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.
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??
- The Flow Trail is being built! Now! By Holiday Valley!
- We've submitted a new Recreational Trails Program grant proposal for constructing new trails in Allegany
- The new Ellicottville map has Gone To Press!
- The Fall Trail Work Schedule has been posted.
- WNYMBA has had productive meetings with Erie County for new trail in new parks as a new master plan gets underway.
Looks like I have 5 new articles to write. All written!
As 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.
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?
It’s been a while since our last meeting, so Instead of just “BS-ing” with your friends at the trailhead, it’s time once again to get together and swap lies over a pitcher and a pizza.
There’s been plenty of opportunities for riding since it dried up over the past few weeks, but there’s also been lots going on off the bike and behind the scenes. Join us at the Colden Country Inn at 8:00 PM on Wednesday August 19th and we’ll bring you up to speed on all the latest gossip and news.
This meeting will be a quick one. It’s summer and summertime is all about riding. Get in a few miles at Sprague Brook Park (right up the road from the Inn) before the meeting and then stop by afterwards.
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