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DEC building new Snowmobile Trail in E-ville

newsmThe Snowmobile trail that DEC built several years ago has proven too steep and with too shart switchbacks for the gromming machines, and so DEC is building a new trail from the Eagle Lot up to East McCarty Hill Road.  The route is shown on the map to the left.  It will cross Rain Trail at the top, in a similar fashion as when the then-new trail crossed Rain over near where it turns into Sidewinder.  Construction on that portion of the trail has already started.  The lower part will start near where the Eagle Singletrack starts.  We have been in significant communication with DEC about this intersection and plan to meet with them this coming Friday to discuss the route so that is doesn't harsh the flow.

We of course support multi-use of the state forests and thus support this effort as well.  Of course, snowmobile trails are much wider than singletrack, so many trees are being removed for its construction, but this is consistent with the role of state forests as a supply of timber.  This trail will be finished sometime this summer.  East McCarty Hill Road may be closed temporarily for a while while the pull out the timber.

New Ellicottville Map sent to printers

mapsnippetAnd 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!   

Holiday Valley starts construction of the Flow Trail!

flowAs 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.

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E-ville April 11 Trail Work Day Cancelled due to snow!

muttonhollow2Unbelievably, 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!

WNYMBA does final ride on the white trail

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.

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.