Thursday, May 26, 2011

Trail Day Reminder!

CNH-NEMBA trail building - June 5th in Hill, NH
Page Hill
Murray Hill Rd in Hill, NH (Google Maps coordinates: 43.533118,-71.767588)
Sunday, June 5th, 9:00am

The Page Hill property is a 470 acre lot owned by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. CNH-NEMBA will be working with LRCT to develop multi-use trails for human-powered recreation there.

June 5th will be our first trail day at this site. We plan to build two new singletrack trails that connect to the existing fire roads.

We will provide tools water and snacks, but feel to bring your own along as well.

Come join us!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Trail Day

A big thanks to the hardy souls that made it out to a decidedly rainy trail day at Franklin Falls this past Sunday.  Since most of the existing trails were in excellent shape already, we didn't need to spend time cleaning up so we could focus on the fun stuff: trail building.  We started a new trail that when completed will be the longest trail CNHNEMBA has built there to date.  

Drowned Rats
The 9 member crew spent a wet 7 hours cutting, raking, digging, and compacting out the new trail and testing a new trail building method.  Instead of our usual technique of clipping and raking followed by a McCloud pulling off most of the organic 'duff' (very labor intensive), we just clipped and raked the new trail bed and then ran a plate compactor over it to harden things up.  Most of us didn't have a chance to ride it out yet, but we hope this will shorten up the 'bedding' in time for the trail and make it fun to ride right off the bat.


Mike and Scott did an incredible job of laying out the trail and using every possible feature to make things fun.  We are hoping to finish things up over the next few weeks so we can officially open it to everyone.   I won't say exactly where it is just yet, but I suspect you'll find it and here's a hint:  the unofficial trail name is Sniper.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Group Rides Have Arrived

We kicked off the season last night with our first Thurs night ride!  Ended up being a SS only affair, apparently we don't mess around in Central NH.

Felt awesome to finally be on some local dirt.  Trails are in great shape already, appears as if some hardy souls have already been out and about raking/blowing off trails.  You know who you are and we thank you.  We'll be out in force to do the full blown proper Spring cleanup on May 15th as well as possibly building a new trail? TBD...

We'll be posting the next few weeks rides up to the Event Calendar soon.  Probably the usual suspects to start; Ahern, Concord, Plymouth, etc.

Come on out and get those early season painful miles in so you'll be at top speed to out run the bugs once they come out.  Just think, those of you who missed yesterday's ride missed an opportunity to see me do a double high five / chest bump with a speed!  My handlebar location awareness is a bit rusty.

PS - We will be starting up broadcast emails a few days before the ride starting next week to remind everyone that it is on - matt