Mountain biking in Ellicottville

Ellicottville is home to an awesome IMBA EPIC Ride - the Elliotcotville Loop.

Mountain biking had always been popular at Holiday Valley since the early 90s, with the fall fest race starting at the beginning of that decade. But the riding there was just on dirt roads and downhill ski trails. The Western New York Mountain Bicycling Association (WNYMBA) knew better and set out to prove that cycling could work in the state forests. Over the past 20 years, Ellicottville has gone from a large state forest with no singletrack trails to one of the best cycling destinations in the east.

An excellent guide to mountain biking in the area has been prepared by WNYMBA. Copies are available at the resort and at the Bike and Bean in Ellicottville.

Photo Credit: Hero Image from Holiday Valley.

When to go

The best times to visit Ellicottville and nearby areas for ideal weather are from May to September.

Mid spring and summer are great times for mountain biking. Warm weather and great events in Ellicottville and Holiday Valley attract many cycling enthusiasts every year. 

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Where to stay

Where to eat and drink

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Events, key attractions and other points of interest

The Annual Fall Festival Mountain Bike Race is an annual event at Holiday Valley's Mountain Sports Center in Ellicottville, New York, brought to you by Kenda.

The mountain bike racing tradition continues during the annual Fall Festival Weekend (one of the largest festivals of the year in Ellicottville) featuring a wicked 4.7-mile course. Racers in several different classes from several surrounding states compete for awards & prizes in a fun course filled with challenging climbs, amazing single-track and fun/challenging downhill sections. Pre-register or come down on race-day to register. No-one will be turned away to race.

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