2013 Trail Building Season Year End Review

Evening Trail Crew at Jane’s Rock – September 2013

Photo by Jenny Haas
Ray Rickard at the Carson River Trail workday. photo by Jenny Haas
April – 1200ft
We started the season off in April working a couple of days on the Carson River trail located at the Morgan Mill boat ramp. Muscle Powered volunteers built 1200ft of trail along the Carson River connecting the boat ramp to the Deer Run Rd bridge.

Muscle Powered Senior Crew Leader Oliver Lieder at OliMax Rock

May – 675ft
The Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon trail season started May 1st. May had us finishing up where we left off in 2012, completing the OliMax rock and building up to Tomanda’s Beer Rock. It was also good to see Jeremy Vlcan from CVTA take time from his busy schedule to help us on one of our first evening work nights of the season.

We also had a big win in May. Muscle Powered was awarded top honors in the RTP grant 2013/14 cycle. We requested $10,000 for the purchase of tools, but were given an additional $2500 for more tools. $12,500! Sweet! Thank you Jenny!!!

Peter turn 4
RTP committee member Peter Axelson railing turn 4 during our RTP committee field trip

June – 1400ft
National Trails Day kicked off June with 28 people showing up to build trail. We saw a lot of familiar faces, as well as new ones, this day but it was especially “cool” to have Parks & Rec director Roger Moellendorf and Open Space manager Juan Guzman out on the mountain getting their hands dirty with us. We built 500ft of trail on NTD!. Our biggest trail day to date!

National Trails Day

June was a busy month for us as we had Redrock Dental, TAMBA and Troop 16 join us for a few hours of quality work. We also hit the 1 mile mark at the end of June.

Redrock Dental-June 28th

TAMBA-June 14th

Troop 16 – June 23rd

July – 175ft
In July we made it to 4th of July Rock. Named after the day we started construction around the rock. Oli and Ward set the keystone, and 5 weeks later it was completed. It could be the longest time we’ve spent in one location. (Turns 1 and 2, and the wall connecting them, and the Big Ravine, both took 4 weeks to build).

Oliver Lieder starting construction at 4th of July Rock.

Rex at 4th of July Rock

August – 800ft
Once past 4ofJR things moved a little quicker, and a gentle slope helped. Then there was the Rim Fire. Bringing smoke into the area which created unhealthy work conditions. Volunteer turnout lowered to 1-3 individuals for about 3 weeks.

The City is barely visible through the smoke.

September – 1100ft
By September crews reached the Carson City viewpoint. The view point is located between Ash Canyon and Taylor Spring and gives trail users their first full view of the city.

CC Viewpoint

To fulfill our grant match requirement from the RTP awarded to Muscle Powered in May, crews worked on a few of the turns built by the NCC crew in August. The turns were well constructed, we just needed to tweak them a bit. We added another rock layer to the lower leg of the turn and increased the radius of the upper leg, making the turns resemble our turns in Ash Cyn.

By mid September the smoke had cleared and volunteer turnout increased greatly. At the end of the month we made it to the saddle between Ash Cyn and Taylor Spring, and the start of an old roadbed.

Nate Harrison, Conner McCrae, Robert Rigsby, Tobin and Brian McCrae.

October – 1900ft
October was all gravy. I thought we would make it to the saddle by the end of the season but because of all of our great volunteers we were a month ahead of projections. Utilizing the old roadbed as part of the trail alignment really helped things move fast and the Tahoe Mountain Milers helped make that happen. TMM helped throughout the season but really pulled through in October. Thanks TMM! The Bike Smith day was a huge success! We had 25 people turnout to help build 450ft of trail on a steep cross slope. It was great to work with the guys from the shop. We’ve been talking about organizing a workday for a while but weren’t able to make it happen ’til the end of the season. I’m looking forward to more TMM and TBS workdays in the future. Our last big day of construction was a TAMBA/MP build day. We had 17 volunteers help build one rock wall, finish 300ft of trail, and start construction of the lower leg of the next turn. It was great to have TAMBA’s Kevin Joell on the last day guiding us through our first switchberm.

TAMBA’s Kevin Joell placing rocks on the lower leg of the switchberm.

Shannon and Chloe Hataway on the old roadbed.

Bike Smith Day

Retired Crew – 600ft
In June our retired crew, led by Ward knous, continued construction (started last year by Troop 16) on the private property section off Waterfall Rd. They would build once or twice a week through the rest of the season finishing approximately 600ft of trail. There is about 1200ft left to complete to connect the two NCC sections. Nice work guys!

Retired Crew – Alan, Kevin and Ward scouting for future connections.

2013 Trail Stats:
123 work days
2,758 Hours
7,000ft of trail

Bob Rigsby
Top Dog Robert Rigsby modeling the safety glasses donated by Eagle Vision.

