Pedal-Driven: a bike-umentary

From Keven Joelle:

“The Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association(TAMBA) and the Poedunks are presenting “Pedal-Driven: a bike-umentary”, a new documentary film from Howell at the Moon Productions. The screening will take place at Centric inside CommRow on Thursday, March 22 at 7pm. It will be preceded by a social hour starting at 6pm. Tickets are $10 and the proceeds will go to both organizations to promote sustainable trail building efforts in the area.” More…

Please come out and see old friends, make new ones, and help out two outstanding organizations.


Save Our Trails!


The photo you see above is of one of two bridges along the Mexican Ditch Trail in east Carson City which were purchased with funds from a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant written by Muscle Powered for Carson City. Other projects in our area which have benefited from the RTP are the Carson Valley Discovery Trail, Sierra Canyon Trail, the Halo Trail and the annual Tahoe Rim Trail Association Crew Leader Training in Reno. All of these projects were possible, or greatly benefited, because of this program!

Sierra Canyon Trail

Here is how you can help.

From IMBA’s website:

“The Recreational Trails Program is the ONLY federal funding source for multi-use singletrack trails. RTP is in grave danger in both chambers of the U.S. Congress.

This week, both the House and Senate are expected to vote on their respective transportation bills. In the Senate, RTP is eliminated, but U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is offering an amendment to restore dedicated funding.

In the House, RTP was included in legislation forwarded by the committee, but Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has an amendment to eliminate the program. The entire House of Representatives hears the bill later this week.

Take Action in the Senate!

Call your U.S. Senator today at 202-224-3121 and ask them to “VOTE YES on the Klobuchar amendment to MAP-21,” or use this easy e-mail form from the American Motorcyclists Association.

Take Action in the House!

Call your U.S. Representative at 202-225-3121 and ask them to “VOTE NO on amendment #230 by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) that will eliminate the Recreational Trails Program.”

RTP funding provides $85 million annually for trail construction and maintenance. Since 1993, RTP has funded more than 15,000 projects nationwide and leverages local and state funding. Only a small portion of federal funds collected are returned to the program for motorized and non-motorized trail projects.”

Carson Valley Discovery Trail

Please share this with your friends.

Public Meeting

Kings Canyon to Ash Canyon Trail Public Meeting
February 13th 5-7 p.m.
Carson City Community Center- Bonanza Room
851 East Williams Street

Lumos & Associates’ Tom Young and Chas Macquarie survey the Ash Creek bridge site

Carson City and Muscle Powered have been working with the U.S. Forest Service and public for many years to develop a trail system along the foothills of the Carson Range with connectivity to Carson City. Most of the trail will be located on Forest Service lands and some will be on Carson City lands. The project proposes to construct approximately 6 miles of single-track trail designed for non-motorized uses including mountain biking, hiking and equestrian between Ash Canyon and Kings Canyon. Trail access points will be Kings Canyon Road, Waterfall Road, and Ash Canyon Road

This meeting is one of the last steps before we can start construction on what is sure to be a fantastic trail!

If you would like to learn more about this project,  have questions, or would like to show support for the trail, please attend this meeting.


Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon Trail

Carson officials, volunteers carving trail system in mountains west of city
By Teri Vance (Story originally appearing in the Nevada Appeal)

In the super-abridged version of the story, Jeff Potter complained to city supervisors in 2006 that more mountain bike trails were needed in the area.

Their response: Then do it.

Carson City

Of course, it wasn’t that simple. There was the master plan to consult. Permits needed to be acquired. Plans needed to be drawn up.

But after years of working with Carson City’s open-space manager, Juan Guzman, to negotiate with city, state and federal agencies as well as private property owners, the plan is starting to take shape.

Max Jones, who owns Spooner Lake Cross Country and Flume Trail Mountain Bikes, lent his expertise to determining three routes connecting Kings Canyon to Ash Canyon.

Potter said they settled on the mid-line route, traversing seven miles along the east-facing slopes of the mountains. It begins around 5,600 feet and climbs 1,100 feet to the highest point of 6,700 feet. The average grade is 6 percent.

Potter said it was an easy decision.

“If this was the only trail I could put in, it would be a killer trail,” he said. “Plus, we had fewer obstacles with this option.”

He said the gradual ascents with some steep climbs will make the trail a challenge for the experienced mountain biker while still being accessible to the novice.

“This is for everybody,” Potter said. “All skill levels.”

The trail also will be open for other non-motorized use, like hikers and equestrians.

While there are some trails now in the hills of east Carson City, they are what’s known as non-system trails. They don’t connect in a meaningful way and may not have the proper permits.

The trail, with access points in Kings Canyon and Ash Canyon, will make sense to users, Guzman said.

“It’s from a very well-known point to another well-known point,” he said.

It also could draw other outdoor enthusiasts to the area, Guzman said.

“This is the kind of thing that people will drive thousands of miles to come and experience,” he said. “We have a hidden spot here. People do not realize what a unique place this is. The Sierra Nevada is just spectacular.”

Potter said while users will be able to begin at either point, he imagines most will prefer to begin from the Kings Canyon side and climb about 2.5 miles to the highest point.

Once there, they’ll be on an outcropping with views of the entire city, along with Job’s Peak, the Sweetwater Range and Washoe Lake.

From there, it will a 5.5-mile descent into Ash Canyon. Along the way, there will be other overlooks for users to take in the view.

Work on the trail is expected to begin in the spring and could take up to five years to be fully complete.

Guzman said he appreciates the dedication and expertise of volunteers like Potter.

“This is the perfect use of our lands,” he said. “This corner of Nevada is just fantastic.”

