Unfortunately, our 2020 event has been cancelled. Check back to find details about our 2021 NEMBAfest.
Join us for 3 DAYS of Celebrating Summer All Things Mountain Biking!
Vendors, including food vendors, should contact contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be check on availability and pricing. Vendor registration is now open.
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“the best mountain biking in the country.”
– Dirt Rag
“the best trail network in North America.”
– Bike Magazine
NEMBAfest, Powered by Pedro’s, is produced by the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) and the Kingdom Trails Association in collaboration with the Wildflower Inn and the Burke Chamber of Commerce. It’s a celebration of summer and ALL THINGS mountain biking!
Experience over 100 miles of unique trails and terrain that makes Kingdom Trails. Enjoy a fun-filled, family-friendly weekend of riding, camping, demo-ing the latest mountain bikes, checking out all the gadgets and gear, rockin’ to great music, and enjoying yummy local food & drink in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom!
Check out NEMBAfest latest news and announcements here!
Hope Technology Bike Demo Loop!
Demo the lastest high-tech mountain bikes on the Demo Loop! Click for industry expo.
You’re festival pass comes with the option to camp right next to the NEMBAfest Expo. The camping area also has a section for Family Camping, so all the kids can hang out together!
The Drop Beer Tent
The entire expo area is a beer garden! We will be offering local craft Vermont beers at The Drop Beer Tent.
We’re thrilled to announce that we have a special partnership with Lawson’s Finest Liquids. They’ve brewed up a special brew call Kingdoms Trail Ale, and we’ll have plenty on hand for you to sample. A donation to NEMBA and the Kingdom Trails Association will be made with every serving!
You can come after 6pm Friday or Saturday night to listen to the music for $10!
Friday Night: Roots of Creation will be rocking the house!
Women’s Skills Clinics
BOTH CLINICS ARE NOW FULL!
Skills sessions for women who are looking to learn the basics of mountain biking, including body position, braking, shifting, & cornering. After reviewing basics, we’ll go for a short ride to practice skills and have fun on the trail. Class limited to 10, and are now full.
Pedro’s Bike Wash & Lube Station
Pure #bikelove at Pedro’s complimentary, self-serve bike maintenance station.
Join the industry experts for the Basics of Bike Cleaning & Maintenance.
Once you park your car, you won’t need it again for the entire festival.
XIP Wishing Wellness Yoga will be offering complimentary morning yoga sessions on Saturday and Sunday between 7 and 8am at the NEMBAfest Wellness Area next to the Yurt. Bring your mat and yoga gear to start the day off right.
Unofficial MTB Shenanigans World Championship with MTBVT
Come down to the main stage area to take part in some fun MTB craziness with the folks at MTBVT. There will be an assortment games and stuns for everyone to do and watch.
Fun for the Kids
There are always plenty of things to do for the kids! We’ll be posting the schedule as the event approaches.
2059 Darling Hill Road, Lyndonville, Vermont
In the heart of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, the Lyndonville/Burke area is home to breathtaking beauty, world class recreation and unique cultural offerings.
Home to Kingdom Trails and Burke Mountain Resort, the outdoor enthusiast will have all the bases covered when visiting Burke. With NEMBAfest Full Access registration enjoy special discounts from many of the local businesses:
“the best mountain biking in the country.”
– Dirt Rag
“the best trail network in North America.”
– Bike Magazine
NEMBAfest is set smack dab in the middle of the Kingdom Trails network. Ride from the venue on singletrack and head North, South, East or West for days on a 100 mile interconnected network of mountain biking trails for all ability levels. From fast and flowy cross country trails to steep, technical downhill to kid friendly pump tracks, to excavated rollers and berms, you’ll find something for everyone. Spend the weekend exploring the main trails, but it will take longer than that to hit it all.
And be sure to check out Bike Magazine’s video in their recent article “Riding the Kingdom Trails”.
Expo & Demos
There’s nowhere else in the Northeast where you will be able to try out so many of the lastest high tech mountain bikes! Almost all the big players will be featured in the Expo so check out below to see whose coming! There are also a large number of vendors coming to show and sell you their latest gear & gadgets! You’ll be able to check them all out on our Hope Technology Demo Loop or find a group ride at the Clif Ride Zone!
