Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fall Fiesta 2016

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, September 25, 2016.  Meet 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 and much more!  Rides are free to the general public.  NEMBA membership required for lunch (swag raffle to follow).  $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.

2016 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
* Helmets must be worn by all riders.
Watch our video from last year's Fall Fiesta:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


We'll be finishing the trail we started at River Highlands 2 weeks ago. Meet at the park lot at 105 Field Rd Cromwell at 9:45. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, bring water and a snack, and a rake if you have one.

Monday, July 18, 2016


Beginner/novice no drop ride. Trails are fun flowy and relatively smooth with a lot of longer gradual climbs. Meet at 5:45 at the park lot at 1 Hurd Park Rd East Hampton for 6:00 departure.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

TM Report: Litter Cleanup

Trash "highlight" from Waldo
I spent two hours yesterday morning picking up trash in the parking lot at Waldo, as well as along the fire road and the picnic area at the lake.  Took out two bagsful.  There's probably another half to full bag's worth of trash at the picnic area to be removed (I ran out of space in the bag I had with me).

Broken cooler in the bushes @ Naugy
This morning, I spent two hours at the Reservoir 4 parking lot of Naugy West Block, as well as a cursory look around the dam.  Four bags came out with me.  Highlights include what must have been a family picnic - broken Styrofoam cooler included - tossed into the prickers, copious fishing line (despite Naugatuck Valley Audubon's receptacle being a few steps away), and a pair of shoes.

Something I picked up must've been particularly nasty, because on my return home the bed of my pickup smelled like the northbound end of a southbound garbage truck.  (It's been washed out and is presently drying in the sun, what little of it we have today.)

Update 7/11/2016: Post ride @ Waldo, I took out another bagful from the picnic area at the lake.  Honestly, I could probably spend the next week there picking up cigarette butts, wrappers from drinkbox straws, and (especially) bottle caps.  (Litterers' beverage of choice: Corona.)  Looking at the beach north and south of the picnic area, it looks like there's plenty more junk to go, too.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Ride & Meeting: Wednesday 7/6


Meet in the main lot on Rt 157 in Middletown at 5:30. No drop ride. We'll probably keep a mellow pace because it's supposed to be beastly hot. Optional swim after.

We're having our board meeting afterwards at CFPA Headquarters 16 Meriden Rd (Rt 66) in Rockfall (Middlefield).

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


We'll ride at River Highlands in Cromwell on 6/29. Suitable for novice and beginner riders. Social pace no drop. Meet at 6PM in the park lot at 105 Field Rd Cromwell.

TM Report: West Rock Ridge SP

Date: June 20, 2016
Report Type: TM Report
Trail Name: West Rock Ridge SP
Town: Hamden
Trail Conditions: Good

Observations/Information: From January to June, I put in 27 hours worth of work at West Rock on the Red and Red-White Trails, mostly near Farm Brook Reservoir. I placed a heavy emphasis on cutting the autumn olive shrubs that line the open field, along with cutting and pulling other assorted invasives, including bittersweet vines and thorny multi-flora rose shrubs. The Red Trail that I created along Farm Brook Reservoir had parts that were quickly becoming overgrown, so I cut that back in June. The Red-White Trail from the top of the field to the gravel road portion of the Red Trail needs a good pruning back. That will be my next project. in particular, the bittersweet vines are growing along and across the trail.

Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold
Trail Ambassador E-mail: bikehikekayak123 [at
How did you use the trail? Hiking/Walking
Trails Ridden: Red and Red-White
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 27

Approximate Distance (Miles): 4