MtBikingHolidayValleyby Eva Potter

Ellicottville has many reasons to make national waves, and we do it often when it comes to mountain biking.

While we didn’t win the Bell Helmet Grant to build a new flow trail at Holiday Valley, Ellicottville has again been named to a mountain biking trail poll — this time by, a website dedicated to providing “mountain bikers with information they need and want to know.”

Ellicottville Epic trails, certified by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), were included in the poll this past week as one of the “20 Most Scenic Mountain Bike Trails in the Eastern USA” due to their “picturesque New England fall foliage” and “great views of the surrounding Alleghany foothills.”

It’s something most of the locals and regular visitors have known for a very long time, but now the secret is out on a much grander scale. Ellicottville Epic mountain bike trails are right up there with trails around the rest of the nation like the Acadia Carriage Trails in Bar Harbor, Maine; Bear Creek in Ellijay, Ga.; and North Fork Mountain Trail in Petersburg, W. Va.

If you “liked” our Ellicottville Times Facebook page, then you would have seen this week’s post about the Singletracks poll and, hopefully, you took the time to vote. Polling closed on June 19 and results will be posted June 23 on the website.

Greg Heil, editor in chief of, explained the reasoning behind contest: “The purpose of the voting is primarily to give our readers a voice. We boast the largest mountain bike trail map database in the world, and that data has been contributed by our hundreds of thousands of users..”

So, how did Ellicottville Epic trails land in this poll?

Heil said, “According to our database, at least 20 of our users (and probably many more) have ridden there. Ellicottville was chosen based in large part upon the assortment of interesting, scenic photos that our users have uploaded to the Singletracks database. There are a variety of interesting views featured in the photos. Based on reviews, it sounds like Ellicottville is located in a cool area, and we’ve only heard good things about the riding there.”

Ryan W. McCarthy of Ellicottville posted on “I grew up near Buffalo and rode these trails often. I now live in Ellicottville and have the pleasure of riding these trails every day. There is a vast variety in this network and something for everyone. Make sure to stop into the local bike shop Bike and Bean and the owner/rider Dennis (Baldwin) can point out a good route for you on the map. It is definitely possible to get lost, so pick up a map and talk to some of the locals about where to ride for your ability level.”

If you’ve never visited the website, you might want to. According to Heil, the mostly user-generated online database (also available via mobile apps for iPhone and Android) helps mountain bike riders find good trails to ride, directions to the trails, maps and an opportunity to share your adventures with others.

The website also contains feature articles about interesting destinations, pro gear reviews, industry news and more. User gear reviews, forums, a bike shop database, mountain bike club database, events calendar, tour operator database and daily featured photos are also there.

Heil encourages bikers to contribute to the Singletracks databases.

“Know of any cool trails that we missed in our article? If they aren’t in our trail database yet, add them, and upload some photos so we can check out the best our nation has to offer!” He said.

On Monday, the polls will show the winners, and while there are no prizes, Heil said “the sheer satisfaction of winning can’t be underestimated!”

And he’s right.