“He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch” — Jean Luc Godard
“This year has been pretty transient for me. Having graduated from UB a little over a year ago, I’ve been living in Hamburg, NY since, but every few months I’ve been pulled to California for various family trips and work opportunities. Last week, I visited beautiful Santa Barbara for a family reunion and had so much fun hiking, swimming, and soaking in the amazing vistas everyday. I knew that as soon as I got home to Buffalo, I wanted to do a really active outdoor activity to keep my vibes high. BFLO Harbor Kayak was the perfect match! I had a really wonderful time paddling past all the new businesses being built on the Buffalo river, and all the old history as well. It was a really great reminder that no matter where I roam to, my home city will always greet me with something exciting and new to visit.”
“This was a photo from Ron Grucela, rongrucela.zenfolio.com. The person pictured in the photo is Alex Davies one of the managers of Campus WheelWorks. The photograph was taken immediately following his finish at the Raccoon Rally at Allegany State Park this past Sunday. Raccoon Rally is the longest running mountain bike race in Western New York. Alex finished 3rd overall and 1st in his age group that day. About 10 folks from our team went down for the race and had a blast riding in the mud and rain. In conditions like that you just feel like you’re a little kid again stomping in mud puddles, only on a much more extreme level.
Mountain Biking in Western New York is a fantastic sport that is manageable for all skill levels. Our terrain can be challenging, but is not so steep or extreme that only experts need apply, like it is in some regions. I did my first mountain bike race back in 1997 at Raccoon Rally, so it is a race that always will hold a place in my heart. Other races available for people to check out are the eight race Sprague Brook Series, which we promote with Single Track Racing at Sprague Brook Park in Glenwood, NY. That series comes to completion this Wednesday July 1. The 6 Hours of Power at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, NY on July 12, a six hour endurance race that can be done solo or as a tag team. The Single Track Stampede also put on by Campus and Single Track Racing is August 23 at Sprague Brook Park in Glenwood, NY. The Harris Hill Hustle is September 20 in Gerry, NY also a Campus and Single Track Racing joint. Other than races, we also hold group rides every Saturday (except July 4 and weather depending) that leave from the shop at 11am and meet at Sprague Brook Park a little before noon. These are open to all skill levels and are targeted at getting new folks into the sport. We have rentals available at the shop too in case people don’t already own a mountain bike. We post all cycling events we are aware of on our events calendar at our website and have a Facebook group for events called “The Campus Cycling Collective,” which you can join for more info. The Western New York Mountain Bike Association also has lots of great info on trails, maps, conditions, trail work days, and group rides. There are many ways to get involved. Hope you will join us.”
“Spoon has been one my favorite bands since high school. They consistently put out amazing albums and always put on a spectacular live show. Their backdrop was the album cover from their latest release, They Want My Soul. It kept changing with the lighting and created some striking effects. Seeing Spoon is always a pleasure. It was an added bonus to see them for free, with my friends, on such a beautiful night at Canalside; and to enjoy a pleasant bike ride home afterwards.”