Celebrate an amazing year at TAMBA’s Fall Party and membership drive. We’ll have some new TAMBA goods for sale, a raffle, and updates on trail projects. 2015 has been the best and busiest year – we got the Bijou Bike Park built, finished Corral Trail, built the new Snapdragon Trail, built a re-route on Stanford Rock, held regular trail days on Tyrolean and had some amazing events like the Meyers Mtn Bike Fest, Corral Night Ride and Rose to Toads. Join in the fun and celebrate more good things to come!
Whoa! 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.
So you’re sitting on the chairlift and someone asks you what’s going on with TAMBA.
Here’s our chairlift update – quick and dirty (just like this winter):
- This spring we will start building the 4 acre Bijou Bike Park in partnership with the City of South Lake Tahoe.
- The new 4.5 mile Kingsbury Stinger Trail will start construction in June with full time USFS crews and TAMBA volunteer days.
- The 5th Annual Rose to Toads ride kicks off at 6am on Sunday, September 6th
- The Meyers Mountain Bike Fest is planned for August 9th at the Divided Sky.
- Don’t miss the Corral Night Ride on October 17 .
- Trails days are planned for Tyrolean DH, Corral, Toads, Tahoe City, and more.
- The new Snap Dragon Trail that we’re building in Lake Tahoe NV State Park will be complete this summer with planning underway for new trails in the park.
- We have a proposal in to adopt and improve the Brown’s Creek Trail in Galena, construction may begin as early as this fall.
- More features and jumps will be built on Lower Corral Trail this Fall contingent on winning an OHV grant in partnership with the USFS and SBTS.
- Heavenly Bike Park is moving forward with lift accessed trails and public connector trails, pending approvals in late spring
- Plus, a feature article about Tahoe will be published in the May issue of BIKE magazine
The Bureau of Land Management is reviewing a trail proposal that would adopt the “Zipper” Trail out of Golden Eagle Park in Sparks, NV as a managed system trail and construct up to 13.4 miles of new trail to create a 23 mile trail system. The project is in an area containing significant cultural resources so it will be an uphill battle, but if done correctly, the resources will be protected while maintaining trail access to the public. You can check out all the information on the BLM project page.
There will be a public workshop to present the project on Tuesday, February 17 at from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at the Spanish Springs Elementary School, multi-purpose room, located at 100 Marilyn Mae Drive in Sparks.
Sierra Front Field Office, BLM
Attn. Brian Buttazoni
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701
or via e-mail to: SFFO_EA@blm.gov (that’s an underscore between SFFO and EA, in case your browser doesn’t show it)
Form letters or cut and paste are counted as one comment, so your best bet is to pick a few of the below paragraphs and personalize them to your experiences or state why you support them. BLM has created an outline on how to write substantive comments.
Examples to pick from and personalize with your experiences or desires:
– Non-motorized recreational trails have significant health, economic and social benefits to a community. Trail networks near where people live encourage use and provide for increased quality of life. Currently the City of Sparks has nearly zero non-motorized singletrack trails nearby requiring residents to drive to other nearby locations to experience trails.
– The new trails should be designed for sustainability with mountain bikes in mind. Mountain bikers will likely be the largest user group of a majority of the proposed trails. Ignoring this in the layout and design will affect the quality of the trail network for these users as well as the long term sustainability of the trails. High quality trails will be fun for riders while acknowledging the different riding styles and travel patterns of users that will ensure these trails will last with minimal maintenance.
-The proposed trail network as shown would be difficult to sign and navigate due to the excessive amount of intersections. In open terrain with little vegetation such as what exists at the Canoe Hill area, trail sustainability works best when there are fewer intersections and trails that are not within sight of each other.
– There should be consideration to different difficulty levels of trails. The stacked loop design works very well with easier trails closer to the trailheads and more challenging trails further away for the trailhead. This provides for the desires of different levels of users while providing for risk management. Alternate lines utilizing natural rock features alongside trails can provide the more technical option for advanced riders.
– We’d like to see more of an encouragement with the trails proposal on allowing local trail stewards to assist with the care and maintenance of the trails. Grant funding into perpetuity is not guaranteed, but fostering stewardship opportunities from within the actual users of the trail can provide for the long term care and in most cases increases the quality of work.
– The network proposed would be an ideal location to host mountain bike and running events since the Golden Eagle Park trailhead can accommodate parking and staging. This both provides for an economic benefit to the community but also introduces more people the the trail network and outdoor recreation in general.
– The connectivity options within the proposed network are excellent. Loops are usually desired by users over out and back trails. This also reduces user conflict by dispersing use over more trail miles and reducing the need for passing. Additional consideration should be given to future connection south to the Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway. This both provides for network inter-connectivity but also fits in with the long range master plan to encircle the Truckee Meadows by trail, creating the “Biggest Little Loop”.
The comment period closes March 12, 2015.
In case you weren’t on Facebook for the last month here’s the scoop. TAMBA applied for the Bell Built Grant in February 2013 to build out all of the proposed features on Corral Trail in South Lake Tahoe. In April, after a long Facebook voting contest we lost by just 1 stinking percent to some bike park in VT. But don’t despair we are moving forward to get this model project with the US Forest Service built!
We are raising the money ourselves to get this project done right. The money will be used to rent machinery, buy tools, feed and fuel our volunteer trail builders and hopefully even hire a few pro trail builders.
Wondering what you can do to help build Corral Trail even though we didn’t win the grant? Help Erik and Dan (from Salesforce) reach the 15k goal! The super AMAZING at people Salesforce Foundation will match donations dollar for dollar up to 15K – 30k total!
So your $5 tax deductible donation turns into $10, or your $50 donation turns into $100, or your $1,000 donation turns into $2,000. You get the picture, now let’s get Corral built!
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