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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee bike shops, trails, riders, events and festivals.

TAMBA Mountain Bike Events and Trail Days

The Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) has been cranking with trail days attracting hundreds of volunteers, group rides, trail condition reports, securing new trails – yes! – and helping to promote BMX tracks in Tahoe and the region.

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Bicycle/Pedestrian Connectivity Plan Survey due Nov 1

Gary Bell Sierra Ski and Cycle Works High RollerSouth Lake Tahoe Community members recently attended a workshop to help identify opportunities to create safer, more walkable and bikeable routes around the South Tahoe Middle School (STMS), Bijou Park and Lake Tahoe Community College.

Everyone loves to ride bikes like Gary Bell, owner Sierra Ski and Cycle Works, on his high roller.

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Free Tahoe Bike Map

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The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition (LTBC), a nonprofit bicycle advocacy organization headquartered in Lake Tahoe, has produced an update to the Lake Tahoe Bikeways Map that is now available throughout the Tahoe Region at no charge.

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Annual Bike Spirit Parade Sept 18

To celebrate the spirit of bicycling in Tahoe, the Slow Rollers Bicycle Club proudly presents the annual Spirit Parade on September 18, 2014 starting at 4pm at Safeway, next to Sierra Ski and Cycle Works.

In 2012 WE set the Guinness World Record for the Longest Single Line of Bicycles at 1,188 riders – yes!  Check out the video.

Everyone is invited to ride in this 3-mile cruising event to MontBleu at Stateline, Nevada.  We’re counting on everyone in Tahoe, that includes the north, west and east shores, to come out and ride. Costumes are optional.

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Meyers Mountain Bike Festival Aug 10

Mountain biking lake tahoeThe 2nd Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Festival will take place on August 10, 2014 in the Divided Sky parking lot, located at 3200 US Highway 50. The festival kicks off with a “Triple Crown Ride” covering 30+ miles and a 5,200 elevation gain. Riders should arrive at the Divided Sky at 7:30am to register for the ride.

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works has Santa Cruz bikes to ride to the festival.

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Northstar Mountain Bike Park

BikerLake Tahoe has another reason to brag – Northstar Mountain Bike Park.

The park is considered one of the top mountain bike parks on the west coast following Whistler. The park is open so get your cross-country and downhill bikes tuned and ready to go.

Oh yeah, and your dad.   It’s the perfect place to take Dad over this Father’s Day weekend. Think he can hang? I mean hang on. And you think it was rough raising kids.  Have fun Dad.

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Tahoe Bike Challenge June 7-20

Nothing beats riding our bikes around town to hear the spring birds and watch the wild flowers pop.  Here’s another reason to grab another gear.

The 2014 Tahoe Bike Challenge takes place June 7 – June 20, 2014.

This non-competitive, competitive :) event encourages everyone to park the car, and ride a bike.  Whether you’re headed to work, school, the post office or just riding to have fun, grab your bike to stay healthy, Keep Tahoe Blue, and to win prizes.

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The Allure of Ebbetts Pass

It’s easy to see why Hwy 4 is a National Scenic Byway.

Without a doubt, it’s one of the most scenic drives across the Sierra Nevada located about 30 miles from South Lake Tahoe. And it’s ideal for back country skiing, hiking and road biking.

The pass is open.

 

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Tahoe Fat Tire Festival Sept 13-15

The legendary Tahoe Fat Tire Festival is back at Squaw September 13-15, 2013.  Originally founded in the mid 1980s by North Shore’s TAMBA members Greg Forsyth and Aaron Martin of Cycle Paths, this classic 2-wheeled festival was the premier mountain bike event in the Sierra for two decades. It put Tahoe on the map, showcasing our rugged granitic terrain, early bike pioneers and stewards, and volunteer trail work and education programs that made TAMBA the model mountain bike club back then, and still to this day. read more →

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Slow Rollers Poker Run June 9

slowrollers on Tahoe cultureSlow down, you’re going to fast.

It’s time to show off our mountain bling, and win some great prizes at the Slow Rollers Poker Run & Show ‘n Shine on Sunday, June 9, 2013 starting at 1pm at McDuff’s Pub in South Lake Tahoe. All proceeds from the entry fees and raffle tickets benefit the Bikes for the Children program created by the Slow Rollers.

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America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride gets rolling June 2

Ride your bike around the lake with lots of your friends.

Yes, you can, at the America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride on June 2, 2013.  Or, if you missed out in June, Curtis holds the Tour de Tahoe in September.

