Tahoe Fat Tire Festival

The Tahoe Fat Tire Festival is less than a week away and preregistration for the event closes at 8pm on 9/18.

Mountain bikers from all over will come to Squaw Valley from September 20-23, 2012 for the return of the Tahoe Fat Tire Festival. Formerly one of the largest mountain bike events on the west coast, the festival is being brought back by the Truckee Trails Foundation and Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association in an effort to promote the Tahoe area and to create a fundraising event to support trail projects.

 Presented by New Belgium Brewing, Barefoot Wines and the North Lake Tahoe Convention and Visitors Bureau, the festival will include five race events, a mountain bike stage race, group mountain bike rides, skill clinics, vendors, movies, trail work classes, and music. Squaw Valley will be opening its bike park and trail network for the four days of the festival.

The festival kicks off Thursday night with the exciting GoTahoeNorth.com Short Track race through the Village at Squaw Valley. Friday brings the Pearl Izumi Mountain Hillclimb race from the Village to High Camp. Saturday will host both the Sierra Cup Regional Championship Series Cross-Country event presented by the Reno Wheelmen and the Nor-Cal State Downhill Championships presented by Royal Racing. The Festival wraps up on Sunday with a Super-D race featuring over 2000′ of descending. There is excellent spectator viewing for all events from the KT Sundeck.
During the Festival, there also will be group rides both on and off-site with shuttles by Tahoe Mountain Guides, beginner and intermediate skill clinics, a mountain bike film festival presented by Yelo Velo, and trail work classes with the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew on the Western States Trail. The Tahoe Sierra Century road ride on Saturday also is based out of Squaw Valley.
For more information and to register, visit www.tahoefattirefestival.org.

Forest Service meeting will discuss plans for Fallen Leaf Lake trails

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will host a meeting to explain and answer questions about its plan for trails in the Fallen Leaf Lake area.Under the plan, the LTBMU would expand and improve public parking and access and install water quality best management practices (BMPs) at existing and proposed parking sites. The project would improve the trail system to provide access to popular destinations, while reducing congestion and user conflict. Many trails would receive BMPs upgrades to meet current Forest Service standards, while others are proposed for decommissioning. A primary difference among the six alternatives is how they would address the existing bridge over Fallen Leaf Lake dam and the Taylor Creek stream crossings, the issue that drew the most public comment.

The meeting will be from 6-8 p.m, on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at the Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. Staff will explain the current preferred alternative and additional alternatives, discuss how the Forest Service addressed public comment received during public scoping and answer questions.

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Bands for Bikes party this Friday

What: Bands for Bikes: A Benefit Party for the SLT Community Bike Park.
When: Friday, September 14th @ 6pm. Music at 7pm
Where: The American Legion. 2748 Lake Tahoe Boulevard South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Cost: $10

This is an all ages event. Families welcome and encouraged.

There will be music by Dad’s LPs and 4-Piece Puzzle, a BMX bike demo, an awesome raffle, silent auction, dancing, and super fun photobooth!

Big thanks to the Tahoe Mountain News for helping sponsor the event. Raffle and silent auction items from the following businesses: Pearl Izumi South Lake Tahoe, Svadhyaya Yoga Studio, Keys Cafe, Après Wine Company, CamelBak, POC, Rick Gunn Photography, Five Ten and more!

If you would like more information on the bike park, sponsorship opportunities, or would like to donate to the raffle or silent auction, please contact Lauren Lindley at LLindley at pearlizumi dot com.

Click here for more information on the bike park and other projects.

Trail Care Crew will be in Incline Village


IMBA Trail Care Crew visit

The International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in Incline Village from September 7th through the 9th to share sustainable trail building techniques and more with local mountain bikers, land managers and recreation specialists. The visit, which was coordinated by TAMBA, is one of about 70 stops on the 2012 schedule. Everyone is invited to attend the weekend’s events.  There is no cost, but pre-registration is requested.

The award-winning Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program includes two full-time, professional teams of trail experts who travel North America year-round, leading IMBA Trail building Schools, meeting with government officials and land managers and working with IMBA-affiliated groups to improve local mountain biking opportunities. IMBA’s crews have led more than 1,000 trail projects since the program debuted in 1997.

The Tahoe visit will include the Better Living Though Trails presentation on Friday that focuses on the health, economic, and social benefits of trails to a community. On Saturday, the crew will spend the morning teaching attendees about the proper techniques of trail building with actual hands-on trail work in the afternoon on the US Forest Service’s Tyrolian Trail.

The Trail Care Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building lasting trails that require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment and enhances visitor enjoyment.  The Crews travel in new Subaru Outbacks provided by Subaru of America. The company has been IMBA’s leading sponsor since 1997.

All are welcome to join the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew leaders when they come to town. Below is a schedule of events that are open to the public:

 Friday, September 7:
3:00 pm-5:00pm; Better Living Through Trails Presentation
Parasol Building, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village

5:30pm-7:30pm; TAMBA Happy Hour
Hacienda Restaurant, 931 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village

Saturday, September 8:
9:00am – 12:00 pm; Trail Building classroom session. (Lunch Provided)
Diamond Peak Ski Area, Base Lodge, 1210 Ski Way, Incline Village

1:00pm – 4:00 pm – trail construction techniques on the Tyrolian Downhill trail.
Sunday, September 9:
Group mountain bike ride with the IMBA Trail Care Crew. Specifics TBA.

To register for Friday’s class or Saturday’s trail building school, please click HERE.

Rose to Toads

Rose to Toads Super Fun Ride

Rose to Toads Super Fun Ride - Labor Day Weekend

We’re less than a week away from the epic ride.  Sign up today, ride is free for all current TAMBA members, shuttle will cost $10.  To reserve a seat you must register and pay by noon on Friday Aug. 31st.  This way we’ll have an accurate count in order to line up shuttles and email the specifics in the next few days along with a map of the route and different bail out points.

This is a self-supported ride, just as last year. However this year we do have a few “perks” such as Clif bars, Larabars, Stinger Waffles, and a sag vehicle stopping at Spooner and Kingsbury. THE SHUTTLES ARE NOW FULL. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ARRANGE YOUR OWN SHUTTLE.