Give those Wet Trails a Rest!!

mud n rutsAfter a great early spring, summer is now throwing us a curveball with all this rain.  It really sucks.  As you can see, the two most recent trail condition updates (Hunters and E-ville) report way-too-muddy conditions.  I haven't been out (well, beacuse it's been too wet), but I am sure Sprague Brook is in just as bad shape.  Yet, while I was out road riding yesterday on 240 (yes, in the rain), I saw two cars come by heading north with bikes on the racks.  Hopefully these were some folks that went a mile and realized the trails just weren't ready.

We have just found out that Erie County Parks will be updating their master plan next year.  The last time this was done about 10 years ago a lot of people pushed to get bikes kicked out of the parks.  We pushed back and kept access, and more importantly, got the county to agree to letting us build new singletrack at Sprague.  We just as easily lose that access to Sprague this go around if the trails are in bad shape.  So please, for the sake of continued access, please stay off the trails when they are too wet and muddy.

If you do get out on the trails, remember to submit a conditions report.  Thanks PMAC and TJ for updating e-ville and Sprague.  In the meantime, the forecast shows some improvement, so let's hope things are in good shape for next Wednesday's race and group ride.

Board Meeting - Thursday June 18th

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Late notice for sure, but your WNYMBA Executive and Advisory Board will be hard at work at the Craft Tap House in E. Aurora http://www.crafttaphouse.com/on Thursday night, June 18th at 7:00 PM.

All members and interested parties are welcome to attend, but be pre-warned … it’ll be boring. This one will not be a social meeting. Board members will be discussing exciting stuff like grant applications for trail building and will be assigning specific jobs to expedite a specific grant application.

It's Official, the Black Trail is open!

WNYMBA President James Allen officially cuts the ribbon on E-ville's newest trail the "Black Trail". Another great trail for all human powered activity brought to you by WNYMBA. The organization whose mothers taught them to always share. Thanks to everyone who contributed over the last 2 years to make this a trail reality. Get out and use it!

 

 

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Cops On Bikes

CheektowagaPolice 4 KioskQuick! What’s the weirdest thing your riding partner ever brought along on a ride? … pizza? … a tutu?... mismatched socks? … a trail dog? … see-through shorts?

How about a gun, handcuffs, mace and a bulletproof vest? Better yet, how about 8 SETS of guns, handcuffs, mace and bulletproof vests all on the trail at one time?

Over the winter, Lt. Brian Gould of the Cheektowaga Police Department contacted WNYMBA with an unusual request. Brian is charged with the responsibility for Cheektowaga’s Police Bike Patrol and had the idea to change up their annual refresher training day with some real off-road mountain bike riding. Not knowing what the reaction would be within his group, Brian’s first request was for one day of WNYMBA involvement. He definitely underestimated the resilience of his own guys though - the idea proved to be so popular that a second ride day had to be arranged and eventually, a third.

On May 19th Todd Fiore and Jerry Barbour escorted the first five cops through the best trails

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WNYMBA to Attend IMBA Mid Atlantic Summit


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WNYMBA will be represented in the 2015 Mid Atlantic Summit at Slatyfork, WV this coming weekend.  I (Jon Sundquist) will be attending and hearing the latest from IMBA and more importantly, voicing our concerns about getting more trails, getting funding, and any and all other matters.  If anyone is interested in coming along at this late date, contact me.  Or if you want me to bring any info to the table for the meeting, also contact me.

The riding should be pretty good as well!

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