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2015 Accomplishments, So Far!

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Damn it’s been a busy summer so far, TAMBA’s biggest year so far in terms of building and events. We finished the Lower Corral Trail enhancements, completed the Snapdragon Trail, building the Bijou Bike Park, started a reroute on Stanford Rock, improved Tyrolean Downhill, and provided maintenance on many existing trails.  Plus we’ve hosted some cool events and races, with more to come this fall.

Bijou Bike Park – This project has been 4 years in the making starting with lobbying the City, preparing design drawings, and securing permits. Partnering with the City of South Lake Tahoe, construction started in July and the 4 acre bike park is slated to open on September 19 with a BMX track, two pump tracks, a loop trail and three jump lines in the slopestyle area. Please stay off the bike park until the grand opening, it is still an active construction site and not open by the City. Volunteer opportunities will be listed on Bijoubikepark.org and Bijou Bike Park Facebopk page.

Corral Trail – In June we partnered with the US Forest Service to build another ½ mile of berms and jumps. This section of trail finishes off what we worked on last year but is in a steeper area that gave us great opportunities for new features like elbow dragging berms, step up jumps, table top jumps and a rebuild of the 25′ long rock lip jump.

Snapdragon Trail – This new 1.3 mile trail is located in Lake Tahoe NV State Park on the east side of the Flume Trail connecting the Tahoe Rim Trail to the Red House Flume providing yet another single track connection in the backcountry adding to our goal of creating the “singletrack superloop.”

Stanford Rock – Work on the popular Stanford Rock loop out of Tahoe City is underway with a motivated group of locals working to reroute the steep loose sandy section.

Tyrolean Downhill – On going maintenance on this Incline gem continues with regular trail days and improvements.

Events – This year TAMBA has secured a Special Use Permit with the US Forest Service to host three events including the Corral Night Ride on October 17, Rose to Toads Ride on September 6, and the Meyers Mountain Bike Festival on Aug 8 & 9. The permit is part of our ongoing partnership with the Forest Service and a way to raise additional funds for trail improvements while increasing awareness of Tahoe’s world class multiuse trail system. In addition proceeds from three races helped TAMBA: The Battle Born Enduro in Peavine, and the two Sierra Cup races at Kirkwood and the Flume Trail this summer.

The Future – We continue to work with our land managers to plan future trail projects and additions to benefit the entire trail community including new trails in Lake Tahoe NV State Park, the Heavenly Bike Park (planned for 2016 construction), Panorama Trail and the Kingsbury Stinger which has been delayed due to environmental permitting this summer.

Bijou Bike Park!

We need help! If you have any experience building pump tracks (or have an interest in learning) we need volunteers today through Saturday at the Bijou Bike Park to help with shaping. Our pro-builder Alex Fowler from PumpTraxUSA.com will be there everyday from about 9am until dark leading the build and we’ll have TAMBA crew leaders there in the evenings. Bring a shovel if you can and join us!

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Corral Trail, that’s a wrap… For now!

Another 1/2 mile of new features has been built on Lower Corral Trail.  This 2 week build came about very fast. On a Sunday afternoon we were flagging the new alignment and the very next day the USFS had a 5 person crew digging.

This is a testament to the respect we have gained with the US Forest Service and the dedication of our volunteers to help out.  The section of trail finishes off what we worked on last year (in partnership with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and USFS) but is in a steeper area that gave us great opportunities for new features like elbow dragging berms, step up jumps, table top jumps and a rebuild of the 25′ long rock lip jump.

TAMBA paid for the equipment rentals (about $4,000) and supported with multiple volunteer build days, in total about 60 volunteers helped out on this two week build. Our biggest thanks go out to Jacob and his crew at the US Forest Service.  True team effort!

Flagging the new alignment on June 14

Flagging the new alignment on June 14

Finishing the build on June 27

Finishing the build on June 27

Building the take off on the new 25' long jump

Building the take off on the new 25′ long jump

TAMBA Crew Leader testing the new big jump

TAMBA Crew Leader testing the new big jump

Text book berms

Text book berms

Packing berms

Packing berms

Water, it's the most important ingrediant

Water, it’s the most important ingredient

Jacob from the Forest Service

Jacob from the Forest Service

Awesome volunteers!

Awesome volunteers!

For more photos please visit our flickr album HERE.

Trail Days

We have two projects currently under construction through the month of June. Corral Trail is getting even better again, with a big section of new trail being built in partnership with the US Forest Service, a 6 person USFS crew will be working full time (Mon-Fri, 8am to 5pm) through the end of June along with TAMBA volunteers. We have two big weekend volunteer trail days schedule with free food and beer on June 21 and June 27. Meet at 9am at the lower parking lot. Two mid-week trail days are June 23 and 25, meet on the trail for these. Wear study shoes, long pants and long sleeves. Bring a bike to test ride.
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Trail work continues this summer on the new Snapdragon Trail in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park with a goal of completing it by Mid-July.  Multiple trail days coming up with options for weekend and mid-week participation. We get lots of requests for trail days during the week for the folks that work on the weekends so here’s your chance! All trail days meet at 9am behind the Tunnel Creek Cafe in Incline Village.  It’s a 3 mile 4wd caravan/carpool up to the worksite.  Bring a bike and helmet if you want to leave early.  All trail days will go to 3-ish.  Please bring a lunch and water and wear long sleeves and long pants.

Friday, June 19 – Snapdragon Trail

Wednesday, June 24  – Snapdragon Trail

Then starting in early July the US Forest Service will start construction on a brand new 4.5 mile trail off Kingsbury Grade which is a complete rebuild of the old Stinger Trail. More info HERE. We will hold multiple build days out here this summer in partnership with the USFS. Visit our events page and Facebook page for more dates to get involved.

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Corral Trail Day, Saturday May 2

The dig season in the Tahoe Basin starts this week. To kick it off we’ll host a trail day on the beloved Corral Trail this Saturday May 2nd – reworking some of the new features. Then we’ll turn our attention to many other trails this summer including Tyrolean, Mr. Toads, the new Snapdragon, and a brand new 4.5 mile trail off Kingsbury Grade in partnership with the USFS. Join us this Saturday 5/2 at 9am at the dirt parking area. We’ll end around 1pm and host a free BBQ for all volunteers (with drinks). Wear long sleeves, pants, sturdy shoes and bring your bike for test riding.

May 2 - Corral Trail Day

May 2 – Corral Trail Day

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