Muscle Powered Road Rides to Begin

The Muscle Powered Road Rides are back for 2011! The rides will start out easy and gradually pick up speed as the season progresses.

Muscle Powered Ride
Muscle Powered Road Ride in Washoe Valley

Rides will be canceled if it’s raining or snowing, so be sure to call ride co-leaders Kelly Clark at 315-2719 or Paul Zatarain at 775 513-6335 for more information.  We will do our best to update this blog for schedule changes as well.

The first ride will be this weekend on April 9th.

  • 12 noon start time.
  • Carson Loop, 27 mile loop of Carson City.
  • Meet at Bike Habitat, next to Best Buy off Topsy Lane in north Douglas County along Highway 395.

Stay tuned for a full ride calendar. Also, see our calendar page, and follow us on Facebook!

Due to insurance requirements, these rides are for Muscle Powered members only.

The annual membership fees are as follows, and are good for the calendar year. If you paid in June or after of 2010, you are still currently a member! Ride leaders can sign you up before the ride.

  • $10 for Senior/Student
  • $15 for individual
  • $20 for family
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Muscle Powered Ride this Sunday

Vicky Pritchett will be leading another Muscle Powered ride this Sunday, March 14th. The meeting location is at 10:00 AM at Mark Twain Elementary School on Carriage Crest Drive (MAP HERE), and the ride will be about 13 miles in length, heading out along Carson City’s east side.

Tour of Carson 2009
Riding along Deer Run Road

I attended last week’s ride, and it was a lot of fun. This early in the season, the pace is pretty easy, so if you’re just getting your bike tuned up for Spring, these are the perfect rides to get you back in shape.

Teri Vance, award winning reporter for the Nevada Appeal, attended last week’s ride and did a nice write up in today’s Nevada Appeal Recreation section. Here’s the link HERE.

To participate in these rides, you must be a Muscle Powered member. Not only does membership with Muscle Powered allow you to participate in Muscle Powered exclusive events like walks and bicycle rides, memberships and donations provide the primary source of funding for Muscle Powered projects. Additionally, larger membership gives us more clout and influence in city projects. A membership form can be found HERE. Vickie should have some membership forms available at the beginning of the ride as well.

First Muscle Powered Ride of the Year

On March 7th, we had the first in a series of Muscle Powered sponsored rides. Riders met up at Bowers Mansion, and then headed south for a couple loops around Franktown Road. It turned out to be a beautiful morning, a landscape in seasonal transition.   Fresh wintry snow in the mountains provided the backdrop for the spring meadows of Washoe Valley. Horses munched lazily on the new green shoots. A fresh hatch of midges rode with us coming back along Old 395.  Anglers lined the edge of the pond at Wilson Commons Park. The world is waking up from winter.

Muscle Powered Ride
Franktown Road

This was the first ride of the year for some of the riders. The Franktown loop is the perfect ride for waking up the winter legs with its gentle rolling terrain. Traffic was extremely light and allowed for relaxed riding and socializing. A perfect day out!

Although not on the calendar yet, ride leader Vickie Pritchett plans to have another ride this coming weekend (March 13th-14th). Time to get that bike out! Stay tuned for full details.

Muscle Powered Sponsored Rides are Back

Vicky Pritchett has volunteered to bring back the Muscle Powered sponsored road rides! Vicky plans to start off with some easy loops around Washoe Valley starting on March 7th, and then gradually build the mileage in preparation for the Chico Wildflower Century at the end of April (a fantastic ride!).

Old 395Old 395 in Washoe Valley

Here’s a look at the schedule:

3/7 @ 10:00 – Meet at Bower’s Mansion: 1-2 loops around Franktown

3/20 @ 10:00 – Meet at park in Genoa: Genoa to Cottonwoods, 20 miles

3/27 @ 10:00 – Meet at Bower’s Mansion – Loop around Washoe Lake, 24 miles

4/3 @ 10:00 – Meet at Mormon Station Park in Genoa – Genoa to Woodfords, back River Road, Approx 40 miles

4/10 @ 10:00 – Meet at Mormon Station Park in Genoa: Genoa to to Woodfords, back Diamond Valley Loop, approx 44 miles

4/17 @ 10:00 – Meet at Target: Target to Cottonwoods, Approx 40 miles

4/25 Chico Wildflower Ride in Chico, CA

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Carson River Road south of Carson Valley

To participate in these rides, you must be a Muscle Powered member. Not only does membership with Muscle Powered allow you to participate in Muscle Powered exclusive events like walks and bicycle rides, memberships and donations provide the primary source of funding for Muscle Powered projects. Additionally, larger membership gives us more clout and influence in city projects. A membership form can be found HERE. Vickie should have some membership forms available at the beginning of the ride as well.