Southern NH

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. 

BK-NEMBA Chapter Meeting - October

Date

10/10/21 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Chapter Meeting - This Sunday (October 10th), 1PM at the Keene Bike Park.
If it rains, I'll try the following Sunday. And so on...
 

Agenda items:

Welcome/Introductions
Regional announcements
Membership
Finances
Officers
Trail Counter Grant
Trail School
Outstanding Events
Events for this year
Rides
Network Updates
Bike Park
Expenditures
Trail Care events
GGPF Advisory Committee
Log trail work hours in a Google Form

Location

Keene Bike Park

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Davern
bknemba@gmail.com
603.359.7474

SNH NEMBA Fort Rock Ride

Event Date

9/28/21 5:45pm

Southern NH NEMBA Fort Rock Ride

Fort Rock is a notoriously technical trail network, full of rocks, roots and other fun things. The intent of this ride (and hopefully more to follow) is to do an intermediate loop for people new to Fort Rock, or for riders who have been there but ended up riding loops that were more difficult than they intended.
Due to the technical nature of the trails, this ride will be a solid intermediate ride and is not recommended for beginners. The ride will be about 8 miles, and is a no drop ride. There will be a combination of flowy single track, and rocky/technical climbs and and descents, while attempting to avoid the most difficult technical sections. Please be prepared for riding this distance as this is a loop ride and there are minimal opportunities to return to the parking lot early. This will likely take 1.5-2 hours to do the loop, and while not a fast paced or race ride expect a moderate workout due to the nature of the trails, riding at fort rock can often feel like you've ridden 20-50% more miles than you actually have!

Please bring a light, this ride will return to the lot after dark.

This week's ride will be leaving from the Watson Lot
43.015346, -70.971199
~100 Watson Road, Exeter, NH
The lot is a pull off on the side of the sharp turn. If parking in the lot is full, please park on the same side of the street as the lot.

Please sign the waiver in advance. You only need to sign once for any NEMBA group ride or trail care day for all of 2021: https://smartwaiver.com/splash/17029.

    You don't need to be a NEMBA member to ride with us, but you do have to sign the waiver.

Please show up by 5:45, we'll roll at 6PM sharp. I'll be there in my neon NEMBA ride leader shirt so I'll be hard to miss.
This is the route we will likely be taking:
https://www.trailforks.com/ridelog/planner/view/244278/   

Here's a Facebook page with more information.

 

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Chapter

State

New Hampshire

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

David Hubelbank

Southern NH

Doe Farm, Durham

62 Bennett Rd
Durham  New Hampshire  03824
United States

Easy

80%

Moderate

17%

Difficult

3%

Description

Doe Farm is a small ver scenic area. Its 3 miles of trails are beginner friendly and perfect for newer riders and families with youner children.

The best description of the area is below. Taken from the Trailforks Database.

From the parking lot, a woods road leads past a metal gate, to a clearing that also serves as a log landing during forest management operations. Doe Farm is tucked between Bennett Road to the north and the Lamprey River to the south. It offers a network of beautiful 3+ mile network of woodland trails that lead to the Lamprey River and its backwaters. The property’s 3,000 feet of shoreline helps protect the water quality of the Wild & Scenic Lamprey River.

Doe Farm is an upland forest with a mix of red oak, white pine, red pine and Norway spruce plantations. Small streams and seepages drain in a southeasterly direction toward the Lamprey River. Pockets of shrub wetlands and floodplain forest are found along the stream drainages and along the Lamprey River. Periodic timber harvests and invasive plant control help maintain a healthy forest.

Olinthus N. Doe bequeathed Doe Farm to the Town upon his death in 1909. The Doe family burial ground and cellar hole of the family homestead are located just beyond the forest clearing.

