Explore Your Parks – October 8, 10am to 12:30pm

The North Face, National Park Trust, American Hiking Society, Leave No Trace and local partners are joining together with your state parks to promote the importance of being active and getting outdoors! We want to encourage the local community to get outdoors and truly explore the state parks close to home. There will be guided hikes and other activities, snacks, speakers, partner demos, as well as giveaways, including the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) Challenge information, state park activity guides, and free state park passes. Come out and join the fun!

This event is October 8, 10am to 12:30pm at:

Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
2957 Crompond Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

RSVP: rsvp@exploreyourparks.com

For more info: http://www.exploreyourparks.com/


2011 Fat Tire Festival @ Blue Mountain Reservation

WHEN: Sunday, June 12, 2011
WHERE: Blue Mountain Reservation – Peekskill, NY
TIME: 10am – 4pm rain or shine

The Westchester Mountain Biking Association (WMBA), Westchester County NY’s mountain biking organization and advocacy group, is holding its Annual Fat Tire Festival from 10am – 4pm on Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill, New York.

Event is FREE – all you need is a signed waiver and a wristband which you can get at the information tent at festival field. Parking fee is waived for the festival!

The Fat Tire Festival is an all-day event with lots of music, food and fun activities for the whole family. The annual festival is a great opportunity to spend a day outdoors and experience the world-renowned mountain bike trails at Blue Mountain Reservation, which was named the country’s “Best Hometown Trail” by Bike magazine in February 2009.

Events and activities include:

  • Live music all day from four great bands!
  • Festival activity zone with lots of food and fun!
  • Bike races for kids and teens!
  • Group rides around Blue Mountain’s trail network for MTBers of all levels!
  • Impressive skills competitions showcasing the area’s best bikers! (SKINNY CONTEST)
  • Poker Rally
  • Win tons of great prizes in the raffle!

Demos, demos and MORE demos!

Confirmed so far are the following bike company’s who will be in attendance with their DEMO FLEETS:

  • Specialized
  • Trek
  • Pivot
  • Cannondale

Group Ride Scheule

(Schedule is tentative – Ride schedule is subject to change)

  • 10:30 Intermediate
  • 10:30 Advanced
  • 11:30 Womens
  • 11:30 Rollers + Debacle
  • 12:30 Beginner
  • 12:30 Intermediate
  • 12:30 Advanced
  • 1:30 Kids Ride
  • 2:30 Poker Run: Beginner
  • 2:30 Poker Run: Intermediate
  • 2:30 Poker Run: Advanced

Skinny Contest!

Test your skills on our legendary skinny. Stay on the longest and win yourself a nice prize

About the Fat Tire Festival

The Fat Tire Festival is a celebration of mountain biking camaraderie. One and all are welcome to come out and spend a day riding some of the greatest trails in New York State. Organized group rides for all ability levels, lead by experienced local guides, will be leaving throughout the day to explore the trails. Watch and compete in the many skills competitions, including a wheelie contest, fast and slow races, and the infamous, crowd-pleasing “skinny skills” contest on an ultra-narrow, raised wooden obstacle course.

All Festival participants are eligible to join our Poker Rally to win great prizes. Our local bike shop sponsors, including Yorktown Cycles, Hickory & Tweed, Down Cycles, Sierra Cycles, Danny’s Cycles and Briarcliff Bikeworks have donated many more prizes to be raffled off.

The Festival supports a great cause. A majority of the proceeds raised are donated to the Westchester County Friends of Parks. For 25 years the non-profit organization has worked to raise money to buy equipment, fund children’s programs, provide amenities and support the Westchester County Parks. Their vision is to keep the parks clean, green and growing. Come out and support a great cause, have some fun and give back to the Westchester County Parks.

Check out some photos from the 2010 Fat Tire Festival.

About the WMBA

The WMBA is a grass-roots association that promotes mountain biking and offers leadership and organization to the mountain biking community in Westchester County. Founded in 1995 as the Cortlandt Area Bicycle Network (CABN), the organization’s name was later changed to reflect its county-wide focus. The WMBA works closely with the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation to maintain the area’s premier mountain biking trails. The WMBA also promotes trail advocacy, social interaction and group rides.

FTF 2011 Ready, Set, Go!

The Fat Tire Festival is a fun time for anyone interested in mountain biking. Our event is not a race, but an opportunity for mountain bike enthusiasts, friends and families to ride, spend the day together, appreciate the sport and educate riders about proper stewardship of the trails.  There’s food, games, and a raffle featuring specialty prizes especially for mountain bikers.  But there’s also a special purpose: once again we have partnered with The Friends of Westchester County Parks, Inc.  For 25 years this non profit organization has worked to raise money to buy equipment, fund children’s programs, provide amenities and support the Westchester County Parks.  Their vision is to keep the parks clean, green and growing. So this fun event will also raise a few dollars to help the Westchester Parks system thrive well into the future. Visit www.friendsofwestchesterparks.com

Action Alert! Comment on NY State Forests Management Plan

From the IMBA…

Mountain bikers urged to participate in online comments and public meetings

The long-awaited draft strategic planfor managing NY state forests has been released. While there is much to like about the proposed plan, New York mountain bikers are urged to provide input and help refine the language about bicycling on trails in State Forests.

Send your comments via e-mail.

You can also make your voice heard at the public listening sessions in upcoming days (schedule at right).

The plan stipulates: “Mountain bikes are permitted to travel on any existing road or trail on State Forests unless the road or trail is posted as closed for this use.” This is good!

However, the plan also continues to say: “Due to environmental concerns and conflicts with other users of the state forests, mountain biking is acceptable only on trails that have been assessed and approved for such use.”

This is problematic for mountain bikers and the state should remove this passage. Why should one user group be singled out for environmental concerns when recreation ecologists say that our impacts are about the same as other non-motorized activites? Regarding potential conflicts, hundreds successful shared-use trail systems around the nation show that mountain bikers, hikers, equestrians and others can enjoy trails together, espcially when the trails are properly designed and signed.

Public Listening Sessions

Sept. 21: DEC Region 5 Headquarters
Main Conference Room
Route 86, Ray Brook

Sept. 22: Lowville Fire Department
5420 Parkway Dr., Lowville

Sept. 23: DEC Region 3 Headquarters
Main Conference Room
21 South Putt Corners Rd., New Paltz

Sept. 28: DEC Region 4 Headquarters
Main Conference Room
1130 North Westcott Rd., Schenectady

Sept. 30: DEC Region 2 Headquarters
Annex Building
11-15 47th Avenue
Long Island City

Sept. 30: DEC Region 1 Headquarters
SUNY Stony Brook
50 Circle Rd., Stony Brook