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November meeting postponed due to snow
Written by Jon Sundquist   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:45

Not a lot of snow in Amherst, but there is every where else.

We will probably reschedule to December 3.  Stay tuned.

 
Snow in Ellicottville
Written by Jon Sundquist   
Saturday, 15 November 2014 11:26

Looks like we did the funeral ride not a moment too soon.  HV is reporting 11 inches of new snow.

 
Trail closure signs posted prematurely.
Written by Jon Sundquist   
Monday, 08 September 2014 08:43

We all know that we are losing access to the original white trail alignment for the section between the tower and the CCC forest road.  (If not, read all about it).

As you recall, the old trail would remain shared use until the replacement trail is complete, but we had to finish the replacement by the end of 2014.  We had 4 work days in the spring to partially clear the corridor, and have six days scheduled this fall to complete the trail.

We have contacted the DEC to remove these signs until the replacement trail is complete. (Update: DEC has removed them for this section of trail).

Please make an effort to make one or more of the work days this fall so we can complete the trail.

The replacement trail has been designed to be bigger (longer) and better than the old trail, so please respect the closure when it comes into effect later this year, and help ride in the new route and make it the best around.

 
Insect-damage tree removal planned for Golden Hill. Trail to be maintained
Written by Jon Sundquist   
Monday, 08 September 2014 08:26

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.

 
HOLIDAY VALLEY LIKES US – TO THE TUNE OF $2000!
Written by Tallboy   
Saturday, 02 August 2014 08:54

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.

 
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