Vendors/Exhibitors: We welcome bicycle industry vendors. Please contact Philip Keyes at email@example.com for info on becoming a NEMBAfest vendor.
Here are the vendors attending NEMBAfest 2019!
*Subject to Change
Ride Zone – Group Rides: 2019 Schedule
Not sure which ride is for you? Click the Group Ride Descriptions Tab for more info.
All Group rides leave every hour on the hour starting at 1pm and ending at 4:30pm (Night Rides as Posted) – Meet at the Clif Group RideZone Gazebo. Show up 15 minutes early.
1PM: Novice, InterMellow, Medium Group Rides
LIV LADIES INTERMELLOW NO-DROP GROUP RIDE – Join Liv for a no-drop ladies group ride! This will be an “InterMellow” ride, so enjoy a social pace through some tech-y trails that will let you work on and show off your skills with other ladies! The ride will meet at the Group Ride Gazebo, end at the Liv tent, and be approx. 90 minutes long. Liv demo bikes will be available (first come first serve).
WTB ADVANCED RIDE OUT – An advanced ride, approximately 3 to 4 hours on a fun iconic KT route, that will give you some good climbing and flow, with a little chunky thrown in.
FACTOR HUBS GROUP RIDE – The “Bar Crawl” from lower J-Bar to the Tiki Bar
Shuttle back to venue
Shuttle Provided by VTMTB Tours
PEDRO’S GROUP RIDE and Trail Side Maintenance Clinic with local guies from Kingdom Experiences.
2pm: InterMellow, Medium, Advanced, Family Group Rides
SKI RACK INTERMELLOW RIDE
ROCKY MOUNTAIN GROUP RIDE – Beginner friendly group ride with Rocky Mountain Ambassadors Sam Schultz and Sue Clifford who will take riders on the ‘locals’ tour. Expect a 2 hr ride.
3PM: Novice, Advanced Group Rides
4PM: Novice, InterMellow, Medium, Advanced
CCAP Kids Twilight Ride – All levels of kids
TRANSITION BIKES GROUP RIDE – Moose Haven Party in the Woods Advanced Ride
Transportation Provided by VT MTB Tours (Alex and Ella McAndrew)
Depart from the venue
Women’s Beginner Skills Session by Paula Burton
THIS CLINIC IS NOW FULL
Class will cover the basics of mountain biking, including body position, braking, shifting, & cornering. After reviewing basics, we’ll go for a short ride to practice skills and have fun on the trail. Class limited to 10. Preregistration required.
NIGHT RIDING BASICS BY REI – Join REI for a ride under the stars! You’ll learn the basics of night riding and enjoy a guided ride with REI expert mountain bike instructors. Bring your own lights or come early to borrow lights from us! We will have a limited number of bike lights available for demo, first come first served. Ride starts and ends at the REI tent and everyone who does the ride will receive a special gift.
8PM: InterMellow/Night Group Rides
Since 1989, Pedro’s has been committed to keeping your bicycle running right by offering innovative, unique, and high quality cleaners, lubricants, tools, and accessories that are safe for you, your family, and the environment, so you enjoy today’s ride…and tomorrow’s. With strong roots in New England’s mountain biking scene, Pedro’s is proud to be NEMBAfest’s title sponsor again this year!
NEMBAfest Festival Pass: $130
The full festival pass includes everything! Entry to the festival, unlimited bike and product demos, music, trail access, shuttle access, and camping.
Day passes (that do not include camping) are $45 for Friday, $50 on Saturday, and $30 on Sunday ($10 after 12pm). Day passes are only available at the gate. Day passes for kids 8-15 years are $15 of Friday and Saturday and $10 on Sunday ($5 after 12pm).
Music-Only Passes: $10 after 3:30pm for just music, Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday after 11am. $5 for youths.
