North Shore NEMBA Trail Work Weekend at Beverly Commons

April 16th, 2014  / Author: Tom

North Shore NEMBA Trail Work Weekend
Saturday April 26 8:30 AM – 3 PM
Sunday April 27 8:30 AM – Noon
Beverly Commons, Greenwood Ave. Beverly MA

Location: Beverly Commons (aka Greenwood) Beverly MA. Meet at Beverly Farms end of Greenwood Ave. at Stone Ridge. Parking at the trailhead is tight. If you find no parking spots, there is plenty of on-street parking on Greenwood closer to Hart St. Please respect the neighbors, driveways, mailboxes, etc. Map

Greenwood has great technical riding and a remote feel for a place so surrounded by civilization. Some of the trails follow lowland routes. Prior projects have addressed some of those and bridged other problem areas.

Project: Build New Trail. This is a sizeable trail addition that will create a dry loop on the east side of the Commons where an existing trail makes an extended tour through a swamp. The terrain is rocky and wild, the route challenging both to build and to ride after completion. There is a considerable amount of tread work, so be prepared to move some stone and do some digging.
Due to the amount of work involved, we have scheduled 2 days to complete the project. It’s best to arrive for an 8:30 AM start on either or both days, but no problem coming later, particularly on Saturday, if that’s what your schedule allows. The walk in, about 15 minutes, will be marked. Given the duration of the project, we are hoping that everyone can participate at some time over the weekend.

Bring work gloves, sturdy footwear, eye protection, and pack in water/snacks. Tools will be supplied but feel free to bring your favorite rock bar, pick mattock, stone hammer, etc.
Lunch will be provided. A ride may take place in the afternoon, weather and ground conditions permitting.
Project will go on in light/moderate rain, but heavy rain may result in rescheduling.

Contact: Dan, or 978-618-8596

Trail Work at Winnekenni 4/13

April 4th, 2014  / Author: Tom

North Shore/Merrimack Valley NEMBA Trail Care
Sunday April 13
Winnekenni Park Haverhill MA
8:30 AM – noon

Location: Winnekenni Park, off Route 110 Kenoza Ave. Haverhill MA. Proceed into the park to the second lot. Look for yellow and green NEMBA trailer. Map

First NEMBA trail building and maintenance day at Winnekenni! A cooperative project for both Merrimack Valley and North Shore NEMBA chapters. Tasks include building a new section of contour trail and maintenance to existing trails. This park has some nice trails now, but with this and some more projects in the works, it will be an even better trail destination for area riders.

Bring gloves, sturdy footwear, eye protection, and water/snacks. Tools will be supplied.

Lunch will be provided, and a ride may take place in the afternoon, weather and ground conditions permitting.

Project will go in light rain, but heavy rain may result in rescheduling.

Contact: Dan, or 978-618-8596

Upcoming Trail Work Days

March 13th, 2014  / Author: Tom

Mark your calendars for these scheduled trail maintenance days!

April 13: Winnekenni
April 26+27: Beverly Commons
June 7: Norcross parcel @ Tompson St. (Bruce & Tom’s).

For more info contact Dan at

Chapter Meeting and Ride 12/1/2013

November 23rd, 2013  / Author: Tom

The North Shore chapter will be holding it’s final group ride and chapter meeting this coming Sunday December 1st, at Scott and Debi Merloni’s house.

The Merloni’s live at 97 Pineswamp road, Ipswich MA 01934. They are adjacent to Willowdale State Forest, so we can access the trails from their house.

The ride is scheduled to start at 10:00am with the Chapter meeting to follow at 1:00pm

All chapter members are encouraged, and welcome to attend both ride and meeting. The ride will be relaxed and we will break into groups if needed to accommodate different ride paces.

Meeting agenda:

    Wicked Ride follow up and results
    Donations to Greenbelt, Trustees, and HP
    2013 financial review
    Nomination, and election of officers for 2014

Wicked Ride of The East at Harold Parker State Forest – Sunday 10/27/2013

September 26th, 2013  / Author: Tom

Please note: NEW THIS YEAR THE EVENT HAS MOVED TO HP CAMPGROUND! 133 Jenkins Road, Andover MA.

