WNYMBA met with Holiday Valley to discuss needed improvements in the MB-2 Trail (formerly known as the flow trail) due to the wet summer. Updates to newly built trails are usually needed after the first year of use. Holiday Valley will be renting an excavator for the next month to shore up areas with poor drainage, including the seep area on Champaign. Also where needed, rock and boardwalk will be installed in other seep areas. Additionally, some bermed turns will be reconfigured for better flow. Holiday Valley did an amazing job getting this trail built quickly last year, installing many culverts and moving a lot of dirt. At this point, we want to assist their crew in the repairs to make sure updates are made from the rider's perspective - to test ride the work and make sure things flow. The plan is to have riders assist in the work by being present during much of the activities. The work will be performed 7 to 3:30 each weekday, Of course most of us are...
Good news on the proposal to open (Only!) those trails shown in yellow on the left. The Forest Service published their findings today and have approved the draft plan to open these trails. Details can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49767 This does not mean that they are open right now. As stated in the Cover Letter, "This decision is subject to an objection process pursuant to 36 C.F.R. 219, subpart Band 36 C.F .R. 218.... Objections will only be accepted from those who submitted substantive formal comments specific to the proposed plan amendment during scoping or the 30 day public comment period. Objections must be based on previously submitted substantive formal comments, unless based on an issue arising after the opportunities for formal comment ended." The trails will only be open until any objections to this decision are responded to. While we would expect that those who objected to the opening will object,...
Ever wonder how WNYMBA gets trails built in the county forests and state parks and forests? You may be most familiar with the volunteer work days that gets the picks in the ground and the singletrack on the ground. But it starts way before that. Even before the planning and marking stages. It all starts with WNYMBA’s agreements with the land managers. Land managers – we are talking Erie County Parks Department, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, and NYS State Parks – only allow work on their properties with the proper permissions. You can imagine why. For example, I think most of us would be pretty upset if an ATV group decided to ride in a bunch of new trails through Sprague Brook park. Getting permission is not the most glamorous part of WNYMBA’s activities. So there’s not a lot about it on the website or facebook. But with this post, we thought we would post up our permits. Closest to home, we work with Erie County Parks (technically, Erie County...
Well, it's been almost a year, but finally I am posting an article about this. What prompted me is that Dirt Rag has finally posted the article I co-wrote with Anthony Suncan (our IMBA regional rep) that was published in the dead-trees vesrion of the rag last year. Here's the link: http://dirtragmag.com/access-the-42nd-parallel/ All the details are in the article, but in a nutshell, I wanted to do a ride almost entirely on dirt from Ellicottville to Jakes Rocks. Partly just because we can, and partly to build awareness of three of the missing links in the route, all of which are in various stages of fruition. First, I would note this was not an official WNYMBA event, but a group ride of about a dozen friends. I know that may sound elitest, but there was method in the madness. Any event in state forests and state parks over 20 people needs permits, insurance, etc. and that's a lot of work. Secondly, part of the route traverses private property....
WNYMBA issued the press release printed below last week to update on progress on the Outer Harbor. There has been a lot of progress on the new biking area, but at the request of EDHDC, we have been quiet about it. They have now allowed us to go public on the progress being made. And it's not a moment too soon because they have been getting push back from folks who haven't been encumbered by a request to be quiet. But the good news is this project is going forward in accordance with the revised master plan (http://eriecanalharbor.com/outer-harbor/PDF/Outer_Harbor_Blueprint.pdf), and ECHDC is, at WNYMBA's suggestion, going forward and retaining a bike-park specific consultant to provide design assistance and construction should start next year. Here is the text of our press release: June 15, 2017WNYMBA STATEMENT - BUFFALO OUTER HARBOR OFF-ROAD CYCLING AREAConstruction Begins 1st Quarter 2018 Almost two years to the day after an initial approach to EC...
Holiday Valley asks us to get the word out that they will be performing some logging for the next several months and portions of the trails will be closed for the riders safety. The goal is to keep bike trails open as much as possible but we may need to close sections from time to time. They will put signs up in those location warning the riders. The goal is to be done by end of June. The good news correlary to this is they plan on converting one of the logging trails to singletrack once they are done, and this will add about a mile or so of new trail connecting to MB-1. We thank Holiday Valley for being such a strong supporter of Mountain Biking.
08.20.2017 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
The Harris Hill Hustle 4
08.23.2017 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday Night All Skill Levels Group Ride!
08.25.2017 - 08.26.2017
WNYMBA Camping Weekend
08.26.2017 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sprague Brook Basic & intermediate skills: Mountain Biking
08.30.2017 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday Night All Skill Levels Group Ride!