WNYMBA 2020 Kick Off, Video I

WNYMBA 2020 Kick Off, Video I


Hi there, WNYMBA. Welcome to the video for the season kick-off. This will be a four part video. We’re going to be doing this instead of having
the event at Tom’s Pro Bike, as a result of the Coronavirus concerns. My name is Jacob Bodway. I am the President of the Western New York
Mountain Bicycling Association for the year 2020. I want to take a moment to thank Tom and Val
from Tom’s Pro Bike for extending the invitation to have the club present at their bike shop
in Lancaster. I also want to thank all bike shops and all
bike retailers in the region for helping us out in the past year. I just want to stress the importance of supporting
your local bike shop. They really are the backbone of the WNY cycling
community. Please support local bike businesses and local
bike shops whenever you can. Alright, so begin with, the officers for 2020. Again, my name is Jacob Bodway, and I am the
President. Jerry is the Vice President. That’s this guy over here. Missy is the secretary. And there she is. And Joe Crumlish, most of you probably know,
is our treasurer. The Advisory Board is Tom Rohring, Sean Lewis,
Greg Snow, Dee Dippel, and new member this year, Thom Wright for the Advisory Board. Thanks for all of your help and for stepping-up
and helping out the club. The schedule of topics. The next four videos. The first video is going to cover the 2019
highlight reel. the next video will be “What’s Great in 2020?” Then we’re going to one video that combines
the races in 2020 along with the trailwork in 2020. And the final video we’ll be going over our
new website, which will be launching this week. So let’s cover the 2019 highlight reel for
this past year. Obviously the biggest development of the club
was the Lakeside Bike Park, Grand Opening. A new trail network. This opened on Memorial Day Weekend in 2019. We worked with IMBA with the design of the
bike park and also with Pump Tracks USA to help us design the pump track. The bike park is beginner-friendly. It’s meant to get people out on bikes, to
get kids involved in the local mountain bike and biking scene in WNY. We also put on clinics, and we count on more
clinics to happen in 2020. We’ll be doing some clinics and additional
events at Lakeside Bike Park this upcoming year. So, we’re really happy that this opened this
year. We are extremely proud of all the work that
we did. This took a long time to work through; alot
of volunteer hours; and a lot of meetings in Buffalo. So, thanks to everybody who showed up and
really helped out making this a possibility. Long Point State Park is a new trail system
that we just added in 2019. It’s located in Chautauqua County by Bemus
Point. I want to thank Murl Kinal and Lonny Clark
for being the trail stewards at Long Point State Park. Long Point State Park basically has around
six miles of singletrack. It is beginner-friendly for the most part. We have had a couple events out there with
partnerships with local businesses, such as the King/Queen of the Point races and also
the Global Fat Bike Day events we had there a couple years ago. This is a great addition to the WNY trail
network. It provides another place for us to ride;
it drains fairly quickly, so it’s not typically very wet. Also, it’s a great place to bring kids and
people who are just getting into mountain biking. It’s a very beginner friendly-trail network. Another trail network that we adopted last
year is Whalen State Forest Trail system. This is located just north of Panama, NY in
Chautauqua County. This adds about four or five miles of singletrack,
and it’s located just off the Westside Overland Trail in Chautauqua County. I want to thank Fran Kopta for being the steward
of this trail system. This is the result of a group of people in
Chautauqua County who over the last seven or eight years have been scratching away in
the woods and making a trail system, and WNYMBA said we should take this over, and we can
help out with trail days; we can help out with organization; we can help with financing
some of the lumber they might need for bridges. So, once WNYMBA got involved we hope that
this trail system will expand in the next few years. This is another great addition. We do plan to extend the trail system, adding
additional miles. Unfortunately, there will be a tree harvest
in Whalen State Forest this fall, so we’re going to have to work with the DEC to figure
out ways that we can mitigate the damage of the trails but also think about possibilities
for the future and how to build this trail system in upcoming years. Another trail that we added this year is the
Stone Tower Trail at Allegany State Park. I want to thank Trail Construction Associates
for taking the time to come out and build this trail. This is four miles. The first phase, Phase I, is four miles long. This money came from an RTP grant that we
applied for five or six years ago, and the money finally came through last year, so we
were able to get TCA to come out and build the trail. This is, for the most part, beginner friendly. There are some jumps, and there are some climbs
