6/7/14 8:30am to 2:00pm
Bikes & Brews is a 3 part charity mountain bike ride series in the Greater Portland area organized by Gear Works Productions (www.gearworksproductions.com). The goal of this social ride series is to bring riders together for a great cause by starting and ending each ride at a restaurant or brewery. With registration riders receive an event shirt, one free beer to get the party started, and raffle ticket. The benefactor for Event #1 is Greater Portland NEMBA. Ride on!
Rising Tide Brewery
Yarmouth West Side Trail
Yarmouth - The West Side Trail in Yarmouth is the newest multi-use trail in the Portland area. The trail is built primarily on the Central Maine Power transmission corridor which runs from the tip of Cousins Island to North Yarmouth along the western border of Yarmouth. It's not your typical power line trail however. Very little of the trail is on an existing service road and much of it resides inside the treeline. Experienced riders will find the singletrack trail fun, flowy and not particularly technical (other than a few tight switchbacks). Beginner riders will find some sections challenging but are encouraged to give it shot. Best access for out of town riders is from the upper parking lot behind Tyler Technologies off of route 1 (see map below). Yarmouth is 15 minutes northeast of Portland along 295 and just southwest of Freeport, home of LL Bean. Read more about Yarmouth West Side Trail
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6/7/14 8:30am to 12:00pm
The crew will continue improving the trail on Cousins Island and possibly begin construction on a new section of trail leading from Talbot Rd to Wharf Rd. That section will bring the trail close to the southern most terminus. Yarmouth will provide tools, water and snacks. Please wear appropriate clothing (long pants, long sleeves, boots and gloves), eye protection is always a good idea as well. This is sure to be a rewarding morning of building trail so come out and join the team! Read more about GP NEMBA - Yarmouth Trail Day (6/7/14)
5/10/14 8:30am to 12:00pm
Work on the new section of the West Side Trail on Cousins Island in Yarmouth will continue this spring. We will primarily be improving wet areas on the trail which was roughed in last fall. This will include building boardwalks and hardening with rock and gravel. We'll provide tools, water and snacks. Please wear appropriate clothing (long pants, long sleeves, boots and gloves), eye protection is always a good idea as well. As usual this will be a rewarding morning of building trail!
Please meet at the Sandy Point parking lot, http://goo.gl/maps/PtLVr.
Yarmouth West Side Trail
4/27/14 8:00am to 12:00pm
Come help get the trails ready for the season by helping to remove winter debris and improving drainage where necessary. Meet at the park at 8am (http://goo.gl/maps/X8hyC). Please wear appropriate clothing for working in the woods, work boots and gloves are strongly recommended. A small backpack with water and food (e.g. energy bars) is also recommended. Tools will be provided. Read more about GP NEMBA - Bradbury Mountain Trail Day (4/27/14)
Bradbury Mountain State Park
Sunday, March 2, 2014
The GP NEMBA executive board met in January and February to discuss plans for the 2014 season. We are very excited about the upcoming events planned for this year.
We'll kick off the season with a chapter meeting and social on April 10th @ 6pm @ Rivalries (www.rivalriesportland.com) in Portland. To start the evening the board will share plans for the year and get feedback from the membership at large. Please try to get there a little early so we can start promptly at 6pm. Following the meeting there will be free appetizers provided by GP NEMBA, opportunities to mix and mingle with other local riders and swag to give away donated from many of our great local shops. There will be another chapter meeting and social in October. Hope to see you there!
We're planning trail improvements and expansion this year in Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Yarmouth & Gorham. GP NEMBA President Jim Tasse and former president Mitch Wacksman continue to work hard with the Conservation Commission in Cape Elizabeth protecting and maintaining existing trails and planning for future expansion. Trail expansion on the lot adjacent to Winnick Woods will continue in 2014 so look for the next trail work day this spring. http://www.capeelizabeth.com/government/bds_commissions/standing/conserv...
Caleb Hemphill has helped to lead an explosion of single track in Falmouth and more is planned for 2014, in particular a new connector between Lowell Preserve and Blackstrap Rd. Falmouth continues to rock! www.town.falmouth.me.us/pages/falmouthme_parks/landmgmt
The newest member of the GP NEMBA board, Robert Lavoie with Gorham's Parks and Conservation Commission, has been helping to lay the ground work for the return of mountain bike trails in Gorham. The town has applied for a Recreational Trails Program grant to help pay for trail restoration and expansion. Contact GP NEMBA or Gorham town hall for more info.
With the help of GP NEMBA VP Andrew Favreau the West Side Trail in Yarmouth became a legit MTB destination in 2013 with more improvements and growth expected in 2014. You can follow the project on Facebook, www.facebook.com/yarmouthtrails or join the WST mailing list, http://tinyurl.com/westsidetrail.
Pat Hackleman and the staff at Gear Works Productions (hosts of The 12 Hours of Bradbury) are planning an exciting MTB ride series for 2014 in partnership with GP NEMBA and local businesses. The rides will start and end at various locations with fun post ride socializing! Follow the Gear Works calendar of events for the ride dates, times and details (www.gearworksproductions.com).
If you'd like to get involved with GP NEMBA, would like more information on any of our events or projects, or if you are interested in participating on the executive board please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can follow us on facebook, www.facebook.com/gpnemba.
Vice President Read more about Greater Portland NEMBA News - March 2014
3/24/14 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Penobscot Region NEMBA and Red Bull are proud to present:
“Where the Trail Ends”
Monday, March 24th
Doors open at 5:15pm: We’ll be holding our annual raffle and playing a short educational film on trail planning, design, and building.
This is a FREE event but DONATIONS to PRNEMBA are greatly appreciated.
Where The Trail Ends brings you to the most remote locations on the planet in a mountain bike expedition unlike any other ever undertaken.
The film follows the world’s top freeride mountain bikers – including the likes of Darren Berrecloth, Cameron Zink, Kurtis Sorge, James Doerfling and Andreu Lacondeguy – as they search for unridden terrain around the globe in the hope of shaping the future of big mountain freeriding.
This films documents man’s challenge of Mother Nature and himself showcased through a cast of colorful characters. This is the most progressive and ambitious mountain biking ever attempted resulting in an entertainment adventure unlike anything experienced before.
Penobscot Theatre: 131 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401
Please join us for our fall chapter meeting and social at Rivalries in Portland as we begin to wrap up the 2014 riding season. At 6pm we will have a brief presentation on end of season plans, 2014 accomplishments and an opportunity to share your thoughts on the local riding scene. Please come a little early if you can so we can start promptly at 6pm. After the presentation you can mix and mingle with other local riders, chat with the GP NEMBA board members and partake in the free appetizers provided by GP NEMBA. We will have some swag to give away provided by the many great bike shops in the area. Hope to see you there! Members and non-members are welcome. There is a $5 suggested donation for this event but no obligation. Read more about GP NEMBA - Fall Chapter Meeting and Social
Rivalries, 10 Cotton St, Portland, ME 04101
Please join us for our spring chapter meeting and social as we kick off the 2014 riding season. At 6pm we will have a brief presentation on plans for the upcoming season and an opportunity to share your thoughts on the local riding scene. Please come a little early if you can so we can start promptly at 6pm. After the presentation you can mix and mingle with other local riders, chat with the GP NEMBA board members and partake in the free appetizers provided by GP NEMBA. We will have some swag to give away provided by the many great bike shops in the area. Hope to see you there! Members and non-members are welcome. There is a $5 suggested donation for this event but no obligation. Read more about GP NEMBA - Spring Chapter Meeting and Social
Rivalries, 10 Cotton St, Portland, ME 04101