Upcoming Events from RI NEMBA
Last weekend started a weekly beginner skills class on Saturday Apr. 13 at 9AM in Big River Management Area. No class on April 20th, but starting on April 27th, if you are looking for the basics of mountain biking in a friendly, non-intimidating, supportive atmosphere, check their updates for where each weeks class will be. More information below.
The reason no skills class on April 20th is the club will be giving back to one of its favorite riding destinations and participating with others in the Big River community to cleanup debris and junk from the Big River Management Area. The primary site will be the tires/steel/junk on Hover off Hopkins Hill Road. Meet @ the I-95, Exit 6a Park and Ride. More information about the cleanup.
From the RI NEMBA Facebook Group:
We plan to hold these sessions every Saturday for as long as there is demand for them (with a few exceptions, for instance no ride on 4/20 – Big River Cleanup day). There are several folks who have volunteered to lead the sessions, so each week might bring a different leader. This is a great way to get exposed to different techniques and perspectives. Most of the sessions will be at Big River, but the location will be chosen by the leader for the week. Watch my regular weekly email for details. We also have a Beginner group on Thursdays, so, you know, there’s no excuse. For all of these, the group can decide whether to focus on skills, or to just ride and put some miles down. If you want to be in the leader rotation, let me know.
Besides a good attitude, the only thing you need to bring with you is a helmet and a working bicycle. If you’re not sure about your bike, your Local Bike Shop can give it a tune-up. And if you only have a hybrid bike and want to try a ride(s) before buying a real mountain bike, that will work; easy trails is the rule. These sessions are intended to get a rider to where they can join one of the regular non-beginner rides without feeling all intimidated and stuff. They’re not an introduction to the trail system in any particular area; we don’t cover enough ground for that.
So… if you’re just starting, or haven’t started, join us! If you are experienced but have family, friends, or neighbors that wonder what you do in the woods, have them join us!