The One, the Only, the Wicked Ride of the East. North Shore NEMBA has made this event into one of New England “must-do” mountaing biking events, and it’s a great final gathering of mountain bikers before the snow begins to fly. This year will showcase some of the best trails the forest has to offer, not-so-coincidentally built by North Shore NEMBA’s trail building gurus. Get ready to lock ‘n load!

Costumed riders get free chili! (Well, it’s free anyway but will taste better in costume!)! Ya’ never know, we might have some great prize if you show your halloween spirit ….. or not. Trick or Treat?

There will be arrowed courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced cross-country riders, as well as led rides of all levels.

Women riders! Join Highland Mountain Bike Park’s Karen Eagan for a Ride Like A Girl intermediate /advanced Trailside Tips Ride, for 10am to 1pm-ish. Karen asks that ladies pre-register with her via email –

Registration: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Fee: $10.00 NEMBA Members and $25.00 for non-members. Free if you join NEMBA at the Event. Kids 15 and under ride free with a registered adult. Bring your NEMBA membership card. If you can’t find it, we will have a membership database onsite.

Events Schedule:
9:00 am to 11:00 am Registration at NEMBA Tent
9:00 am to 3:00 pm Self Guided Marked Course Opens
9:00 am to 3:00 pm Wicked Ride T-shirts and Stickers on Sale
9:00 am to 3:00 pm Vendors Available
10:00 am Ride Like a Girl Skill Clinic
11:00 am Registration Closes
11:30 am Fundraiser BBQ by Forza-G
Leebo’s Famous Chili is served (free!)
1:30 pm NEMBA Land Access Raffle Drawing
3:00 pm Course Closed (Still able to finish ride)
5:00 pm Gate Locked – All vehicles out of lot

Led Ride Schedule
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Ride Like A Girl intermediate/advanced Trailside Tips Ride with Karen Eagen. Karen asks that “ladies” pre-register with her via email –
10 AM – Skills clinic with Steve Charrette and friends, 30 minutes.
10:00 AM – Advanced/Fast Technical hammer ride with Dave and Rich of Cycleloft
10:00 AM Inter-mellow/Social Intermediate with Tim
10:00 AM Intermediate Ride 1 with the Magnolia Bike Club
10:00 AM Intermediate Ride 2 with Diesel Bikes/Sinister Bikes –
10:15 AM Intermediate/Advanced Technical Women’s Ride – not a skills or tips ride.
10:40 AM Novice ride
10:45 AM – Novice + ride with Dan Streeter
10:40 AM – Advanced Intermediate Ride with Steve Charrette
11:00 AM Ride Like A Girl Trailside Tips – Advanced Ride – Expert Riders Only – questions please contact

NSNEMBA Led Rides- Ride the trails with the local individuals who actually built many of these trails at HP and ride them weekly. Each led ride will have a leader and sweeper so nobody gets left behind. The three ability levels will be beginner, intermediate, & intermediate-plus and will roll out around 10am

Self-Guided Rides – Maps will be available at the registration tent for riders wishing to ride the marked loops on their own. A beginner, intermediate, and intermediate-plus route will be marked with colored-coded arrows. Groups of riders are welcome to gather at the pavilion and go off on a self-guided ride together with other riders following the colored arrows.

The Cycle Loft
JRA Cycles
Wheelworks Bicycle- will be showing off some bikes and their skilled mechanics will also be available for emergency repairs.

Sinister Bikes, a local rider owned company will be present with various new designed bikes and some shwag!!

Diesel Bikes, A local group of free-riders will be showing their locally produced movies and giving away shwag!!

Exposure Lights, will be on location showing off their technologically advanced riding lights.

Magnolia Bike Club, a local non profit bicycling club which leads local weekly rides, will be taking donations and offering t-shirts that will help fund the building of the Magnolia Woods Pump Track in Gloucester. To join or for more information please see their website.

Essex County Greenbelt Association, a nonprofit land trust that has conserved nearly 13,000 acres of land in Essex County and asset to the mountain biking community.

BBQ’ing Our Way to a Cure – Enjoy some great BBQ while helping to fight cancer.

Driving Directions: **NEW LOCATION** – Harold Parker SF Campground

From Rt. 495 – Exit 42a go East on Rte 114 about 4 miles, turn right onto Boston St (becomes Jenkins Rd), straight thru STOP sign at Salem St, pass Harold Parker Rd, HP Campground just up on Right.

