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Written by Event Guy   
Friday, 28 February 2014 04:02

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The Westen New York Mountain Bike Association (WNYMBA) is sponsoring a Spring Kickoff Social Party at Tom's Bike Shop in their spacious training room.

The purpose of the event is to get everyone psyched for all the 2014 Mb season!

This event is for fun, and should be interesting, and we plan to just hang out to party after.

Tom’s is generously supplying adult refreshment delicious food & snacks – so bring your appetites. We will be giving away plenty of swag prizes during this event & good music will be playing.

The format for the event is 5 minute speakers (1 hour max for speakers). It is fantastic for anyone interested in mountain biking to learn about all the fun times you can have this year.

We also plan to have speakers talk about the latest and greatest cutting edge bikes, TJ will attempt to break his world record for changing a Tubeless tire, and much more... We will have a speaker and microphone set up, and a slide projector.

WNYMBA will promote this event on our web site, Facebook, Twitter, and Meetup site. Tom's is also promoting the event, so we hope to have a lot of new people there.

We are looking for people who are enthusiastic to get up and give a 5 minute pitch of their event.

So far we have a few already set, with lots of ideas for 5 minute speaks... Our tentative lineup is listed below (this is subject to finalization):

1. Jim Allen - Welcome & Muck truck (5 Min)
2. Jon Sundquist - Bell Built Grant and Allegany spring camp out (7.5 Min)
3. Joe Crumlish - Swap meet & Mb Fest (5 Min)
4. Tom's - SWEETEST bike in the house (5 Min)
5. Thom Wright – The New Terrain Park in Harris Hill (5 Min)
6. Mack - Raccoon Rally - or other cool events (5 Min)
7. Scotto - Single Track race series (5 Min)
8. SPECIALIZED BIKES (FEATURED SPEAKER) – What’s the latest and greatest in Mountain Bike Technology (15 min)
9. TJ - World's fastest tubeless tire change (5 Min)
10. Party & Hang out

Find out more and register for this event at our WNY Mountain Bike Meetup (click HERE).

 
Written by SINGLE TRACK RACING   
Monday, 17 February 2014 09:48
WNY mountain bike racing is still here, it's just has a new name.  Welcome Single Track Racing!  For 2014 the Single Track Racing team will be promoting a 6 race spring series, the Single Track Stampede V and a new race, the Harris Hill Hustle.  Be sure to checkout the STR website www.singletrackracing.com and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/singletrackracing. There you will find race info and links to our registration pages.
 
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.

 

 
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?

 
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.

 
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