Building upon last year's success, we are once again having a custom beer made for our club, with a cool winter party (and ride) around it's release! We've teamed up with Thin Man Brewery to make us a Smoked "Pulaski Porter" which will be available at this fundraising event - with proceeds to benefit WNYMBA's trail advocacy efforts. Come one, come all to drink beer - eat pizza - and help the trails! $20 will get you two beer tickets, pizza, salads, and access to all our raffles and drawings. Plus, you'll be the first to enjoy this new beer, custom made for our club - named in honor of Ed Pulaski - the inventor of our beloved trail tool. If the weather cooperates, we'll meet at Campus Wheelworks on Elmwood for a ceremonial ride to the event at Mr. Goodbar. Revelry will start at 7:00, in their upstairs room. Oh - and they are having karaoke as soon as we finish up at 10 or so... for those who want to sing the rest of the night away. Pre-sale tickets are available. Follow the link below.
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?!
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.
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:
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!
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.