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!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Ahern is Leaf Blown and Ready to Go

Not exactly a "Trail Day" but I did manage to run around with my backpack blower and get every trail on State Land blown off and much easier to find.  Only section I didn't get was either a section of Connector or Backbone (I forget which is which) over on the Southeast side of the park by Sunset.

Everything is riding really great right now.  Appears like after those windy days Friday and Saturday just about all the leaves are down so its a great time to get out and get a few trails cleared off if you have some time.  I have a feeling we're going to have a nice extended late Fall / early Winter riding season.

Get out and enjoy it!

If anyone gets any other ride spots blown off update here or shoot me a note so we can keep everyone updated.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Elm Brook Trail Day Saturday Sept 5th

We'll be meeting at the Henniker Brewing Company (129 Centervale Rd. Henniker, NH) at 8:00am

We'll be re-decking one bridge and building another.  Both work sites are somewhat remote from the trailhead so bringing a bike to ride in would probably be a good idea.  We are set for tools so just bring some water and work gloves etc.

Hope to see you there!

Contact Nick Holmes for more details (

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A few updated Maps

Maps for Page Hill and Ramblin Vewe have been updated on the Trail Maps page.

There is a new trail at Page Hill called 'Connector' that connects Hydra back up to Hard Hat at about the mid point to allow for slightly easier lapping of Shock Therapy.

The trail gnomes have been VERY busy at Ramblin Vewe and there is a slew of new trails ready to be ridden in.  Most of them are on the south side of the property and they offer all kinds of new loop options.  Get out there and check them out!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Page Hill Fixer Upper Trail Day

Despite the rather moist weather today, we managed to assemble a small group out on Shock Therapy at Page Hill to correct a bad line and fix a wet area that was causing some difficulties for a number of riders.  Given the amount of rain that had fallen, it was a little hard to tell if we fixed the wet area, but we didn't make it worse and once things dry out a bit, we think it will be riding much better.

The bad line we worked on was a jump known as "Hankenstein". There have been several reports of riders getting hurt on the jump and we determined that the ramp of the jump was too steep and there was too much of a depression on the approach.  This was causing riders to go nose heavy as they hit the end of the jump resulting in some out of control landings.

So we ended up extending the ramp roughly 3 bike lengths back resulting in a much smoother transition and a more progressive jump.  None of us brought bikes to test out the newest version of "Hankenstein" because it was so damn crappy out, but we are pretty sure that it is going to work much better now.   We also widened the transition area after the jump to make landings safer.  Happy riding...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Trail Work @ Page Hill Sunday 6/28

We are planning a little impromptu trail work day this Sunday 6/28. We'll be meeting out on Shock Therapy right where it enters the woods at 9AM. We will be doing some refinement work. Bring your bike, We need test pilots! Working until about 1pm.

Contact Jesse McGowan for additional info (jesse[at]mcgowans[dot]info)

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Trail Day @ Page Hill Sunday June 7th

We will be having a trail day at Page this coming Sunday the 7th. Registration will be from 8:30 - 9am at the lot on Murray Hill Rd.

As always if the lot fills up please only park on one side of Murray Hill Rd. (same side as the lot)

We've got a short to-do list of things we'd like to get done:

  1. The first priority would be to install the new connector trail from the middle of Hydra up the the end of Hard Hat (shown in red below). This trail will be an easy build: all rake-n-ride and pretty short. It will also help create some nice loop options. 
  2. The second priority (if we get to it) would be to do some maintenance to Shock therapy: remove loose rocks from tread in the power lines section, harden the wet spot just after you enter the woods.
  3. Third priority would be to improve some of the jumps on Shock therapy to make the take-offs less abrupt. Hope to see you there!

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Franklin Falls Trail Day Recap

A small, but experienced trail crew consisting of Scott Pelletier, Jesse McGowan, Chris Schroeder, Nick Holmes, and Mike Geldermann worked on improvements to the Rusty Bucket trail extension.

A bridge was installed over a small gulley and the tight corner downhill from the gulley was re-sculpted and bermed for better flow.

Luckily our trail adopters and other volunteers had been out in force in previous days doing spring clean-up. The Franklin Falls trail system is in good shape.

Get out and ride!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Thurs Ahern Ride Recap

Slightly smaller group this week, but excellent riding nonetheless!

Ahern is riding excellent right now.  Freshly maintained, 99% bone dry and still very little bug activity.  Always nice to get the warm up / cool down heading along the lake riding too and from the shop.

Looks likely that Matt will be leading a ride down at Bear Brook next week.  Keep your eyes peeled on the email list.  Get out and ride!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Updated Map for Page Hill

The Trail Maps page has been updated with a new map for Page Hill.

Shock Therapy, the new gravity trail built last year, has been added as well as Bug Out, a new trail on the south end of the property that adds a singletrack route back to the Access Road after riding Spring Trail.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Thursday Rides are Back!

After a down year last year the CNH Thurs Social Rides are back and looking like they will be better than ever.

We had a great group last night with about 10 riders in attendance.  Franklin Falls is in great shape right now.  Some of our trail adopters have been hard at work and many trails are in the best shape I've seen them in a long time.

FFD was a popular place last night.  There were several other small groups besides ours rolling around as well.  It's always nice to see things you've helped build get utilized by so many different people.