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Ride the Wild Sierra June 29

South Lake Tahoe’s road bicycling club, Alta Alpina, has put together four different epic bike rides on 1 day so cyclists can challenge themselves at their own pace.

Build Your Own Challenge, Kid Carson Challenge, Wild Sierra Century and the 8 Pass Challenge “The World’s Toughest Double Century” all take place June 29, 2013.

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Truckee Trail Updates 24/7

truckee-trails-foundationThis is so cool.

The Truckee Trails Foundation website provides updates on the mountain bike trail, roads and bikeway conditions in North Shore and Truckee.

Each trail update includes an open status, trail type, difficulty, directions to the trail head, and a description of the trail – written by a local who knows the trail.

And, there’s even a Google Map for each dirt trail so you can pinpoint your ride. Sweet!

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Vote by April 12 for Grant $ from Bell Helmets for Corral Trail and Tahoe

Tahoe Area Mountain Biking AssociationRaising the handle bar again on our behalf, the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) has been charging this winter while we’ve been skiing.  TAMBA developed a grant to receive funding from Bell Bike Helmets to buff out Corral and make it a model project for the entire country.

All you have to do is vote by April 12 at http://www.facebook.com/BellBikeHelmets  Go to Flow Trails and select Corral Trail.
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Biking for a Better World takes Bikes to La Bonansa Nov 2012

There’s no stopping them. Squaw Valley residents Jake Spero and Duncan Sisson of Biking for a Better World will take 50 bicycles to outfit each of the young students and provide on-site lessons on safety and maintenance in La Bonansa in November 2012. This latest program is a continuation of the 2007 tour, Alaska to Argentina, when the founders of Biking for a Better World pedaled more than 15,000 miles across two continents to fund the building of the school in La Bonansa, Nicaragua. The school was built and functioning by November 2007, giving the riders the unique opportunity to meet the students and teachers at the school.

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Race for Tara Downhill Benefit Sept 28-30 at Northstar

tara_bikeOn September 28-30, 2012, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort will serve as host to the 6th Annual ‘Race for Tara,’ a benefit race weekend that is open to downhill mountain bike competitors of all abilities.

Proceeds of the Tara Llanes Classic mountain bike race will go towards the Tara Llanes Road to Recovery Fund and Christopher Reeve Foundation to find a cure for spinal cord injury.

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Bands for Bikes: A Fundraiser for the SLT Community Bike Park Sept 14

TAMBA and the SLT BMX Association, in conjunction with the Tahoe Basin Land Management Unit of the USFS are working together to build our community a Pump Track and Mountain Bike Skills Park.

The park will be located in Bijou Community Park, near other community recreation features like the skate park and disc golf course. In addition, our current BMX track will be relocated from its current location behind the middle school to accompany it. read more →

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Truckee Pump Track is Open

Hats off to the Truckee bike crew. They’ve been hard at work creating magic with dirt for the Truckee Pump Track located at Riverview Sports Park in Truckee – of course!

In less than a year, Truckee agencies, local residents and businesses, and IMBA have built a pump track like none other.

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BMX Track in South Lake Tahoe

What promotes individual achievement, builds character and social skills, increases self esteem, self discipline and determination, and is great exercise and fun for the whole family?

BMX riding!

Now there’s a track in South Lake Tahoe where you can ride and practice.

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Pro Bike Racer opens Frame Shop in South Shore

She’s a pro mountain bike downhill racer.

And art framer.

Meet Tasa Herndon.

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Wild Cherries Junior Triathlon Team

Like most things in Truckee, they start small, grow increasingly popular and then see a wealth of community support to sustain themselves. This is true for the once called “Chasing Shadows Youth Triathlon Club.”  For 2012 the club is being launched as the Wild Cherries Junior Triathlon Team thanks to the club’s founder, Sarah Clement, Truckee local and accomplished Triathlete, and Kristin Krone, owner of Wild Cherries who, like many others in the Truckee community, see the true value in these dedicated and passionate youths.

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Sunflower Hill Multi-Use Trail Completion by Mountain Bikers Aug 11

The Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association(TAMBA), the Tahoe Mountain Bike Patrol and Nevada State Parks will host  a trail work day on August 11th to work on the new Sunflower Hill Trail.

The Sunflower Hill Trail is a 2.6 mile multi-use trail that creates an alternate route to the steep and dusty Hobart Road just east of Marlette Peak. It has been built primarily by volunteers from various mountain bike groups in cooperation with Nevada State Parks.

