From Where We Stand Episode 2: Oneonta, NY

Dec 30, 2013
by Brice Shirbach  
Views: 23,583    Faves: 75    Comments: 4

The second of our four part web series brings us to the western foothills of the Catskill Mountains in New York. The mountain bike community here has quietly been developing not only some of the most fun and beautiful trails on the east coast, but one of the most mountain bike friendly communities in the country. With folks like Albert Sosa and Sam Brown-Shaklee leading the way, Oneonta is poised to become a bucket list destination for a lot of riders. Sam Brown-Shaklee shows fellow enduro pro and New York native Paul Dotsenko and FatTireFests' Brice Shirbach around some of Oneonta's finest trail offerings in what would prove to be one of the most fun days of production in the entire series; episode 2 of From Where We Stand.


all photos by Ian Whittaker

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  • 12 0
 Oneonta has amazing riding and there are plenty more trails around than just the great ones shown in this video! Everybody should come check this place out, visit Otsego Bicycles for advice on the best trails and you get to talk to a great guy! Ed will put you in the right direction!
  • 7 0
 We are visiting Cooperstown ny in August for my sons week long baseball tournament and oneonta is only 30 mins away! Now I know we are bringing our bikes like we did last year in ellicotville, ny. Can't wait to visit that bike cafe and shred those trails! Cheers
  • 2 1
 Anyone who has any helpful info on camping and riding in this area please feel free to pm me thanks
  • 3 2
 Jeff, Ellicottville is a blast and has been one of the models we have used as we have promoted biking in Oneonta. It deserves every bit of its IMBA Epic distinction.

Check your PM; I'll hook you up with contacts.
  • 3 0
 Ellicotville was great we only had a few hours but managed to hit Mesa,big Merlin,sidewinder among others and eagle trail descent was a ton of fun. If Oneonta's trails are modelled after ellicotville we will be guaranteed to have a blast.
  • 8 0
 Nice video...but SEEESH....2:20 seconds of sponsor ads, dolly shots of the ground, etc... Come on guys...keep the cliche intros down to 30 seconds Wink Cool trails and cool riding though!
  • 2 0
 Yes, less talk, more rock.
  • 5 1
 Why argue about what's better? The whole point of From Where We Stand is to showcase east coast riding, and we are all a community and have great trails, there are many more trails around NY that aren't shown in FWWS! There's no point in arguing about it, we all work hard for our trails and we all enjoy mountain biking! So why argue about who's trail is better? The point of this movie is that East Coast mountain biking is a great scene and this is just the start
  • 3 0
 Are there Oneonta trail maps available online?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I cannot wait to check these out!
Thanks
  • 1 0
 I'm sure you could find some! I'm sorry I don't know off the top of my head! But yeah looking forward to riding with some new faces!
  • 2 0
 Barskins: go to this is cooperstown.com and click on "outdoors" then look for links for biking maps.

