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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 10 months ago #12496

Wow! Thanks for the quick responses! Thank you Geoff and Jon for the map link. I will be watching the weather hourly on Saturday night with my fingers crossed. If anyone local can post any bad weather tomorrow in the E-Ville area that would be awesome.

What’s ‘Big Merlin’? Now you’ve got me afraid, I’m terrified of gnomes :lol:

So if we’re not from around there, are the trails well marked? I don’t want to be doubting myself 20 miles into a ride :shock:

Thanks again,

phil
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 10 months ago #12495

If you guys ride Big Merlin - keep a look out for that gnome that caused my crash!

Hey - I also heard from Mack that someone got hurt badly running on Big Merlin too... crazy eh?
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 10 months ago #12494

I was just about to post that exact same link.

That link was in response to this thread:

http://www.wnymba.org/viewtopic.php?t=1986

Note, Hurricane Ernesto is scheduled to flood the area on Saturday, so it might be better to wait a week. Conditions are great right now, but...

That's why a night ride is scheduled for this evening at 8 PM. That will probably be pretty epic if you can make it.
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Check this out 8 years 10 months ago #12493

You might want to try this ride, it's similar to the IMBA Epic.

[url:223ezkl8]www.wnymba.org/viewtopic.php?t=1989&highlight=eds[/url]

I usually park by the by the tower on Mutton Hollow Rd. Take RT 242 to Whig Street, then make that sharp left onto Mutton Hollow Rd. follow the dirt road up to the tower. If you want to aviod the training center hill.
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Imba Epic Ride? 8 years 10 months ago #12491

Hello all, :D

I’m planning to ride the IMBA Epic route this weekend (actually Sunday). I have a few questions!


Most importantly how are the trail conditions?

Does anyone have a map of the actual route? I’ve seen the topo maps but there is no highlighted route for the Epic ride

Are the trails well marked for people coming out of town riding on their own? If not, would someone be interested in joining us to guide?

Is there a way to avoid the climb out of Holimont / Holiday Valley? Is there a parking area at the top of the hill and how to get there?

Is there a place to dump water / food at some sort of halfway point?

Any other advice would be greatly appreciated!!


Thanks in advance!

Phil Szczepaniak
Ontario, Canada
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 11 months ago #12275

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Eville is absolutely in perfect shape.......
Why...so...serious?

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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 11 months ago #12262

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Sick.
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 11 months ago #12113

The trails are drying out quite well. Ride 'em!
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 11 months ago #12055

Yeah. It will be an interesting experiment. They should recover well if (a) they don't get widened, and (b) the berms don't get built up too bad. I'm anxious to see how it recovers.

The soil is definitrly different from Hunters Creek. That much use at hunters under wet conditions would lead to a lot of problems with widened trails and deep mudholes being dug.
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 11 months ago #12054

I think the McCarty Hill/Rock City SF trails should be fine by week's end. Please try to minimize any impact until then.
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 11 months ago #12053

Jon Sundquist wrote:
I think this year should be the last for the RR&R. I think it sends the wrong message that it is OK to ride in those types of conditions.

or maybe just the last wnymba RRR?
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 8 years 11 months ago #12050

Sorry, obvioulsy I didn't know Hunters was rained on so hard. Stay away.

And yeah, much of FLT is too delicate to ride. But we actually rode the section between 4 rocks and Billygoat with the state College guys. This section is rarely ever used and it shows (because its insane-2 more flats!). It mostly rock gardens in that area as you know.

Mike and I were surprised how little mud was on our bikes, but we rode only the drier areas (literally turned around and did it back again). Bill's hill was the wetest area we rode-no surprise there. Rim's conditions were surprisingly pretty good.

Bill and Joe worked on the Rain trail for many hours...say thanks to them!
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