .

Sign the NEMBA online ride waiver if you havent already done so.

There will be a limit of 10 people in each ride.

Friday Nov 27

Rockhouse, Oxford, 10 am , intermellow, Paula Burton ,

Friday Nov 27

Dave Herde, Rockhouse, Oxford, 2:45pm, Adeline Grey laps and practice. dwherde@gmail.com

Sat. Nov 28

Rockhouse, Oxford, 10 a.m., beginner, Lori Johnstone,

Sat. Nov. 28

Qullinan SF, Seymour, 1pm,. Intermediate, Tony Queiroga,

Tony.queiroga@gmail.com

Sun Nov 29

Waldo , Southbury, 1pm intermellow , Paula Burton ,

Sun Nov 29

Rockhouse, Oxford, 10am intermediate no-drop, Maria Dumoulin

Sun Nov.29

Rockhouse, Oxford, 11am , Family (all levels), Matt Tullo,

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State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
Advanced-novice
Intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Maria Dumoulin

Southern CT

Northern CT

Dividend Pond, Rocky Hill

8 Old Forge Rd
Rocky Hill  Connecticut  06067
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

5%

Description

Dividend Pond Trail System - Taken from SIngleTracks Magazine

The biggest news since the spring 2020 issue is the completion and opening of the Dividend Pond trail system. Located just over the Cromwell line in Rocky Hill it’s the newest riding area in CT.

It’s geared toward families and people new to the sport, but the flowy nature of the trails, and some very unique features including a double gravity cavity, make it fun for all levels of rider.

Huge kudos to Luis Moreira, who secured permission and did the majority of the building. Here is Luis’ report-

Over the course of the winter, we obtained permission from the town of Rocky Hill to build the first bike-specific trail system in that community.

Located within the southern area of Dividend Pond Park is a brand-new singletrack loop, just under 2 miles long.

This loop is a great way for beginners to get their tires dirty and fun for intermediate riders alike. 

We were able to utilize the contours of the terrain to create a unique trail in a 30-acre parcel of land. 

The soil is reminiscent of the sandy glacial dirt found at River Highlands, therefore draining exceptionally well after rain. 

There are twists and turns, logs to hop over, natural berms and wall rides, and even a skinny! 

At a short 1.5 miles away from River Highlands -an easy 10-minute ride on residential road- this new riding area will be a nice peripheral extension for those opting for a 12+ mile ride. 

There are plans to add another section or two of trail in the future.  Stay tuned.  At the time of this writing, the loop is already packing down nicely but could use more tires. 

Finally, we would like to thank all of those who volunteered on this project and for the town's blessing for the ”Div Pond” project.  Hope to see you on the trails.

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Local Shops

Central Wheel

Pedal Power

HV NEMBA Trail Care Day @ Trolley Trails

Date

11/22/20 9:00am to 12:00pm

HV NEMBA New Trail Build at Trolly Trails

The event is Sunday November 22nd starting at 9am in Woodbury, CT.

We will be working on the Trolley Trails. This is still Trolley property but there is no trail on this parcel so it will be all new trails.

We'll meet on Tuttle Road.

Be sure to bring some kind of a face covering for when you're close to others.

Leader is Bill Lake. Contact him for more details, including directions to the starting location.

   Wlake40@yahoo.com

Save time by signing NEMBA's once-a-year Trail Care Waiver ahead of time.

 

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Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Event Leader

Bill Lake
Wlake40@yahoo.com

HV NEMBA Trolley Trail Grand Opening

Date

5/3/20 (All day)

HV NEMBA & Woodbury Trolley Trail Grand Opening

On June 6 the town of Woodbury wants to hold a grand opening of the Trolley Trails.

The event will be on the same day as Connecticut Trail Day which is supposed to be a celebration oftrails in CT.

We will start with a beginner and kids ride with a ride leader at 9:00.T

hen we will have a 10:00 intermediate ride that will be all of Trolley trails and then we will go to Whitamore Sanctuary trails on the full white loop.

