Sawtooth Trail, located in Truckee, CA., is Tahoe Mountain Guides go to trail for bike tours. So, when it was discussed what trail we should maintain and adopt, it wasn’t even a question where we should go. Sawtooth! With numerous trails yielding extensive singletrack options for the beginner to advanced mountain biker, our trail work would begin along with thirty volunteers from the Tahoe/Truckee community.
Any trail cleanup day wouldn’t be complete with the first heatwave of the season. A high of 87°, all volunteers wearing long pants, long sleeved shirts, work boots and a hardhat, the shaded portions of Sawtooth shrouded in Jeffrey Pine, White Fir and Sugar Pine were a reprieve from the sun. Despite the heat, spirits were high, jokes were being told and volunteers didn’t let a little heatwave detour them from helping maintaining the trail. The fact is, we all ride Sawtooth and wanted to put our mark on improving Sawtooth.
Tahoe Mountain Guides would like to thank all the volunteers for helping buff out our beloved Sawtooth Trail. A huge thanks also goes out the Cycle Paths, Truckee Trails Foundation, USFS, Diego’s – Beyond Bueno! and Sierra Nevada. After a day of trail work there’s nothing like a burrito and a cold one with a group of new friends.
TMG Guide, Bob
I can’t recall the last time I was riding the Western States Trail with perfect tacky conditions so early! April 22, 2013 to be exact. I’m sure it has happened before, but it sure is nice to be riding the mountain bike as opposed to strapping on boots and skis. So, it’s now bike season and the lower elevation trails are riding pretty well. I figured it was time to explore some of our elevated trails… today I wanted Western States.
The entrance from Hwy 89 is open, clear and tacky! No downed trees and excellent riding Around each switchback I was anticipating wet soft ground, or a patch of snow. Nothing! After the climb to the first rest area, I decided to proceed to the Wall. Still tacky perfect conditions leading the way up to the Wall. Then the climb begins…about half way up the Wall a barrier of snow presented itself. All I could think, “this is better than I thought”. For late April mountain biking, we are looking good and should get more open as the weeks progress.
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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!