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!

Updates/Changes to the Spring Trail Work Schedule


What a wild spring it has been! It started out with so much snow that we had to cancel our first two trail days (at Ellicottville and Sprague). There was still snow on the trails and roads on April 11!

And then, the weather turned into summer virtually overnight, with riding on dry, dusty trails by the end of April. Amazing.

This, plus some other events, have caused us to make some changes to our spring trail work schedule. The chhanges to date are:

  • The April 4 Sprague and April 11 E-ville days were cancelled
  • We also had to reschedule the Hunters Creek work day on May 10 due to illness. Fortunately, we were able to contact everyone planning on attending, and were still there at the trailhead in case someone didn't get the memo

And ... we have a couple of changes going through to the end of the spring period:

  • The cancelled Hunters Creek days is being rescheduled to May 30 (Saturday). Hope you can head out to Hunters and help resident trail guru Ben Claus add some love the lines
  • National Trails Day, originally scheduled for Sprague, is being moved to Ellicottville. The occasion will be the Grand Opening of the new Black Trail. This is the trail that parallels the now-closed White Trail from the comm tower on Mutton Hollow Rd. behind Holiday Valley. It's been a lot of work over the past year, but this trail is now ready to ride. It still needs some tweaks, and that is what we will be doing first, but then there will be the celebratory barbeque and ride afterward.

After NTD, it's time to ride and race for the rest of the summer! Hope to see you out on the trails this spring. Trail work is fund and rewarding, so join us!

We "Crushed It" At Golden Hill!

Golden Hill3 5.9.15Being a bit out of the way, Golden Hill doesn’t normally get much love, but last Saturday May 9th, the woods were ringing as ten hearty volunteers, two full-size dump trucks, one chain saw, three leaf blowers, two string trimmers, “Travis” the Muck Truck and probably fifteen barrels of elbow grease all turned up at the Golden Hill trail work day.

Locally-sourced rock and crushed stone were used to armor the wet climb out of the Chapman Rd. cul-de-sac and the end result was a huge improvement to a perennial problem area. Big thanks go out Jack Kramer at Ellicottville Landscaping for the use of his TWO dump trucks to bring the stone to the worksite. Anyone who’s ever tried to shovel

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Two Great Trail Work Days This May 9-10 Weekend

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WNYMBA is hosting not one, but two, trail work days this coming weekend.

On Saturday May 9th, Jim Allen is leading a work day at Golden Hill State Park, just south of Ellicottville. The plan is to use “Travis”, WNYMBA’s Honda-powered Muck Truck, to spread some crushed rock on a wet section of trail immediately adjacent to Fire Lane Rd. Golden Hill is not nearly as well-known as Ellicottville, its’ “Big Brother” riding area just ten minutes up the road, but this out-of-the-way gem offers some great riding. It’s an excellent place to bring new riders who want to do some real woods riding, but who may not want to deal with big hills just yet. We’ll meet at Ellicottville Bike & Bean at 30 Washington St. in Ellicottville at 10:00 AM on Saturday and then caravan to Golden Hill. We supply lunch - bring your bike for an after lunch ride and discover yet another WNY riding area.

On Sunday May 10th, Ben Clauss takes over the lead at Hunter’s Creek and has a couple of really cool projects planned to improve this much-loved riding area. Ben has a post with more details a little farther down this page. Bring your Mom – it’s Mother’s Day.

A “2 for 1 BONUS WEEKEND”, brought to you by WNYMBA!

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