Long Time WNYMBA member Larry Mordue passes away

We knew the day was coming as Larry had been battling cancer for quite some time, but we are still all very sad to hear that Larry Mordue passed away this past weekend.  Larry was a very dedicated WNYMBA member contributing to all aspects of our club for many years, including race directing and setting up the patrol.  Larry was so dedicated to WNYMBA, attending meetings regularly well after his illness had weakened him.  We all looked forward to seeing him at meetings each month after we could not longer ride or work with him on the trails.  We will miss him dearly.


Here is the latest information from his son:

The memorial service is at 1PM on Monday July 9, 2012. It will be held at Mount Olive Lutheran Church 6965 Chestnut Ridge Road Lockport, NY 14094  (716) 434-8500.

There will not be a viewing as my dad wished to be cremated.  Instead of flowers, the family asks that anyone who wishes to can make a donation to WNYMBA, Livestrong, any cancer charity, or any other charity that makes the world a better place in some way.  My dad was definitely focused on living life to the fullest, preferable outdoors on his bike,  and being in a room full of flowers was not really in line with the type of guy he was.  There is no dress code or anything like that.  People should just come as they would normally dress, they can even ride their bikes if they want,  that's definitely the way my dad would have wanted it.




New Ellicottville Map Now Available

Yes, finally, the updated version of the Ellicottville trails map is now available.  Updated with new trails, difficulty ratings, and new proposed trails for Allegany.

Look for it at your favorite local bike shops and ski areas.  All proceeds from map sales go straight to WNYMBA to support new trails.

Go take a preview look at it over at Map Central.

Selecting a Hitch Bike Rack for Mountain Biking

Are you looking for an easier way to carry your mountain bikes? With many of today’s SUVs coming with integrated trailer hitches and the popularity of aftermarket hitches, people are increasingly turning to hitch bike racks as a preferred alternative for carrying bikes. This article reviews some of the advantages and disadvantages that hitch mounted bike racks offer as well as some of the variations that available on the market today. With the wide range of products available, choosing the right hitch bike rack isn’t always easy. This article is designed to help you narrow the field and to identify a hitch mounted bike rack that fits your needs without breaking the bank.

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Mountain biking on upward climb

"Over the last two years, it seems like people want to go riding again," said Dennis Baldwin, owner of the Ellicottville Bike Shop. "About 10 years ago, it was super-popular and now people are coming back to it. ... We have younger people, older people, guys and girls. It's pretty cool. Even in the small town of Ellicottville, I've had four younger, local guys, who hadn't been mountain biking, getting their own bikes and riding out in the woods. It's great to see new faces."

"There are two ways we see growth," said Kevin Preston, president of the Western New York Mountain Bicycling Association. "We're primarily a trail advocacy group and we work on adding and maintaining trails, not just for mountain biking, but for others to enjoy.

"Membership is the other way to measure growth, and right now we have about 160 members. That number has doubled in the last three or four years and it's still growing. More people want access to public outdoor places."

Indeed, mountain biking conversation has two components -- the sport and the environment. The two work together, as mountain bikers carry a strong sense of respect for nature and the trails, in part because of their collective ethic and in part because they need access to trails which often are on county or state lands.

Click HERE to read the rest of the Buffalo News Article by Amy Moritz

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.