Jane Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley’s Marketing Director recently contacted WNYMBA President Jim Allen to advise that the club had been selected to receive a one-time donation of $2000. This unsolicited donation came as a huge surprise and was very obviously very welcome in our group, where the annual budget wouldn’t keep the Goodyear blimp in the air for more than a couple of minutes.

Asked to comment, Allen said, “It’s possible that Jane saw something in the way we rallied over 13,000 votes in our recent bid for the “BellBuilt” grant. Then again, it’s also possible that she just felt sorry for us because we’re constantly covered in mud and bleeding from our most recent trail wounds!”

The photo taken on the deck of the main lodge shows (L-R): Dennis Baldwin (Ellicottville Bike & Bean/WNYMBA), Jack Kramer (WNYMBA), Rich Sandler (General Manager – Tamarack Club), Steve Crowley (Director of Mountain Operations), Jim Allen (President – WNYMBA).

WNYMBA would like to thank Jane and the entire staff at Holiday Valley. It’s easy to take for granted the fact that we can park and ride at Holiday Valley at no charge. In fact, it’s an earned privilege that not many resorts offer and it exists because of a long history of cooperation and mutual respect between WNYMBA and Holiday Valley.

Stay tuned! We hope to be able to offer some exiting news as to how we intend to use this donation to promote even more and better mountain biking in Western New York in 2015.


NOT A FEST, but the next best thing - a WNYMBA camping weekend!

Holiday Valley has graciously given us permission to use the Spruce Lake area of the resort for a WNYMBA Members Camping weekend over the weekend of August 15-17. We'll have special areas set aside at the top of the hill for camping and parking and we'll also have drive-up access, via the cul-de-sac gate at the top of Holiday valley Road.

Camping, group rides, swimming and campfire lie-telling all in one place - what could be better?

Food, drinking water, tables, chairs and camping equipment will be each member's responsibility. As a bonus though, our weekend is also the "Taste of Ellicottville" weekend, so getting your hands on some high-quality fast food in town at almost any hour couldn't be easier.

Since this is a last-minute, members-only event, we'll need advance notice from you that you plan to attend. If you're not a WNYMBA member, you can join on the spot, but we'll still need advance notice that you're coming. Only pre-registrants will have access to the gate code. There's no fee to register, but we will be passing the hat to pay for the portable toilets.

Contact our VP Jeff Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your attendance. Please tell him (a) When you'll be arriving - Friday night or Saturday morning (b) How many people in your group.

Archery tournament returns to Holiday Valley again

Our Friends at Holiday Valley asked us to pass along the word that they are again hosting the international bowhunters organization (IBO) championships this year.  This has been a highly successful event for HV.  HV has provided us with grant money this year, and hosting events such as IBO helps provide that funding.

Of course, nobody wants to be riding around in front of flying arrows, so the trails at Holiday Valley will be closed during the event.

Here are the details from HV Mountain Manager Steve Crowley:

"Would you please spread the word that Holiday Valley is hosting the IBO again this year. The Archery event runs from August 5th through August 10th. We will need to have all trails at Holiday Valley closed that week. We are also using some State land right across Mutton Hollow rd from Spruce Lake, we will be clear of the bike trail there but if you add to be cautious in that area to your message it will be appreciated.  Thank You for your help."

A Very Special Shout Out - To All Who Helped

Just wanted to thank everyone who supported our effort to win funding to build a world class flow trail at Holiday Valley.

We had a terrific voter turnout, and came within 5% of the votes needed to win.

We are hoping to turn this into a win by some other means.

Again, thank all of you for your support.



Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC), a BellBuilt grant finalist on the West Coast, has agreed to throw their full support behind WNYMBA when it comes time to vote for our own Flow Trail at Holiday Valley in May.


This is HUGE!


BUT, we need to offer our own support to MBoSC by voting for their Demo Flow Trail at Soquel RIGHT NOW. Voting for the West Coast finalists closes TODAY APRIL 20th, so you must vote TODAY!


Please, help both MBoSC and WNYMBA - do it now, it only takes a minute.


You vote by e-mail address. It's simple. Here's what you need to do.


Go to right now and follow these easy steps:


  • Select "The Demo Flow Trail at Soquel"
  • Enter your e-mail address
  • Enter the blurry verification code they use to keep out robots
  • Go to your e-mail inbox and open the confirmation e-mail from Bell
  • Click the confirmation link


Simple as pie! You gotta do this. More importantly, you have to have everyone you know and everyone they know do the same thing. Please vote for The Demo Trail at Soquel today!

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.