Allegany State Park has the longest history of Mountain Biking in Western New York. Back in the late '80s and early '90s when MTB was just starting in WNY, ASP was one of the few places to ride. What's more, it was actually recognized by the park, with the Raccoon Rally race being held there since '89 or '90.
When New York State Parks designed mountain biking as a regulated activity in the mid '90s, ASP designated the whole of the Art Roscoe XC trail system as open to bikes. These trails are very scenic, and with the hills provide an excellent workout. They are long enough to get a good long ride without doubling back.
The only drawback is that while a narrow path gets worked into the track, the trails are not singletrack. None of the park's singletrack trails were designated open to bikes. When WNYMBA started establishing singletrack in nearby Ellicottville, riding got less popular in ASP.
WNYMBA has been trying to get new singletrack in the park for a while. Our 2007 proposal identified some of the best opportunities however, WNYMBA and other trail groups were told that no proposals would be entertained until a master plan was in place.
These proposals were substantially accepted in the final plan.
We have mostly constructed the first of the three trails and should be finished Spring 2014. We are looking for funding to help construct the other two.
Keep those votes coming - They count!
Heard lots of stories of rounding up votes on Day 2. Great Job!
Yes, we know the vote totals don't seem to be updating when new people vote. But your vote still counts. We are sure the numbers will move again soon. This is the third of three BellBuilt elections, so all the kinks should be worked out.
We have also had some reports of delayed receipt of the confirmation e-mail. Remember, the vote doesn't count if you don't click on the link in that e-mail. Some people have reported delays of 20-30 minutes before this arrives, so keep checking. There have been a few reports of no confirmation link coming through. If that happens, check your spam folder or trash folder to see if your spam filter misidentified it. If it never comes, fire off an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will look into it.
The central region voting winner needed 12,000 votes to take the prize, so we have our work cut out for us. Keep up the great work and spread the word!
I took the ASP PDF map that is on the "Map Central" and the google map from the article Jon linked to and carefully drew the new trail onto the more detailed PDF map. It worked out pretty good for me and there was some tape at the entrance.
If the park doesn't have the signs up yet, there should still be lots of surveyor tape ribbons at the start.
You can also find it this way: Ridge Run runs along the ridge (duh), except it doesn't after the junction with this trail. The beginning, and parts of the middle, of the new trail use the old ridge run which truly did run along the ridge the whole way to Thunder Rocks.
Now, when you are leaving the Leonard run area, there is actually one location where the existing ridge run sco
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.