Spring 2017 Trail Work Schedule Announced

trailsAnd what a great trail work season we have coming up.  Highlights include (1) Starting trail building at Darien Lakes State Park!  (2) Another trail building weekend at Allegany State Park with free cabin lodging  (3) more maintenance work at Erie County forests and Cattaraugus State forests.

Check out the summary at the Trail Work Page, or over at Meetup.

Hope to see you all out on the trails.

Fall 2016 Trail Work Schedule Announced

600 2395861421It may not feel like fall yet, but it sure is getting darker faster.  That means it's time for the fall work schedule.  We hope you can make it to one or two this fall.  We have tried to schedule around major events, but do have one event on Oct. 8 (fall fest weekend) where we hope to have some boy scouts helping out.  We have events scheduled every weekend up through November.  See you on the trails!  

Web page calendar Link

Meetup Link (same info)

Fall Trail Work Schedule Announced

Until today, it seemed like summer, after a slow start, was spilling right into September.  So the Fall trail work season has snuck up on us.  Plus, just as we were about to develop the schedule, Holiday Valley surprised us by starting the construction of the new trail formerly known as "Bell Built", and we needed to work the finish work into the schedule.  But we have a bunch of dates set, and may be adding more.  Please check our Trail Work Page for the latest dates.  

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Updates/Changes to the Spring Trail Work Schedule

What a wild spring it has been! It started out with so much snow that we had to cancel our first two trail days (at Ellicottville and Sprague). There was still snow on the trails and roads on April 11!

And then, the weather turned into summer virtually overnight, with riding on dry, dusty trails by the end of April. Amazing.

This, plus some other events, have caused us to make some changes to our spring trail work schedule. The chhanges to date are:

  • The April 4 Sprague and April 11 E-ville days were cancelled
  • We also had to reschedule the Hunters Creek work day on May 10 due to illness. Fortunately, we were able to contact everyone planning on attending, and were still there at the trailhead in case someone didn't get the memo

And ... we have a couple of changes going through to the end of the spring period:

  • The cancelled Hunters Creek days is being rescheduled to May 30 (Saturday). Hope you can head out to Hunters and help resident trail guru Ben Claus add some love the lines
  • National Trails Day, originally scheduled for Sprague, is being moved to Ellicottville. The occasion will be the Grand Opening of the new Black Trail. This is the trail that parallels the now-closed White Trail from the comm tower on Mutton Hollow Rd. behind Holiday Valley. It's been a lot of work over the past year, but this trail is now ready to ride. It still needs some tweaks, and that is what we will be doing first, but then there will be the celebratory barbeque and ride afterward.

After NTD, it's time to ride and race for the rest of the summer! Hope to see you out on the trails this spring. Trail work is fund and rewarding, so join us!

Two Great Trail Work Days This May 9-10 Weekend

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WNYMBA is hosting not one, but two, trail work days this coming weekend.

On Saturday May 9th, Jim Allen is leading a work day at Golden Hill State Park, just south of Ellicottville. The plan is to use “Travis”, WNYMBA’s Honda-powered Muck Truck, to spread some crushed rock on a wet section of trail immediately adjacent to Fire Lane Rd. Golden Hill is not nearly as well-known as Ellicottville, its’ “Big Brother” riding area just ten minutes up the road, but this out-of-the-way gem offers some great riding. It’s an excellent place to bring new riders who want to do some real woods riding, but who may not want to deal with big hills just yet. We’ll meet at Ellicottville Bike & Bean at 30 Washington St. in Ellicottville at 10:00 AM on Saturday and then caravan to Golden Hill. We supply lunch - bring your bike for an after lunch ride and discover yet another WNY riding area.

On Sunday May 10th, Ben Clauss takes over the lead at Hunter’s Creek and has a couple of really cool projects planned to improve this much-loved riding area. Ben has a post with more details a little farther down this page. Bring your Mom – it’s Mother’s Day.

A “2 for 1 BONUS WEEKEND”, brought to you by WNYMBA!

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