8 Ways to get involved with TAMBA this spring

Hard working volunteers!

Hard working volunteers!







The snow is melting fast and we are on the brink of Tahoe’s mountain biking season.  Here are 8 ways you can consider getting involved with TAMBA this spring.

  1. Come out to one of our trail days. Are you excited about the upcoming Corral Trail improvements that will be starting full time on May 5th? Help out by coming to our fun-filled volunteer trail building day with the Sierra Buttes on Corral on May 17th.
  2. Become a crew leader.  On April 5th and 6th we’ll be partnering with the USFS to train new TAMBA crew leaders. Sign up today at http://mountainbiketahoe.org/crew-leader-training/
  3. Donate goods or services.  We are always trying to gather raffle prizes for our spring and fall membership drive parties.  Prizes don’t need to be bike-related.  Spring Party is scheduled for April 23rd!
  4. Donate food for our hard working volunteers. Do you have connections to some tasty food or beverages?  We need to feed and hydrate our volunteers on trail days.
  5. Donate your time and expertise.  Are you a photographer, videographer, graphic designer, or PR guru? We are always looking for help.
  6. Become a TAMBA member.  Your annual membership dues help support trail building, maintenance, future projects, and outreach. http://mountainbiketahoe.org/join/
  7. Make a tax-deductible donation. TAMBA is 100% volunteer run and no one is paid a cent, but we do need money to keep the gears running. Besides improving existing trails and building new ones we also need to pay for insurance, training, and other administrative costs.
  8. Be a good ambassador for the sport!  Slap a TAMBA sticker on your bike. On your car. Be a respectful mountain biker and spread the good word of what we are doing!  Run into some lost souls on the trail?  Tell them about the awesome resources at www.tamba.org.

Crew Leader Training

TAMBA will be hosting a U.S. Forest Service-approved crew leader training course the weekend of April 11-12, 2015 in the Tahoe area. The Forest Service has stringent training requirements for volunteer crew leaders, and this training may also be accepted by other land manager agencies. The training will be taught by Kevin Joell, TAMBA’s Trails Director, and Jacob Quinn, Trails Engineer for the Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Each has 20-plus years of trail building experience.

Topics will include volunteer management and supervision techniques, safety briefings and job hazard analysis, and emergency procedures and communications. Although trail building standards and best practices will be reviewed, it is expected that attendees will have participated in multiple sanctioned trail days previously. First Aid and CPR certification is also required of crew leaders. It is not included in this course but will be offered separately.  That must be re-certified every two years.

Saturday April 11: 8:00am -5:00pm at the LTBMU Forest Supervisors Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Sunday April 12: will be in the field, location TBD.  Weather conditions may require field location to be moved to Reno or Galena area.

The cost is $40 for non-TAMBA volunteers, free for TAMBA volunteers(e-mail for discount code), RSVP required.

CLICK HERE to register.

More info email Kevin at trails @ mountainbiketahoe.org


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)