In 2019, an information kiosk, new trail bridges, and other trail improvements were completed at Doe Farm. This was accomplished with the help of volunteers, interns, Student Conservation Association NH AmeriCorps, and Public Works staff, with funding from Durham conservation funds and the generous contributions of local citizens to the Patron’s Trust. In addition to more than 25 smaller donations, the Town of Durham received major gifts from the following people: Malin and Will Clyde, Jim and Amy Lawson, Tracy Schroeder and Kenny Rotner, Ann and Carden Welsh, and two anonymous donors. Special thanks to Durham resident John Nachilly for his extraordinary volunteer time working on the Doe Farm trails and bridges.

RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:

Hiking and running
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
Mountain biking
Dog-walking (dogs on-leash/under control; pick up dog waste)
Fishing
Bird-watching
AMENITIES:

Parking area
Trails
Picnic areas
RESTRICTIONS:
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Local Shops

Papa Wheelies

Pedalin' Fools Mobile Bicycle Service

Tri-City Bicycles

SNH NEMBA Russell Mill Ride

Event Date

8/21/21 9:00am

SNH NEMBA Russell Mill Plus Ride

I'm going to do a one-time, non-recurring ride this Saturday morning at Russell Mill and Billerica SF. 

The plan is to meet around 9 to get rolling by 9:15.

We will ride just about all of Russell Mill, then return to lot for people who want to drop or get more food and water from their vehicles.

Then we'll head out to Billerica SF and then Warren Manning just to the north.

No drop, intermediate level with rest stops to regroup and stops to session features if anyone chooses to.

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

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State

New Hampshire

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Chris Harding

MTB Adventure Ride @ Bear Brook State Park

Date

9/12/21 9:00am to 3:00pm

The Bear Brook Boogie is back!!! With a new date for 2021 and a new starting location.

Come join the Southern New Hampshire chapter of NEMBA for all the fun, while helping to save/maintain the trails in Bear Brook State Park! All the money raised by the Boogie goes directly to the park to rebuild and maintain the trails.

New Date for 2021 - Sunday September 12, 2021 - Due to a logging operation that will be starting in the park mid September and continuing until the winter, we have decided to hold the Bear Brook Boogie while you can still ride “the Bears”. Big Bear and Little Bear will be amongst the trails closed during the logging operation, so come ride them with us one last time before they are temporarily closed for the logging operation.

New Starting Location for 2021 - Hayes Field (Podunk Rd) - Starting the event from Hayes Field is very exciting for us as it will allow us to create better loops and also provide an all around better experience for all rider levels allowing riders to “get to the good stuff” without having to ride a long way to get there.

Marked Courses: Riders can follow marked courses on their own at any time or take part in a led ride. There will be a one-mile kids/family loop, a demo loop (mileage yet to be determined), a 6-mile beginner loop, a 10-13 mile intermediate loop, and a 20-25 mile advanced loop. Ride fast or just cruise, the trails are arrowed so everyone knows where to go and you don’t have to worry about getting lost!

Led rides: We'll have a beginner ride of about 6 miles, an intermediate of about 12 miles, and an advanced of about 25 miles. All rides leave between 10:00am and 10:30am ET. Full schedule to be posted as we nail down the details and get closer to the event.

-There won't be any led family rides. Choose to ride the well arrowed kids/family loop as many times as you want at your own pace.

Cost: $10.00 for NEMBA members, $50.00 for non-members Online registration will be available soon and is strongly encouraged. Not currently a member? Need to renew?

You can join or renew on the NEMBA website before registering for the event.

Online Registration: for the Bear Brook Boogie is now live! https://member.nemba.org/event-4438560
Purchase your tickets now so that you only have to sign the waiver on the day of the event.

Individual NEMBA members can register for $10 (Must register with the email address that your active individual membership is attached to) Guests would be at the non-member rate.

Family NEMBA members can register those that are 13 yrs and older for $10 per person. ($10 for the primary member and then add other family members as guests at the $10 per person rate (13 and older only) (Must register with the email address that your active family membership is attached to)

Guests that are riding with a paying attendee that are 12 years old or younger will ride for free. They must be listed in the appropriate section on the online registration form.