Upcoming Trail Work Days

Here is some information on upcoming trail work days in our area sent to me by The Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association:

Saturday, November 12 – TAMBA Trail day with Carson Valley Trails Association.

We started the season here with the IMBA Trail Care Crew visit in April. CVTA has been busy all summer working on the Sierra Canyon Trail with trail machines putting in around 13 miles of new trail. Now they are trying to finish the last half mile section by hand. Let’s head down there and help them out!! Meet at the end of Carson Street (2 blocks south of the 4-way intersection) in Genoa at 9am. Bring your own lunch, we’ll be eating on the trail, about a 15 minute hike in. For those that stay till the end, TAMBA will buy the first round at the oldest bar in Nevada, walking distance from the trailhead! Wearing layers would be good and typical safety items like safety glasses/sunglasses and gloves. We’ll have the hardhats. More info on TAMBA website:

Lower Sierra Canyon Work Day
Lower Sierra Canyon Work Day – Photo courtesy of CVTA

This is the plan from CTVA on the rest of the season:

Starting this Saturday November 12, we will have trail building opportunities every day through November 20th from 8 a.m to 3 p.m. each day at the end of Carson Street in Genoa. The project site is a 15 minute walk from the trailhead. There is work in the sun or shade depending how cold it is. Wear layers, some days will be chilly and if you’d rather come a bit later in the morning, go for it.

We have built about about 1,000 feet of trail over the past 8 work days, some of the most challenging you may ever build, thank you. We have about 2,300 challenging feet left to go to connect and open the final ~8.1 mile Genoa Loop.


  • Required work wear is long pants, long-sleeved shirts, sunglasses or other eye protection…very important, good hiking shoes and work gloves.
  • Bring lunch and water.
  • Tools and hard hats are provided.
  • Check the CVTA website for cancellations if the weather is questionable.

CVTA needs your help to finish trails

From Carson Valley Trails Association (

This is an urgent call for help building trail up Sierra and Genoa Canyons (up to the Tahoe Rim Trail) to all mountain bikers.

Background: The CVTA is dedicated to providing access and developing trail in the Carson Valley for all users (hikers, bikers, and equestrians). Under a matching state grant program, the CVTA was able to build a significant new trail network from Eagle Ridge (N of Genoa) to Genoa Canyon and up Sierra Canyon to the TRT (near Genoa Peak) this summer. The mountain bike possibilities on this trail are tremendous including loops and downhill runs starting from the TRT between Daggett and Spooner Summits.

Construction on the Genoa Foothill Trail System

What is needed: CVTA is in desperate need of volunteers to help build trail (at this point mostly trail cleanup). Hours are needed to comply with the matching portion of the state grant. The deadline to provide matching volunteer hours is the end of calendar year 2011. If bikers are going to be users of this trail it is only fair that they pitch in to help build and maintain the trail.

What you can do: Trail building dates are posted on the CVTA web site:

All tools are provided and NO experience is necessary. We need all cycling groups to post this message to their members. Help is needed urgently as future trail development is contingent of the success of this major initiative.

Please pick a date and show up. If you enjoy the trails you should realize that they are only exist because of the hard work of many volunteers. Won’t you be one of them?

CVTA invites you to “Build for Bill”

Saturday, October 22, 2011
8am to 3pm
Genoa Canyon (located at the end of Carson St in Genoa)

Come to Genoa Canyon and “Build for Bill” on Saturday, October 22. Every hour of trail building that you donate will be an hour of support for Bill Hay, CVTA president, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer, which prevents him from doing the trailbuilding he loves. For more information on how you can help, see the “Build for Bill” flyer (.pdf).

2012 IMBA World Summit?

John, Kevin, Nils, Max, and Terry

On Tuesday, June 28th, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) President Kevin Joell invited me along for an afternoon ride and evening dinner with International Mountain Bicycle Association (IMBA) Events Coordinator Terry Breheny.  At the request of TAMBA, Terry is in the Tahoe area looking at potential sites to host the 2012 IMBA World Summit. Two other cities in the running for the World Summit are Jackson Hole, WY and Santa Fe, NM. Terry’s itinerary included stops at Squaw Valley, Northstar, and the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village.

Terry & Kevin Snow Pass.jpg
Snow Pass

My day started at the Hyatt. The Flume Trail Bikes (FTB) shuttle picked us up at 1:30pm and shuttled the riders to the FTB shop at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Spooner Lake.  Joining us on the ride were FTB proprietor Max Jones, TAMBA Vice President John Drum, and TAMBA Communications/PR Director Nils Miller.

Descent into Marlette.jpg

We set a casual pace up North Canyon giving everyone a chance to chat with Terry and provide him with some history of the area and to educate him on what the local advocacy groups are doing in the region; The great work the Poedunks are doing in Reno, the Carson Valley Trails Association in Minden/Gardnerville, and Muscle Powered’s recent & past successes.

Terry, Max, and John on the Flume

The snow is melting fast, though we still encountered quite a few patches on our way to the Flume Trail.  Judging by the numerous stops along the trail to take photos, I think Terry was impressed with the ride.

From here we can see the future

We descended Tunnel Creek Rd to Hwy 28 and then headed back to the Hyatt where we met Hyatt representative Kristin Larson at the Lone Eagle Grill for dinner.  Over dinner we discussed our families, bicycles, advocacy, more bicycles, and listened to Max’s racing stories and his adventures of clearing the Flume Trail back in the day.

Kevin and Max using a Leatherman to cut a tree

I would be surprised if IMBA didn’t choose Lake Tahoe for their 2012 World Summit. TAMBA did an outstanding job organizing the site visit on short notice, and the Hyatt did an excellent job welcoming Terry to the hotel (recognizing IMBA on the menu was a nice touch!).

Beautiful day on the Lake