Next week we are planning on riding Ahern.  It's fresh off a trail day and ready to ride.  We'll be rolling from Chainline Cycles in Laconia.  Come and hang out!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Ahern Trail Day Recap

Ahern is prime for riding!

Well to be fair there are still a few tender spots that need to be respected but to the best of my knowledge all trails were raked and leaf blown and are predominantly bone dry.

bridge sections to be dragged out

We also started a bridge and rock armoring project on Psycho.  We ran out of time but it is about 2/3 done.  We are working on spanning one of the perpetually wet spots.  We didn't quite have enough bridge to make it.  Grant will be bringing another section back to finish it off.  We also supplemented with some rock armoring but that area of the woods was low on 'ammo' so we ran out of time looking for good rocks to use.
bridge in place, getting stabilized

 be careful exiting Sunset down by the lake. Jeeps got in and tore stuff up

 entrance to Sunset

 Rusty Bedspring in the morning light

All in all it was a productive day.  Should be a great year of riding at Ahern.  Next trail day will be at Franklin Falls on the 17th.  Hopefully see you there!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Trail Day - Ahern State Park Sunday 5/3

Come and join us for a trail work day at Ahern State Park.

We will be meeting at 8:30AM in the parking lot off Rt. 106 in Laconia, NH. Turn onto Right Way Path and then left onto the park access road. (paste these coordinates into Google Maps to get directions if needed: 43.557376, -71.494460)

We are looking to get the park ready for a full season of riding. Bring a rake and/or loppers, some work gloves, water, and maybe even your bike for a post work ride.

Any questions, contact Grant at

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Bust the Fat Bikes back out!

The snow has been deep this winter.  Maybe even too deep (but not if your a skier like me).  But certainly a bit too deep for fat bikes.  We tried to stay on top of things grooming and snowshoeing but eventually with it continuing to pile up it seemed like a futile effort.

But now that we are into the thaw/freeze portion of winter all that snow is going to set up very nicely.  Next weeks forecast calls for above freezing temps everyday with freezing overnight.  Perfect formula for amazing fat bike conditions.

Word on the street (trail?) this morning is that conditions are already very nice at Ahern.  I would imagine the same can be said for Franklin as well.  And they should only get better over the next week.  With DST looming and some additional daylight in the evenings be on the lookout for a few Thurs Fat rides in the near future!

Get out and ride!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Thurs Night Grooming!

First edition of Thursday Night Grooming was a success!  It's looking very likely this will become a somewhat regular thing.  Maybe not every week but certainly the first Thurs after some fresh snow.

We ended up getting 5 sets of shoes and Eric's drag groomer out on 4 miles of trails at Ahern last night.  Grant D, Barry G, Chris S, Eric L, and myself in attendance.  Covered just about everything except Alcatraz and Escape.

I would say some sections will probably ride really nice right now while others need a bit more compaction.  We are hoping that now that a nice well established track is set that more folks will see it and travel it and help things along.

There is a chance Eric will also head out tonight to take care of the few inches we might get today. A little help from nature and Ahern will be in perfect riding shape before too long.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Thurs 1/29 Gunstock Nordic Trails Open for Fat Biking


This has been postponed due to the additional powder from yesterday's storm. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

Gunstock is opening their Nordic Trail System to fat bikes this coming Thurs Jan 29th from 9am to dusk for a very reasonable $5 trail pass.

If you have the time head on over and check things out.  Looks like we are due for a little shot of snow this Saturday so they might even have some new terrain open by then.

Yesterday evening was the first edition of the Fat & Furious Fat Bike Race on their trails and I thought it was a blast.  45-50 riders came out and raced a cyclocross style event.  The second event is coming up on Feb 5th.  Don't miss it!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Winter Riding in Central NH

So everybody has a fat bike at this point right????

Winter riding in Central NH has been pretty good so far this season and it certainly seems like the fat bike traffic at Franklin Falls is reaching a level that could keep the trails rideable for much of the winter.  I've already had several great rides at FFD this winter and there is even some fat bike races in the area this year!  Gunstock is hosting the first two installments of the Polartec Fat Bike Race series on two Thursday evenings (Jan 22nd and Feb 5th).  I highly recommend checking them out, I'm sure it will be a good time:

This most recent crust will take a bit to beat down but with no substantial snow in the extended forecast once it is packed we should be good to go again for the foreseeable future.  I have been thinking about organizing some evening snowshoe packing social hikes.  A few people walking around on trails could get things rideable very fast.  Comment here if you would be interested.

I have been trying to post current trail conditions on my Strava data for any given ride so folks who follow me know which trails are packed out and riding well.  I'm hoping Central NH can eventually develop some sort of organic trail report network so we all know whats riding well and when.

There is a thread at MTBR that has been getting some traffic as of late with several people reporting conditions for Central NH and Pemi Valley:

I've also been told there is a Facebook group of folks tracking conditions more in the Southern NH and Northern MA area...perhaps we can add Central NH to that mix?

If anyone is out riding and is willing to share the trail conditions for wherever they rode shoot me a quick note to kevinorlowski[at]gmail[dot]com and I will share them here and at MTBR.

Happy Riding!