that require a little bit of skill. But for the most part, this is a great addition
to ASP, and we’re excited that this trail will be groomed in the future during the winter
months for winter fat biking. So this is a really great addition to the
park. The second phase we plan to start building
this summer, and we’ll get into that in a different video. The last new trail that we added this year
is “Beavertown” at Darien Lakes State Park. Beavertown is named for the beaver lodges
that exist right alongside the beginning of the trail coming off of “Shotgun Ridge.” I want to thank Mike and George for their
dedication for being the trail stewards at DLSP. This trail is roughly one mile long. It has a variety of boardwalks, berms, and
jumps that make the trail quite interesting and quite fun. This is a beginner friendly trail, but you
have the option to take more technical lines if you so do choose. So I want to thank all of the people who have
come out in the last year and really made “Beavertown” into a super fun place to ride
at DLSP. Coming up next our the partnerships that we’ve
had with 42 North and Ellicottville Coffee Company. To begin with, at 42 North we partnered with
them to help with their Day Trekker Session IPA, which is a great IPA for after a long
bike ride. Every can, crowler, growler, or 6 pack of
Day Trekker is sold, a portion of those proceeds come back to WNYMBA. They presented us with a check for around
$1,300 last year, and this partnership extends the idea that WNYMBA is more than just a mountain
bike club; we are a community building club. We are trying to work with local businesses
and stakeholders in the WNY community to really make WNY an outdoor, eco-tourist friendly
place to live and play. All money goes back to WNY trails that we
raise from 42 North, so that check is going directly back into the trails and the tools
that we need to maintain the trails on a daily and yearly basis at least. Also, I want to thank Ellicottville Coffee
Company for partnering with us this past year. “Take the Black Trail” coffee is fair-trade,
organic coffee in a vacuum-sealed bag, and we’ll be selling these bags of coffee at all
WNYMBA events. You can also get them at Ellicottville Coffee
Company at Adventure Bound in Ellictottville, at Bike and Bean in Ellicottville, at Loud
Performance in Bemus Point, and we’re going to try to get them to other businesses as
well. So, if you are a coffee drinker and you come
to one of our events, please consider buying one of these bags of coffee. It’s really good. I’m not a coffee drinker myself, but from
what I hear it’s delicious. All proceeds from this goes back into WNY
trail systems. So, thank you Ellicottville Coffee Company,
and thank you 42 North for the partnership to invest in the community. Another positive from 2019 and going into
2020 was the Allegany State Park fat bike rides. I want to thank Adele Wellman from ASP and
Patrick Dove from ASP for putting together these rides and for really making ASP into
a great place for fat biking. The fat bike program last winter was the most
popular winter program at ASP, even more popular the programs for xc skiing and snowshoeing. So, that says a lot about the potential we
have for fat bike rides in the future at ASP. We hope to have more off-road singletrack
groomed trails in 2020, including the Stone Tower Trail. So, hopefully we can work with the park even
more to get the snow dog out there and to groom some more trails. I want to thank Loud Performance for coming
out demo the bikes, and ASP also purchased four or five fat bikes to rent, so if you
don’t have a bike you can come to these rides and still have a bike to ride. They also are grooming the Stone Tower Trail
with their own snow dog. They purchased a snow dog through ASP, so
that’s a really big improvement for ASP and for fat biking. Lastly, I want to cover the expenditures in
2019. As I noted before, all membership dollars,
all donations, all raffle ticket dollars, anything we raise goes directly back to the
trails. So you can see last year we spent nearly $13,000
on trail materials, such as stone, such as lumber for bridges at DLSP and Sprague. We also spent quite a bit of money on insurance. Almost $2,000 on insurance. Some of this money goes into our meetings. We often ask people to donate back to the
meetings. Tools is another big component. We spent $2020 on tools last year, including
electric chainsaws, including leaf-blowers, including weed-trimmers, McLeods, Rogue Hoes,
all kinds of tools. So, every dollar that you spend for WNYMBA
goes back into making WNY into a premier place to hike, snowshoe, ski, and mountain bike. This is a non-profit organization, so we appreciate
everybody who takes the time to volunteer, to donate, and to come to our events. It’s really helping the club make big inroads
with stakeholders and land managers in WNY to expand the riding opportunities that we
have in the region. Alright, so that’s going to cover it for the
first video. I want to thank everybody for tuning in, and
stay well, everybody.

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