Wicked Ride of The East at Harold Parker State Forest – Sunday 10/26/2014

October 6th, 2014  / Author: Tom

The One, the Only, the Wicked Ride of the East. North Shore NEMBA has made this event into one of New England “must-do” mountain 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 beginner clinic. Karen asks that ladies pre-register with her via email – karen@highlandmountain.com.

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
9:30 am to 11:00 am Guided rides depart
9:00 am to 3:00 pm Wicked Ride T-shirts and Stickers on Sale
9:00 am to 3:00 pm Vendors Available
10:30 am Ride Like a Girl Skill Clinic
11:00 am Registration Closes
11:30 am Fundraiser BBQ by Forza-G
12:00 pm Leebo’s Famous Chili is served
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 – Magnolia Bike Club (M.B.C.) Intermediate Ride

9:30 am to 10:30 am – Ride Like A Girl beginner’s clinic with Karen of Highland Mountain * This is a 60 minute long skills clinic, not a ride. Karen asks that participants pre-register with her before the clinic, contact karen@highlandmountain.com

10:00 am Fat Bike Intermediate Ride with Kirk (FAT bikes only please)

10:00 am Fast hammer Ride with the Cycleloft MTB Team

10:15 am Intermediate ride with the North Shore NEMBA Chapter

10:45 am Novice/Beginner Ride with the North Shore NEMBA Chapter

11:00 am Ride Like a Girl LADIES ONLY Intermediate/Advanced Group Ride

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.

Driving Directions: – 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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Kid’s Mountain Bike Ride

September 24th, 2014  / Author: Tom

Saturday, October 4 from 9:30am – 12:00pm – Take a Kid MTB Day at DCR Maudslay State Park in Newburyport.

Kids from 6-16 and their parents are invited to ride along the Merrimack River. This event is FREE.

Contact Howie Granat at 508-951-2908 or hgranat@comcast.net

Upcoming Trail Work Days and Events

September 9th, 2014  / Author: Tom

Saturday September 20 8:30 AM Winnekenni Park Haverhill MA
We will need a big team to finish the project started on 8/30. Lots of bridging to put in and finish work on wider than normal tread. Tentative meeting spot is the east side of the main parking lot at Northern Essex Community College, off Kenoza St.

September 27-28 Trailfest at Highland Mountain Bike Park
As we have done the last several years, NSNEMBA will team up with other chapters to do some riding, hanging out, beer tasting, and trailwork on the cross country trail system at Highland. More info: http://www.nemba.org/events/nemba-trailfest-highland-mountain-bike-park

Saturday October 18 8:30 AM, Tompson St. Reservation West Gloucester MA
Project is a boardwalk connecting the Concord St. trailhead with the existing trail system in Greenbelt’s Tompson St. Reservation better known as Bruce and Tom’s. This spring we completed a trail to the boardwalk location. Lumber will be moved about halfway to the site by vehicle to be hand carried from there. Bridge construction will start by driving posts and setting supports. Completion is not expected until spring. Meet on Concord St just north of 128.

For all trail days, long pants, sturdy shoes/boots, work gloves, water, and snacks are recommended. We provide tools but you can bring your own. Work normally goes to 12 or 12:30, then lunch will be provided. A ride normally follows weather and energy levels permitting. Contact Dan at trailwork@nsnemba.org or 9786188596 for details.

MBAS Ride dates
9/14 Great Brook
9/21 Leominster
10/5 Bear Brook
10/26 NSNEMBA Wicked Ride of the East

Chapter Meeting and Ride!

August 22nd, 2014  / Author: Tom

The North Shore chapter of NEMBA will be holding a Fall planning meeting on Thursday August 28th. There is several trail projects, and the Wicked Ride of the East to discuss. The meeting will be held at the home of Andy Sherman. Andy’s address is 25 Wethersfield Drive Andover MA. The 5:00 ride will leave from Andy’s house, and access the trails of Harold Parker, The 6:00 ride will be the normal chapter ride out of the Jenkins lot. The meeting will take place at 7:30 and riders from both rides are welcome to attend the meeting. Food and drinks will be provided!

See you there!

June North Shore Chapter meeting at Tim Willis house

June 14th, 2014  / Author: Tom

June North Shore Chapter meeting at Tim Willis house
Monday, June 16th, 2014

Early ride meet at 4:45 ride at 5:00. Main ride intermediate with novice option at 5:45 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.

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 president@nsnemba.org.

