Raffle for a New Growler Performance Bike Fat Bike Frame

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Good News WNY Fatbikers! Willo Glynn, from Growler Performance Bikes, has generously donated two Growler frames to be raffled off this winter ($700 value each). All proceeds will go to help match the 20% funds for the RTP Grant recently awarded to the Western New York Mountain Bike Association and the Parks and Trails Grant (if we get it). Both grants are for the construction of the Stone Tower Trail at Allegany State Park.

Raffles will be sold on Saturday, December 2nd, at Stoneyard Brewing Company (after the Global Fatbike Day Ride), on Sunday, December 3rd at Long Point State Park, at the December and January Slow Roll in Buffalo, on Saturday, January 13th, at the 3rd Annual Genesee County Park Fat Bike Ride, and during WNYMBA's February Beer Release Fundraiser.

IF you win one of the frames, Growler will give you an additional $300 off to do a complete build with your frame. What's even more awesome? Growler will give you "behind-the-scenes" access, where you can work with them, step-by-step, in building your new bike. How cool is that?!

Drawing for one frame will be at the WNYMBA beer release, and the drawing for the second frame will be in early March on Facebook Live. Both winners will receive a phone call if not present. ALL PROCEEDS go towards the Stone Tower Trail at Allegany State Park. Sweet!!

Dig-In Campaign and The Stone Tower Trail at ASP

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WNYMBA recently learned that we have been awarded an RTP Grant for $92,000! However, we need to match 20% of the grant, which means that the club needs to raise about $9,000 in matching dollars and match an additional $9,000 in-kind, which will come from volunteer labor.

Some of the $9,000 will come from IMBA and from corporate sponsors, but the rest needs to come from individual riders like you. Think of it as an investment in the future of mountain biking in WNY.

The project is the construction of 3.6 miles of new singletrack near the Stone Tower.  Approximately 95% will be constructed by a trail construction contractor to be procured through competitive bidding.  
This project has been in the planning stage for approximately six years, but is now shovel-ready for construction.  WNYMBA will finalize a design that will ensure that the new trail be constructed in a sustainable fashion, and in accordance with the trail design guidelines in the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).
The expected outcome will be a singletrack trail that will be attractive to not only mountain bicyclists, but to hikers and winter sport enthusiasts.  This trail will build upon the success of similar trails developed by WNYMBA in nearby state forests.  Addition of the Stone Tower Trail will help bring the region to a critical density of worldclass singletrack trails that will attract multiple user groups from all around the WNY area.  

In addition to the 8 mile Stone Tower Trail, we have permission to build an ADDITIONAL 12 miles at Cain Hollow in ASP. Want to see WNY become a trail mecca in 3-5 years? Well, now is the time that we lay the foundation to make this a reality. Give all that you can now, and in a few years, it will all be worth it!  

Click this link to donate WNYMBA's Dig-In Campaign:

September Meeting on 9/6

The next WNYMBA meeting will be Wed. September 6.  As usual, ride at Sprague first and then meet at Colden Country Inn @ 8:30.

See you there!

Some boring stuff: An overview of WNYMBA's Permits with the local land managers


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 Parks, Recreation, and Forestry). We have had a series of permits with Erie County. Our latest dates from late 2013 and can be read at this link. This permit, called a “Revocable License” allows us to work at Hunters Creek and Sprague Brook, currently the only two parks allowing mountain bike use. However, the permit is clear to point out that “WNYMBA may neither develop extensions to existing Trails listed on Exhibit "A", nor create additional Trails, without obtaining prior written consent of the Commissioner.” Fortunately, we have been able to develop good trail proposals and get some great new trails on the ground.

For the state forests, NYSDEC requires a “Volunteer Stewardship Agreement” or VSA. A copy of our current VSA, for the period 2014 – 2019 is at this link. This is the latest in a series of permits WNYMBA has held with NYSDEC. Among other things, this VSA allows WNYMBA to “Design, build and maintain sustainable single track mountain bike trail under direction of DEC Forestry staff. All new trail features, segments and improvements must be approved by a land manager.

Finally, we do work on state parks, including Allegany and Darien Lakes. The State Parks Dept. (OPRHP) issues permits (called Temporary Revocable Permits or TRPs) on a project-specific basis. For example, the TRP for the stone tower construction at Allegany State Park is at this link.

It’s very important that trail work performed on local parks be performed in cooperation with the managing agencies. WNYMBA has been on top of this for quite a while, and the results have been fantastic.

42nd Parallel Ride

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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.  Everything was 100% legit as we either got explicit permission for that day, or else it was on private timber or oil&gas roads that are non-posted.  Non-posted is one thing, but bringing a publicly-advertised ride on them is another.  And last but certainly not least, there were only about a dozen people on the ride, all which I knew and were good riders, and still we had a hell of a time keeping people together and minimizing the number of wrong turns!

But as for the ride: it was awesome and we do hope to do portions of this again as a publicly announced ride.

The three sections that we are hoping to get more dirt to replace pavement are as follows:

  1. Stone Tower Trail: The first actually wouldn't replace pavement, but we did ride right past the trailhead.  This is the new trail that we started building in Allegany State Park and hopefully will soon be getting funding for the first four miles to be constructed similarly to Jakes Rocks.  Stay tuned!
  2. Cain Hollow Trail:  This is another authorized trail in Allegany, yet to be built.  As I wrote in the article, after 41 miles of riding the first day, we had been on dirt the entire time except the pavement to the start of Eagle, and then crossing the Allegheny in Salamanca.  At that point, there is a planned singeltrack descent into the Cain Hollow campground.  INfo on this and the Stone Tower Trail is here: http://wnymba.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=477:allegany-state-park-planning-process&catid=55&Itemid=399
  3. Tracy Ridge Trails:  We have been working with the National Forest Service to get trails at Tracy ridge (home to bears - read the article!).  Hopefully these will be opened soon.  More info: http://wnymba.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=820:forest-service-environmental-assessment-on-proposed-opening-12-5-miles-of-trails-at-tracy-ridge-find-no-significant-impact&catid=41&Itemid=393

In summary, we have some of the best riding in the country in our area.  Get out and ride!

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.