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TAMBA Fund Raiser at Kirkwood July 28-29

The Kirkwood Mountain Classic Cross Country and Super D race on July 28-29 will be a fundraiser for the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA).

TAMBA was established in 1988 to have a unified voice and volunteer rider force to help keep trails open. For 23 years, TAMBA volunteers have helped to maintain and build new trails throughout Lake Tahoe and Truckee, and to educate riders about sharing trails with other users and how to ride responsibly to protect our precious resource – Lake Tahoe.  It’s all about respect.  Three ways – bikers, hikers and horse riders. Share the trail.

This major South Lake Tahoe mountain biking event is part of the Sierra Cup Regional Championship series that will be held July 28-29, 2012 at Kirkwood.

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Mountain Bike Trails meeting March 28 in South Lake Tahoe

Join TAMBA, Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association, on March 28 at 6:30pm at Spouts Cafe in South Lake Tahoe to see how you can help shape the Lake Tahoe bike culture and expand our current trail system.

Currently TAMBA is working on lots of great projects from trail building to fun rides and festivals and opening new trails!  Sweet!

TAMBA always meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

Cross-country, DH, free riders, and kids of all ages are invited to attend.  See you there!

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TAMBA Trail Building Day in Tahoe City June 23. Show up for an Hour or Two.

Help build new single track in Tahoe City.  Join the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA), Big Blue Adventures and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit USFS at a trail building day on June 23 from 11am to 4pm.

Any amount of time you can help is greatly appreciated. Tools will be provided along with beverages, a BBQ, and bike swag raffle for all who help out. See you there!

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Team LUNA Chix Tahoe Mountain Bike Ride June 15

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Join Team LUNA Chix Tahoe for a free Mountain Bike group ride on the Emigrant Trail in Truckee on June 15, 2011 at 5:30pm.

Join other women on this social mountain bike ride with our local ladies who are dedicated to raising money for Breast Cancer and turning us all on to fitness.

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Soulcycler Rick Gunn: Pedaling Love and Compassion

Rick Gunn PhotographyOn July 1, 2005, he started his journey from the Golden Gate Bridge. Thirty-three countries, 25,811 miles and 34 months later, he returned to South Lake Tahoe.

Rick Gunn, photographer, writer and adventurer from South Lake Tahoe, is on a mission to spread more love, compassion and understanding about our world through his captivating Soulcycler presentations.

Rick recently returned home after a 3 month, 2,373-mile bicycle tour across India. Re-charged, and re-vitalized, he has returned to work with renewed vigor on “Soulcycler” the book.

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AMGEN in Tahoe

While South Lake Tahoe residents and visitors came out in the thousands to watch the start of the race on May 15th, only the Sky Team rode to Squaw.  This was a huge disappointment for all the people who toughed it out – except the riders.

Now the 2011 Amgen Tour of California will not take place in North Shore on Monday May 16th.

Let’s go skiing instead.

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Sustainable Trail Building with Subaru/IMBA Trail Crew April 8-10

The International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in South Lake Tahoe, from April 8th through the 10th to talk trails, how to work more effectively with your area land managers, and how to improve the overall economic and social health of our community by creating more riding opportunities.

The visit is one of about 70 stops on the 2011 schedule. Everyone is invited to attend the weekend’s events.

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Kirkwood Mountain Bike Festival August 19-29

Head to Kirkwood for 9 full days of mountain biking madness for all abilities and ages. Choose from cross country races, a Huffy Toss, wheelie contests, downhill mountain bike races, group rides, and rides with mountain bike icons Tinker Juarez and Jacquie Phelan, and the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival.

It’s the preeminent Sierra Nevada mountain bike festival crafted only by Tahoe locals who love to ride.  The Kirkwood Mountain Bike Festival takes place August 19 through August 29, 2010.

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Women’s Only Downhill Clinic with Marla Streb and TAHOE Luna Chix August 21

Join Team Luna Chix Tahoe and LUNA Pro Marla Streb for a women’s only downhill mountain bike clinic on August 21 at Northstar® Resort’s Mountain Bike Park from 10am to 5pm.

Marla Streb, a national and world Downhill champion, will host a Beginner and an Intermediate/Advanced clinic for women riders ready to get out there and learn the technical skills to improve their riding ability.

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Clips of Faith Beer and Film Tour July 30

Join local bike enthusiasts and the Truckee Trails Foundation at the New Belgium Brewery Clips of Faith Beer and Film Tour on July 30 at the Truckee River Regional Park on the lawn.

