Northern 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.

QC NEMBA - TRAIL DAY - West Thompson Dam

Date

5/31/14 7:30am

Want more rideable miles at WTD? Come out and give us a hand in a bit of trail work to improve your riding experience. 

Can only spare a few hours? GREAT! Extra hands for some time is better than none. 

Minors are welcome to attend under the supervision of a parent or guardian. We love to see the youngsters learning to care for the trails.

The Chapter will be providing lunch for volunteers. 


What to bring:
• Work Gloves
• Work or hiking boots
• Water bottle or other hydration system (camelbak)
• Bug Spray
• Mattocks, Rock Bars, leaf rakes... 
      (The chapter has tools available, but extra would be helpful if you have them)

Other items not to forget:
• Your bike & riding gear :)


Agenda:

7:30AM - Registration (Waiver forms) & instructions.

8:00AM - Heading out to the work site. 

Noonish - Clean-up followed by lunch.

1:30PM ish - Ride

Location

West Thompson Dam, West Thompson, CT

Chapter

Quiet Corner

Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez
QuietCornerNEMBA@gmail.com

Connecticut Trails Day Weekend Ride

Date

6/8/14 9:00am to 3:00pm

A FREE, fun day of riding for all ages and abilities.
• All rides will be guided.
• No riders will be left behind.
• Helmets are REQUIRED.

RIDE DESCRIPTIONS:

FAMILY RIDE : (4-6 miles) Casual family pace, Airline Trail.
Departure time: 11AM

BEGINNER RIDE: (8-10 miles) Casual pace, no drop, single & double track. Departure time: 10:30AM

INTERMEDIATE RIDE: (10-14 miles) Intermello pace, no drop, some technical. Departure time: 9:30AM

ADVANCED RIDE: (15-20 miles) Faster paced, no drop. Tech, climbs and more... Departure time: 9:30AM

EVENT SCHEDULE

9 - 11 AM - Registration

9:30 AM - Guided Advanced & Intermediate Rides depart

10:30 AM - Guided Beginner Ride departs

11:00 AM - Guided Family Ride departs

12:30 PM - Post ride Potluck/BYO cookout. Read more about Connecticut Trails Day Weekend Ride

Location

James L Goodwin State Forest

Chapter

Quiet Corner

Trail

Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez
QuietCornerNEMBA@gmail.com

QC NEMBA Goodwin Natchaug Epic Fun Ride

Date

6/2/18 (All day)

Help us bridge the gap!

Proceeds from this ride will fund the purchase, build and installation of a new bridge within Goodwin State Forest

Sign up for the ride will start at 22 Potter Road Hampton CT at 9:00 AM.

Short Loop: (6ish miles) Enjoy the scenic trails of Goodwin State Forest and preview some of the great riding it has to offer.

Intermediate Loop: (15+ miles) Not interested in the Epic challenge, but definitely looking for more than 6 miles. No worries, we’ve got you covered. This loop will provide a tour of Goodwin and a taste of Natchaug. At the furthest point, you can enjoy a great rest stop, with tons of character, some refreshments and snacks, and a few laughs while you gear up for the second half of your ride.

Epic Loop: (25+ miles) If you’ve attended this event in the past and attempted to be hero for a day by going for the long loop, you know how EPIC of a ride the combination of these two forests presents. 

As always, you will visit the rest stop to recharge before taking on the gnar of Natchaug, and come back through after the grueling assault to gather your strength before making the final push back to Goodwin for the pot luck BBQ.

Once again we’ve put together a new loop to keep it interesting, and keep you wondering why you chose to torture yourselves. 

This event will be running in conjunction with CT Trails Day Weekend activities at Goodwin Conservation Center, so bring the family to enjoy non biking activities as well. For more information on other activities visit Friends of Goodwin Forest.

The Goodwin/Natchaug combination provides riders with a vast array of trails, route options, and miles upon miles of endless terrain to explore. Running through part of both of these state forests, there is also the Airline Trail, a section of the East Coast Greenway, which provides a scenic option for the more casual rider. 

9am - Registration/ Show & Go (Arrowed Loops)
10am - Beginner/Mellow Loop Guided Ride 
12:30pm - Potluck or BYO BBQ Picnic

*Helmets Required*

All loops will be marked for self guided rides or join a guided ride. 