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Women’s Clinic, Soulcycler and National Trails Day

We have a few events coming up that may interest you:

Women’s Bike Clinic
You chicks on bikes! You know who you are–go to the May 23 Women’s Bike Clinic at Bike Habitat. Denis Coyne always organizes a great program. Go early, as it is usually a full house. Great tips for simple repairs. Get a little know how and more.
Bike Habitat – 911 Topsy Ln (next to Best Buy) 267-5053

Then on Friday, May 24, at 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church in Carson City, get ready to join writer-photographer-adventurer Rick Gunn for his 90-minute presentation “Soulcycler, Words And Images From a 25,811-Mile Bicycle Journey Around-The-World.” ”Soulcycler” combines 350 breath-taking photos from 33 countries, set to music, accompanied by a selection of uniquely emotional stories from around the globe. Gunn delivers a front-row seat to the pursuit of his lifelong dream of cycling the planet. See Bike Carson’s post HERE.
First United Methodist Church – 212 N Division St.

National Trails Day on the Ash to Kings Canyon Trail
Help Muscle Powered celebrate National Trails Day by building trail on the Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon Trail. Scheduled to be completed in 2014, this 7 mile multi-use trail will connect Ash and Kings Canyons, providing users with a scenic backcountry experience only minutes from downtown Carson City.

For registration and details click HERE.
toby, oli and ward

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® will bring together outdoor enthusiasts across the country on Saturday, June 1, 2013, for the 21st annual celebration of America’s magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers. Over 2,000 nationwide events will take place including trail maintenance, hiking, paddling, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, running, trail celebrations and more! 

Final Bike Month Events

The final results are in and we have a new winner in the Bike to Work Week Percentage of Participation category. Narrowly beating Allison MacKenzie Law Firm and Redrock Dental, Sierra Controls, LLC takes top honors.
Sierra Controls LLC Bike Team 2013
Highest Percentage of Employee Participation

Sierra Controls, LLC 30%
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 28.80%
Redrock Dental 28.50%
Lumos Carson Office 20%
Resource Rascals 8.50%

Bike to Work Week is over, but the fun rolls on!

Congratulations to all of you who commuted to work this week. Lots of birds out building nests, and flowers in bloom. Hope you visited your local commuter station and picked up a free java.
Don’t miss Bike Movie Night Tuesday, May 21, Plan B Lounge near the Sassafrass Restaurant, 6:30 p.m. featuring “The Flying Scotsman” the true story of world champion cyclist Graeme Obree. Obree’s compelling tale of and triumph will leave you cheering! Hosted by Mikey, raffles, trivia games, ride your bike and get a raffle ticket! Special drink offers.

You chicks on bikes! You know who you are–go to the May 23 Women’s Bike Clinic at Bike Habitat. Denis Coyne always organizes a great program. Go early, as it is usually a full house. Great tips for simple repairs. Get a little know how and more.


Then on Friday, May 24, at 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church in Carson City, get ready to join writer-photographer-adventurer Rick Gunn for his 90-minute presentation “Soulcycler, Words And Images From a 25,811-Mile Bicycle Journey Around-The-World.” “Soulcycler” combines 350 breath-taking photos from 33 countries, set to music, accompanied by a selection of uniquely emotional stories from around the globe. Gunn delivers a front-row seat to the pursuit of his lifelong dream of cycling the planet.

Cruiser Ride, Results, and Rider Photos

Thank you to all who turned out for the West Side Cruiser Ride. This event gets better and better each year thanks to you!

Bikes take over Minnesota St.

The Erickson family having a great time on the Cruiser Ride.

You can view more photos of the Cruiser Ride HERE.

Bike To Work Week Corporate Challenge Results – Wednesday

* Indicates not all data received.

Sierra Controls LLC Bike Team 2013
Sierra Controls Bike Team

Private %
Redrock Dental 38%
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 30.80%
Sierra Controls, LLC 28.3
Lumos Carson Office 24.3
Resource Rascals 10%

“I saw red winged blackbirds, wabbits, squirrels, a cat, and many many birds/waterfowl today. Took the ditch all the way in. it was amazing…………oh and one mailman” – Jenny

Private Miles
Lumos Carson Office 240.4
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 96.8
Sierra Controls, LLC 87.7
Resource Rascals 62
Redrock Dental 27.75

Lunch Parking

Private Trips
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 56
Lumos Carson Office 44
Sierra Controls, LLC 40
Resource Rascals 20
Redrock Dental 14

“Bike commuting makes me happy” – Lynn
Me too!

