First Trail Work Day - New Holiday Valley Trail

HVTrail 4 9.20.15

Dirt was flying in all the right directions on Sunday Sept 20th, as WNYMBA held its’ first trail work day on the “under-construction” new trail at Holiday Valley.

Mike Nenno and Bob Gross of Holiday Valley have been using a mini-excavator over the past couple of weeks to rough in the trail and WNYMBA members did final finishing and light bench cutting to this past weekend to complete the very first, albeit short, section from Spruce Lake to the Tannenbaum ski run.

This 3-mile, two-way trail will be both the easy entry point to the Holiday Valley/East McCarty trail system that beginner mountain bikers have needed for years and an amazing way for riders of all skill levels to end a day’s ride. Starting at Spruce Lake and featuring great views and a gentle, consistent 5% grade from top-to-bottom, the trail will flow back and forth across several of Holiday Valley’s ski runs, using banked berm turns in the wooded transition areas, to finally end up at the Training Center.

There’s a long way to go – we’ve only just started, but this trail is REAL and it’s in the works NOW. Check out our Fall Trail Work Schedule and come on out next time to be part of history!

Lots of News!!!!

Rainy day today, just as forecast.  Sucks because no riding, but good because FINALLY, I can get this website updated with all sorts of news.  And I don't have to be thinking "shouldn't I be training for the Shenandoah 100 right now?" any more - knocked an hour-plus off my previous best time last weekend, while getting to watch Dennis Baldwin podium in the SS division!  

I'll get separate articles up for everything, but can you believe this list of stuff happening??

Looks like I have 5 new articles to write.  All written!

Final 2015 Summer Meeting - Colden Inn - Wed. September 23rd


Join us at the Colden Inn at 8:00 PM on Wednesday September 23rd for our last summer meeting of 2015. After this one, we’ll be moving our meetings back up to the Northtowns. Like it or not, it’s getting dark earlier these days and eventually we’ll be hunkering down for the winter.

There’s lots to discuss … the Fall trail work schedule for all our riding areas, great news on a brand-new trail at Holiday Valley and some exciting developments on a new riding area much closer to the city of Buffalo. Ride first at Sprague Brook Park, then hustle over to the Colden Inn by 8:00 to feed your mind and body.

Your choice of adult beverages; the best pizza in the town of Colden; hot mountain bike gossip. What’s not to like?

There's a Meeting! - Wednesday 8/19/15

Pizza and Beer

It’s been a while since our last meeting, so Instead of just “BS-ing” with your friends at the trailhead, it’s time once again to get together and swap lies over a pitcher and a pizza.

There’s been plenty of opportunities for riding since it dried up over the past few weeks, but there’s also been lots going on off the bike and behind the scenes. Join us at the Colden Country Inn at 8:00 PM on Wednesday August 19th and we’ll bring you up to speed on all the latest gossip and news.

This meeting will be a quick one. It’s summer and summertime is all about riding. Get in a few miles at Sprague Brook Park (right up the road from the Inn) before the meeting and then stop by afterwards. 

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WNYMBA Camping Weekend - August 14-16

Bike In Tent Girl Out Pic

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 (select “Individual Basic” or “Family Basic” from the drop-down menu), but DO NOT miss this weekend.

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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.