Non-NEMBA members can register for $50 per person or join/renew NEMBA prior to registering for the event to receive the discounted rate.

Any questions regarding your membership status or if you don't know which email address your account is associated with can be directed to .


Bear Brook State Park, located in Allenstown NH, offers over 30 miles of mountain biking trails from mellow woods roads to challenging single track. In addition, the park offers camping (May – October) and a beach/swimming area. Come explore the park while helping a good cause. It’s a great way to spend the day and it’s a great place to ride!

Camping: Bear Brook has a wonderful campground, so come and make a weekend out of it! For reservations call 877-647-2757. For more info on camping: https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/bear-brook-state-park

Food: Forza-G will be there with their great BBQ sandwiches and tacos again (for a donation to a great cause.)

Demo Bikes: There will be a limited amount of demo bikes available from shops at the event. Philbricks will be back this year. (Other availability and shop participation to be determined). Demo bikes will only be allowed on the demo loop for a short ride. Demo bikes will not be allowed on led rides.

Rain Date: There will be no rain date this year.


Directions:

Hayes Field Parking Lot (Podunk Rd, Allenstown, NH 03275)     That's just up the hill from the hiker/biker lot.

**Reminder — Event is not being held at the usual snowmobile lot as it was in previous years!!**

Bear Brook Boogie 2021 Loop Info with Links to Public Garmin Connect routes & Trailforks rideplans:

Family Loop – 1.77 miles (2.1 miles with wheel sensor) - Garmin - Family Loop TF - Family Loop

Demo Loop – 3.11 miles (3.6 miles with wheel sensor) - Garmin - Demo Loop TF - Demo Loop

Beginner Loop – 5.44 miles (6.1 miles with wheel sensor) - Garmin - Beginner Loop TF - Beginner Loop

Intermediate Loop 1 – 5.93 miles (actual not verified) – Garmin - Intermediate Loop 1 TF - Intermediate Loop 1

Intermediate Loop 2 – 7.64 miles (actual not verified) – Garmin - Intermediate Loop 2 TF - Intermediate Loop 2

**If you are opting for the Intermediate Loop Hero Ending, you’ll be cutting out the end section of Bobcat from Loop 2 and starting on the Hero Loop Ending when you get to Chipmunk. Hero Loop starts at Chipmunk.**

Intermediate Loop Hero Ending – 2.40 miles (actual not verified) – Garmin - Intermediate Loop Hero TF - Intermediate Loop Hero

Advanced Loop 1 – 6.45 miles (actual not verified) – Garmin - Advanced Loop 1 TF - Advanced Loop 1

Advanced Loop 2 – 13.07 miles (actual not verified) – Garmin - Advanced Loop 2 TF - Advanced Loop 2

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Chapter

Southern NH

Trail

Event Leader

Dan Dwyer
dcubed321@gmail.com
603 860-0952

SNH NEMBA Fort Rock Ride

Event Date

7/28/21 6:00pm

By David Hubelbank and Southern NH NEMBA

Watson Lot

For  · Southern NH NEMBA members and other mountain bikers

Fort Rock is a notoriously technical trail network, full of rocks, roots and other fun things. The intent of this ride (and hopefully more to follow) is to do an intermediate loop for people new to Fort Rock, or for riders who have been there but ended up riding loops that were more difficult than they intended.
Due to the technical nature of the trails, this ride will be a solid intermediate ride and is not recommended for beginners. The ride will be about 8 miles, and is a no drop ride. There will be a combination of flowy single track, and rocky/technical climbs and and descents, while attempting to avoid the most difficult technical sections. Please be prepared for riding this distance as this is a loop ride and there are minimal opportunities to return to the parking lot early. This will likely take 1.5-2 hours to do the loop, and while not a fast paced or race ride expect a moderate workout due to the nature of the trails, riding at fort rock can often feel like you've ridden 20-50% more miles than you actually have!

