Tahoe Mountain Bike Festival
The 2020 Tahoe Mountain Bike Festival will move to a virtual format in response to the COVID-19 situation. During the week of July 19, participants are encouraged to get on their bikes and post their version of the Triple Crown ride – leading up to the Festival day of July 25, when we’ll have some special announcements.
Besides being a fun way to start the high country riding season, the Tahoe Mountain Bike Festival has been an essential funding source for TAMBA, allowing it to build and maintain the trails we all enjoy now more than ever. The Festival committee is working on registration options with different items (like Festival t-shirts), so watch for updates on our Facebook or Instagram, or check tahoemtbfestival.com.
Rose to Toads
Because of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we’re still working out the timing and format for our always-popular Rose to Toads currently scheduled for September 6. We plan on making a decision about how the event will be held by the end of July. We’ll be sending out registration and event specifics directly to active members when we get the details figured out. Make sure you are current on your TAMBA membership to be notified.
Virtual Membership Drive
In addition to donations, TAMBA relies heavily on membership drives at our spring and fall parties and three key events – the Tahoe Mountain Bike Festival, Rose to Toads, and the Corral Night Ride – for much of the funding we use use to build and maintain Tahoe-area trails. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic we were unable to hold our spring party, and the Tahoe Mountain Bike Festival will be a virtual event this year.
Since we haven’t been able to hold an in-person membership drive we’re doing a virtual one now. If you’d like to renew an expired TAMBA membership or sign up for a new one you can do so here. We have several membership levels available:
$30 – Family
$50 – Trail Supporter
$100 – Business Basic
$500 – Trail Guardian
$1,000 – Trail Angel
$10,000 – Lifetime
Memberships of $100 or more receive TAMBA socks and those of $250 or more receive a TAMBA t-shirt and socks!
Business Basic members are listed on our Sponsors page with a link to their business. Businesses who become Trail Stewards, Trail Guardians, or Trail Angels are listed closer to the top of the Sponsors page.
Lifetime members and businesses who donate $5,000 or more are listed at the top with a logo. Please include your business name and URL in the note box when signing up for one of these memberships.
If you’re already a member but you’d like to donate to TAMBA you can do so here.
Thank you for your support!
Tentative Trail Work Plans
We’re looking forward to getting back out on the trails for our scheduled maintenance and construction work for 2020. We’ve been working closely with our partnering land management agencies to ensure we can resume in a safe and responsible fashion.
The biggest departure from past years is that we won’t be having any public work days through the month of July, but we’ll be evaluating to see if we can resume those later in the summer.
Since the end of May, our volunteer crew leaders have been doing trail assessments and making plans for when we do resume our field operations.
On June 21, our volunteer crew leaders will be able to resume our trail clearing operations, signage work, and basic maintenance functions. Our crew leaders will be doing this work individually or in small groups of up to six individuals, with all recommended CDC precautions and mitigations in place to ensure the health and safety of our volunteers and the public.
Starting on July 6, we will resume our larger project work, like the Lily Lake Trail and Stanford Rock Trail projects. This work will again be led by our crew leaders, and they’ll be working individually or in small groups of up to 10 people. Also in July, we’ll be bringing on a professional crew to help with construction of the Lily Lake Trail.
While we will be trying to conduct much of our trail work during low traffic times and days of the week, if you do come across our volunteers hard at work, please slow down and alert them to your presence and make sure to give them a minimum of 6′ of space as you pass. And don’t forget to thank them for their hard work!
Request from the Tahoe Transportation District
The Tahoe Transportation District asked us to spread the word about their policy on face coverings. In light of COVID-19, the TTD is requiring individuals to wear face coverings on all transit vehicles and in its transit centers. So if you’re planning to ride your bike and jump on a bus to shuttle to another area, please remember to take a proper face covering with you and wear it while you’re in the transit center and on the bus.
Note that things like knee pads and other outdoor gear do not qualify as a face covering for TTD purposes.
Thank You to Recent Large Donors
While we appreciate every donation we receive, TAMBA would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their recent generous donations:
- Tahoe Wellness Center – Cody Bass – $7,000
- The Kyle Neath Charitable Fund – Kyle Neath – $20,000
- ReliaPro Painters – Frank & Cassie Muscat – $2,020
- Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation – $5,000
- Samuel Britton – $5,000
- Over the Edge – $2,465 (spring wheel raffle)
We appreciate their support, especially as we try to work through these difficult times without the funds we would normally receive from our parties, membership drives, and events.