Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall Fiesta 2014

Under a bright blue October sky, riders from across Connecticut and around New England gathered at Gay City State Park in Hebron for Fall Fiesta 2014, the Central Connecticut Chapter’s annual gathering on October 12, 2014.  Fifty-four set out to ride two marked loops—beginner and intermediate—and enjoy the park in its beautiful fall foliage splendor on one of many led rides, or on their own.  Eight took the opportunity to renew their NEMBA memberships (including two families), while we also gained a new member.  (Welcome!)  Many stayed for the post-ride luncheon, swag raffle (many thanks to Cycling Concepts), and to meet the incoming CCT NEMBA board officers.

A group ride preparing to depart

Fast intermediate ride

Fast intermediate route

Back for lunch (and swag raffle)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reminder: Trail Day @Quillinan Oct. 26

Central Connecticut Chapter and Thule, Inc. are teaming up for a trail work day at the Quillinan Reservoir trails (Quillinan Block, Naugatuck State Forest), Sunday, October 26, 2014, 8:30 AM.

Thule will be providing lunch and we'll be riding the trails afterwards.

Parking/lunch @ Thule, Inc. 42 Silvermine Rd., Seymour, CT.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Larkin State Bridle Trail

Date: 10/19/2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Larkin State Bridle Trail
Town: Oxford/Middlebury/Naugatuck/Southbury
Trail Conditions: Mostly decent (a little leafy here and there)

Observations/Information: Since I haven't in a long time, I decided to do the end-to-end ride on the Larkin. My usual deal: ride up to the Riggs Street crossing, right on the trail, take it to 63, turn around and head all the way the other direction (Kettletown Road in Southbury), then back to Riggs and home.

I decided I didn't want the added absurdity of taking the orange beast (not that I haven't in the past), so I wrestled the Dawg out of the garage for the occasion. (To see the state of the garage is to understand.) Stopped for a quick photo of Towantic Pond (and to fix one of the straps on the Maxpedition pack).

Saturday, October 18, 2014

TM Report: George C Waldo State Park

Date: 10/18/2014
Report Type: TM Report
Trail Name: George C Waldo State Park
Town: Southbury
Trail Conditions: Leafy

Observations/Information: Led by Paula Burton, representatives from three Connecticut NEMBA chapters spent several hours in a work session, principally centered on construction of the Thing Three trail. Several sections in need of benching were, and some interesting (optional) technical features were built.

Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy
Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com
How did you use the trail? Other
Trails Ridden: T3
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 3.5

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Reminder: Fall Fiesta Oct 12

Fall Fiesta is Sunday!!!

CCT NEMBA is throwing its annual “Thank You Fest” for all its members who support NEMBA all year long.
Rides and food are all just a small part of the fun when you join us at Gay City State Park in Hebron, CT, on Sunday, October 12, 2014.  Swag will be raffled off as well as meeting up with your fellow mountain bikers who have helped keep our trails open and fun to ride.
Not a member? Well, you can join at the event and still enjoy the festivities!
Guided rides, lunch, raffles and much more!  Rides are free to the general public.  NEMBA membership required for lunch and raffle.  $35 to join if a not-yet-member.
All donations help support mountain biking, our trails and parks in CT as well as throughout New England.
2014 Schedule:
·         8:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Registration
·         9:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Advanced Ride
·         9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Intermediate Rides & Women’s Ride
·         10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Beginner Ride
·         12:45 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch & Raffles

* Helmets must be worn by all riders.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

River Highlands State Park

Date: 9/26/14
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: River Highlands State Park
Town: Cromwell
Trail Conditions: Good

Observations/Information: I took a spin at River Highlands Friday afternoon. I only rode the trails on the southern end of the park because I decided to ride up to up to Dividend Pond in Rocky Hill (about a 2 mile road ride). It's a pretty cool place with terrain a lot like River Highlands. The current inventory of trails is small and not outstanding from a mountain bike standpoint, although there is a fun double gravity cavity feature. The place does have a lot of potential, though, and I'm working on recruiting a local so we can investigate to possibility of improving the current trails and maybe building new ones.

There was a tree down on the red trail (dirt road section) at River Highlands, which I cleared (photo).

Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgmaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Red, green (southern section)
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 1.5
Approximate Distance (Miles): 9 miles
Image 1: BlowHole 092714 001.JPG

Saturday, September 27, 2014

West Rock Ridge SP

Date: Sept. 27, 2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: West Rock Ridge SP
Town: Hamden and New Haven
Trail Conditions: Dry and rideable

Observations/Information: I have been at the park several times in the last week, including today when I rode the length of the park on Baldwin Drive, up to Judges Cave and the South Overlook, and I finished with the Lake Wintergreen circuit on White and Red. Earlier this week I did some trail work, starting from the Red-White Trail on Hill Street to the Red Trail. All these areas were clear of blowdowns, but on Baldwin Drive keep an eye out for random branches that may be hidden under the leaves.
The trails are dry and rideable. Even the seasonal watercourse by Hill Street is completely dry, despite the recent rains.
I cleaned up two buckets worth of beer bottles and cans from the weeds by the Hill Street parking lot. I also cleaned up another two buckets worth of the same from over the fence by the South Overlook.

Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold
Trail Ambassador E-mail: bikehikekayak123 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Baldwin Drive, Red, White
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 3
Approximate Distance (Miles): 12
Image 1: New Haven early eve. from NE overlook, 9-14.jpg
Image Description(s)/Instructions: This picture shows New Haven shining in the late afternoon sun from the overlook on the Red Trail at the north end of West Rock.