Pioneer Valley New England Mountain Bike Association
The Pioneer Valley Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association was founded in 1996 and now includes the entire Massachusetts portion of the Connecticut River Valley (Franklin, Hampshire and Hamden counties). This part of the state is home to many of our largest state parks and wildlife management areas, and through our members, we have built, maintained and enjoyed authorized trails in many of these including: Wendell State Forest, Mt. Toby Wildlife Management Area, Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area, Erving State Forest, Greenfield and Deerfield Ridge, Northfield, Westfield YMCA property, Charlemont Trails System, Holyoke Range, Robinson and the D.A.R. State Forest. As of November 2013 we have approximately 250 members up and down the valley with many more classified as former and inactive. Our goal for the coming year is to restore many of these to the active list and, with their help, make this chapter a centerpiece for NEMBA.
PV NEMBA’s core values are to promote mountain biking and access for riders of all abilities; to build and maintain sustainable trails while protecting natural resources; to share our experience, solutions and unique riding opportunities; to develop relationships and collaborate with local businesses; and to support all other responsible outdoor recreation. To find out more check out our website at www.pvnemba.org or join us on Facebook! We are always excited to show you around, introduce new riders to the great sport of mountain biking or lead a ride on one of the excellent trail networks at our disposal.
As part of the Holyoke Winter Carnival, we have teamed up with the folks from Highland Hardware and Bike in Holyoke (http://highlandbike.com/). Weather permitting, we will lead a ride for riders of all skills levels either through the town of Holyoke or up by the reservoirs. In addition, we will set up a bicycle play area – a short obstacle course to practice and show off your skills! Stay tuned for more information as weather conditions may impact our route. Some basic bike handling skills are required, and participants should bring their own bikes and helmets (mandatory) to the ride. We will also be manning a table inside and putting on free “fix a flat” clinics. If you have anything in particular you want us to demonstrate be sure to ask!