The summer outdoor screening will feature more than 80 amateur short films accompanied by some of New Belgium’s most esoteric beer offerings, as well as food from local vendors.

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Help! Bert’s Blender Bike is Missing

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A lake-wide bulletin has been issued to find Bert’s Blender Bike. read more →

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Tahoe Bike Culture by the Spoke Junkie

When you see the word “culture”, what comes to mind?

Music, art, higher education, the Byzantine Era, a dark gray blob growing in the bottom of a petri dish in science class. read more →

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Park your Ride at Cyclepaths during Truckee Thursdays and get a free cup of Joe

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A perfect Tahoe blend – bikes and coffee.

Bicyclists who travel to Downtown Truckee Thursdays are eligible to receive a coupon for a free 12-ounce Elijah Bleu’s French press coffee when they park their rides at Cyclepaths across the street in downtown Truckee.

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Input needed on proposed Tahoe Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation by July 26

Want more bicycling and pedestrian-friendly trails throughout Lake Tahoe?

Sounds like a no brainer, but don’t sit just there. After your bike ride and walk, read this document and give your input.

The Draft 2010 Lake Tahoe Region Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (BPP) is now available by clicking here. The 45-day public comment period ends Monday, July 26, 2010. This is important for Tahoe bike culture and healthy lifestyles. Thank you!

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Tahoe Bike Parade and Festival June 5

The bike culture at Lake Tahoe and Truckee is a gas.

From beach cruisers to townie bikes, hi-wheelers, super lightweight hi-tech road bikes, to downhill and cross-country mountain bikes, biking is embedded in our healthy lifestyles.

Show your stuff at the 1st annual Tahoe Bike Day Parade and Festival on Saturday, June 5, in South Lake Tahoe.

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Wine, Bikes and Song June 5 at Apres Wine

Toast the bicyclists and their supporters after the Tahoe Bike Day Parade & Festival in South Lake Tahoe at Après Wine Company on Saturday, June 5.

Local musicians John Chevallier and Wes King will perform from 5pm-9pm.

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Cycling Celebration: Tour de Nez at Northstar June 19

tour-de-nez-2009One of the country’s top professional bicycling stage races – Tour de Nez – is headed to Northstar on June 19, 2010.

In addition to the 4 day stage races, there’s plenty of riding for amateurs and all levels of cycling fun hogs to celebrate Tahoe bike culture.

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Pedal There Events

Pedal where?

There.

Wherever you’re going. That’s where.  And you may win some prizes too.

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Wildman Road Biking Rides Monday evenings thru September

Wildman Coffee BearEvery Monday through September 28, join the Wildman Cycling Club in South Shore for an evening road ride.

It’s free and all cyclists get 25% off food and drinks at Wildman Coffee Shop.

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Reno to Rim Trail

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A 25 mile trail that connects the Tahoe Rim Trail near Mt. Rose to Reno.

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Slow Rollers fund Bikes for Children Program

slowrollers.jpgTheir goal is simple:

To ride bikes and have a good time.

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Soulcycler Rick Gunn on the Road Again

rick-gunn-2009-soul-journeyAfter three years, 33 countries and 25,811 miles around the globe by bicycle, he’s back on the road again.

Rick Gunn, photojournalist and bicycle adventurer, aka Soulcycler, is headed down another path of travel and self-discovery, this time starting in Scotland.

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It’s time to play Hook ‘em Up.

Mountain biking at lake level is perfect right now.

Try this.

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The Gunn Chronicles by South Shore Writer

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He just finished his 3-year bike tour around the world raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation.

Meet Rick Gunn, South Shore journalist and photographer.

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Mountain Bike Pioneers of CA.

actionnow1.JPG“Amazing footage!”

“I’m so glad they took so many pictures of the riding and people.”

“The outfits are going full circle.” read more →

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Rick Gunn Slide Show June 4 @ Edgewood

Following his heart warming 3-year journey around the world, we all know Rick Gunn.

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Rick’s circumnavigation completed.

“The hardest part of the whole trip was the first day…riding down my driveway”.

Rick Grunn, South Shore writer and photographer.

After 25,881 miles, Rick crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, Saturday, May 3, at 11 am.

He’ll be back in Tahoe this week.

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They made it! Alaska to Argentina by Bike to raise $ for schools.

bikingforabetterfinish.JPGOn February 10th, the members of team A2A (2 are from North Shore) arrived in Ushuaia, Argentina.

They rode their bikes 15,120 miles (that’s over 137 mile days) from Alaska to Argentina.

Why?

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