Another year is coming to an end, and we are looking forward to see what 2014 has in store for us! It is my pleasure to announce PV NEMBA's new president and slate of officers:
President: Marc Lombard
He has been an active board member for the past year and helped out any way he could. It seemed like a logical next step to nominate him for president! 
Marc can be reached via email either at pvnemba@gmail.com or at trlfool@comcast.net

Vice Presidents: 
Chris Koh  (chris@paxdrummer.com)
Steffi Krug (knoepfchen7@yahoo.com)

Treasurer: Harold Green 
Secretary: Steffi Krug
Regional Board Rep: Harold Green
Alternate rep: Marc Lombard

Board Members:
Mike Akrep, John Keiler, Sean Condon, Jack Rice and Ruth Gemperlein

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 5th, and monthly on the first Wednesday thereafter. Mark your calendars, we hope to see you soon!

Have a safe and happy New Years!

Yours truly,
Stef
 
 
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Thursday, 10/24 at 6:00pm: Bikes, Burgers and Brews Ride at Charlemont

Riding, Eating and whatever at Charlemont this Thursday evening at 6:00 from the Warfield House. Harold will be out with the leaf-blower before then, so you'll have clear riding!  https://www.facebook.com/events/534331326658937/?context=create

Saturday, 10/26 at 10am: Blue Groove at Robinson

After countless complaints and inquiries, Steve finally broke down and agreed to organize another Blue Groove ride at Robinson this Saturday! This will not be a NEMBA ride but should be fun, nonetheless... Here are the details:

Meet at the skate park for 9:30.  (10/26/2013) Wheels down by 10.

Meet at the skate park, way out behind Robinson Park School.
65 Begley St
Agawam, MA 01001
Led rides in three groups.
- Beginner (1 hour+)
- Intermediate (2 hours+)
- Advanced (3 hours+)
SS welcome on the beginner ride only (Elitists!)

No fees!  Just fun! Steve

Saturday, November 9th - Whole Enchilada Ride at Charlemont AND

Sunday, November 10th - Chili Ride and Cook-Off at Wendell!!!

Come on down to the Pioneer Valley over Veteran's Day weekend to end the season with two great days of riding! Bring your riding buddies, family and friends and make this the best New England weekend getaway in all of November!  

The Whole Enchilada ride on Saturday is a fundraiser for the CTS / PV NEMBA. Plenty of hills, breathtaking views and an ever-growing network of tight, technical and easier singletrack will offer rewarding challenges to anyone from intermediate to expert riders! I'll be sending out more info on the led ride options as the date approaches.

The Chili ride will take on a more relaxed note and, as per usual, will have just as much emphasis on the post-ride potluck and cook-off as the ride itself. This year, we will go out in a single group, starting at 12:30pm from the Wendell State Forest ranger station. After 2-3 hours of intermediate-to-intermellow riding, Bill is once again opening his doors to welcome in a mob of hungry mountain bikers carrying a plethora of traditional and non-traditional chilis, corn bread, jalapeno poppers, appetizers, sides and desserts (BYOB). For more information, see the attached flier or check out our Chili Ride event page! RSVP appreciated but not required. If you're interested in helping lead the chili ride shoot me an email.

Hope you're all having a great year and enjoying fall riding - hope to see you soon!

Steffi Krug

President, PV NEMBA


 
 
It's go time!! Local forecasts are predicting a break in the heat and a beautiful, sunny Sunday with temperatures in the 70s to low 80s. :-) Hope to see you this weekend - make sure to stop and say 'hi'!

This Sunday, July 21st, 9am - 4pm: Mountain Bike Adventure Series event at Wendell
Directions: Wendell State Forest, 392 Montague Rd, Wendell MA

Mountain Bikers from near and far come out to this annual event to experience some of the finest riding in the Pioneer Valley! We will have well-marked beginner, intermediate, expert and demo loops that you can explore at your own pace; or, if you prefer to ride in a group you can join one of our guided rides. But wait - there's more:
- Scott Bikes will be hooking us up with demo bikes, and we have a special demo loop to test their limits...
- Team Schier will be serving up their mouth-watering BBQ to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute!
- Bring the whole family and join us for volleyball, mountain bike polo and kids games!