 

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Ride FREE when you join or renew your NEMBA membership at the event. 15 & under ride free with an adult. Read more about QC NEMBA Goodwin Natchaug Epic Fun Ride

Chapter

Quiet Corner Rhode Island SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez
quietcornernemba@gmail.com

NW CT NEMBA Weekly All Levels Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Sep 05 2018 except Wed May 16 2018.
5/2/18 5:30pm

This year NW CT NEMBA will be combining our Monday and Thursday rides into one ride on Wednesday each week.  We expect to split into 2 or more groups - one social paced and the other more advanced, with the option to create more groups as needed.

 

We're also switching up the locations a bit this year, by adding more spots into the regular rotation.  Don't worry, the Soccer Fields and Sessions Woods will still be in the mix, but we'll also be making regular visits to Harwinton, Cowles, and Nepaug.  The exact rotation of locations is still being worked on, so check back here, or our Facebook page, for more details as we get closer to May.

 

Please plan on arriving by 5:30, with the intention to be rolling out of the lot by 5:45pm.

 

7/11 - Burlington Soccer Fields - Social / Burr Pond - Advanced/Intermediate

7/18 - Burlington Sessions Woods

7/25 - Harwinton Library

8/1 - Cowles

Soccer Fields parking location on Google Maps
Sessions Woods WMA parking location on Google Maps
Harwinton Library parking location on Google Maps
Cowles parking location on Google Maps Read more about NW CT NEMBA Weekly All Levels Ride

Location

Varies

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Varies

Saturday Morning Special

Event Date

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Sep 29 2018 .
4/7/18 9:00am

The ride is designed to be 15-20 miles of mixed terrain. While the ride will be No Drop (no one is left behind), the pace will be a consistent intermediate pace. Intermediate plus - Advanced level riders are invited to attend this ride. Most weeks the ride will start at 9am, but may vary due to travel. Locations vary throughout CT, MA & RI week to week. **Individual ride details will be posted in the Quiet Corner NEMBA (Group Forum) facebook group. www.Facebook.com/groups/QuietCornerNEMBA

  Read more about Saturday Morning Special

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Glenn Tourtelot
401-450-1596

Wednesday Women’s Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Sep 26 2018 .
4/4/18 6:00pm

This is a Women's ONLY ride focused on fun, friendships, mentoring, learning, sharing and encouragement. The ride is geared toward intermediate and up level riders. It is a no drop ride with the pace set by the group. There will be opportunities to stop and session sections of trail for encouragement of skill advancement. The location of the ride will vary week to week, with details being posted on facebook in the Quiet Corner NEMBA (Group Forum). www.Facebook.com/groups/QuietCornerNEMBA

 

  Read more about Wednesday Women’s Ride

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Cris Cadiz
860-983-6551

Mellow Monday Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Aug 27 2018 .
4/2/18 6:00pm

The MMR is a perfect easy paced ride designed as a recovery ride for weekend warriors or those that like a slower paced ride.  Novice riders always welcome!  Always a No Drop (no one is left behind) and route/distance to fit the groups.

Weekly details can be found in the posted event within the Chapter’s Group Forum on Facebook. 

www.Facebook.com/groups/QuietCornerNEMBA Read more about Mellow Monday Ride

Location

Goodwin State Forest - 22 Potter Rd, Hampton

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Glenn Tourtellot
401-450-1596

Mansfield Hollow/Southworth Preserve Trail Build

Date

4/29/18 9:00am

Come join us as we continue work on this new multiuse trail. 

This project has been in the works for several months in coordination with DEEP and the town of Mansfield. 

Volunteers will help clear, trim, and cut the approved trail as marked. Feel free to bring loppers and a rake. Volunteers provide their own water, snacks/lunch and work gloves. 

Required safety meeting will be conducted promptly at 9am. Please arrive early and be ready by 9am. 

Severe weather will postpone.

For more information regarding parking and other details visit the Facebook event at : https://www.facebook.com/events/961919767321370/

 

 

  Read more about Mansfield Hollow/Southworth Preserve Trail Build

Chapter

Quiet Corner

Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez
QuietCornerNEMBA@gmail.com

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