From Rt. 95 – Go West on Rte 114 about 6.5 miles, turn left at Harold Parker Rd, at end on Middleton Rd turn right, in 1 mile at STOP sign turn left onto Jenkins Rd, HP Campground about 1 mile up on right.

From Rt. 93 – Exit 41 to Rte 125 towards Andover/North Andover for about 2.7 miles. Turn right at Stop lights at Harold Parker Rd (near State Police). Follow road to the end. Turn right onto Jenkins Rd, HP Campground up on right.


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Chapter Meeting 9/19

September 18th, 2013  / Author: Tom

The North Shore chapter of NEMBA will be holding a “Wicked Ride of the East” planning meeting on Thursday 9/19 The meeting will be held at the home of Andy Sherman. Andy’s address is 25 Wethersfield Drive Andover MA. The WRE is our largest event of the year and all are encouraged to lend a hand with the event! We can access the trails of Harold Parker from Andy’s house, and there is plenty of parking. Rides will be leaving at 5:00 and 6:00. The meeting will take place at 7;30

See you there!

NSNEMBA Trail Work Day – Beverly Commons (Greenwood)

August 25th, 2013  / Author: Tom

NSNEMBA Trail Work Day
Beverly Commons (Greenwood)
Sunday, September 8, 8:30 AM – noon

Meeting location: East gate Greenwood Ave. Beverly Farms (at Stone Ridge Cir.) See map below:

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Parking can be tight near the gate. Plenty of space on Greenwood further out near Glen Urquhart fence.

We will be doing several small bog bridges, bridge repairs, tread work in a number of locations.

Bring gloves, sturdy footwear, and water/snacks. We will have plenty of tools, but feel free to bring your own pick mattock, hammer, hand saw, items appropriate for boardwalk/tread work.

Lunch will be provided, and a ride could well happen in the afternoon.

Work will take place even in a moderate rain, but look for confirmation shortly before the trail day.

Contact: Dan, or 978-618-8596

Greenwood Trail Running Race Saturday 8/24/2013

August 21st, 2013  / Author: Tom

The Essex County Green Belt will be holding their annual trail running race on Saturday morning at 9:00am at Beverly Commons aka Greenwood Ave. They are asking mountain bikers to avoid riding the trails until late afternoon.

The Green Belt has been very supportive of mountain biking at Greenwood, please honor their small request.

Next Ride/ Chapter Meeting will be held at Tim Willis house on Wednesday June 19th 2013

June 11th, 2013  / Author: Tom

Meet at 5:45 at Tim’s for 6:00 ride through Ward Reservation. The ride will be moderate and paced for all riders to enjoy. Come see all the trail work that the chapter has completed over the last few years at Ward, and Boston Hill, including new single track constructed last fall, and new bridge work this year.

Meeting and cookout to follow on Tim’s deck at 8:00. It’s time to plan the schedule for the fall trail work, and the Wicked Ride of the East. So please plan to come out for night of fun with your fellow chapter members.

Tim Willis
10 Stiles Road
North Andover 01845

Please note: Stiles Road is really Tim’s drive way located off of 225 Gray Road Andover, MA 01810

All north shore NEMBA members are encouraged to attend this event!

Questions? Contact the Prez at


May 27th, 2013  / Author: Tom

Sunday June 2
Beverly Commons
8:30 AM – noon

Meet at: East gate at Greenwood Ave. and Stone Ridge Rd., Beverly Farms MA.. Parking can be tight – consider parking further out on Greenwood Ave where there is plenty of room near Glen Urquhart School fence.

Join us for our final spring trail work day. Primary task is building a bog bridge on the primary trail south of Greenwood, on land managed by Essex County Greenbelt Association (they also have a 6/1 project, details below). Access is good with only a short materials haul. There are a number of smaller projects that we may also tackle if we have a sizeable crew.

Bring gloves, sturdy footwear, and water/snacks. We will have plenty of tools, but feel free to bring your own pick mattock, hammer, hand saw, items appropriate for boardwalk work.

Lunch will be provided, and a ride could well take place in the afternoon.

Only heavy rain will cancel. Look for confirmation on 6/1.

Contact: Dan, or 978-618-8596