Registration is $10 for NEMBA members, $25 for non-members and free if you sign up or renew your NEMBA membership at the event. Includes parking and park entry. All proceeds from this event will go toward maintaining trails in Wendell and the Pioneer Valley. 
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Schedule of Activities:

9 - 11am: Registration

9:45am: Fast-pace expert ride (no drop after 1st hour); Follow Matt and ride everything on the Expert loop.

10am: Advanced Intermediate ride; Marc and Adin will lead you on the intermediate loop, the second hero loop with the option of riding the first hero loop at the end for a truly epic ride.

10:15am: Long intermediate / Fat Bike ride; Harold will be riding his own fat bike and going at a moderate pace; intermediate loop with option of riding one, or both, of the hero loops. ~3 hours.

11am: Beginner ride; Follow Mike at a mellow pace on the beginner loop across the road. ~1.5 hours.

11am - 1pm: Kids games, MTB polo and volleyball around the pavillion.

The Loops:

Demo Loop: 1.4 miles / ~15 minutes. Wicked Pond Rd - Pine Tree Trail - CCC Trail

Beginner Loop: 6.3 miles, 400 ft elevation change / ~1.5 hours + Snowmobile trail. A mix of dirt roads (2.6 mi), double track (0.9 mi) and single track (2.8 mi) trails takes you on a beautiful ride across the road from Wendell proper. No significant climbs or technical features. Instead, blueberries, ferns and stonewalls!

Intermediate Loop: 9.6 miles, 861 ft elevation change / ~2 hours. Primarily single track, classic Wendell trails but with a twist! Start up the Lookout Trails, Moose Trax and Bob Is Fat*; take the Maple Leaf trail to Nipmuck - 1.2 miles of unadulterated downhill flow; pay for Nipmuck with a 1 mile climb up Saxon Bridge Rd; Wicked Pond trail to Escape, down Many Dog Run and Toby's Tour back to Escape; Hammerhead's Hiatus to Dirth Rd, Carlton Dirth Trail to Carlton Rd, and back via Two Brothers and Ruggles Pond trails.

Hero Loop #1: ~1 hour. Explore a mix of old and new trails in the lower part of the park. Be prepared to climb but enjoy nice descents and swooping trails first! Instead of starting up the Lookout Trails, head out on the M&M to Hidden Valley and $13 trail; Jerusalem's Rd to M&M to top of Lookout; continue on intermediate loop down Moose Trax.

Hero Loop #2: ~1 hour; serious climbing and technical but well worth the burn! Instead of going down Bob Is Fat, take a left down Hannah Swarton Trail. Come back up on Mormon Hollow Trail and finish the climb to the top of Baker Rd. Hop back on the intermediate loop going down Bob Is Fat.
 
 
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After some uncooperative weather on the 1st we will celebrate America's birthday with the 5th annual "Red, White and Blue" Mountain Bike ride and BBQ on Monday, July 15th at Bicycles Unlimited in Greenfield! Join us at 6pm for a 1.5-2 hour ride on the infamous red, white and blue trails on the Rocky Ridge surrounding Poet's Seat Tower. There will be a shorter, beginner-friendly route in addition to the regular intermediate option - great day to bring your friends, kids and significant others! Afterwards, relax and refuel with hamburgers, hot dogs and cold drinks, provided by Bicycles Unlimited and PV-NEMBA. Feel free to bring a dish to share as well as your beverage of choice (we will have non-alcoholic options available); folding chairs are always a good idea as well. A rough headcount is appreciated - please let me know by Saturday if you plan on coming. :)

The Greenfield ridge is rocky at the top, and smooth with rocks and roots in the lower parts. We will start with a warm up on paved and gravel roads over to Highland Pond where we will transition to some easy single track that will gradually lead us to the top of the ridge. After crossing Mountain Rd we'll finish on red - white - blue and hopefully catch the sun setting over Greenfield on top of Poets Seat.

