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"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.
Harris Hill Ext Trail network
Harris Hill Ext. was created and is maintained by a group of folk who wanted more single track closer to home. We have about 6 miles from our 3 loops,
add that to the approx. 4 miles of out and back from R to V on the Lower East Overland, you will have close to 14 miles to play with. (4 out and 4 back = 8 my friend)
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The Hunters Creek Puncheon project on the Conservation Trail was amazing. The Foothills trail club raised $5,500 dollars for the project (including a donation from WNYMBA) and constructed 570 feet of Puncheons. This was a massive project which is a major improvement to to this trail system.
The puncheons are made from 1 inch thick treated lumber and were constructed off site and carried into the park. The pre-assembled puncheons were heavy and required 4 - 8 people to carry them in. Short ropes with loops on the ends were used to carry the puncheons to the trail side, a person on each side of the rope.
There's a never a good day to rain, and we've had way more than our share lately, but unfortunately it cut short some of the trail construction on National Trails Day this past Saturday. A little rain never hurt anyone, but lightning sometimes does, so when the skies opened up and the bolts came closer, we decided to be better safe than sorry, rather than stay on the top of a prominent ridge next to some tall trees.
But thanks to the great turnout, we still made some great progress on the Mesa Trail. We put the knowledge gained from the recent IMBA TCC visit to built some more great bench cut trail.
The cold rain made the NTD feast taste all the better. Special thanks to Al and Jerrine for cooking up a great pulled pork, chili, and all the fixings lunch for our cold and drenched crew.
This leaves plenty to do to finish the trail. We may consider scheduling some "hard corps" days in July and August like we used to do back in 1999 and 2000. These are extra days we schedule on a "what the heck, why not" basis. Because people usually still show up and great trail gets built!
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