Southern VT

BK NEMBA Summer News

Thursday, September 4, 2014

As of mid-summer the weekly chapter rides in both Keene and Brattleboro continue to be very well attended by both long-time members and people coming out for their first ride with us.  We’ve been doing rides local in each town, as well as venturing out to areas afar.  Keene rides Tuesday nights, and Brattleboro rides Thursday nights – both at 6PM.  Rides will continue into the fall.  As sunset starts coming earlier we might push the start times sooner, and lights will begin to be a good thing to have.

The kiosks are up at Drummer Hill!  And they have maps on them!  We had a fantastic turnout for the installation work night – enough people so we could all take a turn at standing around.  We have put one kiosk in at the trail head at Drummer Rd and Green Acres, and another at the mid-gate on Timberlane Dr where Old Gilsum Rd starts.  There is one more to install at the cul-de-sac at the end of Meetinghouse Rd.  We just need to work out property lines so we make sure to get it on city land.  Each kiosk has a map of the Drummer Hill/Goose Pond trail network, a chalk board for leaving messages, and there are push pins for leaving notes.  We still need to put small roofs on each to keep things out of the elements.  We’ll also post announcements regarding Drummer Hill trails at the kiosks. 

Speaking of Drummer Hill trail announcements…  the logging project that wiped out the Exits trails is mostly done, but another project has begun that has led to the closure of the Bitten and Threader trails.  We’ve posted a map on the kiosks showing the logging extents and trails impacted.  Please respect the trails closures.  This logging is happening on private property.  The logger is pro-bikers and has spoken favorably to the landowners about us.  Remember that the loggers are doing their job, on private property.  Be courteous, and stay out of the way of the heavy equipment when it is going in and out on Old Gilsum Rd.  And please stay out of the areas closed for logging.   If we don’t play nice, this could end badly for us.

The beginner (or easier) loop at Stonewall Farm is mostly complete.  One bridge was put in late June, and we have one more short bridge to install.  There is a little touch up work that we hope to get to at some point.  The trail has been marked, and the map updated such that riders can keep the trail junctions straight and find their way.  Stonewall Farm continues to be very supportive of our efforts.  We will be reworking a small section of trail directly behind the Learning Center.  This trail will be used for part of the kids race course at the Bike for Bovines races, and will also serve as a short single track connector when the farm has the lower field behind the center closed due to grazing animals.  Watch for fall work days to knock this out.

Watch for some organized kids/family rides this summer and fall.  Elm City Velo, a local cycling club, just wrapped up a very successful 6 week session of mountain biking instruction and race training.  They met twice a week at Stonewall Farm for their practice sessions.  I had the privilege of helping out one night per week and again race day.  The kids did amazing.  We are currently in talks to figure out how to successfully expand this.  We hadn’t worked out the details when this went to press, but expect some sort of collaboration between BK-NEMBA and Elm City Velo that will allow us to make this available to more kids, for more of the season.  We’ll also be looking for adults to help out with this.  This is very exciting for the future of mountain biking in the Keene-Brattleboro area - more to follow.

We decided to take the summer off for chapter meetings.  Scheduling conflicts complicated things, and we all wanted to get out and ride bikes.  Our next meeting will be 6PM on September 16th at Stonewall Farm. 

We might be joined by the Conservation Easement Steward from Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests that is responsible for the City’s Drummer Hill/Goose Pond property.  We’ll also try to get some representatives from the city to attend as well (Parks and Rec, Conservation Commission – nothing is finalized yet), and possibly someone from the Monadnock Conservancy.  Peter Poanessa and I met with the Steward and walked some of the trails at Drummer Hill.  The Steward is a mountain biker, and appreciates the work that has been done in Drummer.  He views us bikers as an asset.  But the easement does have certain stipulations that we need to work within, and he has some concerns.  Trail density and man-made structures are the biggest things he was concerned with.  This is a great opportunity for the mountain biking community to show that we are responsible stewards of the land, that we respect the wishes of the property owners (the City), and that we are willing to sit down with them and get educated about what we can and can’t be doing.  It would be great if we got a large turnout for this from a cross section of the mountain biking community that uses Drummer, NEMBA member or not.  Watch for more information as we get closer to the meeting date.

--Michael Davern

2019 Spring Ride and Picnic

Date

5/18/19 10:00am to 4:00pm

Save the date, more details to follow!

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM
1362 Pond Rd, Vernon, VT 05354-9631,

Some details:
Free for chapter members, we'll ask for a $5 donation from non-members to offset food costs and other expenses.

Rides will start at 10AM. Things will be flagged such that routes will be unambiguous - even better than last year. Can't make 10AM? No worries, just follow the trail markings.

There is a pump track and skills area. Todd's son will lead some kids rides as well. So bring the family.

