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WNYMBA does final ride on the white trail
Written by Jon Sundquist   
Sunday, 09 November 2014 21:41

Yes, the white trail is closing.  We had the funeral ride today.  Mike wore a suit, and Jen was dressed in black with a head veil, as was appropriate for the occasion.  Yeah, we had a good ride, but seriously, this was a sad day.  This is a trail we have been riding for over 20 years, but will no longer be available.  This really sucks.

Because shotgun season starts next weekend, and it already is snowing some, we figured this would be the last chance to ride the trail, since we only have until the end of 2014 to complete the replacement.  The replacement is just about done - I rode the whole thing today and it riding nice, just a few rocky areas still to work on.  But it is a shame we had to spend so much time on a duplicate trail when the efforts could have gone to something that would benefit everyone.

But today, it was time to say RIP, White Trail.

WNYMBA Officer Nomination Meeting - Postponed!!
Written by Tallboy   
Friday, 07 November 2014 11:33

HILLARY CLINTON, TED CRUZ & RAND PAUL have all promised NOT to attend our next meeting on Wed. ???? Postponed due to snow??? at Santora's Restaurant, 1402 Millersport Hwy., Williamsville 14221 (across from the Marriott) when nominations for the 2015 WNYMBA executive board will be accepted. Join us at 7:00 PM and help line up the latest crop of sacrificial lambs for public approval and/or scorn.

Unlike the Feds, WNYMBA only needs a couple of months to contemplate the candidates. We keep it simple - nominations in November and elections in January.

You won't be charged with altering the course of history at this meeting, but you may be asked to put forth a name or two for officer positions, for your stance on the public consumption of adult beverages & pizza ... and whether 29" wheels really are an inch-and-a-half bigger than 27.5". If you can't join us in person, please forward your nominations for President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Advisory Board (4) to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Last Replacement Trail Day a huge success
Written by Jon Sundquist   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 18:39

We are just about done with the replacement trail.  Still some work to do, especially near the "new V-rock" section, and a rocky patch about half way through.  But Dennis rode it today and said it rode awesome!  Still a couple of hike-a-bike sections, but by next year, these will all be tweaked and will ride great.

Here's a before and after of one section we worked on last Sunday:



Next thing you know someone is going to complain that we paved this thing!

Update on replacement trail progress
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 27 October 2014 21:22

It's near the end of October, the traditional end of the fall trail work season.  However, despite scheduling six work days this fall for the replacement trail, it still is not quite done.  However, we are getting pretty close.  Here is an update on the progress.

Last Spring, we had three work days on this new trail.  Those work days focused on clearing the corridor.  We were successful in getting the whole corridor from the tower on Mutton Hollow Road down to the gated dirt forest road cleared.  That was a lot of work as the woods were very thick here due to the big harvest of 1999.  This was a great accomplishment.  We also got the section from the tower to the intersection with KC trail completely done as a taste of what is to come.

We took the summer off to ride of course, but got back to building in the fall.  We started by working on the tread on this section, receiving a great boost from Thom Wright and his tread scarifier that worked well on this flat section of the trail.  We got the tread done about half way north from the gated road back up towards the tower.

We stopped progress to the north to focus on the short section to the south from the gated road to the end of the reroute at the CCC/McCarty Hill road.  This included building a short section of the single use white trail in order for the very end of the current white trail to remain shared use.  We spent four work days (poor turnout unfortunately due to bad weather) building this section, but it was worth it.  Unlike the section to the north, this trail is more akin to what we are used to building, with location along the edge of a hillside, and through a relatively mature stretch of forest.  This section is now done.

In the meantime, Dennis Baldwin of Ellicottville Bike and Bean set up a few weekday work sessions to work on one particularly rocky section of the new trail.  This section is near the middle of the reroute, where it has the greatest separation from the old route.  There's more work to be done there, but the stuff done to date is awesome and will be a very rideable section of rocks thanks to this effort.

The Toddler also lead one work day in September in the stretch where the new trail parallels the V-rock.  Just as most people have to hike the V-rock, this new section will also be quite the challenge.

We still have more work to do to finish this trail.  The work is needed on either side of the V-rock, and includes some more rock work on the "new V-rock" as well.  We have scheduled one more work day this coming Sunday.  And as an incentive to get folks to come despite the cold weather forecast, Dennis is offering free breakfast burritos to all who come out to work!

And finally, there really is only one more weekend after that before shotgun season starts.  So the following weekend is really the last chance for us to ride the old white trail.  To put this trail to bed with one last great ride, we have scheduled a "Funeral Ride" on Sunday November 9.  We will enjoy this trail one last time, and share stories of all the great rides we have had on this trail, and maybe share a beverage or two afterward.  And talk about how we are going to continue to work and organize against any more trail losses.

Hope to see you all there at each of these last two events of the 2014 season.

October Meeting - Wednesday 10/22 - 7:00 PM - Santora's
Written by Tallboy   
Monday, 06 October 2014 13:02

Whether we like it or not, the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder and the mid-week evening rides are almost at an end for the year. So, we're shifting our monthly meetings back north into the Buffalo area for a while.

Join us for our October Meeting at Santora's at 7:00 PM on Wednesday October 22nd at 1402 Millersport Hwy, Williamsville, 14221. The restaurant is located across the street from the Marriott Hotel in the Millersport Hwy/Maple Rd. area, near the UB North Campus. Come on out and hang with your fellow MTB riders while we bring everyone up to date on WNYMBA's latest projects and news over great pizza and beer.

Don't be shy. Everyone is welcome and we can absolutely certify that no new member has been bitten since that one guy tried to reach past Todd for the last slice!

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