Updated March 27th, 2015
I checked the trails again and despite the rain and warmer weather, they are still covered in snow that is still too deep for riding. All future rides are still on hold. When the trails are open again for biking, I'll let you know by posting an update here.
Please remember to contact the ride leader via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm that you will be joining the ride. Please include "Thursday night NEMBA ride" in the subject heading if it is your first time riding with the group.
Here are the general details of NEMBA Thursday night novice ride at Silver Lake:
When - (almost) every Thursday evening, ride sets off at 6:00 P.M. so arrive by 5:45 P.M. to get ready
Who - NEMBA members, their family, and/or friends. Please note that this ride will often include middle school aged students because the ride leader runs a middle school mountain bike club.
Where - on school and town owned land located behind the Silver Lake Regional School Complex on Route 27 in Kingston, MA
Pace - novice
Distance - will range from five to six miles
Type - off road with a mix of about 40% single track and 60% double track
Duration - 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. (give or take a few minutes)
Pace and distance may vary due to the riding abilities of the participants.
Parking - please park near the woods in the parking lot located behind the administration building, select the "SAT" view (the little square icon in the lower left corner of the map) for a better map view.
Bathrooms - there are no public bathrooms available, however, during the school year, Port-O-johns are available near the sports fields
Weather - poor weather conditions will cancel the ride, check the top line of this page for the latest information on whether the ride is "on" or "cancelled"
Waiver - all adult ride participants MUST fill out the NEMBA liability release waiver prior to riding. This will be done every week, look for the ride leader to complete this form. NEMBA members who fill out the waiver will be entered into the annual MOOTS raffle. The more you ride at official NEMBA rides, the more times you are entered to win. Student NEMBA members must also fill out the waiver as it is your raffle ticket.
Equipment - all riders are required to provide their own bike, helmet, and other bike related equipment including water, proper attire appropriate for the time of year and weather conditions, and bike lights (during the fall and winter months, this ride WILL require lights). Please ensure that your bike light will last for the entire length of the ride prior to arriving on the ride.
ride leader - Mr. Joseph Basile, a NEMBA member and middle school teacher who runs SLOBO (Silver Lake Outdoor Bike Organization), the Silver Lake Regional Middle School mountain bike club.
Photos - photos of the ride may be taken and shared on this site, NEMBA's site, or SLOBO's site. No names or personal information will ever be shared.
Contact - Please contact the ride leader via email at email@example.com for any questions or to confirm that you will be joining the ride. Please include "Thursday night NEMBA ride" in the subject heading if it is your first time riding with the group.