That picture to the left is the web cam at Holiday Valley. I use that to check to see how much snow is down in Ellicottville. I didn't have to do that today because Allegany called us to tell us that 4" of snow fell yesterday and more is on the way. We have decided to cancel the work weekend because we don't want to get a huge crew out there if we weren't going to make a lot of progress. Temps are forecast to stay below freezing through the weekend, and snow is forecast tomorrow and Sunday. So it's with a heavy heart that we are cancelling this event this year. Stay tuned for more news about getting the stone tower trail built.
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:
Fall? It sure seems like summer! The weather lately is nicer (and warmer) than a lot of July and August. But Fall does indeed start later this week, and it is time to put out the fall schedule of work days. This warm weather can last all that long.
So far, we have work days planned at Darien Lake, Hunters Creek and Sprague Brook. We hope to add a few more dates, including possibly an Ellicottville date and another Hunters.
So far we have:
- Darien Lake Trail Building Sept. 30
- Sprague Brook Fall Day #1 Oct. 14
- Hunters Creek Oct. 21
- Sprague Brook Fall Day #2 Nov. 4
Hope to see you all there.
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