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TOPIC: Ellicottville Conditions

Imba Epic Ride? 9 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 9 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 9 years 11 months ago #12262

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Sick.
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 9 years 11 months ago #12113

The trails are drying out quite well. Ride 'em!
Long Live Long Rides
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 9 years 11 months ago #12049

East Aurora got rain Thur, Fri and Sat. Hunters has got to be a mess. I rode on the road both Sat. and Sun. and yesterday I went by Hunters parking lot and there were riders there which got me pissed off. It's not the place to go to after three days of rain.

Todd: Saw you and Mike heading down the the thruway Sunday morning while I was heading to UB for my son's swim meet. Good suggestions you have except this important clarification:

Also avoid the FLT in E-ville. I think some people keep forgetting that this trail is closed to bikes in every other state forest in the state, and the FLT folks continue to argue to get it closed here also (they brought it up just recently with the meetings related to the reroutes for the new HV pond). If this trail gets trashed, we could lose access. So skip the FLT until is dries out.

This is why the principle reroute work that we did for the RR&R was to get it off the FLT except where it was on log roads. 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.
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 9 years 11 months ago #12048

Ben what's up in Colden / Glenwood maybe we can get a jump on canceling Wednesday's ride at Sprague for a change if conditions aren't going to get any better.
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 9 years 11 months ago #12047

hunters got significant rain thursday and more on saturday, so I wouldn't count on it being dry
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Re: Ellicottville Conditions 9 years 11 months ago #12045

Lotsa people visiting this weekend from other areas (state college, PA and Toronto, etc). Too bad they didn't see Eville at its best.

It's sloppy out there! And the weather is calling for record temps, record humidity, and resulting spotty showers for the next few days.

Then finally a cool down, and maybe less showers with drying out just in time for the MTB Fest.

Please, don't ride Eville's east side for a few days (the trails 90% of what people ride, some exclusively-like Rain, Dead Dog, Big Merlin). If you must ride, ride the central stuff (FLT, Anderson, Buzzards, Mutton, Porcupine)

or
try Hunters Creek...still prob pretty good.
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