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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 9 months ago #12666

Jon may have a track for you to use.
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 9 months ago #12659

Hello, thinking of riding the epic ride (or variations thereof) on the 16th. has anyone done this ride with a Gramin based GPS device? I recently purchased one and found that it's possible to download GPS data to my unit (Forerunner 205) and it will give me directions on the ride. Anyone?

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phil
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 9 months ago #12656

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rode rain, sidewinder, big merlin, dead dog, porcupine, yukon's lunch, anderson blvd., buzzard's-trails were decent, a little wet in areas. thanks to beth and ken for kicking my a$$.
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 9 months ago #12583

rode the race loop, rain trail, and big merlin today, trails in relative good shape, with the exception of some mud on the rain trail
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 10 months ago #12524

We have gotten about 2 inches here in Cheek to Vegas- that is a official tally from my swimming pool that I am draining right now! Still raining. Backyard is a swamp, dog is soaking wet! I'd give it at least till Monday.

Penguin :(
Mommy- theres a root on the trail! Make it go away! I want my Binkie
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 10 months ago #12523

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A group of us are planning on going up to Holiday Valley tomorrow i was hoping for some advice on which trails will be dried if any. Or should we just save a trail and go next weekend.
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 10 months ago #12521

yikes! :(

I guess we'll have to postpone our trip... maybe next weekend or the weekend after...

Stupid rain!! :x

if anyone's up for riding that LONG loop with us let me know and we can arrange a date

thanks
phil
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 10 months ago #12520

I just finished a wicked kayak run down Big Merlin .... awesome!




Bring your snorkel.
I'm guessing we've easily received over an inch so far.
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 10 months ago #12517

so.... can anyone local tell me what the weather's doing down there as of Saturday Afternoon? It's raining here in Hamilton, Ontario, but lightly...

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phil
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 10 months ago #12508

Thanks Justin for your great description! I think we will skip the initial climb like you said.

So you say it's comparable? Hilton is the only place around here that we ride in wet weather because it drains so well and its mostly rock!

We do love technical trails. Our Bent Rim Trail up at Hilton is definitely for a specific breed of rider. :twisted: Believe it or not, myself and a few people in our group have cleaned entire trail without a dab.

I built up a new SC Nomad this year and put 2.35 Kenda Nevegal rear and Blue Groove front on it, with the Stik-ee compound. I'm still amazed at what I can get away with on these tires! Slippery roots, rocks etc. are no match for these tires, highly recommended!

Thanks!
phil
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 10 months ago #12507

A group of us rode at Hilton Falls and Kelso Rec Area about a month ago; it rained almost the whole time we were riding, but still provides a good comparison to Eville. The climb up Holiday or Holimont is longer than Kelso and a little steeper, but to do it once is not really a big deal but I would probably just park up on top the hill so you can focus on the better trails. Most of the trails are rolling with some decent sustained climbs and descents, nothing really steep but tiring enough. It is not flat like Hilton and Kelso are, much more hills.

Some trails are very technical, so if thats what you like make sure to ride Pale Ale, Rim, Bent Rim, and the White trail (FLT). That Bent Rim trail at Hilton proved more difficult for me than our Bent Rim because the rocks are even worse (read: more jagged and less rideable) but I think you will enjoy ours.

P.S. Jon, or anyone else, if you are having issues with slippery roots and rocks, then you should try some sticky rubber tires. I have been running the Maxxis Minions 2.35 Super Tacky and they stick so well that I no longer worry about roots and rocks, wet or dry. I only have to slow down a little bit on some sections when its wet, but rarely have I unexpectely washed out. I can say that I will never use anything but sticky or dual tread compound tires from now on.
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 10 months ago #12503

We’re normally used to doing climbs of around 400 to 500 feet up the Niagara Escarpment… so no worries about climbing for us! The only thing I was wondering was if there are steep ups and downs (a la Mansfield) or is it mostly rolling when you get to the top? I can see from the topo map that most of the climbing is done up the ski slope… I think?

Jon, our group is from Dundas, Ontario (Hamilton basically). Do you guys do much riding in Ontario? We have a few areas here that are virtually unrideable after rain (clay based), I will stay tuned on this board to see how much in fact it rains tomorrow! It won’t be fun covering that much distance if the trails are really wet.

Thanks
phil
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