August Trail Work
Thanks to everyone who joined us for trail days last month. Here’s a bit of what we accomplished in August:
Stumpy Super G Re-Route
Segment 1 is complete except for the two booter features. With the help of four strong volunteers, we’ll finish those features early this month. Work on Segment 2 has begun, highlighted by a big roller coaster, inward-sloping turn that we’ve cleared of brush and “de-duffed.”
The whole S2 corridor has been pin flagged and is ready for brush clearing. This zone contains two “pressure drop”/zero gravity areas to keep the Super G rolling.
We have trail days scheduled for September 14, 20, and 26 and we could really use your help. Check the “Upcoming Trail Days” section below for details.
Our August 25 Big Trail Day on Stanford Rock was a huge success. We had 31 enthusiastic volunteers out on the trail shaping sweet singletrack. Thanks to the great turnout, we made a lot of progress and are close to opening a new section of hand-built trail – less logging road, more flowy, curvy, bermy singletrack!
A huge thank you to all of our amazing volunteers. In addition to our dedicated TAMBA volunteers, Specialized Bicycle’s Soil Searching program, Marin County’s Access4Bikes, and Olympic Bike Shop all sent volunteers to work our Big Trail Day. We appreciate the help.
Solid volunteer turnout in the coming weeks means more new trail to ride. In mid-September, we’ll be moving trail building operations to the summit. We have Stanford Rock trail days scheduled for September 8, 11, 13, 18, 21, 25, and 29. See the “Upcoming Trail Days” section below for details.
TAMBA volunteers have been hard at work on the Lily Lake Trail. By mid-September, there should be a raw trail established to the Lily Lake Trail overlook. It offers an epic view and is one of the primary reasons we’ve put so much effort into fundraising and building this trail. Come see for yourself or, better yet, join us for an upcoming Lily Lake Trail build day and help create this iconic trail.
Work on the lower section of the Lily Lake Trail is proceeding slowly, but we’re getting there. Volunteers are moving rocks that weigh several hundred pounds to make a smooth riding surface. This month, we anticipate establishing a cable system to move rocks between various locations on the trail to help speed up construction. If you prefer solving problems over monotonous trail work, this is the project for you.
We have upcoming trail days scheduled for September 6 and 8, and more will be added throughout the month. Check the “Upcoming Trail Days” section below for details.
Corral and Toads
TAMBA doesn’t just build great new trails – we maintain them too. Within 24 hours of a giant tree falling onto Corral, our Trails Director Scott Brown and Crew Leader Tim Holdener spent two hours with a chainsaw clearing the trail. Then a few days before Rose to Toads, Scott Brown and David Reichel rode up to the paver turn on Toads and removed another big tree that blocked both ends of the turn. Thanks to Scott, Tim, and David for their quick response in getting the trails cleared.
If you see a downed tree or other trail condition that needs our attention, send us an email at info@TAMBA.org.
9th Annual Rose to Toads Is in the Books!
On Monday, September 2, 200 intrepid mountain bikers from around the country pedaled 63 grueling miles, climbed 8,000 feet, and descended 10,000 feet to challenge themselves on our 9th Annual Rose to Toads. As usual, the event completely sold out!
It took most people all day to complete the ride, which takes riders along some of Tahoe’s best trails from Mount Rose on the North Shore all the way to Mr. Toads Wild Ride on the South Shore. Congratulations to everyone who challenged themselves on this one-of-a-kind ride. This year we raised $15,000 for Tahoe’s trails. Part of the proceeds go to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, USFS, and Nevada State Parks and the rest goes directly back into the trails TAMBA helps build and maintain.
TAMBA would like to thank the following businesses for their support of this year’s Rose to Toads: Flume Trail Bikes, Shoreline of Tahoe, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, OutdoorGearLab, Tahoe Trail Bar, Cranked Naturals, Wanna Ride Tahoe Shuttle, In-Motion Performance Bike Service, Mind Body Physical Therapy, and All Good.
See you next year for our 10th Annual Rose to Toads Super Fun ride on September 6, 2020!
Corral Night Ride Free for Members
As we mentioned last month, we’re changing things up this year for Corral Night Ride. Corral will be FREE to all TAMBA members as a way to say thank you for your support! We’ll be emailing the access code number in mid-September.
Scheduled for Saturday, October 12 this year, Corral Night Ride is a crazy fun night of biking in the dark with your friends while wearing your most creative costume. All ages are welcome!
As we did last year, Corral will be a “poker ride” with a healthy competition for who can make the best poker hand after receiving cards at each of the stops along the ride. Keep your eye out for a bonus segment up to Armstrong Connector where you can get extra cards.
