Carrabassett Adventure Ride (KONA MBAS)
September 29 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
We invite you to the Carrabassett Adventure Ride (part of the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA)’s Kona MTB Adventure Series) on Saturday, September 29, at the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Come ride the epic trails of the Carrabassett Valley trail network during peak foliage. Join us for riding fun followed by complimentary beverages (for folks ages 21+) courtesy of Baxter Brewing Co. as well as burgers and hot dogs. We’d welcome anyone bringing along a potluck side to add to the feast. We hope you’ll stay for our informal annual meeting.
WHO IS INVITED:
Anyone with or without a bike, from the Valley or beyond, and current NEMBA members and soon to be members who want to be introduced to the trail network and CRNEMBA, to just ride the trails, or most importantly, to have some fun!
Riders of all abilities are welcome and invited. There will be guided rides (see details below) as well as self-guided routes clearly marked for those who wish to venture on their own. Ride guides will show you the trail system with riders of similar ability with an emphasis on having fun and connecting with fellow riders.
There will be a signed (arrows) self-guided loop that will provide a sampling of some of our best beginner and intermediate terrain. This is particularly suited to riders new to the area.
10:00 AM Guided Rides:
Beginner Friendly Ride: This ride will focus on more smiles than miles and be a great way to learn or review some basic mountain biking skills. We will lead beginners on green and perhaps some blue trails depending on the group. We’ll plan to ride for 5 miles or so depending on group preferences.
Family Friendly Ride: For families with younger riders, we’ll focus on fun and offer an opportunity to get acquainted with some of the beginner terrain in our network. The length and difficulty will be adjusted to the level of the group but is planned for approximately 5 miles. The ride will be all about having fun on a mountain bike!
Intermediate Ride: We will explore trails on both sides of 27 and some climbing will be involved. The ride will include lots of Blue single track with limited stopping over an approximately 15 mile route.
Advanced Ride: The leaders of this ride plan a 20+ mile ride that will include lots of climbing and technical terrain. The ride will be fast paced with limited stops so be fit and be ready if you’d like to participate.
2:00 PM Guided Rides:
Beginner Friendly Ride
Expect the party to begin when you return from your afternoon ride, about 4:00ish, with complimentary beverages. Grilling of hot dogs and burgers will begin as soon as folks are ready to eat! Food will be available at the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center, again free to all riders and guests. Potluck is welcomed.
We’ll be selling raffle tickets throughout the day. Cost: $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. The drawing will be held at the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center on Saturday evening, September 29, during our party. Winners do not need to be present to win. All proceeds will go to the Carrabassett Valley trails. You can also purchase raffle tickets at Allspeed Cyclery & Snow’s Carrabassett Valley location. Their fall hours are Friday through Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. In addition, you can purchase raffle tickets at Allspeed’s Portland location from September 24 through 27. See raffle items below.
– Santa Cruz frame (winner’s choice) – donated by Santa Cruz Bicycles. Frame choice subject to availability.
– Two Freeman Ridge Bike Park season passes (valid for the remainder of the 2018 season as well as the 2019 season) – donated by Freeman Ridge Bike Park.
– Two pack of Allspeed Cyclery & Snow mountain bike rentals (a value of $178) – donated by Allspeed Cyclery & Snow.
INFORMAL ANNUAL MEETING (6:30-7:30PM):
Please join us for an informal meeting with CRNEMBA Board members to learn what we are doing, our relationship with the Carrabassett Valley Trails, and to ask questions and share your hopes and wants for CRNEMBA.
Registration will be available at the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center, beginning at 9:00 AM. Each rider will be required to sign a liability waiver.
LODGING & CAMPING:
- – CRNEMBA or NEMBA members from any other chapter: $10/person suggested donation.
- – Non-members: $25/person
- – Renewing or joining NEMBA the day of the event: Free
(New Chapter Memberships: $35/individual; $45/family)
- – Kids ages 15 and under: Free with a registered parent or guardian.
Parking will be available at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, in the lower parking lot.
The goal for this event includes a celebration of our bike community and further recruitment of members. Thanks to the remarkable support we receive from our members, volunteers, sponsors, and partners, our trail network will continue to expand! As is always the practice for CRNEMBA, financial proceeds will be directed towards further development of CRNEMBA and the trail system we are creating with our partners.