Join the WNYMBA contingency for the Dirt Rag - Dirt Fest. Presented by 9 niner. Friday, May 16, 2014. Car pooling is happening - or drive down with the group.
Find out more, & register for this event at our WNY Mountain Bike Meetup site by clicking HERE. Note that you will also need to register with the Dirt Fest organizers on the link provided.
More info will be posted on the meetup site as the date approaches.
“Press-Gang” – Noun (historical) - “A body of men employed to enlist men forcibly into service”. Verb (contemporary) - “To force or coerce”.
As I sit here contemplating my recent election as WNYMBA’s President, I realize that technically speaking, I’ve been “had”. Press-ganged by two of the nicest guys in mountain biking.
Outgoing President Ben Clauss and past-President Jon Sundquist spoke to me a few months ago and asked if I’d consider standing for President for 2014. My memory of our conversation was that there’d be lots of competition and that my election was by no means a sure thing. What happened, of course, was a WNYMBA parody of the old army skit where the Sergeant calls for volunteers to step forward. Everyone steps back of course, except for once poor sucker standing on the front line. Guess who?
When I look at the accomplishments of past Presidents like Ben Clauss (2012-13), Kevin Preston (2009-11), Mike Moscato (2006-8), Bill Rosenberry (2005) and Jon Sundquist (2001-4), I’ve got to confess that I’m intimidated. These guys brought us from very humble beginnings to our current position as leaders of all things mountain-bike in Western New York. I only hope that I can measure up and all I can say is, I promise to do my best to live up to the standard set by these guys.
WNYMBA has a lot on its’ plate for 2014 … and a lot to offer our members. Just a few things that spring to mind off the of my head are the Spring Bike Swap, layout of new trails at Darien Lake, a Larry Mordue kiosk, the building of a new “Alternate” to the White Trail in Ellicottville, maintenance of current trails at Hunter’s Creek, Sprague Brook, Golden Hill, Harris Hill and Ellicottville and a possible move of the Festival back to Ellicottville. I’d also like to see renewed emphasis on building our membership. We’re strong, but only as strong as the work we do and the members we hold and attract.
Finally, I’d like to thank the other members of your new executive. These were folks who were also a bit slow to step back when the call for volunteers went out.
- Jeff Smith - Vice-President
- Joe Crumlish – Treasurer
- Phil Defranco – Secretary
- Jon Sundquist – Advisory Board
- Ben Clauss – Advisory Board
- Todd Fiore – Advisory Board
- Mike Moscato – Advisory Board
Update - info from Frank MaGuire...IMBA midatlanticregional director and beer drinker.
- Things are still rolling along. two different grants were secured/reassigned bringing the project funds into the $250,000 range. which would be close to enough for the first phase, some of the campground connectors, some of the blue and one or two of the black routes.
- Timeline -we know nothing is ever definite, but... the EA completion could/should happen this next calendar year, If the EA is completed by Summer,, that would for clearing of corridor in the Fall if all goes well, a selection of the contractor in the Fall. and then beginning construction in Spring 2015...
Scoping will likely occur this Spring..-ANF announce proposed action and contact stakeholders for input..... we will be asking for positive letter campaign from friends near and far for support.
Probably a public meeting happening in Warren, in March,
NAMBA-ANF will likely formalize a maintenance agreement for the future trail system, along with possible work on existing trails to establish a good, trusting working relationship.
It may seem like we have been talking about this for years.. well we have... but the news of having a significant amount of funding waiting to go to the contractor,, is a huge bit of news that ought to make everyone consider that project is moving in the right direction. some of you may consider locking yourself in a dark room, putting a towel over the crack below the door and letting out a short, timid squeal of anticipatory joy
there may be more news (hopefully positive) in January... will post up info then...
UPDATE 2 -Post Event:
By Philip A Defranco Jr - Full moon canal bike ride: A group (Middle port) 22 miles, B group (Knowlesville) 40 miles and C group (Albion) 52miles
Get the bike out and take a night time spin along the canal tow path on a cool fall night. This is a great ride whether you are a hard core cyclist looking to get in some miles or just looking for a leasurely spin. Start in lockport (Parking lot at N. Canal & Cold springs road) and ride east out towards Middle port, Medina and Albion then back. Enjoy the rising "Frost Moon" of November as you ride through the countryside along the canal. This is an out and back ride so feel free to turn around and head back whenever you like, Multiple groups a possibility. Approximate distance to towns along the canal, Gasport (5), Middleport (10), Medina (15) Knowlesville (20) Albion (25-for the fest and furious).
Details Difficulty: Beginer friendly but fun for all abilities Terrain: Flat w/ Hard packed fine gravel surface (almost road like) Distance: Between 10 and 50 miles (ride as much as you like) Bikes required: Any kind of (operational) bike will do, The ideal bike would be a hybrid or cyclocross bike. Lights: A commuter bike head light (that can last at least 4 hours) will be sufficient (can be purchased @berts, Dicks, Target, Walmart) and a rear "Blinky". Also Bring: warm clothing, Water and food
Post Ride TBD in Lockport
This is why we need a Muck Truck!
We had another great weekend of trail work this past weekend, with the weather cooperating great no matter what the weatherman said. The pic below is some of our intrepid crew moving stone from the pile at Sprague Brook to fill in a whole bunch of muddy areas that had developed during the wetter portions of the summer. It was hot and humid work but worth it. We also fixed a few other more remote wet spots with pulaski and McCloed where there was drainage available.
The day before, we had a great crew assemble at Bike and Bean for the trek up to Rocky's Run in the woods, where we did a reroute around those series of wet spots out towards the far end of Rocky III. Despite cloudy and rainy weather in the Buff, it was brilliantly sunny and dry down in E-ville. At least until we finished, cooked up the burgers and dogs and got the bikes out. Then it started raining. Oh well, win some, lose some.
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