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: http://mountainbiketahoe.org/

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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.

Important:

  • 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.
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2012 IMBA World Summit?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!).

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Beautiful day on the Lake

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