Solo – Beyond
Janelle Thomas 225.2
Mark Colley 116.28
Tom Tittle 104.01
Scott Robertson 101.7
Lucio Bolognani 77.79
Kim Gray 70.8

“Each day is a little slower on the commute but boy is this fun to be up at sunrise and enjoying the beautiful scenes between Reno and Carson City. Had to add a few extra miles on the commute today since my rear shifter cable broke as I was crossing the intersection at Geiger on my way home. Went to Reno Cycling and Fitness at 6:30 pm and they were having a club event (thank goodness since they normally close at 6) but the shop had the mechanics fix me up! Great service and I highly recommend the shop if you ever need anything! Happy biking to everyone out there!” – Janelle

Solo – In Town
Jason Gardner 81
John Aragon 46.54
david eiswert 43.7
Danny Miller 38.76
Tammy Steele 32.8*
Srini Bokka 32*
Ed Skudlarek 25
Brenda Horton 16.4

“Seen a lot of people out on their bikes the last couple days. Nice to see the wind isn’t discouraging riders from pushin’ the pedals!” - John

Public %
The Bike Kings 17%
DETR 12%*
USGS 10%
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 7.90%
Western Nevada College 6.75%
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 6.30%

little jerry
Little Jerry says thumbs up to bike to work week from Belize !!!

Public Miles
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 510.7
The Bike Kings 418.14
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 230.25
USGS 165
DETR 150*
Western Nevada College 99.34

bike on display
Allison MacKenzie Bike Parking

Public Trips
The Bike Kings 73
DETR 69*
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 66
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 56
Western Nevada College 32

Bike Kings Parking. Hmmm?

Tomorrow is Bike To Work Day
Several businesses are offering a free cup of joe to those of us commuting to work by bike. Please tell them thank you for supporting Bike to Work Day!

Participating businesses:
Bistro@Bryan – 901 S. Stewert
Comma Coffee – 312 S Carson
LA Bakery- 220 W. John
San Rafael Coffee Company – 711 S Carson

la bakery

2013 Corporate Challenge Results So Far….

Thank you everyone for making this such a fun event! I appreciate all of your comments and photos. Below you will find the results, so far, mixed with rider photos and comments. I hope to see some of you at the Wednesday evening cruiser ride tonight at Telegraph Square. 5:45 is sign-in, with a 6:00 – 6:15 departure.

Solo Rider Brenda posing on her “sweet” 3wheeler.


Janelle Thomas 145.2
Mark Colley 77.11
Kim Gray 68.3
Lucio Bolognani 51.93
Scott Robertson 51.9

“My 10 year old started to ride his bmx bike to school and back too. So far Monday and Tuesday. He said its so “cool…” He gets home before the school bus would drop him off. Thank you for the motivation. Also I notice people say hi and wave a lot when you pass them in their yards or on their bikes. Can’t get that kind of neighborly love when you drive!!” – Kim

Solo In Town

Tom Tittle 69.34
Jason Gardner 49
David Eiswert 33.7
John Aragon 33
Tammy Steele 32.8
Srini Bokka 32
Danny Miller 24.07
Ed Skudlarek 20
Brenda Horton 9.6
Candy Wilkin 2.48

“Lucky you all who go back home North!!!!!!
I guess I live on the wrong side of town…..
Do “south”miles count double in the afternoon?????”
– Lucio

Private Trips
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 36
Lumos Carson Office 29
Sierra Controls, LLC 12
Resource Rascals 10
Redrock Dental 4

Dude wheres my car
Private Miles
Lumos Carson Office 78.1
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 42.11
Sierra Controls, LLC 22.1
Resource Rascals 20
Redrock Dental 9.75

“After asking (begging) a co-worker to ride their bike in the past Bike to Work weeks, we now have a convert who can’t believe the fun they are having on their bicycle!” - Deirdre
KrazyKleine on errand
Look at that smile. This has to be Deirdre’s coworker.

Public Trips
Western Nevada College 15

Carol on bike
I think I see last year’s trophy in the display case.

Public Miles
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 176.1
The Bike Kings 130.34
USGS 123.2
Western Nevada College 72.74

ndot kings
Bike Kings bike parking.

If your team is not listed it is because I do not have your ride information. Please contact me if there is a problem. Also, it takes me a bit of time to calculate the percentages. I’ll get them posted as soon as I can.

Bike to Work Week 2013

We have a full week of fun scheduled next week starting with the Bike to Work Week Corporate Challenge.

May 13-17 — Bike to Work Week Corporate Challenge
It’s Bike to Work Week! Gather a team of co-workers and compete against other businesses and agencies for the most employee participation, most trips made by bike and commute miles ridden during the week. Click on the Corporate Challenge page above for rules and registration information.

Monday, May 13th
Flat Tire Clinic at The Bike Smith - Have you ever found yourself stranded with a flat tire? This always-useful clinic helps you learn how to fix a flat, so you’ll never be stranded.
Where: The Bike Smith, 900 N. Carson St.
When: 6:00 pm

The Bike Smith’s Micky McDowell demonstrates proper wheel removal.

