June 3, 2017 was a glorious day for the WNY Bike Fest. After having so many successive rainy days it was pure pleasure to get out on bikes on the trails at Dryer Road Park and on the roads around Victor to enjoy the sun and mid-70’s temperatures. The 2017 WNY Bike Fest attracted around 600 people in one day, nearly twice as many as attended the two-day inaugural event in 2016.
A note regarding e-MTB's on the trails:
GROC's position on e-MTB's is to defer to the individual land managers to make decisions regarding access to the trails for e-MTB's. Currently, none of the park managers at any GROC parks permit e-MTB's to be used on the trails. With e-MTB's gaining in popularity, it is important for our community to respect the land manager's decisions in this matter. We ask owners of e-MTB's to respect this position, and to use them only on trails where motorized vehicles are permitted.
After much consideration the GROC board has decided to stay with IMBA for another season. We have set a tentative date to reevaluate the chapter program in a year from now. There are a couple reasons for this, but the main one is that we do not feel that we can feasibly go it alone at this time. Being an independent organization will require more man-power, planning and resources. With the schedule we have in front of us this season and a change of leadership coming (my term is up at the end of the season), it would be difficult for us to consider this as an option. The other reason is that with IMBA's restructuring, the chapter program may become more equitable. So far IMBA has revised the chapter program criteria 3 times in the past 4 months. They are trying to work with chapters, but it remains to be seen how things will ultimately pan out. We would like to give them a chance and see what they do.
Things looking a little different? You're not crazy. Welcome to the new MYGROC.COM!
For this season, we have re-designed our website from the ground up to make it easier for you to find trail information and conditions, upcoming trail crew meetups, and group rides. We have also integrated with MTB Project to provide up-to-date, GPS-capable maps for free on your iOS or Android device! Read on to find out more about the changes.
GROC recently presented a proposal to the Monroe County Parks Advisory Committee outlining the need for a trail that exits the far north end of Tryon Park, offering safe connectivity to Irondequoit Bay Park West. The presentation was clear and concise, but as expected, was met with resistance from a few of the neighbors living near the proposed trail.
GROC needs you, the mountain bike community, to contact local officials in support of the trail. Read on to find out how you can help!