Meyers Mountain Bike Festival celebrates sport
August 19, 2013
If you go
9 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday TAMBA trail day
9 a.m. Sunday bike ride in Meyers
3-7 p.m. Meyers Mountain Bike Festival
The Meyers Mountain Bike Festival rides into town this weekend.
Divided Sky owner Brian Levy said he and other people in Meyers hosted events in the parking lot in the past, and this event was a way to highlight the sport.
The event is also to be a fundraiser for Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association through proceeds from food and drink.
The event will begin today with a trail day.
"Anyone that shows up to the trail day gets some goodies including a free BBQ lunch at Watta Bike afterwards and a free drink ticket for the Festival on Sunday," TAMBA trails director Ben Fish stated in an email. "We'll be working on the lower portion of Toads that connects into the Meyers neighborhood. Sunday we'll have info on current and upcoming mountain bike projects through TAMBA and how to help by getting involved."
TAMBA helps facilitate trail projects, mountain bike events and races and helps get trails implemented by working with the U.S. Forest Service.
"The event is a big celebration that's been going on in Meyers and South Shore," Fish said.
Fish said that, during trail days, U.S. Forest Service officials help facilitate and provide tools for volunteers to work on the trails.
"We have a series of projects we've been working on and put in like 2,000 hours in trail work a year — all volunteer hours," Fish said. "We've been working a lot on Toads and we're working on fundraising efforts to put jumps on trails. We're also in talks right now of hiring some professional bike park builders."
Levy said he got the idea to assist fundraising from prior events in town.
"We're kind of following suit with things that have gone on in the parking lot and Josh Welch, who has put on rock climbing festivals in the (Divided Sky) parking lot," Levy said. "We've seen (mountain biking) develop in the last few years, so we just wanted to celebrate it."
Representatives of various bike companies will provide demonstrations and bicycles for people to try, and shuttles will be available to take bicyclists up the mountain to make quick rides down.
"On top of that, we'll have a kids area, and everything around here is really community-based with a lot of families," Levy said.
Most of the trails in the area have large rocks, so Levy suggests bringing bikes that can handle the ruggedness of the terrain.
"That's the standard issue for the trails around here, and you need pretty hearty suspension bikes," Levy said.
Live music also is scheduled during the festival.
For more information, visit http://www.mountainbiketahoe.org.