Sunday, May 22, 2016

Franklin Falls Trail Day Recap

A lean but mean crew completed two reroutes this morning.  As planned we added a short new section of trail to Stump Trail right before the awkward left hand hairpin turn close to the bottom of the trail.

We built a small berm to bring you back up slope ever so slightly followed by a short steep downhill into a flat section with a few fun little features.  We built an up-and-over feature with an existing stump and a blow down that we ripped in half.  The new section ends with a fun little knoll into a little berm and then back onto the original trail.

mini berm


 rake and ride!


 up and over


The second reroute was a short little section of Bee Trail.  We diverted around the short little steep climb that has turned into a blown out rooty mess and cut across the slope a bit with a more sustainable bench cut.



We wrapped up a bit after noon and proceeded to eat many grilled sausages.  We'll be looking to keep this momentum going at Page Hill in two weeks time.

spoils of war

Friday, May 20, 2016

CNH Social #1

We ignored the forecast to great effect!

And thankfully there were some other true believers out there and it wasn't just me and Matt rolling around by ourselves! Success!



It rained before and after we rode but we ended up getting a great window of super fun greasy riding on a nice cool evening with no bugs.  I'll take that any day.  We met a rider new to the area, welcome aboard Heather! and even bumped into a trail runner who met back up with us in the parking lot looking to get info to join up with us on future events.  Not bad for an evenings work of bikes and beers.



Hopefully in the future we'll get slightly better weather but I think doing our rides this way is going to work out better for us in the long run.  Keep your eyes peeled for our June event, I'll announce that soon.  The 3rd Thursday is the one right before NEMBAfest and I will be unavailable to lead so I'll probably be picking a different date for that one.  I'll do that soon and get it posted.

Until then get out and ride!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Plans for 2016

Hey All!

A bunch of us got together yesterday evening for a ride and meeting to try and map out our Summer schedule of trail work and events and I figured I would provide an Executive Summary / recap of what 2016 is looking like in CNH

Trail Days:

May 22 - Franklin Falls: mostly maintenance work, de-rooting and a few possible small re-routes on Bee Trail and Stump

June 5th - Page Hill: main project will be an extension of Bug Out that will bring you up to Hydra on singletrack as opposed to Access Rd. doubletrack.

Aug 6th - Elm Brook: prep trails for the Pedaling for Payson event as well as possibly build a new trail.

Aug 21st - Ahern: building a new trail that has been approved by the State.

We may also add some work days in the Fall and these dates could wiggle a bit (but hopefully not).  As always keep an eye on our Events Page for the latest.  We'll also be sending out reminders as we get closer.

Social Rides:

We are changing strategy with our Social Rides for this year.  Less frequent but in exchange much more production value.  We are taking our weekly Thursday ride and turning it into a monthly, much bigger, social event.

On the 3rd Thurs of each month we will have a ride / cookout at one of our local ride locations. Bikes, burgers, adult sodas...everything that we all love.

To kick things off we will be at Franklin Falls on May 19th.  Tell your friends, bring the family these are going to be fun!

New Ride Spots(?):

There is also some growing potential for new trails in the Meredith area as well as some new stuff down by Concord.  Talks are ongoing and things are in the very early stages but we are hopeful.

Monday, December 14, 2015

NH State Parks Ahern Video

NH State Parks recently shot a mountain bike promotional video at Ahern State Park.  Luckily we had just leaf blown all of the trails and the video looks great!

We got a nice thank you in a tweet from NHStateParks for all of our maintenance work over the years.  Word on the street is the leaf blowing is holding up and the trails are still clear.  Get out and ride while you still can!  Be on the lookout for a bit of rerouting and additional trail work at Ahern next year as well.  Always room to improve!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Chapter Ride/Meeting Sunday Dec 13

This Sunday Dec 13th we will be getting together for a low-key ride at Franklin Falls at 2:30pm followed by a meeting afterwards probably starting around 4pm or so at a local restaurant to-be-determined.

Standard year-end recap and planning for 2016 to be discussed.

Hope to see you there!