NSNEMBA Kids Ride 2014

May 23rd, 2014  / Author: Tom

We’ll be running our NSNEMBA Kids Rides this year at DCR’s Maudslay State Park in Newburyport on the following dates and times – Ages 6-16

1. Saturday June 7

2. Saturday August 9

3. Saturday October 4 (IMBA Take a Kid MTB Day)

All events will run from 9:30AM until 11:30 – with the first half-hour for registration and setup, allocation of 1.5 hours for the ride, and 1/2 hour for snacks, etc. after the ride.

Contact Howie Granat at 508-951-2908 or hgranat@comcast.net for details or to pre-register

Please download the flyer!

6/7 Trail Work at Tompson St

May 21st, 2014  / Author: Tom

National Trails Day at Tompson St. Reservation, Gloucester MA with Essex County Greenbelt and Cape Ann Trail Stewards

Saturday June 7 8:30 AM – Noon

Location: Meet at new Greenbelt trailhead on Concord St. immediately north of Route 128. Parking in dirt lot on west side of Concord St:

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Project: Greenbelt recently protected a piece of land providing an excellent trailhead for Tompson St. Reservation, in a prominent location close to the highway. A lengthy boardwalk to be built later is needed to connect this location with the extensive trail system in the northern portion of the property.

We will be doing treadwork on existing trails and establishing the primary route to the boardwalk location, a short bog bridge, and a cleanup of both the trailhead and some dumping locations.

Bring work gloves, sturdy footwear, and water/snacks. Tools will be supplied but feel free to bring yours (pick, shovel, leaf rake most useful).

Lunch will be provided. A ride and a walk 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, trailwork@nsnemba.org or 978-618-8596

North Shore NEMBA Weekly Rides Resume for 2014!

May 2nd, 2014  / Author: Tom

Monday Night Willowdale Ride

Mark - Carving SingletrackFor the last five years North Shore NEMBA leads a weekly mountain bike ride, it meets at Wllowdale Meadow parking lot in Topsfield. This location allows us the option to head in a different direction each week, access to the single track leaves right from the parking lot. Riders can enjoy the hills of Bradley Palmer SP, or some weeks it’s the Bay Circuit trail to Hoods Pond. Pine Swamp sections of Willowdale SF offers great single track and Essex County Greenbelt also has trails on conservation land close by too. The terrain in this area of Cape Ann is mainly fast and smooth single track allowing the group to cover 10-15 miles in the two hour ride.

The ride is open to all, with some folks traveling from NH and other distant chapters to join in the fun. Some people come every week while others make it when their schedules allow. Many of the core group of riders started as beginners when the ride started a few years ago, the group as a whole has improved so much that the ride is now rated as intermediate. The diverse group of men and women, young to experienced stop and chat along the way, and no one is left behind. As the summer progresses the 12- 18 people that usually show each week start to get in good riding shape.
If you are looking for a group ride with a fun bunch of people, on terrain that is interesting but not too technical, just enough log rides and bridges to give you something to shoot for, then come out for Frank and Fred’s Monday night ride at Willowdale Meadow departing Monday’s at 6:00 each week.

When: Ride Starts @ 6PM Ends @ Dusk, May until the end of Summer

Where: Willowdale Meadow Parking Lot, Ipswich Rd, Topsfield, MA

See The Essex County Greenbelt Associations’ Willowdale web page for driving directions

Contact: president@nsnemba.org

Thursday Night Harold Parker Ride

Bob Ganley - Rolling the RockThe Thursday ride at HP is going strong again this year, led by Bob Ganley. This ride is an intermediate ride as the trails at Harold Parker are pretty technical in nature. So come and work on your technical riding skills, learn the trails or if your just looking to kick the solo riding habit come on out and join the group. The ride meets at the Jenkins Road lot and rides start at 6:00pm.

When: Ride Starts @ 6PM Ends @ Dusk, May until the end of Summer

Where: Jenkins Road Parking Lot, Jenkins Rd, Andover, MA
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Contact: Thursday Ride

NS NEMBA Chapter Meeting

April 29th, 2014  / Author: Tom

NS NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date May 1, 2014 8:00pm – 9:30pm

The next chapter meeting will be held at Lee Hollenbeck’s house in Wilmington on Thursday May 1st.

Rides start at 5:00 and 6:00.

The chapter meeting will follow at 8:00. Lee puts together a good ride on local trails, and is always a great host. Hope you can make it, as all are welcome.

Contact Frank 857-265-4756 for information.

Directions to Lee Hollenbeck’s House:

5 Mill Rd Wilmington MA

From rte. 38 in Wilmington, take Butters Row over the 1 lane wooden bridge. Follow to the end and take a left onto Chestnut St. Take second right onto Mill Rd. Lee’s house is the first driveway on the right past Fernbanks Rd.

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, trailwork@nsnemba.org or 978-618-8596