Meet at the Corral parking area at 5:30 p.m. and expect to start riding around 6:00 p.m. After we’ll party until who knows when. Prizes and rest stop snacks are included with your registration.
We still need volunteers for the event. If you’re interested, please email Amy Fish at amy@TAMBA.org.
Support for Assembly Bill 1111
Outdoor Alliance is seeking support for Assembly Bill 1111 that would establish a California Office of Outdoor Recreation. The bill passed the Assembly in May and the Senate is now considering it.
TAMBA supports Outdoor Alliance in its efforts to ensure that the outdoor access we all enjoy living in Lake Tahoe continues. If you’d like to be heard on this important issue, click here to send your thoughts to California lawmakers.
Upcoming Trail Days
All trail work dates are tentative, so confirm on TAMBA’s Facebook page and website calendar. Additional dates are added all the time.
If you’d like an mail invitation to trail days as they’re created, send an email with NORTH or SOUTH in the title to our Trails Director, Scott Brown, at scott@TAMBA.org.
Stumpy Super G Re-Route
We’ve made progress on the Stumpy Super G Re-Route and we want to keep things moving. Here are upcoming trail days for September:
Dates: Saturday, September 14; Friday, September 20; Thursday, September 26
Time: 8:30 a.m. to carpool to the trail or 9:00 a.m. at the trail if you prefer to bike in. Come out for a few hours or stay the whole day. If you plan on working from 8:30 or 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. we’ll buy you lunch, but you’ll need to RSVP no later than 24 hours before so we can order food. RSVP to John Clausen at email@example.com.
Where: For carpooling (dirt road, 4-wheel-drive needed), meet at Tahoe City Public Utility District office parking area at 221 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City. If you’re riding your bike in, look for TAMBA crews just down from the top of Stumpy DH (Stumpy’s Meadow on Trailforks). Stumpy DH is just a few hundred yards north of the top of the Ocelot trail and just north from the Burton Creek State Park intersection #20.
What to bring/wear: Long pants, long-sleeve shirt, helmet (bike helmet okay), protective glasses (sunglasses okay), long-finger gloves (bike gloves okay), sturdy shoes/boots, water, snacks, sunscreen, mosquito repellent.
Here are our scheduled September trail days for Lily Lake, and we’ll be adding more as the month progresses so check TAMBA’s Facebook page and website calendar throughout the month:
Dates: Friday, September 6; Sunday, September 8
Where: Meet at the Glen Alpine parking area at 8:30 a.m.
When: Meet at 8:30 a.m., work until 1:00 p.m.
What to bring: Personal protection equipment, long pants, long-sleeve shirt, helmet (bike helmet is fine), gloves (full fingered gloves required), eye protection (riding/sunglasses are okay). We’ll provide snacks, Gatorade, and 50% off coupons for South Lake Brewing Company.
Did you know the Stanford Rock trail doesn’t actually go to Stanford Rock? The trail bypasses Stanford Rock by about 1/2 mile.
Stanford Rock is a popular backcountry ski destination, but few people see it in the summer. Views from the top are some of the best (and least well-known) in Tahoe. The summit sits atop a stunning rock “castle,” and more than 20 named peaks are visible from the top.
TAMBA has taken the lead in building a new mountain-top summit trail that will restore historical trail access to this 8500’ West Shore peak. There aren’t many opportunities to ride flowy new singletrack to a mountain top. It will be amazing!
We have several upcoming Stanford Rock trail days planned, and we’ll need all the help we can get:
Dates: Sunday, September 8; Wednesday, September 11; Friday, September 13; Wednesday, September 18; Saturday, September 21; Wednesday, September 25, and Sunday, September 29
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. Meet at the work location.
Where: Stanford Rock trail. The Trailforks app can guide you to the work location. We’ll have signs to guide you in to the final work area.
What to bring/wear: Long pants, long-sleeve shirt, helmet (bike helmet okay), protective glasses (sunglasses okay), long-finger gloves (bike gloves okay), sturdy shoes/boots, water, snacks, sunscreen, mosquito repellent. We’ll have extra water and drink mix at the work location.
For more details, contact Sandor Lengyel at sandor@TAMBA.org.
Note: Starting September 13, we’ll be moving trail operations to the summit. Plan on a 60-75 minute ride to the work location. Ride up at your own pace. We have some limited space to shuttle up pants, work shoes, and shirts. If you’d like to have a crew leader shuttle up your work clothes, email Sandor Lengyel at sandor@TAMBA.org at least one day in advance.
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