Vendors/Exhibitors: Please contact Philip Keyes for info on exhibiting at the NEMBAfest, firstname.lastname@example.org
$130 with camping
$110 w/o camping
(age 7 and under)
Your FULL ACCESS registration includes:
Access to the NEMBAfest Expo, Bike Demos and all Special Events, Clinics and Activities
Weekend Pass to Kingdom Trail’s 100+ mile network, and $10 Burke Bike Park Passes
Tent & RV Camping at the venue (sorry, no dogs allowed). RVs must be <25' long
Group Rides for all levels
Live Music on Friday and Saturday Night
Pedro’s self-serve Bike Wash & Maintenance Station
Daily Raffles for awesome Prize Packs
Complimentary Shuttles to East Burke & Lyndonville
Discounts from many local businesses
We would like to thank the bike industry for supporting the NEMBAfest, Powered by Pedro’s, and being present to celebrate all things mountain biking. We hope everyone who comes to the festival gets a chance to meet all of these great people and cool companies!
Burke Mountain Resort
Cane Creek Cycling Components
Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program
Craft Sportswear/Rossignol GROUP/Alpine Shop
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Do North Co-work Space
Giant / Liv
Green Hut, LLC
Kelly Brush Foundation
Killington Bike Park
Main Line Overland
Mulberry Gap MTB Get-away
North Country Community College
Northeast Kingdom Hemp
Outdoor Gear Exchange
ProLens and Action Sports Factory
Quebec City MTB
Rocky Mountain Bicycles
Saddleback Meadow, LLC
Santa Cruz Bicycles
SDR Clothing Co.
Sinuosity Flowing Trails
SRAM – Technical Ambassador
The Jay Cloud Cyclery
Unior Bike Tools
Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports
Vermont Huts Association
Village Sport Shop
Vermont Mountain Bike Association
Wickflow Performance Headbands
Wild Flow Tours
Windham Mountain Resort
The NEMBAfest Mega-Raffle is lining up nicely, with a slew of offerings generously donated by some of the great companies attending the festival. The proceeds from the raffle will go to the two non-profit festival partners, Kingdom Trails Association and NEMBA. Tickets will be $5/ticket or 6 for $20. Tickets will be available at the NEMBA booth near registration. The drawing will take place Saturday at 5:30pm, after MTBVT puts on the Unofficial Mountain Bike Shenanigans by the main stage.
Here’s the line up thus far:
Giant 2020 Stance 2 Mountain Bike
Built with a lightweight ALUXX aluminum frameset and our innovative FlexPoint rear suspension, Stance is the perfect way to improve your trail-riding game. Its 27.5+ wheel and tire compatibility gives it a plush ride quality that soaks up bumps and adds more traction and stability. Combined with 120mm of smooth suspension travel front and rear, it’s a confident ride that will have you nailing new lines.
Industry Nine Hubset, Matchstix multi-tool, and Stem.
I-9 hubsets are reknowned for their durability and performance The MatchStix multi-tool replaces your thru bolt with a lighter multi-tool. Replacing your 15mm front through axle, the MatchStix handle seconds as a chain breaker, #5 hex, spoke tool, and the bit receiver all in one. Their stems machined, anodized with 11 color options, and are available in lengths of 32mm, 40mm, 50mm and 60mm.
Cabot Creamery Co-operative is celebrating 100 years of the World’s Best Cheddar and is sharing a year’s supply of cheddar (100lbs!) with one lucky winner. Cabot has been in operation since 1919, making a full line of award-winning cheddar cheese and dairy products. Cabot is owned by 800 dairy farm families throughout New England and New York. A certified B Corp, they are committed to the planet, its people, and returning profits to its farmer owners.
Windham Mountain Resort Midweek Bike & Stay Package for two.
The package includes a queen/king inn room for two and (2) Bike Park lift tickets. The package is available for overnight stays (Sunday night – Thursday night) from now until October 14 th and is subject to availability/Bike Park hours. It includes free continental breakfast and shuttle service to the mountain to and from the hotel. The value of the package is $153.
A Vermont Adaptive Bike Jersey, Hat, Pint Glass and pair of coffee mugs.
Quimby Country 2-night stay at Lakeside Cottage (gift Certificate).
