Put this one on your schedule. August 10th brings the 2d Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Festival.
A little more than 30 miles, with a 5,200 foot elevation gain, and you'll ride over the finish line. Not bad for a rocking good day on your mountain bike, in a stunning setting.
The donation is $25, which goes to the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association (TAMBA), the organization of riders who do so much to keep the trails in Tahoe maintained, and best of all, open.
This isn't a beginner ride, by any stretch of the imagination. If you've just begun pedaling a mountain bike, check with the organizers to find out if the difficulty rating exceeds your ambitions at your level of skill.
The actual start time is a bit flexible, and most riders will be on their way when they're ready. There is not mass start, it's more of a gradual go when ready start.
The route will take riders up the South Upper Truckee Road to the Christmas Valley trail, then over to Mr. Toads, Armstrong Pass, Corral and Powerline, Big Meadows and back to Divided Sky. Tahoe riders are very familiar with these trails.
The scenic beauty is worth the time on your bike. At the top of the paved Armstrong Pass road, when you turn to haul on back down hill, take the time to look at the view. It's a stunner.
Clif Bar will have water and fueling stations for riders along the ride, a comforting thought especially for first timers or anyone not sure of how they'll fare on this ride.
The press announcement says that, starting at 3 p.m. "...there will be a celebration of mountain biking in the Meyers community with a beer garden, a kids zone, and live music. Ninkasi will be offering up their ice cold ales in the outside beer garden. Adventure Sport and Grill will be serving up tasty barbecue, and the Divided Sky will have a grill setup for all the hungry riders. The music lineup features The Sierra Drifters from South Lake Tahoe, the Mark Sexton Band from Reno, and LazyMan from Healdsburg, with DJ Berkmon spinning great beats in between sets."
The sponsors of the event are a good cross section of Tahoe area cycling enthusiasts and supporters: Ninkasi Brewing, Rise Designs, The Divided Sky, TAMBA, Wa tta Bike, South Shore Bikes, Tahoe Sports LTD, Ibis, DaKine, Clif Bar, Meyers Physical Therapy, Shuttle Around Tahoe, Granite Rocx, The Studio Meyers, Elevate Wellness, and Safe Haven Chiropractic.
For more specific info regarding the ride, festival, or both contact Mike Decker at 530.721.1672 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're looking for a great ride, or a very good challenge to your budding abilities, along with a great family fun time, Meyers is the place to saddle up on Sunday.