This week's ride will be leaving from the Watson Lot
43.015346, -70.971199
~100 Watson Road, Exeter, NH

The lot is a pull off on the side of the sharp turn. If parking in the lot is full, please park on the same side of the street as the lot.

I'll be in a red Tacoma pickup with a cap on the back.


Sign up as going on Facebook if you're planning to go.

Please sign the waiver in advance. You only need to sign once for any NEMBA group ride or trail care day for all of 2021: https://smartwaiver.com/splash/17029.

You don't need to be a NEMBA member to ride with us, but you do have to sign the waiver.

Please show up by 5:45, we'll roll at 6PM sharp.
This is the route we will likely be taking:
https://www.trailforks.com/ridelog/planner/view/244278/

Please sign up as going on Facebook if you're planning to go, https://fb.me/e/1v3TU7C8q if you don't have facebook please email me snhnembagroupride@hubbles.com so that I can contact you in the event that weather forces a cancelation.

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Chapter

State

New Hampshire

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

David Hubelbank

SNH NEMBA Ladies Intermediate Ride

Event Date

7/1/21 5:30pm

Southern New Hampshire NEMBA Ladies Intermediate Ride @ Yudicky

Hosted by Alanna Carlson Lmt and Southern NH NEMBA

Yudicky Park

Price: Free · Duration: 2 hr 30 min

For  · Members of Southern NH NEMBA and any other woman who'd like to join us.

Ladies no drop Intermediate ride. Meeting at 5:30 and rolling by 5:45.

The plan is to split into two groups so you can choose the ride group that's right for you!

We look forward to seeing everyone Thursday.

What you need:

Helmet
Water
Functional Bike
A signed annual NEMBA waiver
https://smartwaiver.com/splash/17029 

Rain will cancel. Check this Facebook Page for updates,

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Chapter

State

New Hampshire

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Alanna Carlson

Trail Maintenance Day @ Stonewall Farm

Date

6/26/21 8:00am to 12:00pm

There are a few sections of trail that need some polish and a few more that we could tackle with a good-sized group. We will pick our targets based on the size of the RSVP list.
 
Rendezvous in the main parking lot around 8am, we will head into the woods by 8:30 and be out by 12pm.
 
Personal Gear: Bring Water, Bug Dope, Snack, Gloves.
 
Tools: (Bring 'em if you have em) Steel "Spring" rakes, Iron Rakes, Shovels, Rogue Hoe, Pruning Saw, what have you.
 
  If you haven't already signed NEMBA's Annual Waiver, do so now.

Location

Stonewall Farm

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Hoefer
mhoefer@gmail.com

SNH NEMBA Yudicky Skills Session #1

Event Date

6/19/21 9:00am

Brought you you by Jeff Hannigan and Southern NH NEMBA

Yudicky Park

Price: Free

Duration: 3 hr

For  · Members of Southern NH NEMBA and anyone else that would like to join us.

     The session series is back! We will ease in with our first stop at Yudicky.

Location: Yudicky Farm, Nashua NH - The big parking area.

Rider needs & expectations:
- Gather by 9AM, rolling out by 9:15
- Helmets are required, other pads and protective equipment at the discretion of the rider
- Signed NEMBA waiver (covers all rides for the year): https://smartwaiver.com/splash/17029
- Functioning bike and a willingness to fail in front of others for the sake of learning

- A smile when you do something that you didn't think you could.

level: Any
- We welcome beginners for the re-start of the series. All activities are optional and within your comfort level, with discouragement of any peer pressure (but plenty of encouragement where needed!)

Session objectives:
We will focus on bike control over technical terrain (roots and rocks). We will work on some steering exercises before taking to the trail for ~2 miles of practice including some light climbing.

Not covered:
- I am the last person you want to ask for mechanical or bike setup questions, I will let your local friendly bike shop assist with that
- This time we aren't into the sessions that will cover the wooden features or jumps that Yudicky is known for, keep your eye out for future sessions for that

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Chapter

State

New Hampshire

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Jeff Hannigan

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