Quimby Country is a rare, surviving example of an early 20th century sportsman’s camp. Its Lodge and many of its cottages are more than 100 years old; the newest ones are at least 80. While the cottage interiors still look as they did in the 1930s, modern amenities such as hot and cold running water, electricity, and full baths have been added over the years. Some cottages even have full kitchens. All have at least a small refrigerator, a working wood stove, and, of course, porches with rocking chairs overlooking Forest Lake.
Wren Super Lightweight Alloy Stems. Two prizes!
These stems are ISO certified for all MTB applications. Info sheet attached. Tinker Juarez promotes the stem for us internationally, so I have included info on him as well. These stems will be rider specific as to size, so the winner can let me know what angle and length she/he wants and we will ship out immediately. Retail value
Wren Floor Pump – Six prizes! Retail value $64.99 each.
Smanie Saddles. 3 prizes.
A N.Spire 136 – Limited Edition – Tracey Hannah (colors Black and Pink)
UR-Polygon World Cup DH team saddle – Chromoly rails.
A N.Spire 146 – White – Chromoloy rails, and a N.Spire 156 – Blue – Chromoly rails
ABUS Montrailer helmet, valued at $149.99.
Punch Card for 10 Drop-in passes at Do North Coworking ($180 value).
Do North Coworking’s drop-in pass 10-day punch card offers access to a comfortable, professional space to get some work done 9am – 5pm, Monday through Friday. Included with your pass are lightning-fast internet, access to a printer/copier/scanner, free coffee & tea, and a community of coworkers to keep you productive and connected in the Northeast Kingdom.
Abisko Hike 35 backpack by fjallraven.
Lightweight and flexible backpack for low weight trekking and cabin-to-cabin trips. Made from durable G-1000 Eco and G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco in recycled polyester and organic cotton.
Outdoor Gear Exchange $50 Gift Cerftificate (valid online and in their incredible Burlington VT store.
NEMBAfest is all about riding and we offer many group rides lead by our ride leader volunteer. To help you decide what ride is good for you, here’s a description of what you can expect!
Kids/Family: easy pace & terrain. Will not be far from the
Expo.These rides are aimed at parents with young children. 1 – 2 hours
Novice: very mellow pace, easy terrain, frequent stops. Will not be far from the Expo. 1 -2 hours
InterMellow: moderately technical, casual/social pace, frequent stops and bail out points. Intermediate rides are designed for people who ride frequently, and have some skills, but who probably do not enter races. 2 -3 hours
Intermediate: moderately technical, somewhat faster pace occasional
stops and bail out points. Intermediate rides are designed for people who ride frequently, and have some skills, but who probably do not enter races. 2 -3 hours
Advanced Intermediate: moderately technical, fast pace occasional stops and bail out points. These rides are intended for advancing riders or, racers who would like to go for a challenging ride at less than all out race pace. 2 -3 hours
Advanced: high technical difficulty, fast pace, few stops or chances to bail out. These rides are intended for advanced riders or, racers who would like to go for a challenging ride at less than all out race pace. 3 – 4 hours
Epic Advanced: high technical difficulty, fast pace, few stops or chances to bail out. These rides are intended for advanced riders or, racers who would like to go for a challenging ride at less than all out race pace. 4+ hours
All-Level / Open to All: Mixed bag – social pace to start then the group may split along the lines with more or less advanced levels. 1-3 hours.
