Accomplishments and Highlights

2013 Highlights

  • Trail Build Days.  TAMBA volunteers have contributed about 5,000 hours of trail building and maintenance since 2011.  For 2013 we put in over 1,000 volunteer hours of trail building with over 20 individual trail days around Lake Tahoe.  Trails worked on include Mr Toads, Sidewinder, Corral, Tyrolean Incline Village, Tahoe City Rim Trail Connector, Cold Creek, Sunflower Hill, Flume Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail, Galena, and the new Monument Trail above High Meadow.
  • Rose to Toads Ride.  2013 marked the third annual Rose to Toads ride – this was the year of fire and snow.  Our Labor Day date got smoked out from the Yosemite Rim Fire, and our Sept 22nd rescheduled date was greeted with fresh snow in the high country.  It was the most memorable ride so far.
  • Kirkwood Sierra Cup Races.  Fundraiser included XC and Super D races in July.
  • Tahoe Fat Tire Festival.  2013 was the 2nd annual festival and fundraiser with races and events over 3 days in September.
  • Fundraising for new trail projects.  TAMBA rose over $20,000 in the summer of 2013 to build new mountain bike specific jumps and features on Corral Trail and also to go towards the new Kingsbury Stinger trail both to begin work in 2014.
  • Partnership with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship to build out the planned improvements on Corral Trail starting in May 2014.
  • Corral Night Ride – we brought back an old harebrained idea some of us had in the past and ended up with about 60 people riding bikes in the dark on Corral trail dressed in crazy costumes.  That’s to Jetlites for supplying free demo lights.  Read more from the Angry Single Speeder’s column on MTBR.
  • We threw Spring and Fall parties with big raffles and brews, thanks to everyone that joined as a member at the parties and the local businesses that donated towards the raffles.
  • We grew with your involvement.  Membership (150 paid in 2013) / Email list (800 address) / Facebook (2400 following)
  • Teaming with area groups to host joint trail works days including the Podunks, Muscle Powered, and Tahoe Rim Trail Association.
  • New crew leaders and volunteers stepped up – we had 6 new crew leaders and about 75 new volunteers in 2013.

2014 Projects

  • Bike Park at Heavenly:  Heavenly Mountain Resorts is in the planning and permitting stages of adding more summer actives on the mountain including a new bike park.  The bike park will be at the top of the Gondola, with lift access on Big Easy and Comet Express lifts.  9-10 miles of new lift-serviced trails will be built along with a skills area and pump track.  Potential connections to the Tahoe Rim Trail near Mott Canyon and also a longer single track connector trail on the front side towards Van Sickle are also being looked at.  TAMBA is very excited to be giving input on this new project that might be built starting in 2015.  More information and a map can be found online: HERE
  • Corral Trail Building 2014 with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (May)
  • Tahoe Mountain Trail Work (May/ June/ July 2014)
  • Bijou Bike Park (Pump track to be built summer 2014)
  • Kingsbury Stinger (September/ October 2014)
  • NV State Parks – East side of Tunnel Creek single track connector (Summer 2014)

Year End Party November 13th

Join us for another fun night of mountain bike films, raffle prizes, food, drink, and 2014 membership drive.

Shindig starts at 6pm at the Himmel Haus in South Lake Tahoe (Across the street from Heavenly California Base Lodge)

October Events

Corral Night Ride – October 25 at 6pm This free fun ride will celebrate TAMBA’s partnership with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship to build over 30 new features and jumps on Lower Corral Trail starting next spring.  Costumes encouraged, lights required – although we will have limited rentals and demos by JetLites.  Hot drinks and good times provided by TAMBA.

Angora Trail Build, South Lake Tahoe - October 5 (9am to 4pm) 

Sunflower Hill Trail, Spooner State Park - October 6
Join us for some maintenance and final touches on the recently completed Sunflower Hill Trail in Nevada State Parks.  There are a couple sections that were never completed to the desired standards by one of the local conservation crews.  Now the park wants it fully done before we can start on the new Tunnel Creek-Red House connection.  Meet at 9am at the end of Lakeview Road (off the south end of Washoe Valley) for a 4wd carpool/caravan up the hill.  Due to the remote location, please bring a lunch.

Tyrolean, Incline Village – October 13 (9am to 4pm)



Rose to Toads Ride 2013

The fresh snowy conditions for Rose to Toads 2013 made this a ride we’ll be talking about for many years to come.  Special, magical, amazing, and just wow were said over and over… with the occasional gripe about soggy clothes once the sun came out to melt the snow and get us muddy wet.  The pace was slow, the vibe was high, and it was fun riding with everyone at some point.  Some of us are still picking pieces of sand from our eyes and grit in our teeth, souvineers of an epic day.

If you’re interested in stats we’re still waiting for some final reports, but we had about 45 people start on Mount Rose at Tahoe Meadows, about 12 people finished at Toads (a few pushing darkness), and the rest completing at Van Sickle, Star Lake and Armstrong.

Thanks to the Jenay and Alison with Lake Tahoe Yoga for working the two rest stops along with Joe M – the hot coco and cup o soups were our savior.  Thanks for the discounted shuttles from Max Jones at Flume Trail Bikes, and from Joe with Shuttle Around Tahoe – and thanks to all the good folks that support TAMBA, we put this ride on to get more members and bring more awareness of the Tahoe trails…  Oh, and to have a super fun time too!

Check out the TAMBA flickr pool for more photos.


Tahoe Fat Tire Festival Sept 13-15 at Squaw Valley

The Tahoe Fat Tire Festival is this weekend.  Friday night mountain bike films including Not Bad and the US premier of Arrival.  Saturday and Sunday Races, Rides, Poker Ride, Expo, and Fun!