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Read about Thom Wright's efforts in Chautauqua County
Written by Kevin Preston   
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 08:15

http://www.starnewsdaily.com/sports/other/story/A-Man-and-His-McLeod-2011-10-01

Jon Sundquist's long laughed at, but true, quote of "dancing with the bike" may have just been overtaken by Thom Wrights "surfing the contour"!

Update from Jon S.:

 
Mountain biking on upward climb
Written by Mad Man   
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 13:04

"Over the last two years, it seems like people want to go riding again," said Dennis Baldwin, owner of the Ellicottville Bike Shop. "About 10 years ago, it was super-popular and now people are coming back to it. ... We have younger people, older people, guys and girls. It's pretty cool. Even in the small town of Ellicottville, I've had four younger, local guys, who hadn't been mountain biking, getting their own bikes and riding out in the woods. It's great to see new faces."

"There are two ways we see growth," said Kevin Preston, president of the Western New York Mountain Bicycling Association. "We're primarily a trail advocacy group and we work on adding and maintaining trails, not just for mountain biking, but for others to enjoy.

"Membership is the other way to measure growth, and right now we have about 160 members. That number has doubled in the last three or four years and it's still growing. More people want access to public outdoor places."

Indeed, mountain biking conversation has two components -- the sport and the environment. The two work together, as mountain bikers carry a strong sense of respect for nature and the trails, in part because of their collective ethic and in part because they need access to trails which often are on county or state lands.

Click HERE to read the rest of the Buffalo News Article by Amy Moritz

 
Harris HIll and East Overland in Chaut. co.
Written by thom   
Friday, 01 July 2011 19:28

Harris Hill Ext Trail network

Harris Hill Ext. was created and is maintained by a group of folk who wanted more single track closer to home. We  have about 6 miles from our 3 loops,

add that to the approx. 4 miles of out and back from  R to V on the Lower East Overland, you will have close to 14 miles to play with. (4 out and 4 back = 8 my friend)

Please consider joining up on the facebook   http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_380095199760

or website   harrishillext.webs.com   if you want to stay up to date, don't worry your email is safe with us.

 
Hunters Creek Trail Work Project Update
Written by LeapingDog   
Thursday, 16 June 2011 12:21

The Hunters Creek Puncheon project on the Conservation Trail was amazing.  The Foothills trail club raised $5,500 dollars for the project (including a donation from WNYMBA) and constructed 570 feet of Puncheons.  This was a massive project which is a major improvement to to this trail system.

The puncheons are made from 1 inch thick treated lumber and were constructed off site and carried into the park.  The pre-assembled  puncheons were heavy and required 4 - 8 people to carry them in.  Short ropes with loops on the ends were used to carry the puncheons to the trail side, a person on each side of the rope.

 
Rain picks wrong day, shows up on NTD
Written by Jon Sundquist   
Sunday, 05 June 2011 21:04

There's a never a good day to rain, and we've had way more than our share lately, but unfortunately it cut short some of the trail construction on National Trails Day this past Saturday.  A little rain never hurt anyone, but lightning sometimes does, so when the skies opened up and the bolts came closer, we decided to be better safe than sorry, rather than stay on the top of a prominent ridge next to some tall trees.

But thanks to the great turnout, we still made some great progress on the Mesa Trail.  We put the knowledge gained from the recent IMBA TCC visit to built some more great bench cut trail.

The cold rain made the NTD feast taste all the better.  Special thanks to Al and Jerrine for cooking up a great pulled pork, chili, and all the fixings lunch for our cold and drenched crew.

This leaves plenty to do to finish the trail.  We may consider scheduling some "hard corps" days in July and August like we used to do back in 1999 and 2000.  These are extra days we schedule on a "what the heck, why not" basis.  Because people usually still show up and great trail gets built!

 
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Our insurance company has "strongly suggested" that we tell you that Mountain Biking can be dangerous. If you're visiting this site it's very likely that you're already aware that if you insist on having a good time by riding your mountain bike, eventually you will almost certainly fall down and collect any number of boo-boos, dings and injuries, serious or otherwise, but we have to tell you anyway.

Mountain Biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk of bodily injury and even death. Mountain biking should only be undertaken if you have a complete awareness of these risks. You can reduce the level of risk by wearing a helmet and by riding within your own skill level.