Group Builds and Maintains Most Area Mountain Biking and Hiking Trails
If you’re even a little bit interested in mountain biking in Western New York, you’ve heard of the Western New York Mountain Bicycle Association (WNYMBA). And if you’ve heard of WYNMBA, you may also know that WNYMBA and its members are responsible for the construction and maintenance of almost all of the trails typically ridden by mountain bikers in this area.
What you may not know is that virtually all of these trails have been hand built — that means no mechanical assistance at all. Over the years, our spring and fall trail workdays have yielded a huge variety of world-class trails in several different areas of Western New York. Many of these trails are now “mature” and in order to reduce mud holes and prevent erosion need annual doses of TLC in the form of crushed stone and other hard construction materials. Up to this point, these materials have been hand-carried into the trails via wheelbarrows and buckets, sometimes for miles.
WYNMBA would like to change that. We’re tired of wearing out our members and would like to join the 21st Century with some mechanical assistance in the form of a power wheelbarrow called a “Muck Truck.”
It’s a great tool, but it’s expensive, so expensive in fact, that we can’t afford to buy it from general club funds. We’re looking at something in the range of $3,000.
So, we’re asking for your financial help. PLEASE. If you’ve ever enjoyed mountain biking or hiking on any of the region’s singletrack trails, you know that you’ve already benefited from WYNMBA’s hard work, whether you’re a member or not.
We’d like to ask you to “pay back” a little now for all that past and future fun. We’re not asking you to become a member (although we’d sure like that), but we are asking for donations to help buy our “Muck Truck.” Check this baby out at MuckTruckAmerica.com and please send a donation in any amount — $10, $20, $50 or $100 — anything will help. All donations are tax deductible under our 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
Here’s how to donate:
1. Go to our website WNYMBA.org and look for the “WNYMBA Needs Your Help” headline. Click on the “Donate Here” button and follow the steps to donate using PayPal.
2. If you prefer to send a check, please mail it to: WNYMBA, P.O. Box 743, Orchard Park, NY 14127. Make checks payable to WNYMBA and mark your check “Muck Truck Donation” and, if you like, you’ll be listed as a donor on our website. Show up on one of our trail days and you may even get a chance to “drive” your new purchase.