DEC building new Snowmobile Trail in E-ville

newsmThe Snowmobile trail that DEC built several years ago has proven too steep and with too shart switchbacks for the gromming machines, and so DEC is building a new trail from the Eagle Lot up to East McCarty Hill Road.  The route is shown on the map to the left.  It will cross Rain Trail at the top, in a similar fashion as when the then-new trail crossed Rain over near where it turns into Sidewinder.  Construction on that portion of the trail has already started.  The lower part will start near where the Eagle Singletrack starts.  We have been in significant communication with DEC about this intersection and plan to meet with them this coming Friday to discuss the route so that is doesn't harsh the flow.

We of course support multi-use of the state forests and thus support this effort as well.  Of course, snowmobile trails are much wider than singletrack, so many trees are being removed for its construction, but this is consistent with the role of state forests as a supply of timber.  This trail will be finished sometime this summer.  East McCarty Hill Road may be closed temporarily for a while while the pull out the timber.

April 2016 meeting this Wednesday (4/20)

Meeting clip artFirst "real" meeting of the year this Wednesday.  The trails are dry, so we'll all be our riding first at Sprague Brook, then head over to Colden Inn for some fun, food, beverages, and all the latest WNYMBA happenings.  Hope to see you there!

Winter Fat Biking

fatbikeAlthough there's a thaw going on while I write this, we are in the midst of fat biking season.  This year, fat biking is really taking off around here.

Campus Wheelworks is running there second annual race out at Byncliff XC ski center in Varysburg.  Last year's race was a hit with a huge turnout.  Don't miss this year's event, being held on Valentine's Day (hence the lack of a singlespeed category!)

Meanwhile, Thom Wright has received a grant to help groom the trails at Harris Hill.  Check it out.  Or Contact new VP Thom for more info.

WNYMBA is trying to set up a meeting with Erie County regarding Fat Biking on the XC trails at Sprague Brook.  There is quite a bit of research out there showing that true fat bikes, i.e. minimum of 3.5" tire width and low pressure don't sink into snow and float similarly to skating XC skis.  We want to present this to Erie County to get the current prohibition of bikes on the XC trails during groomed skiing conditions revised or overturned.  This prohibition was put in place before fat bikes were invented, and regular mountain bikes do sink into the snow and impact conditions.  Currently, both the County Parks Commissioner and the Sprague Park Manager positions are vacant, making it difficult to set up a meeting.

In the meantime, the park has been adamant about not having bikes on the trail, and in an effort to keep the trails open to bikes the rest of the year, everyone should respect that.  Please limit fat biking at Sprague to the other trails in the park (although this means most of the east side is inaccessible.)

Remember, the county is not discriminating against bikes.  Hiking and snowshoeing have been around a lot longer than biking, but those activities are also not allowed on the groomed trails (and yes, we know some folks still do that).

We hope to make some progress with Sprague/Erie County.  At the very least, allow the section from the end of Creek to the start of the main singletrack to be opened to allow access to the east side singletrack.  Stay tuned.  In the meantime, wherever there are some tracks (i.e. the two ski-tracks set into the snow) rather than just a packed surface, remember to *not* ride in the tracks - stick to flat packed surfaces.

Lastly, here's the link to the IMBA's best practices for fat biking: https://www.imba.com/resources/land-protection/fat-bikes

 

Wed. Jan. 20th – 1st Meeting of 2016 – Pizza, Ballots, Elections & More!

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WNYMBA’s first meeting of the New Year will be your only chance in 2016 to do your civic duty while simultaneously drinking beer and eating pizza. Trust us, when you vote in November, it won’t be this much fun. Join us at 7:00 PM – Wed. Jan. 20th - Santora’s Restaurant, 1402 Millersport Hwy, Amherst, NY 14221 – in the plaza across the street from the Marriott.

We’re required to elect new officers each January, but that doesn’t mean that the meeting will be a boring one. First of all, there’s lots to talk about besides voting – like new trails in the Outer Harbor area of downtown Buffalo and at Holiday Valley. And, when we do get around to electing our new officers, we do our best to keep election speeches to zero seconds or less. To this end, mockery of the candidates is strongly encouraged!

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