National Trails Day at Hunters Creek, Saturday, June 4

hunterscreek2National Trails Day is next weekend!  

National Trails Day is WNYMBA's traditional "End of the Spring Trail Work Season". We take the summer off to ride (since that's what is is all about!) but end the spring trail work season with a bang. This year for the first time, we are holding NTD at Hunters Creek. It's about time we showed Hunters some NTD love in addition to our regular work days.

The project: We have a great project lined up. As you know, Hunters Creek is pretty much filled up with trails. Usually our HC work days are maintenance of existing trails. This year, we have permission to do a trail modification that will some additional mileage. It is one of the few places left in the park where a new section can be built sustainably, and will add a more logcial crossing of a tributary.

The celebration: We haven't had NTD at Hunters because there were no facilities for the post work feast we usually provide (unlike the Sprague Casino building or HV in E-ville). But this year, we are partnering with 42 North Brewery in East Aurora. Since we all want to get a bit of riding in after working, we will provide some at-the-trailhead refreshments immediately after working. After a ride, we will all regroup at 42 North for some free beer and food to cap off the day. 42 North has just released their "Creekside Session IPA" which is named after Hunters Creek.

If you've signed at Meetup, go ahead  and RSVP over there.  But even if you don't do Meetup, come on by anyway!  See you at the Centerline Parking lot @ 10 AM Saturday!

Fall Trail Work Schedule Announced

Until today, it seemed like summer, after a slow start, was spilling right into September.  So the Fall trail work season has snuck up on us.  Plus, just as we were about to develop the schedule, Holiday Valley surprised us by starting the construction of the new trail formerly known as "Bell Built", and we needed to work the finish work into the schedule.  But we have a bunch of dates set, and may be adding more.  Please check our Trail Work Page for the latest dates.  

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Lots of News!!!!

Rainy day today, just as forecast.  Sucks because no riding, but good because FINALLY, I can get this website updated with all sorts of news.  And I don't have to be thinking "shouldn't I be training for the Shenandoah 100 right now?" any more - knocked an hour-plus off my previous best time last weekend, while getting to watch Dennis Baldwin podium in the SS division!  

I'll get separate articles up for everything, but can you believe this list of stuff happening??

Looks like I have 5 new articles to write.  All written!

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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Final 2015 Summer Meeting - Colden Inn - Wed. September 23rd

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Join us at the Colden Inn at 8:00 PM on Wednesday September 23rd for our last summer meeting of 2015. After this one, we’ll be moving our meetings back up to the Northtowns. Like it or not, it’s getting dark earlier these days and eventually we’ll be hunkering down for the winter.

There’s lots to discuss … the Fall trail work schedule for all our riding areas, great news on a brand-new trail at Holiday Valley and some exciting developments on a new riding area much closer to the city of Buffalo. Ride first at Sprague Brook Park, then hustle over to the Colden Inn by 8:00 to feed your mind and body.

Your choice of adult beverages; the best pizza in the town of Colden; hot mountain bike gossip. What’s not to like?

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