This ride will start at the Bicycles Unlimited parking lot at 6:00pm. Bicycles Unlimited is located at 322 High Street in Greenfield, next to the car wash.

Directions from I-91;
Take exit 27 off RT.91 and then you will take the first exit off RT.2 onto RT. 5&10 heading south. At the end of the ramp you will bear right at the Mobile gas station and then drive south on Bernardston Road to the traffic lights. Turn left onto Silver Street and go all the way to the end of the street. Take a right onto High Street at the next traffic light and we are 300 yards on the right next to the car wash. 

Mandatory equipment:
- HELMET!
- Bike in good working order
- Water

Optional:
- Red, white and blue tassels
- Your favorite Star-spangled T-Shirt
- Statue of Liberty Tiara

Location: Greenfield Ridge (Bicycles Unlimited), 322 High St., Greenfield MA 
Contact: Steffi Krug - pvnemba@gmail.com - (413)522-7321

 
 
Hi everyone,

Hope you're all as excited about Thursday's meeting as I am!  Here is what I would like to focus on at our meeting: 

"PV NEMBA Public Relations: How to get the word out and attract / retain members"

1) Website: We are finally live at

http://www.pvnemba.org/!! Sean has done a fantastic job creating the website "backbone" and now it is on us to fill it with content. If you have time check it out before Thursday and bring your ideas to the meeting. If it rains Wednesday I may be able to start adding some things.

2) We also should come up with a PV NEMBA mission statement for the website and facebook. This should be short and sweet - what makes PV NEMBA PV NEMBA? Brownie points for anyone who comes to Thursdays meeting with a mission statement drafted (incentive: at my house "brownie points" often just means "brownies"...).

3) Lapsed Members: There are about 450 former PV NEMBA members who are not current. We should reach out to them and see if we can rekindle a relationship. Letter should be brief and include something along the lines of here’s what we’ve been up to, have planned, hope to see you soon, reason why you didn’t renew, etc. Harold has drafted something, check it out and edit/comment here. We should also look through the list of lapsed members for people we may know personally. Harold, could you email that list around?

4) We should have something at all area bike dealerships (and similar establishments) to hook people. I drafted a PV NEMBA Rides 2013 document and welcome feedback - instead of distributing a new flyer every month I am leaving the ride details vague and hope people will contact us if they're interested.

We should also have something like a business card, postcard or brochure at each dealership that people can take with them. Ideally, whenever they sell a mountain bike they would also hand them our info. I made up a "postcard" to hand out at the PV Outdoor Fair and attached the word doc for that to this email. There are two versions: one is one-sided (all info on same side, pretty busy), the other is 2-sided ("deconstructed"). Could use help - maybe some pictures, different distribution, font etc. so that it looks catchy. Let your creative juices flow freely and blow me away Thursday!

A bunch of other chapters are doing true beginner rides, and I think it would be a great addition for us. I am thinking of partnering with shops and letting them do the hosting, and rotating between ride leaders so nobody has to do more than 1 a month or so. Lets talk about this Thursday.


If you have anything you'd like to add to the agenda email me.


By the way, Northampton Cycling Club is sponsoring a screening of "Single Tracks High" in Northampton Tuesday night as part of Bike Week:

http://baystatebikeweek.org/events/film-screening-of-single-track-high/


Stef

 
 
Congratulations (and hearty thanks) are in order for three of our own! Harold Green, Steffi Krug, and Steven Rossi were all elected Trail Heroes for 2012! What exactly does this mean? It means that they busted their behinds, donating their time, knowledge, experience, and sweat in order to make magic happen here in the Pioneer Valley. While there are many chapter members who have lended a very much appreciated hand, these three went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the success of our chapter and to make sure that mountain biking opportunities abound for all to partake in. That being said, make sure to give them a heartfelt thanks next time you see them!
 
 
Welcome one and all to the brand spankin' new PV NEMBA website, where it's mountain biking time 24/7, 365 days out of the year (or 366 on leap years)! Feel free to explore all of its nooks and crannies and if you have any suggestions or comments, send them to Sean at smcondon11@gmail.com.