BV NEMBA Prez Eammon Carleton Says
July, 2007

I've been spending so much time on the bike or swinging a shovel lately I haven't had much time to put down all that's been going on lately. To start with, our Wednesday night ride series seems to be gaining momentum and is as popular as I've ever seen it. We've taken away a lot of the rigid structure that used to guide the spots we ride and now turned control over to you which means you pick the rides you want to do. We've ridden several of the old HUFF locations and as a special treat on July 4th we made a trip up to Leominster State Forest to ride with some of the folks from the Wachusett chapter. I've seen quite a few new faces on the Wednesday night rides and a lot of them have become regulars, where have you been?

We're always looking for ride leaders and suggestions for places to ride so please speak up if you'd like to show us your local ride. We've had people come out and join us at all skill levels and we welcome everyone from the tentative beginners to the seasoned XC racers and downhillers. These rides are a great way to get out and meet other people from the NEMBA community and enjoy something we all love. Even if you're not interested in leading a ride you're quite welcome to suggest one.

We've held a couple of trailwork days since our last newsletter. We assisted the rangers at Hodges Village Dam with some reconstruction and rerouting of trails that were too close to the river and ponds in the park. We're also constantly working on the NEMBA owned parcel in Vietnam, every Tuesday night there is a crew of dedicated volunteers working on the trails. If you know of a trail in your neck of the woods that could use some attention please let us know, we will make every effort to identify the land managers and do what we can to help improve the condition of the trails.

Thanks to everyone who has come out to a ride or a trailwork day so far this year, it's great to see so many people getting involved, remember everyone is welcome NEMBA member or not (though we hope we could encourage any non-members to join). We'll see you out on the trails!