Road Biking and Mountain Bike Stunts Take the Stage

By Eva Potter

This weekend in Ellicottville is all about pedal power. A premier road cycling event and a unique  mountain bike stunt show highlight how you can have a blast on two wheels.

The first annual Cycling Weekend is taking place at Holiday Valley, June 6–8, when registered riders will take to area roads for long-distance rides. If you encounter riders on area roads, please be sure to give them lots of room to enjoy the road along with you.

Also this weekend, the Chris Clark Mountain Bike Stunt Show, on tour through Bell Helmets, is scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8, in the village on Monroe Street.

Clark’s technical mountain bike performance loaded with tricks and obstacles will take place both days in the village on the northern side of Monroe Street, which will be closed to traffic. Clark will be performing two shows daily at noon and 3 p.m. in front of the Winery of Ellicottville. The shows are free to the public.

Clark, who has entertained crowds at the Gravity Games, the Vans Warped Tour, the New York Times Square Parade and the Olympic Games, is a dedicated professional stunt cyclist with over a decade of experience.

You won’t want to miss the exciting demonstration portion of this family-friendly event. It’s not your ordinary ramp and tricks stunt exhibition. When you come to Clark’s show, you’ll see this talented cyclist use years of intense training, agility and balance as he slowly works his way up to some impressively large obstacles, including his 8-foot-tall trailer.

Clark’s high-energy stunts and skills translate well to the technical and challenging mountain biking terrain found on Ellicottville’s epic trail network, which provides plenty of intermediate to expert routes through Holiday Valley and HoliMont resorts and nearby state forest lands.

“People coming to the Ellicottville show are going to get to see something they have probably never seen before. Most people have seen a BMX bike show where riders hit a ramp and do aerial tricks. My show is a little bit different,” explained Clark. “Mountain bike trials is all about getting your bike up and over obstacles. It’s actually a very pertinent show for the Northeast because riding in this area is so technical, and even amateur riders have to be pretty proficient at overcoming steep hills, downed trees and rocks.”

During his educational portion of the show, Clark’s Athletes Who Say NO program delivers a very positive message to the younger set designed “to inspire children to find an active, healthy passion and use their desire to constantly improve as a means for keeping their lives on track, making healthy decisions and surrounding themselves with like-minded friends.”

“It’s an exciting show, even if you aren’t a bike riding enthusiast. It’s definitely something most people haven’t seen and probably didn’t know was possible on a bike,” said Clark. “After the show, I give away free autograph cards and each card enters you to win my $3,000 bike at the end of the season.”

The Ellicottville shows are sponsored by Wingate by Wyndham and the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce.