2019 Six Rivers NEMBA Spring Fundraiser

Thanks to everyone who made it out to our Spring Fundraiser! The outpouring of support from sponsors and local riders was amazing. We handed out 82 prizes, including complete bikes, a 29er frame, a hitch mount bike rack, and some beautiful packs. We raised over $5,000 with ticket sales, and received an extraordinary donation of $1,000 from Leah and John Elias. That's more than $6000 that will go directly to building and improving our trails. Look below at just some of the great folks who donated to the cause and be sure to tell them how much you appreciate their support of Six Rivers!

And lets not forget all of our awesome sponsors!

Six Rivers NEMBA 2019 Spring Fundraiser

Hey Six Rivers NEMBA community!

We are having a Fundraising BBQ/Movie/Raffle on April 6, 2019 at Two Echo Co-Housing Community, 93 Echo Rd, Brunswick. This is going be a fun event that will hopefully raise a substantial amount of money for the chapter.

We will need your help selling raffle tickets. Please contact Kurt Karwacky  kkarwacky@gmail.com for tickets and info.

We have a collection of great prizes including:

  • Mountain bikes form Kona and Specialized

  • Kuat bike rack

  • 2 "Find Your Ride" passes from Highland Mountain Bike Park 

  • Patagonia Black Hole Duffle Bag

  • Smaller prizes from over 50 local and online businesses including:

    • Bath Cycle and Ski

    • Gorham Bike and Ski

    • Center Street Cycles

    • Maine Forest Yurts

    • Allagash Brewing

    • Pedro's

    • Monkey See Monkey Do

    • Gelato Fiasco

    • New England Distilling

    • Mid Coast Maine Yoga

    • The Great Impasta

    • Stan's NoTubes

    • and Niner Bikes to name a few.

Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 each and are for people 21 and over (some of the prizes are for alcoholic beverages). Tickets are also being sold at Bath Cycle and Ski, Center Street Cycles, and Gorham Bike and Ski in Brunswick.

Please help support Six Rivers NEMBA in our fundraising effort and come join us for an evening of food, friends, bikes and prizes.  Please RSVP on the Facebook page

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Help Preserve Mountain Biking in Bath!

Have you ridden the trails in Bath? There are miles of legendary New England single and double track just minutes from downtown. The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) is raising funds to expand the Lilly Pond Community Forest.  KELT has the option to purchase 100+ acres of land that is currently owned by developers and is slated for high-density housing (see map below). They only have until March 1st, 2019 to reach their funding goal, so time is of the essence.

This property contains some of the sweetest local single track including much of Nevaroney and a portion of Six Shooter. If you can, please help support KELT in their mission to conserve this land. Any donation, large or small will help.  

KELT has been incredibly supportive of mountain biking in the region and has been a key partner in the formation of our Six Rivers NEMBA chapter. If you are a member of Six Rivers NEMBA, make sure to let KELT know when you make your donation. For more information, visit https://www.kennebecestuary.org/lpcf-expansion.

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A letter from Six Rivers board member Bill Milam

Dear Fellow Riders,

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) is poised to obtain a significant parcel in south Bath that contains an extensive trail network with both single and double track. In the late 90’s when I was riding my rigid-frame Trek with center pull brakes on the ATV trails in the south end of Bath, I never dreamed we would be where we are today.

KELT has been a steadfast partner to the mountain biking community for over fifteen years.They were an integral member of Bath Trails, the municipal committee responsible for formalizing and connecting the network of informal trails along the Whiskeag Creek into the five-mile Whiskeag Trail. The “Gs” were accepted with KELT’s Lilly Pond Community Forest acquisition and expanded with G3, a popular loop around the gun turrets.

As users of the land, we can express our appreciation for these recreational privileges by supporting KELT.

Right now, our support is especially important. KELT is in the process of acquiring the 100-acre parcel abutting the Lilly Pond Community Forest immediately to the south. This property provides a better access point, a new parking area, and high value habitat in Bath and West Bath.The future of this land is uncertain without the protection the land trust can provide. Two thirds of the funds needed for the purchase have been secured, which leaves us the opportunity to help protect this valuable resource forever!

Riders as a user group can express support and gratitude for continued access to this terrain. We can participate by joining KELT and supporting this project with an outright gift or a pledge. These actions are meaningful and appreciated. Thank you for your consideration.

Bill Milam

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We Did It!

A huge thank you to all who donated. In just 3 short weeks we raised over $4k in our fundraiser to purchase a SnowDog for grooming winter trails for local riders. We are humbled by the outpouring of support by our areas awesome cycling community. We also want to thank Reggie and John at Emerald Builders for their generous 1% For The Planet donation of $500 to kick off our fundraising.

We expect to have the SnowDog and grooming accouterments in our happy little hands by early next week and will be ready to groom when it snows next. We have a 6+ person volunteer crew all signed up and ready to start grooming. You’ve never seen mountain bikers so excited about something other than a new bike or ripping singletrack.

At this writing we have approval to begin grooming the Neptune Woods trails on land and the new (yet to be named) singletrack trails in Topsham off of Thompson Road near the landfill. Thanks to the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust and Town of Topsham for their support and willingness to try something new and exciting on their managed lands.

Stay tuned to the website and social media for trail grooming updates!

Below is a video of a SnowDog in action from the company’s website: