WNYMBA gets new insurance policy

Normally that is not news, but recently it became news.  Most MTB clubs carry insurance like any responsible organization.  For the last few years, many if not most IMBA affiliated clubs and IMBA chapters (WNYMBA used to be an affiliate, but two years ago we became a chapter) got their insurance this way:  IMBA purchased a master policy for about $230,000 a year, and affiliates and chapters, if they wanted, could purchase insurance though this master policy (the clubs' payments covering most, but not all, of the full premium IMBA paid).

However, after extensive negotiations, the insurance carrier IMBA used decided that they would only extend the coverage if the premium increased to $400,000, and that IMBA would have to pay the whole premium up front instead of in installments.  IMBA negotiated as much as they could and were even able to get two 2-month extensions of the old policy.  But ultimately, IMBA realized that (a) the cash flow was not set up for a cutting a single $400,000 check, and (b) with such a steep rise in costs, they expected that many of the affiliated clubs and chapters would decide to seek insurance elsewhere to avoid a near doubling of rates, so that very little of that $400,000 would end up being covered by affiliates and chapters.  So they made the only decision they could make and instructed affiliates and chapters to seek other options.

WNYMBA secured a new policy with a different insurer for about the same cost as the previous one.  One thing different is you probably noticed the disclaimers we added to the website.  Our new insurer asked us to add them, so we did.  We will also have to double down on waivers at club rides and work days, but that should not be much of a problem.

WNYMBA Submits Bell Built Grant Proposal

For the second year in a row, Bell Helmets is stepping up to the plate with IMBA to provide cash for new trails.  Last year, they shelled out $100,000 for three new trails, a flow trail in Vermont, a downhill trail in Michigan and a bike park in Steamboat Springs, CO.

They are doing it again this year.

Last year, WNYMBA submitted for funding for our approved trails in Allegany State Park.  We weren't selected, primarily due to the remote location of the trails (which limits publicity opportunities for Bell), the length (not feasible for the amount of funding available) and lack of matching funds.

This year WNYMBA is back with a proposal that remedies all these deficiencies.  The 2014 WNYMBA proposal is to develop a new 2-mile flow downhill trail at Holiday Valley.  This will be right in the heart of the summer action at Holiday Valley, providing plenty of visibility for Bell, and is a more manageable length than the Allegany trails.  Best of all, Holiday Valley committed to chipping in funding and support to help make this project a reality.

Check out the proposal at the above link for the proposed route of the new trail, and stay tuned to imba.com to find out later this week whether we are selected as a finalist.  Thanks to all who wrote letters of support/endorsement!

WNY Mountain Bike 2014 Spring Kickoff Party at Tom's Bike Shop (+ Cookout Feast)


The Westen New York Mountain Bike Association (WNYMBA) is sponsoring a Spring Kickoff Social Party at Tom's Bike Shop in their spacious training room.

The purpose of the event is to get everyone psyched for all the 2014 Mb season!

This event is for fun, and should be interesting, and we plan to just hang out to party after.

Tom’s is generously supplying adult refreshment delicious food & snacks – so bring your appetites. We will be giving away plenty of swag prizes during this event & good music will be playing.

The format for the event is 5 minute speakers (1 hour max for speakers). It is fantastic for anyone interested in mountain biking to learn about all the fun times you can have this year.

We also plan to have speakers talk about the latest and greatest cutting edge bikes, TJ will attempt to break his world record for changing a Tubeless tire, and much more... We will have a speaker and microphone set up, and a slide projector.

WNYMBA will promote this event on our web site, Facebook, Twitter, and Meetup site. Tom's is also promoting the event, so we hope to have a lot of new people there.

We are looking for people who are enthusiastic to get up and give a 5 minute pitch of their event.

So far we have a few already set, with lots of ideas for 5 minute speaks... Our tentative lineup is listed below (this is subject to finalization):

1. Jim Allen - Welcome & Muck truck (5 Min)
2. Jon Sundquist - Bell Built Grant and Allegany spring camp out (7.5 Min)
3. Joe Crumlish - Swap meet & Mb Fest (5 Min)
4. Tom's - SWEETEST bike in the house (5 Min)
5. Thom Wright – The New Terrain Park in Harris Hill (5 Min)
6. Mack - Raccoon Rally - or other cool events (5 Min)
7. Scotto - Single Track race series (5 Min)
8. SPECIALIZED BIKES (FEATURED SPEAKER) – What’s the latest and greatest in Mountain Bike Technology (15 min)
9. TJ - World's fastest tubeless tire change (5 Min)
10. Party & Hang out

Find out more and register for this event at our WNY Mountain Bike Meetup (click HERE).

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.