WNYMBA Camping Weekend - August 14-16

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WNYMBA Camping Weekend - How to Get to the Campsite

-          Drive south on Hwy #219 from Ellicottville towards Holiday Valley Resort

-          Turn RIGHT on Holiday Valley Rd.

-          Drive up the hill on HV Rd. as far as you can go - pass ALL the Holiday Valley buildings – go all the way to the cul-de-sac at top of the hill

-          When you arrive at the cul-de-sac, go through the gate to the RIGHT (not the one straight ahead) – there will be a “WNYMBA” sign on the correct gate

-          Follow the dirt road steeply uphill and look for more “WNYMBA” signs which will lead you through Holimont property to the Holiday Valley

Please remember that while we are guests of Holiday Valley this weekend, Holimont has given us special permission to pass through their property. Please show respect to both resorts. 

If you’re a mountain biker who likes riding, camping, swimming and hanging out with good people, this is the weekend for you! Make your plans now to attend the 2nd Annual WNYMBA Camping Weekend at Holiday Valley over the weekend of August 14-16.

This is a unique opportunity to camp up on top of the Holiday Valley hill, right beside Spruce Lake - normally a “no camping” zone. We’ll also be able to drive right to the top via specially-arranged access from Holiday Valley Rd.

Money? Who needs stinkin’ money? It’s FREE to WNYMBA members and to members of other IMBA chapter clubs. If you’re not a member, we’ll make it easy on you - join WNYMBA “on-site” any time that weekend for just $30 … just thirty tiny little US dollars for membership AND a great camping/riding weekend! Trust us, this is not about selling memberships. We really want ALL mountain bikers to attend, but unfortunately, our insurance company insists that you be a current WNYMBA member. If you prefer, you can join WNYMBA early at https://www.imba.com/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=173 (select “Individual Basic” or “Family Basic” from the drop-down menu), but DO NOT miss this weekend.

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International Bowhunters at Holiday Valley

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The International Bowhunters Organization World Championship is back at Holiday Valley!

 

Our friends at Holiday Valley have asked us to advise that ALL Hiking and Biking Trails on HV property will be CLOSED from Monday August 3rd through Sunday August 9th.

 

During these Dates the International Bowhunting Organization will be using Holiday Valley lands for the IBO World Championship 3-D Target Shoot.  We probably don’t need to say that the mix of flying arrows and mountain bike riding has very little to recommend it, but we’ll do it anyway. Please extend these World Championship competitors and the staff at Holiday Valley the courtesy they deserve by altering your rides to exclude the Holiday Valley property.

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Don't get lost at Sprague!

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Don't lost at Sprague!  Apparently a couple of cyclists did last night.  Please remember to buy one of the WNYMBA maps.  But failing that, everyone should download onto their phone the MTBProject App.  It has all out trails on there, and uses your phone's GPS to tell you where you are on the trail.  It even works with poor/no cell service because it caches the maps.

We will remind Erie County again that if they ever get reports of lost bikers to call us, since I am sure we could find them a lot faster than anybody else!

Give those Wet Trails a Rest!!

mud n rutsAfter a great early spring, summer is now throwing us a curveball with all this rain.  It really sucks.  As you can see, the two most recent trail condition updates (Hunters and E-ville) report way-too-muddy conditions.  I haven't been out (well, beacuse it's been too wet), but I am sure Sprague Brook is in just as bad shape.  Yet, while I was out road riding yesterday on 240 (yes, in the rain), I saw two cars come by heading north with bikes on the racks.  Hopefully these were some folks that went a mile and realized the trails just weren't ready.

We have just found out that Erie County Parks will be updating their master plan next year.  The last time this was done about 10 years ago a lot of people pushed to get bikes kicked out of the parks.  We pushed back and kept access, and more importantly, got the county to agree to letting us build new singletrack at Sprague.  We just as easily lose that access to Sprague this go around if the trails are in bad shape.  So please, for the sake of continued access, please stay off the trails when they are too wet and muddy.

If you do get out on the trails, remember to submit a conditions report.  Thanks PMAC and TJ for updating e-ville and Sprague.  In the meantime, the forecast shows some improvement, so let's hope things are in good shape for next Wednesday's race and group ride.

Board Meeting - Thursday June 18th

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Late notice for sure, but your WNYMBA Executive and Advisory Board will be hard at work at the Craft Tap House in E. Aurora http://www.crafttaphouse.com/on Thursday night, June 18th at 7:00 PM.

All members and interested parties are welcome to attend, but be pre-warned … it’ll be boring. This one will not be a social meeting. Board members will be discussing exciting stuff like grant applications for trail building and will be assigning specific jobs to expedite a specific grant application.

Our insurance company has "strongly suggested" that we tell you that Mountain Biking can be dangerous. If you're visiting this site it's very likely that you're already aware that if you insist on having a good time by riding your mountain bike, eventually you will almost certainly fall down and collect any number of boo-boos, dings and injuries, serious or otherwise, but we have to tell you anyway.

Mountain Biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk of bodily injury and even death. Mountain biking should only be undertaken if you have a complete awareness of these risks. You can reduce the level of risk by wearing a helmet and by riding within your own skill level.