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Stay out of each other’s blood bubble, was one of the recommendations for the day provided by Truckee Trails leader, Kevin Starr. Working on the Sawtooth Trail, a prominent mountain biking trail for Tahoe Mountain Guides (TMG), our group of over 20 volunteers dug drainage ditches and cleared menacing brush equipped with a solid quiver of hand tools, a complete demonstration from our leader, and much deserved burritos after a job well done.
Owner of Tahoe Mountain Guides (TMG), Ken Long and several volunteers dutifully listen to instructions for the day.
Kevin Starr shows us the proper way to carry and use the tools.
When volunteering under the umbrella of the National Forest, hard hats are a mandatory element of the uniform.
Ken lets us know burritos will be served trailside for those who work hard.
Checklists, diagrams, and standard operating procedures manuals were also provided for those who learn best through reading.
The proper way to dig a drainage ‘spoon’, demonstrated by Kevin Starr.
Kevin was kind enough to preflag all the problem areas to be worked.
Working with tools is serious business. Seriously, one can loose an eye or a finger with those things. Therefore, Kevin tells us to “stay out of each other’s blood bubble,” which basically meant to give one another at least 4 feet of space when working.
Work it. Just like this.
Breaking into strategic teams based on tool type, we learn about the other people in our little Truckee/Tahoe community.
Watching Kevin’s demonstration.
Koda, with his (I think it was a boy dog) Forest Service bandana, was a huge help by clearing sticks off the trail.
Tahoe Mountain Guides best, Zach Fenn keeping it light and fun, as always, in the woods.
What a beautiful Sawtooth Trail!
Taking a break in the best place in the world, the woods!
Displays of teamwork was going on all over the place.
A true Truckee Trails volunteer. Thank you for organizing such a great event.
The Sawtooth Trail has many great views to the west and of Castle Peak (clearly not pictured here).
Getting rid of those tree snags.
Another TMG guide, Alex Aparicio is seen here giving back to the trail which serves him oh so well over the summer.
Clearing the brush from the drainage spoon.
The McLeod, pronounced mc-cloud, is a popular tool amongst mountain bike trail builders.
Raking away the duff and pulling out the debris from the drainage spoons, volunteers made easy work of their trail maintenance day.
A great big THANK YOU to Truckee Trails Foundation, Tahoe Mountain Guides, Cyclepaths, and the Tahoe Sports Hub for helping make our Sawtooth Trail that much more awesome!
We’ve all been there, descending the mountain bike trail when the feeling of gravity is no longer with us, but against us. Hurling us through the air, facial expressions leaving friends laughing, squealing like a school-yard girl, then slamming you to the ground. Fortunately, a carefree attitude on the trail can help with a safer than expected exit off the bike.
Many things are going through your head while flying through the air. Using those final seconds to console yourself with the fact that at least you are not going to skid along pavement like those roadies; and no matter the bruises and cuts, no cars will be playing pinball with me across the highway. However, no time for consoling thoughts. Instead, use the time to look where you are going to land, and forcing yourself from the instinctual in these situations – trying to protect yourself with outreached arms. Catching yourself this way is a great way to break one. Trust me, I speak from experience.
So how to fall? The “tuck-and-roll” technique of tucking your arms in close to the body to hit the ground on the upper arm and shoulder and rolling into the fall. Just don’t use this technique on a ridgeline or narrow cliff trail… The roll could result in a minute long tumble and undoubtedly resulting in more than what we carry in our pack.
As for a sure fire way to prevent falls and injuries when the terrain gets steep, just get off your bike. Even the best mountain bikers and cyclists meet up with terrain now and again that are best walked, not ridden. So, no matter what you decide to do, ride through a steep technical section, or get off your bike and walk to a safe location, make sure to ride another day.
The TMG Crew
The sport of mountain biking can be intimidating at first: rocks to ride over, dirt trails, no cars, and a full suspension bike. But, Tahoe Mountain Guides take the worry out of mountain biking! If you are new to mountain biking, TMG will start you off on our Manzanita Mountain Bike Tour… a get to know the bike, type of terrain you may encounter while riding a mountain bike, and most importantly, to have fun.
The Manzanita Tour will begin on gentle fire road with minimal hill climbing and descents. Our exceptional guides at TMG will instruct you how to shift the bike, proper foot position and technique for climbing and descending the mtb trail, as well as when to sit or to get out of the saddle. Each and every rider will become comfortable on the dirt and gravel fire road before we ever venture on to single mountain bike trails.
When our guides access your riding ability, we will then exit the fire road and explore some lite single-track mountain bike trails. The pace is always yours and the views and landscape is always breathtaking. We will encourage you to look ahead, get familiar with your surroundings and enjoy the sport of mountain biking with a smile.
Please note: mountain biking may cause giddiness, extreme exhilaration, a smile, and cause you to make an entire new set of friends. If over 21, TMG suggest you finish a mountain bike ride with a beer and never consult your doctor.
Happy riding! The TMG Crew.
What a spectacular showing of support this past Saturday and Sunday, August 18 & 19, to the famed mountain bike trail Hole in the Ground on Donner Summit. All volunteers worked under supervision from local Forest Service and trail crew leaders with the task of drainage work, tread enhancement and repair, and even a minor re-route. The Forest Service developed a participating agreement with American Conservation Experience – ACE – to complete the necessary trail maintenance.
Many thanks go out to all the volunteers, local businesses and non-profit partners that helped support the Hole in the Ground trail building project: TAMBA, Ace Mountain Hardware, The Backcountry, Truckee Donner Land Trust and Truckee Trails Foundation. The people behind the organizations: Joe Flannery and Bob Holland of the US Forest Service; Kevin Star of Truckee Trails Foundation; Kevin Joell of TAMBA; and Tom Clarke, Ken Long, Steve Alexander and Cory Champagne of TMG – Tahoe Mountain Guides. Great work everyone and great show of support!
Another fantastic event has come and gone. If you missed it, make sure to mark your calendar for next season. Grab your friends, sorry – ladies only, and make plans to join Lake Tahoe’s All-Womens Sports Camp, along with us, Tahoe Mountain Guides.
Thanks to Inger at Lake Tahoe’s All-Women Sports Camp for inviting Tahoe Mountain Guides for the second annual event we truly enjoy and love. The Lake Tahoe’s All-Women Sports Camp mountain bike portion is for beginner to intermediate mountain bikers. You will learn the skills and techniques used to get you up, and down, the mountain bike trail. If you are a beginner and wanting to learn, or have the desire to improve your mtb skills, be sure to join us next season.
And we must not forget, Marla Streb, National Mountain Bike Champion, for leading the mountain bike clinic. Without Marla this event would not be the same. Thanks to ALL the ladies for attending; practice those skills and if you need an incentive, make sure to book a lesson, bring your friends or book a private on-on-one with Tahoe Mountain Guides.
Happy Mountain Biking!
The TMG Crew