Here is the link to sign up for food. The food is free, just need an idea on the number of attendees...
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-bk-nemba-spring-picnic-tickets-59230781863

Still working on the food details, but we'll make sure there are vegetarian and gluten-free options. Read more about 2019 Spring Ride and Picnic

Location

1362 Pond Rd, Vernon, VT 05354-9631

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Event Leader

Michael Davern
bknemba@gmail.com

Klunkerz: A Film About Mountain Bikes

Date

3/9/19 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Klunkerz: A Film About Mountain Bikes documents mountain bike history during the late 1960s and 1970s in Northern California. The film examines the relationships of the San Francisco Bay Area hippies, athletes, artists and entrepreneurs who are directly responsible for the global popularization off-road cycling. Klunkerz includes interviews with those present at the embryonic stages of the sport including Mountain Bike Hall of Fame members Gary Fisher, Charlie Kelly, Joe Breeze, Tom Ritchey, Mike Sinyard, Steve Potts, Jacquie Phelan, Charlie Cunningham, Otis Guy, Alan Bonds, Wende Cragg, The Morrow Dirt Club, The Larkspur Canyon Gang and more. Klunkerz also looks at many seminal events in mountain bike history, including the legendary Repack downhill race series which began in 1976.
 
Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM
 
Stonewall Farm
242 Chesterfield Rd, Keene, New Hampshire 03431
 
 
 

Location

242 Chesterfield Rd, Keene, New Hampshire 03431

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Trail

Event Leader

Michael Davern
bknemba@gmail.com

BK-NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

Repeats every month on March, May, July, September, November on the third Thursday until Sun Dec 01 2019 .
3/21/19 6:00pm

Getting all the chapter meeting for the year on the calendar.  We will send reminders/agendas when we get closer.
 
3rd Thursday, 6PM.
 
Keene Signworx
12 Base Hill Rd, Swanzey, New Hampshire 03446
 

Agenda for the March meeting

Financials

Membership

NEMBA Advocacy Summit on Cape Cod

NembaFest

Spring Picnic

Ride/Trail Care waivers

Cyclones

Ride leaders/ride offerings

Trail boss/work days

Goose Pond Meeting

 

Next meeting May 16th

July -might be optional as vacations can complicate. We'll plan it but wait and see.
September
November

Location

12 Base Hill Rd, Swanzey, New Hampshire 03446

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Event Leader

Michael Davern
bknemba@gmail.com

BK NEMBA Winter Social

Date

1/16/19 (All day)

Bike Party Wednesday Night! 6PM

You bring your alcohol, we'll buy the rest.

Bring a friend, significant other, and/or the kids.  Bring some snacks or a tasty beverage to share as well.  All welcome, members or not.  But if you’ll drink beer with us, why not join?  https://nemba.org/join 

We’ll take a few minutes to recognize the outgoing chapter officers, and introduce the new.

Keene Signworx

12 Base Hill Rd, Swanzey, NH 03446 Read more about BK NEMBA Winter Social

Chapter

Brattleboro-Keene

Event Leader

Mike Davern
madavern@hotmail.com

Brattleboro-Keene NEMBA Sunday Morning Rides

Event Date

Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun May 19 2019 .
3/17/19 9:45am to 12/8/19 11:45am

Casual Sunday morning rides, locations vary, but typically West Keene.

Contact Mike Davern for details on this week's ride. bknemba@gmail.com 

Save time by signing NEMBA's Annual Waiver ahead of time.  Read more about Brattleboro-Keene NEMBA Sunday Morning Rides

Chapter

State

New Hampshire

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Mike Davern

Southern VT

Fairgrounds Trails

170 Town Farm Rd
Poultny  Vermont  05764
United States

Easy

25%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

15%

Description

The Fairground Trails are located on private property just off Route 140 in Poultney VT.  They are maintained by Slate Valley Trails and the best description of them is on this webpage below the description for Endless Brook.

Read more about Fairgrounds Trails

Local Shops

West Hill SHop

Links to Relevant Resources

Southern VT

Endless Brook Trails

975 Endless Brook Rd
Poultney  Vermont  05764
United States

Easy

15%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

25%

Description

The Endless Brook Trail Sysem is expanding. Currently there are about 8 miles of trail designed with mountain bikes in mind. 

Endless Brook is located on private property with the permission of the landowner.

The trails are maintained by Slate Valley Trails a chapter of the Vermont Mountain Biking Association. Check out SVT's trail plan for the future. Read more about Endless Brook Trails

Local Shops

West Hill Shop

Links to Relevant Resources

Southern VT

Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center

738 Townshend Rd
Grafton  Vermont  05146
United States

Easy

35%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

20%

Description

The Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center is best know in the summer for its mountain bike trails.

They have about 15 miles of trails, some of which are machine built flow trails. In the winter they offer Fat Biking as well as x-country skiing.

The Center rents bikes and has a day use fee.

More information is on their website. Read more about Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center

Local Shops

Norm's Ski & Bike Shop

West Hill Shop

Links to Relevant Resources

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