Tap Shack Social
After work, ride your bike over to the Tap Shack for the after-work ride social. Gather with other cyclist over a cold beverage. After the social head over the The Bike Smith (only a couple of blocks south) for the Flat Tire Clinic. Fat Tire to Flat Tire!
Where: Tap Shack, 112 Rice St.
When: After work

Wednesday, May 15th
Westside Cruiser RIDE

Let’s show Carson City how fun biking can be! This leisurely ride around west Carson City is suitable for anyone who can stay on a bike. Costumes for riders and bikes are welcome and encouraged, but not required.
Where: Telegraph Square
When: Meet at 5:45, RIDE at 6:00pm

Friday, May 17

RIDE from your home to your work! Stop for a free coffee on the way at generous Carson City coffee shops. Arrive at work happy and invigorated.
Participating Coffee Shops:
Bistro at Bryan
Comma Coffee
LA Bakery,
San Rafael Coffee Company

Artsy Fartsy
220A W. Telegraph St.
For the entire month of May Artsy Fartsy has a fleet of tricycle art on display. Pieces range from $150 – $500 and a portion of the proceeds will go towards the benefit of Muscle Powered. Also inside the gallery is bicycle jewelry created with recycled bike parts, as well as original bicycle art from local artists. This is a must see for all bicycle enthusiests.

Green Machine - James Axelson
Green Machine – James Axelson – $150

MAY 18 — Vietnam Veterans of America Family Bike Ride
Ride with a Vet! John Hussong and Chapter 388 Vietnam Vets will lead a 5-mile beginner-friendly family ride around west Carson City. Begins and ends at Telegraph Square with Bike to Work Week celebration.
Where: Telegraph Square When: Meet at 2:30, RIDE at 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 18th
Bike to Work Week Party

Come celebrate a great week of riding with food by local restaurants, live music, obstacle courses, raffle prizes (including 2 cruiser bikes. See below) Show ‘n’ Shine bike show, trike races, and all your bicycle buddies. Don’t miss it!
Where: Telegraph Square
When: 3:00-6:00 pm

phat sea wind
Phat Sea Breeze- Mens

Phat Sea Breeze – Ladies

Celeb Ride

We had quite a few riders show up for the Celebrity Ride this year despite the foul wether. Thank you to all who attended!

Check out the article in the Nevada Appeal.

Patrick & Ann
Patrick Pittenger and Anne Maquarrie

Karen Abowd getting ready for Critical Mass

Safe Routes to School Cortney Bloomer

Artsy Fartsy Tricycle Art

This piece and more can be seen at Artsy Fartsy 220A W. Telegraph St.

Garden Ride - Journey
Garden Ride – Journey – $150

May is Bike Month

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Jeff Moser with Mayor Bob and Bill Story riding in the Celebrity Ride 2010

Join us in celebration of the simple joys of riding a bicycle! Muscle Powered, along with generous partners from around the community, have been working hard to put together a full calendar of events to share our love of biking with everyone in Carson City!

Whether you’re a beginner, an expert, a commuter, or a recreational cyclist; whether you wear spandex or a business suit, you’re part of the bike community, and this month is all about you!

Are you bike-curious? Do you want to learn if you have what it takes to join the pedalers? (Hint: you do.) There are events for you, too!

Rides, clinics, and cultural events are slated for this month, all with a focus on two-wheeled transportation. Won’t you join us?

Click on the the calendar above to see what events we have scheduled thru May.

First up:
Bike Habitat’s Tour of Carson City - This ride has become a Bike Month Tradition! RIDE starts and ends at Bike Habitat. Join us on this moderately-paced 27-mile loop around Carson City – barbecue at Bike Habitat afterwards.
Where: Bike Habitat, 911 Topsy Lane #238 When: Registration begins at 9:00 am, RIDE at 9:30 am

Call Denis for more info – 267-5053

April 13th Trail Work Along the Carson River

Muscle Powered trail crews got a head start on next week’s trail work day at the Morgan Mill Road River Access Area by cutting out willows, sagebrush and wild rose.

river trail corridor
View along the fresh cut corridor

When completed the trail will connect Deer Run Road Bridge to the Empire Ranch Trail.

along the river
River view

Where: Meet at the Morgan Mill Road River Access Area
When: April 13th
Time: 9:00am

Muscle Powered will supply the tools, hard harts and training. You are required to wear:
Long sleeved shirt
Long Pants
Sturdy Shoes
Eye Protection

Senior Crew Leader Oil demonstrating to all that there is never a bad time to practice
Tai Chi

Tasks we hope to complete are: Grubbing, hauling debris, trash pick up, hauling rocks and cutting trail.

If you would like to join us on Saturday, April 13 for a community trail work day please RSVP jeffpotter@musclepowered.org