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
This question is asked of Tahoe Mountain Guides often. What do we carry when mountain biking? We carry a lot of gear to fix a bike, a mountain bike rider and enough water for a small village. Our experience on the mtb trail and having encountered many different situations on the trail, we always ride prepared. But the question is what should YOU carry? Maybe you are a beginner mountain biker and not sure. Well, keep reading and copy and past to a list to take to your favorite bike shop.
First and foremost, carry food and water:
- Carry water and/or powder mixed in with the water
- Carry Clif Bar’s, Odwalla Bar’s, or your favorite snack for sustained energy
- Don’t forget a banana and a sandwich
- Nuts and dried fruit are easy to pack
A typical mountain bike ride can last 2 to 4 hours, so make sure you have these essential tools:
- Bike Pump – Make sure to purchase a packable pump for both shraeder and presta valves. You never know who you might need to help. If you don’t want a traditional bike pump, CO2 is fast and easy.
- Spare Tubes – No matter if you ride tubeless or not, carry an extra tube. Plus, we all have a buddy who gets a flat and forgets his tube. If you want to keep riding, lend your extra tube
- Tire Levers – Carry two tire levers. Be careful when using these; don’t damage your tire or worse, the rim
- Multi tool – Make sure it has a chain breaker, allen key, flat and phillips head screwdriver, and a knife. You don’t need too much, but make sure the multi tool has the right tool for your bike
- Patch Kit – When the tubes run out, this is your last resort
- Disk Brake Pads – If you are riding in the mud, you will see your brake pads fade away fast. They are light weight and take up no room in the pack
- Money – Throw a $20 bill in your pack. Just in case you need help, more food or a way to get home, the $20 will come in handy
- Cell Phone – This is always a must have in case of an emergency. Don’t make phone calls or check messages; save that for after the ride. But, if someone gets hurt, you could be a life saver
- First Aid Kit – Band aides, gauze pads and pain killer tablets (Advil)
And you just never know items:
- small roll of electrical tape
- a derailleur hanger
- a couple zip ties
- Sram Powelink
- light rain jacket or fleece
- waterproof matches
Now I know what you are thinking, “This is a lot to pack for a mountain bike ride!” Well, not really. And if you are wearing the right pack, Hydrapack is what TMG recommends, you will see just how much room you have left over. These items come in handy to get you out of any sticky situation, and believe it or not, most items you will find just sit in your pack and never get used. But at least you are prepared!
If you are new to some of the items listed and don’t know how to use them, don’t worry, pack it anyway. Ask your bike shop to show you how to work the tool, your friends, or Tahoe Mountain Guides.
Happy mountain biking!
The TMG Crew
So, maybe you are new to mountain biking or a seasoned veteran, and you have asked the question, “why should I choose to mountain bike with Tahoe Mountain Guides?” Well, we have asked ourselves the same question and believe the answer is quite simple:
- Tahoe Mountain Guides offers one on one personalized instruction. TMG’s instruction is for every type of rider from young to adult, teaching you the skills and technique to excel as a mountain biker.
- We do not take a chairlift to the top of a mountain bike climb. We teach you proper weight distribution, cadence and the skills to get you to the top of the mountain. We like to earn our turns; this makes the downhill portion that much more enjoyable. Don’t worry, you will get the same instruction to get you down the hill, too. If you want to experience just the downhill portion of mountain biking, we think you will enjoy the mountain bike park Northstar at California has to offer the gravity rider.
- Tahoe Mountain Guides holds extensive permits from the U.S. Forest Service allowing us a wide range of trails for every ability level. We are proud to work in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service and take this responsibility with great pride.
- TMG loves to mountain bike! We also like to talk. Not only will you get a breathtaking view, amazing trails and enjoyable experience, you will also get the history, local folklore and funny stories about Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Also, we like to stop and take in the view, too!
- Our guides will only take 3-4 riders at a time. With larger groups, we assess all riders and can split-up according to ability levels. This way everyone has an enjoyable experience and does the ride they want.
- Each tour is about you! It is never about the guide.
- Tahoe Mountain Guides offers shuttle service for you and your friends on the Tahoe Truckee Super D!
- Heaven for bid any of our guests have an accident, TMG is prepared. All guides are medically trained.
Want to experience a ride with Tahoe Mountain Guides? It’s easy to ride with TMG; just contact us, make a reservation for yourself, a group of friends, family, or a company team building workshop. We just want to ride and make new mtb friends! Tahoe Mountain Guides hits the trail seven days a week and waiting to ride with you.
The TMG Crew
The weekend is upon us and the free time we anticipate from a busy work week is calling for a mountain bike ride. The weather is perfect, mid 60’s, and the dirt is prime. Each trail has it’s own timeline of being “rideable” in the Lake Tahoe area. So, Tahoe Mountain Guides decided to check on the ever popular trail, Paige Meadows.
Paige Meadows can be accessed from a variety of locations; I like to start from Alpine Meadows. The initial ascent begins on a fire road for a good 20 minutes, or longer, depending on your climbing skills. The fire road rounds Scott Peak of Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, then a fast descent into Paige Meadows. At this point you will hit the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT). Again, many options can be ridden with many exit points depending on how long of a ride you wish your legs to endure.
The main meadow is still under water and quite swampy. I give Paige at least another 3 to 4 weeks to dry out. While walking through the bog, TMG encountered quite a few bike tracks trying to push through. Yes, it’s fun to get muddy, but remember when the trail drys out we are all stuck with deep ruts. If possible find a safe way to walk your bike around, or just turn around. And by all means, DON”T make a new trail! Let’s keep Paige Meadows in good shape! Another encounter occurred, but we were not fast enough with the camera. A large mother bear was making her way through the meadow upon a log. Unfortunately, when she spotted us she ran like a dog chasing a ball into the woods. So on that note, be mindful when coming around a corner, you never know who, or what, will be waiting.
For more information on where to ride, routes and mountain bike guide information, be sure to check out www.TahoeMountainGuides for your next adventure. And if you need a bike, or want to demo the latest and greatest full suspension bikes from Rocky Mountain and Santa Cruz Bicycles, all our bikes come from Cycle Paths. We are all located in your one stop shop, Truckee Sports Exchange.
The TMG Crew