We’re super pleased to announce that NEMBAfest will have the largest expo yet, with over 100 vendors! Here’s the who’s who of the cycling industry:
- Evil Bikes
- Ferretti Cycles
- Framed Bikes
- Ghost Bicycles
- Giant / Liv
- Growler Performance Bikes
- Ibis Bicycles
- Intense Cycles
- Kona Bicycles
- Niner Bikes
- Norco Bicycles
- Otso Cycles & Wolf Components
- Pivot Cycles
- REEB Cycles
- Rocky Mountain Bicycles
- Santa Cruz Bicycles
- Scott Sports
- Solace Cycles
- Specialized Bicycles
- Transition Bikes
- Trek Bicycles
- Yeti Cycles
- 7Mesh Industries
- Alex Rims, U.S. Marketing
- Alpine Shop / Rossignol Bike
- Bell / Giro / Vittoria
- Boot Doc
- Burke Mountain Resort
- Club Ride Apparel
- Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program
- Craftsbury Outdoor Center
- Del’s Ride
- East Burke Sports
- FOX Shox
- Galaxy Gearworks
- Golden Eagle Resort
- Good To-Go
- Handup Gloves
- High Brew Coffee
- Industry Nine
- Killington Resort Bike Park
- Kingdom Adventures Mountain Guides
- Kuat Racks
- Landry’s Bicycles
- Maine Huts & Trails
- Mountain View Motel / Maine High Peaks
- Mulberry Gap MTB Get-away
- NBX Bikes
- Nemo Equipment
- New England High School Cycling Association
- Northern Forest Center
- Outdoor Gear Exchange
- Patagonia Burlington
- ProLens and Action Sports Factory
- Sacred Rides
- SDR Clothing Co.
- Smugglers’ Notch Resort
- SRAM / RockShox / Quarq
- Stan’s No Tubes
- Sugarloaf Resort
- Swix Cycling / Dermatone / Point 6
- Tasco MTB
- The Jay Cloud Cyclery
- Trailhead Sports Group: Wren, Dirt Components, Swagman Racks
- Troy Lee Designs
- Unior Bike Tools
- Untapped Maple
- Vallee Bras-du-Nord
- Vermont Huts Association
- Village Sport Shop
- Wicked Girl Jerseys
- Windham Mountain Resort
- Zeal Optics
- Alburrito Food Truck
- Bloomin’ Onion
- Café Lotti
- Cathy’s Place
- Forza-G BBQ
- Market Café VT
- Root Juice
- Ruby Lee’s Ice Cream
- Sweet Snow Concessions
- Taco Truck All Stars
- The Roving Feast
- WabiSabi Kitchen
- Wood Fired Pizza
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What’s the earliest I can come to camp?
The NEMBAfest camping area opens at 8am on Friday. Sorry, Thursday camping is not available so you should contact other local campgrounds for this.
RV vs Tent Camping
RV camping is located directly across the Darling Hill Rd from the Expo and tent camping is located adjacent to the Expo. Quiet Camping is at the far end of the tent camping field (no longer down the road at the Stepping Stone Spa). There is no camping or sleeping in cars in the parking lot, and everyone camping with us must display the NEMBAfest wristband. RVs must be less than 25 feet in length.
Camping is only available with the full festival passes – we don’t offer a discount on one night camping.
What are the Hours of Registration During the NEMBAfest?
On site registration starts at 8am Friday and closes 10pm Friday evening. On Saturday, registration is 8am to 8pm, and on Sunday 9am to 12pm.
Are you a vendor/exhibitor interested in booth space in the expo?
Contact Philip Keyes at 800-576-3622, or email: email@example.com
Darn, I can’t make it… Can I get a refund?
Absolutely, we can issue a full refund until Wednesday, May 31st. After that, we can’t do it. The Bikereg service fee is non-refundable, however, since that’s out of our hands.
Can I bring my dog?
Sorry, as much as we love dogs, they are not allowed in the Expo or the camping area.
Where do I park?
Parking is located conveniently across the road from the venue. Complimentary shuttles to and from Lyndonville and East Burke will be running all weekend as well. See the Venue Map for reference.
Can I buy tickets at the gate?
Yes, on-site registration for 1 adult is $145 with camping and $115 without camping.
Can I buy Days Passes at the Event?
Yes, day passes (that do not include camping) are $40 for Friday, $50 on Saturday, and $30 on Sunday. Day passes for kids age 8-15 are $20 Friday and Saturday and $10 on Sunday. Kids under 8 are free with a registered parent or guardian. Day passes allow access to the expo and demos as well as to group rides and shuttles.
Sorry, we do not offer a one-night camping option.
Can I come in the evening to listen to the live music?
Yes, the cost of admission to the venue after 6pm on Friday and Saturday is $10.