National Trail Day 2017!!!

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Big plans for National Trails Day (NTD) this year!  We will be holding our annual event celebrating NTD on May 27. We'll start with a trail day at Hunters Creek where our HC trail master Ben Clauss has a great day of trail work planned that may even  include some new trail to be constructed. Immediately following trail work we'll move to 42 North Brewery for a party to celebrate NTD, WNYMBA’s 25th anniversary and the 2017 launch of a great WNY MTB beer Creekside by 42N. This session IPA truly embodies the spirit of the trails, streams, and rivers of the 42 parallel. We'll have food, music, prizes, and fun to celebrate! 42N has generously agreed to donate $1 of every pint sold that day to the WNYMBA trail fund! So if you can't make the trail day, stop by the party anyway and celebrate with us.

SO just to recap:

National Trails Day Celebration May 27 2017

 

    • 10:00a Trail workday at Hunter's Creek Park Centerline Rd lot

 

    • 2:00p  NTD and Creekside launch party. Food, Music, Prizes, and Refreshments!

 

Please report trail conditions

mud n rutsAs we put it on our maps, we have said a general rule of thumb of when to hit the trails is "Tax Time" (April 15), sometimes earlier, sometimes later.  As I type this, I hear the rain come down outside again.  Unfortunately, this year sounds like it may be a "sometimes later" year.  Right now, the Erie Co. parks aren't ready to go, and there are reports of very wet conditions in E-ville.

Next week's forecast is looking better, but we will have to see.  In the meantime, please report conditions at our "Trails Dry?" reporting page.  Yes, right now, there are no recent posts and no posts from last year.  But that is because out website got hacked last May and the latest backup was from February or March.  So all the 2016 reports were lost.  And after May, it was so dry, there was no need to report.

It's super important to let the trails dry in the spring before heading out.  Because of the way the soils are, way more damage can occur when ridden during this period than, say, after an August rain storm.  They need to harden up and then they will be good to go for the year.

In the meantime, satisfy your trails jonesing by attending one of our many trail work days this spring, and while out there, file a report on the web site.

Thanks!

Board meeting Monday, February 20

Board meetings are where lots of boring stuff happens. We try to work out boring details about running the club, in order to present to the general membership during our regular meetings. They aren't a lot of fun, but since WNYMBA isn't a secret organization, any members can come to if they are looking for a snoozefest. Our next one is going to be Monday February 20 to talk about insurance, IMBA Chapter 2.0 program, plans for the beer release party, spring trail work schedule, and the season open meeting at Tom's.  Plus anything else of import. This one will be at Hamburg Brewring @ 7:00 on Nov. 15 (Monday) (WNYMBA isn't buying, just in case you wondered). If you like the nuts and bolts of running a nonprofit, see you there!

January 2017 Meeting On **THURSDAY** January 19

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The First Meeting of 2017!

 Yes, we usually meet on a Wednesday, but this time it's a Thursday.  Same as a Wednesday, but a day later.

This is the traditional "elect your board members and officers" meeting, plus the chance to set the agenda for whole 2017 season.  We really would like you to make it and make your voice heard.

It will be at our usual winter time meeting place at Santora's Pizza on Millersport near UB.  More details over at the Meetup.

November 2016 meeting on November 30

Meeting clip artOur final meeting of 2016 will be November 30 @ Santora's Near UB @ 7:00 PM. Check out the meetup info. Meeting starts at 7:00. Santora's cooks up a mean pizza and has some great beer on tap.  Hope to see you there! Lots going on!

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.