TAMBA was formed in 1988, originally focused on keeping access open for mountain bikes to public trails. Since then A LOT has happened and focus has shifted to building, maintaining, and advocating for new multi-use trails along with hosting some super fun events. 2015 marks the fifth year since new leadership has revived The Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) from dormancy. Now, under solid footing, the list of accomplishments in that time is growing, with over 9,000 hours of volunteer trail work on more than 13 different trails in the Tahoe area.
In their May 2015 issue, BIKE Magazine wrote a feature article about TAMBA and the growing trail system at Lake Tahoe. This highlights many accomplishments since 1988 and some missed opportunities in the early 2000s when volunteer burn out occurred. READ the entire article HERE!
Trail Work summary of last year (2014):
86 trail days
This includes trail work on Corral, Sidewinder, Armstrong Connector, Toads, Tahoe Mountain System, Tyrolean, Thomas Creek, Whites Creek, Tahoe City TRT Connector, Sunflower Hill, Flume Trail, Marlette Creek, and the new Snapdragon (Tunnel Creek east) trail. These numbers are for trail work only, does not include planning, flagging, design, or admin time. Impressive job, thanks to everyone who contributed this year!
TAMBA has continued to put in more volunteer labor including the construction of three new bridges in the Galena Area on the Thomas and Whites Creek Trails in partnership with the Forest Service in 2014. Also started in the Fall of 2014 was the brand new Snap Dragon Trail, a new trail in Spooner Lake State Park to bypass the Tunnel Creek dirt road connecting the Tahoe Rim Trail to the Red House Flume on the east side.
Events are getting bigger too. Permits with the USFS are being worked on for both the 3nd Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Fest (August 8&9) and the Corral Night Ride (October 17).
The 5th Annual Rose to Toads Ride will fill up fast again this year with the date scheduled for September 6. On the ride, endurance mountain bikers test their skills against the 62 mile all day epic showcasing some of the best trails linking Tahoe’s North Shore from Mount Rose down to Lake Tahoe’s South Shore ending on the famous Mr. Toads Wild Ride.
Construction will start in July 2015 on the Bijou Bike Park with a major boost for the project coming recently from the South Lake Tahoe City Council voting to allocation $100,000 toward the construction!
The reroute of the Kingsbury Stinger Trail will start in June 2015 with a full time US Forest Service crew building for the next two years.
In addition more jumps and features are planned for Corral Trail depending on funds– the future is looking strong for mountain biking in Tahoe!
TAMBA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with no paid staff and rely on volunteers and public donations for everything. TAMBA serves as the voice and image for mountain biking in Tahoe, dedicated to education, promotion, and stewardship of multiple use trails while working closely with US Forest Service and other land managers. Information on mountain biking, trail conditions, maps, events and volunteer opportunities can be found at TAMBA.org