5th Annual Rose to Toads

5th Annual Rose to Toads Showcase – Sunday September 6, 2015. 6am to Dark

Registration for the event will be open in June. Stay tuned, and train hard!

Over 60 miles in length with 8,000 feet of climbing and 10,000 feet of descent, this is the most amazing mountain bike ride. What started off as a hair-brained with a few friends many years ago, pre-TAMBA rebirth, is now one of signature events attracting crazy people from all around the country.

It takes most people all day to complete while showcasing some of the best trails linking Tahoe’s North Shore from Mount Rose down to Lake Tahoe’s South Shore ending on the famous Mr. Toads Wild Ride. If you want to join the TAMBA ride with stocked rest stop it’s a member’s ride only open to 75 people. It’s not a race but the ride can be as intense as you want it to be, join us and be part of something awesome!

Time left to train:

DISCLAIMER: This ride is self supported, there is no sweep or sag, be prepared for anything. 

We will have 2 mid ride rest stops lined up and coffee at the start.

Last year Mike from Jet Lites hosted the Spooner rest stop, and Curtis from Bike the West hosted the Kingsbury rest stop. If you would like to help sponsor the event or aid stations please let us know!

Start of 2013 Rose to Toads with a fresh dusting of snow on the ground.


RIDE RECAPS, click below:

2011 by Ben Fish (the inaugural ride), includes gps route for download.

2012 ride report by Amy Fish

2013 (year of fire and snow) ride report by Jeff Glass

2014 Ride report


Frequently Asked Questions

What bike should I ride?
The ideal bike has gears, weighs around 30lbs or less, and has between 4” to 6” of suspension front and rear.

How long does it take to ride from Mount Rose to Mr. Toads?
Fast times are about 8-9 hours, average times are around 10-11 hours, and some people finish in the dark.

Do we ride together as a group the entire time?
No, the ride gets spread out pretty fast and not everyone starts at the same time either. You’ll probably leap frog with people and find a comfortable pace with a few other riders who want to be social.

Do I have to ride all the way to Toads?
Of course not, this is a fun ride and there are many options to ride back down to lake level sooner than Toads.

What do you mean by a self-supported ride?
There is no one out there that will save you if your bike explodes or you get hurt, there is no sweep or swag to pick you up. Please carry everything you need to fix mechanicals, extra food and water.

I heard there are rest stops, where are they and what’s at them?
We have two rest stops along the first half of the ride, the first will be at Spooner Summit on the west side of Highway 50 in the Rim Trail parking lot, the other will be just past Kingsbury Grade near the Tramway Market / Fox and Hound. We’ll have a variety of sweet and salty snacks along with drinks. There will not be any more rest stops and limited access to mountain water (a lake and a few streams) after you get back on the Rim Trail at the Heavenly Stagecoach Lodge.

What should I pack?
Here’s a link to photos of a few pack contents from past years. Be prepared!  Also, there is very limited phone service along the route. Bring a print map if you don’t know the route and ride along with others.

Do you have a map of the ride and gps track?
Yes click here to download a pdf map, click here for a gps track.

How well marked is the route?
There is standard trail signage but there will not be any signs specific to this ride. That said there are a few variations on the ride, so know where you’re going. Ultimately if you stay on the Tahoe Rim Trail heading south you will get to Toads… eventually!

Why does TAMBA put on this ride? Wouldn’t this be the most awesome Enduro race ever?
We put this ride on every year as a member benefit and to showcase the amazing riding in Tahoe. Please be courteous to all other trail users, this is not a race! Tell them what you are doing and how badass it is. We do not have the appropriate permits to make this a race so it is a free member ride with a cheap shuttle offered at discount. Have fun, we want to create lasting experiences.