Monday, September 30, 2013

Bear Brook Boogie Sunday Oct 6th

The next installment of the Kona MTB Adventure Series is this weekend at Bear Brook State Park.

There is a trailfest on Saturday run by the Southern NH chapter and rides for all ability levels on Sunday with several marked loops of varying distances.  This is probably the best way to get more familiar with one of the best riding spots in this area.

Registration for Sunday runs from 9-11am, most organized rides leave around 10am.

$25 for non-members
$10 for members
FREE for anyone who joins NEMBA on Sunday!

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Late Season CNH Happenings

Hey All,

Its been a bit of a quiet year for CNH NEMBA but that doesn't mean we haven't gotten a bunch of stuff done this year and Fall is one of the best times of year for trail work and riding.  We're planning on trying to squeeze in a few more trail days before the snow starts flying...Stay tuned!

We just wrapped up a very successful trial day at Page Hill and I would personally say that the current established loop is in very respectable riding condition.  The Dude Abides is IMO 95% rideable with one last little chunk of rock work needed on a short stretch.  All the work completed recently on Spring has it riding great and the slight modifications to MMT have it riding a lot smoother with much less debris as well.

If you were waiting to make the drive until things were more established I think its time you head over to check it out.  Just over 7 miles, with ample vert and tech.  I think it feels more like 10-12mi by the time you are done.  And there are options to add more miles with existing doubletrack.  We rode it all on our Thurs ride last week and good times were had.

There has also been some buzz lately about Spaulding Woods in Tilton/Northfield, NH.  The Spaulding Youth Center has some acreage with existing doubletrack and they have been working to build more singletrack.  We are hoping to assist them with this endeavor in the years to come (look for a possible trail day here this Fall).  This is a rough trail map of the existing network:

Parking is located by the boat launch on Shaker Rd.  Another great spot with lots of potential, and you can't go wrong with some of those trail names either.

Monday, September 16, 2013

9/15 Trail Day Recap - Page Hill

Sunday was a perfect day for working in the woods, nothing quite like trail work in the early Fall.  Jesse and crew had plans to refine Spring Trail and I couldn't let MMT exist in its current state any longer so I decided to finally do some line refinement and cleanup there.

I'm happy to report we were highly successful on both fronts.

I arrived early so I could quickly ride MMT and remind myself of the various points where I was errant with my line choices.  I think I made maybe 3-4 corrections.  Mostly small, a few to straighten out the line and eliminate overly ambitious tight switchbacks and another longer reroute to contour a bit and eliminate a needlessly punchy climb out of one of the smaller ravines.  Also took some measurements of the big wet spot before you start the climb, pondering options for what we'll do there...

last switchback on the first big ravine wall is now the 'birch chute'. Gonna be fast but the speed should help with the other side of the ravine.

Corduroy'd a wet spot / speed stealing divot

Tried to remove all the line ruining saplings and remove all the debris

Last wet spot that needs attention, hopefully before the end of this year.

Jesse and crew got a huge amount of work done on Spring Trail.  All kinds of benching, berming, bridge work, etc.  I'm sure it will be riding much nicer now and I can't wait to get out there and give it a shred.

Adam and Alan working on a bench cut

 Short kink bridge

 Double bridge section

 Hugh making sure berms are tamped and ready

 The Jensens were on hand helping out

Mike demonstrating proper overhead technique

The Fall riding season is here.  Be sure to check out this latest batch of work and let us know what you think.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sept 15th - Trail Day at Page Hill

Join us Sept 15th at Page Hill for some benching, berming and bridging on Spring Trail. Also, come see the rototiller in action as a trail building tool!

Registration is from 8 to 9 AM on Range Rd in Hill, NH. From there it is a short walk, bike ride, or pick-up truck ride to the work site. 

Don't be mislead by Google maps; Clough Rd is not passable for most vehicles so plan to arrive via Currier Rd. 

For questions please contact Jesse McGowan at 603-581-4104