Insect-damage tree removal planned for Golden Hill. Trail to be maintained

The DEC advised us this morning in a phone call that the logging/salvage required as a result of the tent caterpillar infestation at Golden hill that he discussed with WNYMBA a year or so ago, will likely begin this winter.

It's planned that the contractor will complete the work over the winter, including restoration of any damage that might occur on the trail and trail corridor. The DEC is working with the contractor to minimize any such damage and will post signs for both bikers and the contract workers to be aware of each others presence during the logging operation.

FINAL SUMMER MEETING - COLDEN INN - SEPTEMBER 17

Don't miss the last of our 2014 summer series of meetings at the Colden Inn. Join us on Wednesday September 17th at 8:00 PM. After this one, we'll move the meetings back to the Northtowns and start hunkering down for the off-season.

We promise to keep the boring business part of this meeting as short as possible. There'll be lots of time for the stuff that matters ... like enjoying your beverage of choice, convincing your friends that an elbow dab is not really a crash and that 7-speed titanium-framed triples are better than carbon 1 x 11's.

Ride "The Brook" before the meeting, get over to the Colden Inn by dark and join us at 8:00 PM for the fun. Spandex and Baggies both welcome! 

FINAL SUMMER MEETING - COLDEN INN - SEPTEMBER 17

Don't miss the last in our 2014 summer series of monthly meetings at the Colden Inn. Join us on Wednesday September 17th at 8:00 PM. After this one, we'll move our monthly meetings back to the Northtowns and start hunkering down for the off-season.

We promise to keep the boring business part of this meeting as short as possible. There'll be lots of time for the stuff that matters ... like enjoying your beverage of choice, convincing your friends that an elbow dab is not really a crash and that 7-speed titanium-framed triples are better than carbon 1 x 11's.

Ride "The Brook" before the meeting, get over to the Colden Inn before dark and join us at 8:00 PM for the fun. Spandex and Baggies both welcome!

TRAVIS GOES TO WORK

On Tuesday, July 29th, the number of unemployed workers in Western New York fell by a factor of one, when “Travis” the Muck Truck finally came out of storage and found his first job.

It’s no secret that this has been a very wet riding year. Many of the trails in our riding areas need attention and this week, the Rain Trail in Ellicottville got a little TLC in the form of six tons of crushed stone, spread with the help of eight mid-week volunteers and WNYMBA’s new powered wheel barrow.

Thanks to Mark Lawrence and Dennis Baldwin for heading up the work night. Huge thanks go to Jack Kramer too, a long-time club member and owner of Ellicottville Landscaping for the use of his dump truck. Anyone who’s tried shoveling crushed stone off the ground knows how much work Jack saved the group by allowing us to slide the stone off his truck directly into Travis.

The next mid-week work night is scheduled for Wednesday August 13 at 6:00 PM. Meet at the Rain Trail parking lot on E. McCarty Hill Rd. and see Travis go! More details on the “Events” calendar.

HOLIDAY VALLEY LIKES US – TO THE TUNE OF $2000!

Jane Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley’s Marketing Director recently contacted WNYMBA President Jim Allen to advise that the club had been selected to receive a one-time donation of $2000. This unsolicited donation came as a huge surprise and was very obviously very welcome in our group, where the annual budget wouldn’t keep the Goodyear blimp in the air for more than a couple of minutes.

Asked to comment, Allen said, “It’s possible that Jane saw something in the way we rallied over 13,000 votes in our recent bid for the “BellBuilt” grant. Then again, it’s also possible that she just felt sorry for us because we’re constantly covered in mud and bleeding from our most recent trail wounds!”

The photo taken on the deck of the main lodge shows (L-R): Dennis Baldwin (Ellicottville Bike & Bean/WNYMBA), Jack Kramer (WNYMBA), Rich Sandler (General Manager – Tamarack Club), Steve Crowley (Director of Mountain Operations), Jim Allen (President – WNYMBA).

WNYMBA would like to thank Jane and the entire staff at Holiday Valley. It’s easy to take for granted the fact that we can park and ride at Holiday Valley at no charge. In fact, it’s an earned privilege that not many resorts offer and it exists because of a long history of cooperation and mutual respect between WNYMBA and Holiday Valley.

Stay tuned! We hope to be able to offer some exiting news as to how we intend to use this donation to promote even more and better mountain biking in Western New York in 2015.

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.