And check in with OTownMTB when you're headed that way; he'd probably set you up with a good ride.
  • 8 0
 Love the natural trails.
  • 7 0
 Yeah Paul Dotslowmo! Sick trails and shredding!
  • 3 0
 Yea Paul & Sam!! The "From Where We Stand" series is great for introducing east coast riding, but it is only the tip of the iceberg of what there is to offer. There are 4-5 spots in NY alone that I would put above Oneonta.
  • 3 1
 Corey, so list them!
  • 4 0
 909, SMBA, blue mountain, moreau, ellicottville ,& hardy rd/flume are with Oneonta as some of NY's best mtb destinations.
  • 4 3
 Dunno Moreau but I certainly cannot argue with any of those others
  • 3 0
 How about Shindagin Hollow in Ithaca, NY? World class riding there!!!
  • 1 0
 Ninham is dope too!
  • 3 0
 Albany area people should also check out Beebee Hill State forest in Columbia County. Columbia County Mountain Bike Alliance maintains a Facebook page. Oneonta is the list for this guy.
  • 2 0
 and the adk!!
  • 4 0
 Great Bear, Phoenix NY . Just a few hours North of Oneonta. Sweet sweet single tracks. Well worth it. Visit frienfsofgreatbear.com!
  • 3 0
 I grew up riding in Oneonta. Lots of fun trails. Good loops. SUCO fitness to old ski hill to powerline to strawberry field, tablerocks down to pearl st. OR, OHS to the old china hut trail.
  • 3 0
 So much more riding here now! If you ever get a chance to visit, bring your helmet.
  • 4 0
 2.5 hours from home, Oneonta, NY is will be on my list of weekend get-a-ways this year.
  • 3 0
 Great video. Any chance the next one could have some names next to the people talking, so I can tell who is talking about who?
  • 5 2
 good point! The ugly scruffy fellow is Sam Brown-Shaklee. The older fella is Al Sosa and while he didn't ride in the video, he is the person most responsible for getting a bike community rolling in our town. He has spent the last 20 years advocating, gaining access, and making cycling more accessible to the community. At 69 years old he is still heavily involved in advocacy, trail work, and leading group rides. The blonde dude is Paul Dotsenko and he is one of the funnest guys a person can ride with.
  • 2 0
 Also some lesser known stuff at the "Rand tract/duck pond/bird sanctuary has plenty of natural freeride stuff and I'm always out there building gimme a msg if you want to do some riding out here
  • 4 0
 You get a good feeling from these movies, this is what it's all about, local trails and some great times
  • 5 1
 Pedalling, clipless shoes, no full face helmets and 29ers? More videos like these please!
  • 2 0
 wait until next episode...see what Neko Mulally does on his 29er...
  • 2 0
 Nice to see east coast riding spots. I grew up 30min east of oneota in Woodstock and there is plenty of great riding if u know where to look.
  • 2 0
 Man, I gotta check out Oneonta someday. To bad I leave for a new job in Utah on Thursday. Atleast I know where to go when I come back to visit family.
  • 5 3
 I know how you feel. Just a few weeks after shooting I had to sell the bike to fund a move to Berkeley, CA. Haven't gotten to ride since mid November. Gotta fix that....
  • 4 0
 You should have sold a kidney or something and kept the bike! Those look like some nice trails, I love all the rocky features. I could see a visit in the future.
  • 2 0
 I sold mine recently too. Income tax time I'll be shopping for wheels.
  • 6 4
 Sadly a bicycle is easier to sell and replace than a kidney....but its sale did allow a bit of a cushion for when I moved. Once gainful employment is secured then I will probably build up another '14 Stumpy Expert Evo 29.
  • 4 0
 Oneota looks like a great place to take a mini vacation.
  • 8 3
 That's the idea. We get loads of people coming into town for Baseball Hall of Fame and the Cooperstown Dreams Park baseball camps, as well as overflow tourism from the Catskills. We're super lucky to have a great little downtown to keep everyone happy while dad (or mom) goes and plays in the woods.
  • 6 3
 Hope they go to CT and showcase all the trails there. Tons of great trails in CT. MASS too! www.bikerag.com
  • 8 9
 SORTAH: I'm curious to know what those places are.

As for there being awesome trails everywhere, the reason we were able to make this happen is because of the huge collaborative effort to build, promote, and most importantly share......which is more than can be said for some places with their "locals only" mantra.
  • 11 8
 Your condescension and stubbornness are astounding. We made something and you find an opportunity to berate us for it. Consider your internet manhood successfully flaunted.
  • 6 6
 The guys take the time to do a nice video to promote a region and you come in and you say it's the last place you'd go to. Then when asked where you'd rather go you can't even name a single place. If you're going to criticize something, at least make it constructive criticism because now you're just being an asshole. I know short videos don't always paint a good picture of how trails look like but that edit makes it look like a great area and it made me wish I had more trails like that around here.
  • 1 0
 I'm pretty sure nobody rides Saxon anymore. And in any case, doing so is illegal.
  • 4 0
 Totally awesome...the east coast rocks!!!!
  • 3 0
 There is a lot of little known riding in the syracuse area, really steep stuff, super technical with massive drops and jumps
  • 4 3
 I keep hearing about the quarry(?) in Syracuse. I meant to get up there this fall but ran outta time.....next summer!
  • 1 0
 The quarry is skytop. Skytop is the best.
  • 1 0
 Here's a couple clips of the Skytop Jumpline...sorry about the POV...it's hared to make out the features but the lines has 3 good sized doubles and a table at the end.....my local spot

www.pinkbike.com/video/286976

www.pinkbike.com/video/279215
  • 3 0
 Great trails people!! Live to ride.
  • 2 0
 Glad to see the east coast/Oneonta get some recognition through this video.
  • 2 0
 Sweet episode featuring NY, 2.5 hours away. Will have to get out there and check it out.
  • 2 1
 Sam, when you told me about the size of that rock drop you were not kidding. I cant wait to visit Oneonta again.
  • 6 4
 Yep, it's fun. Scared the bajeezus outta me the first few times I hit it. Luckily Paul and I were spot on our games all day that day and we kept sending it bigger. Almost over-shot the landing a couple times.
  • 3 0
 I miss the north east.
  • 2 0
 big drop at the end, props to the riders
  • 2 0
 Nice!
  • 2 0
 Looks super fun.
  • 2 0
 Sooo sick
  • 1 0
 Ohh f*ck,now I can go there too! Smile
  • 1 0
 Can you recommend any bike-friendly hotels?
  • 6 3
 Look up the Inn at Cooperstown. They have a bike room and I believe a bike stand and basic tool kit. It is about 20 minutes drive away. Also check the Clarion Hotel in Oneonta. Right next to Oysego Bicycles, as well as the best places to eat. You can ride from Main Street to the trails.
  • 1 0
 Looks awesome. Looking forward to the next episodes!

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