Scratching the itch in the northtowns

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6 years 11 months ago #39006 by LeapingDog
LeapingDog replied the topic: Re: Scratching the itch in the northtowns
Untrue - According to Google Maps, Hunters Creek is 33 miles from Tonawanda, and Darien State Park is 28.5. Maybe you live in a corner of your town where HC is closer.

Not much shorter drive from your town, but the park could be a nice MB alternative, if you want to change things up.

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6 years 11 months ago #39005 by Jon Sundquist
Jon Sundquist replied the topic: Re: Scratching the itch in the northtowns
Unfortunately, moving to Tonawanda and complaining about no dirt riding is like moving to Florida and complaining about no skiing. This for two reasons:
  • Lack of public land
  • And even of the public land that is, the geology and soils is about the worst you can imagine for developing trails (see discussion on this over at[url=index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=75:older-bond-lake-news&catid=56:bond-advocacy&Itemid=54]Bond Lake Advocacy articles[/url].)

I am many others moved to the southtowns for these reasons. There just isn't any way around it.

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6 years 11 months ago - 6 years 11 months ago #39004 by Scotto
Scotto replied the topic: Re: Scratching the itch in the northtowns
Darien is actually 5 miles closer but that is not the topic here.
Darien could turn into a "Sprague Brook" for the northies. Plus, the rangers want to add a couple of features not found at any other parks. Possibly a terrain park, definitely a race loop and most definitely trails that will bring back the first timers.
There is a lot of potential to build a network of trails that are fast and flowy!

Scotto wrote: This place has a lot of potential, an open canvass. They just threw it out there but race loop, terrain park and beginner's trail were a few of the things discussed.
www.wnymba.org/index.php?option=com_joom...s&layout=track&id=35

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6 years 11 months ago #39003 by kb voodoo
kb voodoo replied the topic: Re: Scratching the itch in the northtowns

LeapingDog wrote: The management at Darien State Park have expressed interest in having WNYMBA create MB trails in the park. The park is 1,800 acres (which is bigger than Sprague brook and Hunters Creek combined). The club formed a committee and has already met with park management and done an initial ride-through of the park's interior.

We are looking to have a second ride-through which will be open to all WNYMBA members, so they can see for themselves the great potential that this park offers.

This park is only 23 miles from downtown Buffalo, and easily accessible from the North Towns. Currently, there are about 16 miles of stone roads within the park's interior, and just one major single track (the Conservation Trail) which runs through the park.

We hope for strong interest from the MB community as we move forward.

Please share your thoughts on this...


Darien Lake is farther from Tonawanda than Hunters is.

The 1970's: No knee pads, helmets, brakes, or over cautious soccer mom's. It's just how we rolled...

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6 years 11 months ago #39002 by LeapingDog
LeapingDog replied the topic: Re: Scratching the itch in the northtowns
The management at Darien State Park have expressed interest in having WNYMBA create MB trails in the park. The park is 1,800 acres (which is bigger than Sprague brook and Hunters Creek combined). The club formed a committee and has already met with park management and done an initial ride-through of the park's interior.

We are looking to have a second ride-through which will be open to all WNYMBA members, so they can see for themselves the great potential that this park offers.

This park is only 23 miles from downtown Buffalo, and easily accessible from the North Towns. Currently, there are about 16 miles of stone roads within the park's interior, and just one major single track (the Conservation Trail) which runs through the park.

We hope for strong interest from the MB community as we move forward.

Please share your thoughts on this...

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6 years 11 months ago #39001 by jroden
jroden replied the topic: Re: Scratching the itch in the northtowns

The Todd-ler wrote: Flat road rides in Tonawanda ain't gonna make you much stronger btw.


Though I hate riding on the flat windy roads to the north, some of the great champions of cycling have come from places like Holland where there are few hills and lots of crosswinds in the spring. Grand Island has been home to some of the local greats, our new State Time Trial champion comes from GI, he rode 25 miles in 51 minutes, 29.5 miles per hour. Not bad for training on flat roads...

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