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Advocacy for Bike Parks!

Two new bike parks in Tahoe will potentially be under construction next year with your help.  Heavenly Bike Park and Bijou Bike Park

The Heavenly Bike Park is part of the Epic Discovery Project. This project proposes new summer activities at Heavenly including a lift service mountain bike park and new connector trails to the Rim Trail and Van Sickle.

Thursday Sept. 18, informational open house at the USFS LTBMU Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, 6pm to 8pm – PLEASE SHOW UP TO THIS!

Wednesday Sept. 24: TRPA Governing Board (begins at 9:30am)

Oct. 27: All public comments due.

The draft EIR/EIS is complete and out for review right now. More information about the Heavenly Epic Discovery Project and a copy of the Draft EIR/EIS can be found here.

We need you to send in comments supporting the document before October 27. Key talking points in your letter can include:

  • It will create a significant number of additional year-round jobs.
  • Proposed in an existing developed recreational site that is in the core of the existing mountain.
  • The USFS should include mountain bike events in the NEPA process for approval.
  • Additional connector trails will improve the recreation experience and provide better connections.
  • More people will access the National Forest through the gondola, hiking and biking, connecting the highest bedbase in Tahoe to the mountains better.
  • High quality recreational experiences in the Forest breeds additional stewardship for the outdoors.
  • The design includes a number of resource protection measures that will reduced or avoid negative environmental effects.
  • Heavenly has a proven track record of providing high quality recreation and environmental protection.
Heavenly Bike Trail Mapping

Heavenly Bike Trail Mapping

Second project is the Bijou Bike Park. Recently the City of South Lake Tahoe allocated 100,000 in funding toward the bike park, however we still need public support for the project to keep it as a top priority.

Please take a minute to fill out this 4 question survey to support the Bijou Bike Park.

There is also a public meeting at the Rec Center to review the Parks and Rec Master Plan. More info here.

 

Armstrong and Corral Trail Day – September 7th

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Meyers Mountain Bike Festival

The 2nd Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Festival will take place on Sunday August 10, 2014 in the Divided Sky parking lot, located at 3200 US Highway 50.  Ride hard, have fun and help raise funds for the TAMBA trail building fund!

This event is proudly presented by The Divided Sky.  For more information visit the event webpage.

Schedule: 7:30 am – Check in for the Triple Crown Ride (see here details), Start time is 8:30 am

10:00 am to 2:00 pm – Shuttles and bike demos from the parking lot at the Divided Sky

2:00 pm – Celebration begins with live bands, DJ, beer garden, BBQ, expo booths, kids zone and community fun!

2:30 pm – Kid Ride!  RSVP here for this free ride.  Riders get a free goodie bag. Meet at the TAMBA booth.

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Rose to Toads 2014

Spots for this year’s Rose to Toads Ride filled up fast – currently we have no spots left on the morning shuttle vans. If you did not get a spot you may still self-shuttle and meet us at the start at 7am, please email ‘info at mountainbiketahoe.org’ to get on the list and make sure you’re a current paid member to grab goodies at the rest stops along the way. We are trying to line up a 7PM evening shuttle from Toads to bring people back to Mount Rose after the ride. More details to follow, but please email us to get on the waitlist.  See you in a few short days!

CLICK HERE to go to our event page for more info and to sign up now.

2014 Rose to Toads

The date of the ride is Saturday August 30, 2014. 6am to Dark

 

Corral Trail Recap

On June 14th we had a grand reopening party for the Lower Corral Trail construction. The project has been a huge sucess for everyone involved in terms of PR, community support, partnerships, knowledge growth and building really cool (legal) mountain bike features in the Forest.  BIKE magazine ran an online article last week that got a lot of hits nationally, you can READ IT HERE.  In addition there’s been some more national coverage with mention in the Huffington Post about 5 trails that deliver stoke and sustainability.

The plan below shows what’s been built and not built.  You can see we have even more features to build in the future with your help! It’s amazing what can happen with strong volunteers, community support and just a little bit of money.

What's been built at Corral Trail Built as of June 14, 2014

What’s been built at Lower Corral Trail as of June 14, 2014

We have no plans to build the rest this year, we’re out of money and it’s too dry right now. Things could change if money becomes available for the Fall or next Spring.

The biggest thanks needs to go to the US Forest Service. Without Jacob, Garrett and their bosses this project never would have happened. They came up with the idea about the same time we were getting TAMBA back together. Then they contracted the design while we organized community input.  Finally the USFS let us run with construction.  Please keep talking up this project and drumming up support for TAMBA and future projects because this is just the beginning. If the business community can get on board with supporting projects like this we’ll accomplish a lot more.  Thanks!

Kids "Ribbon Cutting" for the grand reopening on June 14, 2014

Kids “Ribbon Cutting” for the grand reopening on June 14, 2014

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