The town of Woodbury will be handing out maps that day and there may be a bike demo too.

   More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to the event.  Stay Tuned.

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Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Event Leader

Bill Lake
wlake40@yahoo.com

NEMBA COVID-19 Statement

Thursday, April 9, 2020

NEMBA Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic (updated: 4/9/2020)

NEMBA recommends that all chapters and individuals follow the active public health practices that are set by your local and state public health organizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re all in this together until the end of the COVID-19 emergency.

All NEMBA rides and events are suspended until state and local public health guidelines indicate resumption of activities are safe.

NEMBA Chapters can and should take advantage of virtual meeting technologies to promote connections in the mountain bike community and maintain basic chapter communications and planning.

We encourage all mountain bikers to heed state and local public health guidelines if you choose to get out and ride.

  • Be safe.
  • Dial it back – you may need to slow down and stop often for others.
  • Be patient with other trail users.
  • Don’t take risks.
  • Ride at off-hours.
  • Avoid crowded trail locations.
  • Avoid crowded parking lots. Park elsewhere and ride to the trail head.
  • Ride from your house to the trails if possible.
  • Ride alone* or with members of your immediate family.
  • Don't ride in large groups.
  • Provide extra physical spacing between riders, ideally >30'.
  • Be friendly and respectful of all trail users’ need for recreation and physical space. Say “Hi!” to other trail users!

*If you must ride alone, please take extra caution for yourself! Take a charged phone and let family/friends know your expected route and time of return.

We are part of a much larger community of people seeking comfort through outdoor recreation right now – we need to do everything we can to make it safe and responsible for all trail users.

This is also a very visible time to demonstrate that mountain bikers are positive, compatible, and integral members of our trail communities. We are all ambassadors – every one of us.


3/17/2020: As of today, NEMBA is recommending that all NEMBA chapters place a hold on all organized in-person meetings, events, and rides until at least April 15th, 2020. We believe this is prudent in light of the overall guidance coming out of local, state, and federal public health organizations to greatly limit groups and minimize contact between individuals. Chapter, or other meetings, that can be conducted via conference call or video conference should absolutely continue. We will re-evaluate this guidance as we get closer to April 15th. Thank you all for doing your part to help slow down transmission of COVID-19!

 

3/14/2020:

Given the recent developments with the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19), NEMBA’s Executive Board is concerned about the potential health impacts for our membership and the wider community. In an effort to do our part to help mitigate the spread of the virus, our chapters are urged to follow all local, state and federal government public-health guidelines regarding actions that can be taken to staunch the transmission of COVID-19. While not exhaustive, some preventative actions to protect yourself and others include:

· Being vigilant about hygiene: wash your hands often and thoroughly; follow the CDC guidelines.

· Practice social distancing: keep space between you and others.

· Stay at home if you are sick.

· Cover your coughs and sneezes. If you use a tissue, immediately throw the tissue in the trash.

· Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.

· Clean frequently touched surfaces regularly.

Please keep apprised of changes during this rapidly evolving situation. Good information can be found at the CDC and WHO sites:

https://www.cdc.gov/

https://www.who.int/

Many municipalities have, or are, enacting restrictions on large gatherings. Chapters should follow these guidelines and make preparations to hold events like chapter meetings via conference call or postpone if necessary. These guidelines should also be followed when considering organizing a group ride. While participation in mountain biking on the trails generally imparts a natural separation of greater than the recommended 6’ distance; we must recognize that there are opportunities for closer contact during check-in, stoppages and pre-post ride social interactions. Everyone should be vigilant on the trails to protect yourself and others. NEMBA is monitoring the public-health guidance and we will make appropriate recommendations regarding regionally organized events. We will communicate any changes to the regional calendar as the situation warrants. We urge everyone to take the needed precautions to protect yourself, your fellow riders and the community at large. Read more about [node:title]

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