TAMBA was formed in 1988, originally focused on keeping access open for mountain bikes to public trails. Since then A LOT has happened and focus has shifted to building, maintaining, and advocating for new multi-use trails along with hosting some super fun events.
TAMBA 2014 Accomplishments, So Far!
Trail Work in 2014:
86 trail days
This inclues trail work on Corral, Sidewinder, Armstrong Connector, Toads, Tahoe Mountain System, Tyrolean, Thomas Creek, Whites Creek, Tahoe City TRT Connector, Sunflower Hill, Flume Trail, Marlette Creek, and the new Snapdragon (Tunnel Creek east) trail. These numbers are for trail work only, does not include planning, flagging, design, or admin time. Impressive job, thanks to everyone who contributed this year!
The Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association started off 2014 with a bang building more than 30 new features (berms, jumps, hips) on Lower Corral Trail in South Lake Tahoe. 150 plus volunteers helped to build the features along with our paid trail builders from the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and TAMBA. Much press and praise has resulted from the work including an upcoming feature article in BIKE magazine along with increased membership and more than 2,000 hours of volunteer labor on the trail this summer.
TAMBA has continued to put in more volunteer labor including the construction of three new bridges in the Galena Area on the Thomas and Whites Creek Trails in partnership with the Forest Service. Also starting this fall is the construction on a new trail in Spooner Lake State Park to bypass the Tunnel Creek dirt road connecting the Tahoe Rim Trail to the Red House Flume on the east side.
Events have been big this year too. The 2nd Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Fest brought hundreds of riders in to celebrate and ride the burly Triple Crown Ride. The 4th Annual Rose to Toads Ride filled up fast this year. On the ride, endurance mountain bikers test their skills against the 62 mile all day epic showcasing some of the best trails linking Tahoe’s North Shore from Mount Rose down to Lake Tahoe’s South Shore ending on the famous Mr. Toads Wild Ride. In October TAMBA hosted two fun rides. A showcase ride was held for the grand opening of the New Monument Pass Trail on Oct. 12 in partnership with the US Forest Service. Then the following weekend the Corral Night Ride was held with what was arguably the biggest mountain bike party of the year.
Looking to the future, construction will start next year on the Bijou Bike Park with a major boost for the project coming recently from the South Lake Tahoe City Council voting to allocation $100,000 toward the construction! The reroute of the Kingsbury Stinger Trail will also start next year with grant funding already lined up by the U.S. Forest Service. In addition more jumps and features are planned for Corral Trail next year – the future is looking strong for mountain biking in Tahoe!