And it will soon be for sale at your local map dealer. We had to update it because of the closing of the white trail, but we had some other updates to make, including the changes happening over by Holimont. Check out the preview. This time around, we have many sponsors helping out with the printing costs. Check out their awesome ads on the back side, and bring your bike and outdoor business to these local retailers helping to make the local riding scene even better!
As you know, we were bummed when we came so close last year but lost in the competition for money to build a 2+ Flow Trail at Holiday Valley. However, the effort was not in vain. The huge interest generated by this project piqued Holiday Valley's interest in building trails at the resort. As you know, there currently isn't much riding at Holiday Valley - the great riding is all in the adjacent 6000 acres of state forest. There's a few wide access trails and race promoters scratched out a fall line descent to make a loop for doing races, but not a lot to appeal to the general public.
So this spring, WNYMBA submitted a New Trails Proposal which included the Bell Built trail as well as other options. This provided a range of possible options for Holiday Valley to consider.
Unbelievably, our second work day is also cancelled this year! This is a view of Mutton Hollow Road. It is the same in both directions. I don't really want to have to have folks hike up to the work area, so we will have cancel this one as well. But Sprague Brook is still on for Sunday!
Yes, the white trail is closing. We had the funeral ride today. Mike wore a suit, and Jen was dressed in black with a head veil, as was appropriate for the occasion. Yeah, we had a good ride, but seriously, this was a sad day. This is a trail we have been riding for over 20 years, but will no longer be available. This really sucks.
Because shotgun season starts next weekend, and it already is snowing some, we figured this would be the last chance to ride the trail, since we only have until the end of 2014 to complete the replacement. The replacement is just about done - I rode the whole thing today and it riding nice, just a few rocky areas still to work on. But it is a shame we had to spend so much time on a duplicate trail when the efforts could have gone to something that would benefit everyone.
But today, it was time to say RIP, White Trail.
We are just about done with the replacement trail. Still some work to do, especially near the "new V-rock" section, and a rocky patch about half way through. But Dennis rode it today and said it rode awesome! Still a couple of hike-a-bike sections, but by next year, these will all be tweaked and will ride great.
Here's a before and after of one section we worked on last Sunday: