The 7th Annual Tahoe Mountain Bike Festival Is This Month!

Have you registered yet for the 7th Annual Tahoe Mountain Bike Festival? This year’s event on June 2223 will be at an exciting new venue – Paradise Park, just down the street from our hosts at The Divided Sky.

Here’s what you can expect each day:

Day 1 (Saturday, June 22): Enjoy either our traditional Triple Crown Ride or a new Intermediate Railroad-Cedar Ride.

  • The Triple Crown Ride costs $40 in advance (register here) or $45 on the day of the event. The entry fee includes access to the two TAMBA rest stops along the ride, an event poster, and the coveted Triple Crown Ride t-shirt.
  • The Intermediate Railroad-Cedar Ride costs $35 in advance (register here) or $40 on the day of the event, and the entry fee includes one TAMBA rest stop along the ride, an event poster, and a t-shirt.

After the ride, come enjoy our festival at Paradise Park near Lake Baron, where we’ll have free outdoor live music, a beer garden, BBQ, kids zone, vendors, and more.

Day 2 (Sunday, June 23): Demos and Shuttles

  • For participants in Sunday’s Corral Trail Demo Day (shuttles to top of Corral Trail included), pre-registration costs just $50 (limited number so sign up here early!) or $60 the day of the event. This donation to TAMBA helps enable access to all the bikes and products at the demo event and shuttles for the event.

Bike brands: Specialized, Cannondale, Norco, Rocky Mountain, Whyte, Pivot, Niner, Alchemy, Eminent, Prophecy

Bike shops: Tahoe Sports LTD, Shoreline of Tahoe, BlueZone Sports, Over the Edge

For more information, please see our event website. We hope you can join us for the first of TAMBA’s “big three” events of the season!


North Shore Spring Party Recap

TAMBA’s 2019 North Shore kick-off party was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who packed Tahoe XC to talk trails and share their excitement for the upcoming biking season. TAMBA raised over $2,000 from the event, money that will go toward building and maintaining Tahoe-area trails.

Thank you to Mogrog Rotisserie for the night’s delicious eats. We’d like to send a special thank you to the following businesses who generously donated items to make our raffle a success: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl Resort, Granite Chief Ski & Mountain Shop, The Backcountry, Tahoe Sports Hub, Olympic Bike Shop, Tahoe Mountain Sports, Gravity Shop, Bike Truckee, Village Ski Loft, OutdoorGearLab, Flume Trail Bikes, A Singletrack Mind, Alpenglow Expeditions, High Sierra Waterski School, Technical Equipment Cleaners, Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge, Syd’s Bagelry & Espresso, West Shore Market, Bridgetender Tavern, The Dam Cafe, Front Street Station Pizza Company, Pacific Crest Coffee Co., Rubicon Pizza Co., New Moon Natural Foods, Arva Snow Safety Equipment, Tunnel Creek Cafe, Alpine Sports Marketing and Sales, Patagonia, Flylow Gear, Troy Lee Designs, Bolle, Leki, Marmot, Hestra, Kuhl, and Kari Traa.

We hope you enjoyed the spring party as much as we did.


Donation Matching for the Lily Lake Trail

The Lily Lake Trail is shaping up to be a spectacular addition to the multi-use trail system in Tahoe. When finished, it’ll connect the Glen Alpine parking area to Angora Lakes parking area providing access to Lily Lake, Fallen Leaf Lake, and desolation wilderness, and Angora Lakes and the Angora Ridge Trail, respectively. The Lily Lake Trail will also be another link in the single track up the west side of Lake Tahoe and eventually around the entire lake.

In partnership with Tahoe Fund, for every dollar TAMBA raises from Lily Lake donations between now and December 31, 2019, Vail Resorts will match that dollar with two dollars through their guest donation program! Our goal is to raise $25,000, which will result in $75,000 total after Vail Resorts’ generous 2 for 1 match.

If you’d like to donate to the Lily Lake project you can click “DONATE” here. Please note “Lily Lake project” to ensure your donation gets counted towards the match.


Lily Lake Trail Fundraiser/Gear Sale

On Sunday, June 2, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. our friends at OutdoorGearLab are hosting a fundraiser for the Lily Lake Trail. Help raise money for the Lily Lake project and save 40-60% off outdoor gear! OutdoorGearLab will have over 100 outdoor items for sale, with all proceeds going to Lily Lake. They also will be offering free snacks and sausages to the first 75 people at the event.

Items for sale will include snowboards, skis, electric scooters, breadmakers, quickdraws, backpacks, sleeping bags, canopies, inflatable paddle boards, a kayak, climbing shoes, coolers, hiking boots, camping tents, climbing harnesses, pressure cookers, and more!

As described above, in partnership with Tahoe Fund, every dollar raised at the event for the Lily Lake project will be matched with two dollars from Vail Resorts through their guest donation program.

Where: 1111 Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
When: 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

We hope to see you at the sale!


Training Opportunities

Our June 8-9 rigging class is currently full, but cancellations are always possible. If you’re interested in being added to a standby list please email TAMBA’s Trails Director, Scott Brown, at scott@tamba.org. The class will be at the U.S.F.S. Supervisor’s building in South Lake Tahoe on June 8 and in Meyers on June 9 and will likely run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

We’re also planning a trail building class, tentatively scheduled for July 27 at Sky Tavern off Mount Rose Highway on the North Shore. We’ll provide more details as the date gets closer.


Upcoming Trail Days

Join us for a Tahoe Mountain Trail system work day on Sunday, June 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The white thorn is slowly closing the trail so we’ll be trimming that back. There’ll be food, drink, and fun at the OutdoorGearLab gear sale to benefit the Lily Lake Trail starting at 2:00 p.m., so if you’ll be in town for that why not do some trail work beforehand?

When: Sunday, June 2, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Meet on Deveron Way at the Deveron Connector trailhead
What: White thorn trimming on Deveron Connector Trail, Valley View Trail, and Tahoe Mountain Trail
Wear: Long pants and sleeves, eye protection, gloves (leather highly recommended), and a helmet

We’ve scheduled a Kings Beach trail day for Saturday, June 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The U.S. Forest Service has broken ground on the re-route and enhancement of this existing trail. Join us for food and fun as we focus on doing finish work on the roughed-in flow trail the Forest Service has started.

When: Saturday, June 15, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Kings Beach, California at the north end of Beaver Street, 0.7 miles from the intersection of Beaver Creek and Cutthroat (past the U.S. Forest Service gate and water tank).
Parking: There is limited parking at our start location. Hiking/biking to the start location is recommended. Please be courteous if parking on the street in the residential neighborhood.
What to wear/bring: Please bring appropriate trail work attire and supplies (long pants, long-sleeve shirt, helmet, gloves, and drinking water).
Perks: Lunch, drinks, and snacks will be provided to those that RSVP via email or Facebook (email Kristen Martin del Campo at kmdc282@hotmail.com).

Join us for a Lily Lake trail day on Sunday, June 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. TAMBA needs to make as much progress as possible on the lower section of the trail before the Forest Service starts cutting in the upper section and we shift to supporting that effort.

When: Sunday, June 16, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It’s a long way in to Lily Lake so bring a lunch a stay a while.
Where: Meet on the north side of the bridge into Glen Alpine parking area
What: Lily Lake Trail construction, designing trail, and moving rock
Wear: Long pants and sleeves, eye protection, gloves, and a helmet. Heavy-duty boots recommended.
Finally, we’re having a second Lily Lake trail day on Saturday, June 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to do some construction and finish work.

When: Saturday, June 29, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Meet on the north side of the bridge into Glen Alpine parking area
Wear: Long pants and sleeves, eye protection, gloves, and a helmet. Heavy-duty boots recommended.
Fun: This will be a MAJOR trail day with food, beer, and hopefully lots of sun and fun.

Look for frequent weekday trail days on both the North and South Shores that we’ll post on our events calendar on TAMBA’s website. If you want a personal email invitation to trail days as they’re created, send an email with NORTH or SOUTH in the title to scott@TAMBA.org.


May Trail Work

Spring in Tahoe means the start of TAMBA trail days! Thanks to a great turnout from a group of dedicated volunteers we kicked off the spring trail-work season with a bang. Here’s a bit of what we accomplished:

Corral Trail

Thanks to cooperative weather, on Saturday, May 18, our dedicated volunteers were able to get Lower Corral ready for the coming year. Cool temps, lots of volunteers, and damp soil made for a productive trail day. Thank you to the 37 volunteers who showed up to work on Lower Corral, the trail day was hosted by Shoreline of Tahoe and thanks to South Lake Brewing Company for providing a keg of their Trail Builder Pale Ale to reward the volunteers for their efforts.

In addition to the formal Corral trail day, volunteer TAMBA sawyers have recently removed over 30 trees from local trails. We’ve also made countless other minor repairs on trails to make them ride fast and allow them to weather future stormwater.

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the first official trail day of the season!


Thank You to Our Business Supporters

TAMBA would like to thank all the businesses who support us by being a donor, sponsor, or member. We couldn’t do everything we do without their valuable support.

Click here to see our list of business donors, trail-day sponsors, and members. If you’re looking to buy a product or service please consider supporting one of these generous businesses.