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Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day - October 4

Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day - October 4

WNYMBA participates in TAKMB day for the first time!  October 4!  Sprague Brook!

Fall 2014 Trail Work Schedule Announced

Fall 2014 Trail Work Schedule Announced

Holy cow there's a lot planned!  Six E-ville, and two each at Hunters and Spague.  Those trails are going to kick ass!

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We DON’T Need A Muck Truck – WE’VE GOT ONE!
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 22:01

“TRAV” COMES HOME!

Underneath all that blue plastic is object of WNYMBA’s most recent desires, our very our Muck Truck! Named after our most generous donor, “Trav” is currently alive and residing in Jack Kramer’s shop in Ellicottville after a week-long trip from his former home in a Florida warehouse.

WNYMBA had never before been involved in a fundraising campaign and when we started off on the journey to raise funds for Trav neither the outcome, nor the name, were certain. Call it Karma, call it hard work, call it whatever you like, we did it – together. A large number of donors gave us a boost, but special thanks should go out to two extremely generous donors, Travis Rohring and The Seneca Gaming Corporation.

Travis’s donation was made in honor of Larry Mordue, a long-time WNYMBA member, activist and friend to all beginners.

Other notable donors included Mack Lawrence (heartrateup.com) and Tips Up and Dina’s Restaurants, both in Ellicottville.

Capable of carrying up to 800 lbs. and 8 cu. ft. of material at a time, the 4-WD, 4-Speed Muck Truck will make the job of moving crushed stone and rocks into the wet areas of our trails much easier. Our Spring Trail Work Schedule is about to be announced. Pick a date or two and come out to watch Trav work!

WNYMBA says thanks and the aching backs of our trail-working members certainly say thanks.

Now we need a way to get Trav to his trail days. Anybody know of a good used trailer for sale?

 
Skill Loop coming to HHE this Summer
Written by thom   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:43

Looks like I have the go ahead to put in a .1 to .15 skills loop just off the parking area at HHE. My plan is to have a main line, with a few alternate lines hitting different sized drops, skinnies, rock gardens an such. There is a good rock source available near by, as well as some blow downs to develop into log overs, pyramids and skinnies.

If the weather cooperates, I am hoping I can concentrate a lot of work on it during my Spring Break April 12th to the 20th...There is good possibility of getting a hold of the County's Ditch Witch that is earmarked for the Equestrian trail development. It will be interesting to see how it does creating tread, helping with material moving, berms, whoops. etc. We will be staying away from "north shore" lumber and screw features.  Simply using natural materials placed and stacked in a way to create some fun and challenging stuff.

If anyone wants to toss me pics of some features, to get me thinking, please do so. Also, if you want to get involved in laying it out and building it, I would welcome the help. I hope to have this completed this Summer to allow folks to enjoy it while they wait for those chronic late arrivers for group rides.

On another bit of news, talks are progressing favorably regarding laying out and grooming trail with a snowmobile and drag for a Winter loop for the area.  This may occur in the HHE area and/or the Hatch Creek State Forest, where there is current talk of putting in some trails including a beginner and more intermediate loop.

Need to say that down here in Chautauqua County we are blessed with reasonable Land Managers and some supportive folks.  If you haven't made it down for a ride yet, perhaps you will this Summer.

 

 
"LOST IS JUST A BAD TV SHOW ... NO LONGER A RIDE DAY IN ELLICOTTVILLE
Written by Tallboy   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:05

It's a well-known fact that years of hard work and meticulous trail preparation in the Ellicottville area by WNYMBA members has established over 30 miles of the best single-track trails in the Northeast.

A less well-known and certainly much less appreciated fact, is that for almost as long as we've had this great trail network, we've had riders, particularly out-or-town riders, wandering the woods trying to find their way OUT of that trail system. And while it's easy to make the case that being lost and getting found again is all part of having a great adventure, the fun definitely goes out of that adventure when you're low on water, food, energy and daylight and not so sure about the "getting found" part.

So this past Fall, as part of WNYMBA's never-ending effort to eliminate stress where none belongs, we embarked on a project to improve signage on the Ellicottville trail network. With the installation of approximately 75 signs, in the NYDEC's approved brown and yellow colors, the project is almost complete. That may sound like a lot of signs, but with some intersections requiring three or four signs and with 30+ miles of trail, it's very likely some junctions could still be improved and it's possible that other areas may still need attention. If you have suggestions for additional sign placement, or ideas on we might improve trail ID, please uses the "Add Comment" button below to let us know.

 
Head Down to the Dirt Fest
Written by Event Guy   
Friday, 31 January 2014 22:01

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.

 
January Notes From New President
Written by Tallboy   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:53

“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

 

 

Thanks … I think … for electing me as your President. Check back with me in a year to see if I’ve survived and whether or not I still have any mountain bike friends. In the meantime, stay tuned – it’s going to be a great ride this year!
Jim Allen
 
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