Although Kirkwood Mountain Resort is more than 30 miles from South Lake Tahoe, pedaling at the resort this weekend will benefit mountain biking at the South Shore.
The Kirkwood Mountain Classic returns to the ski area for its third year on Sunday. Proceeds from the event will go to the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association, which is continuing efforts to improve Corral Loop through a matching grant from the Salesforce.com Foundation, TAMBA president and Sierra Cup Series promoter Kevin Joell said Friday.
In April, the organization missed out on a Bell Built Grant to improve the popular Corral Trail. The trail lost by 1 percent in online voting for the grant. The group still hopes to raise $15,000 for the improvements.
“We are raising the money ourselves to get this project done right,” according to the TAMBA website. “The money will be used to rent machinery, buy tools, feed and fuel our volunteer trail builders and hopefully even hire a few pro trail builders.”
About 100 people are expected to compete in cross-country and Super D races at the Kirkwood Mountain Classic Sunday. The Super D competition isn’t a true downhill because of some uphill pedaling, Joell said.
The cross-country course includes laps around an approximately six-mile course with 850 feet of climbing per lap, while the Super D course starts at the top of Kirkwood’s Chair 2 and drops about 850 feet over a little more than 2 miles on its way to the finish line near the resort’s Red Cliffs Lodge.
“They’re certainly not easy trails,” Joell said, noting different age classes ride different numbers of laps. “Kirkwood described it as bringing mountain bikes back to the mountains.”
The event has categories for all ages. Cross-country races begin at 9:30 a.m., with the Super D races commencing at 3 p.m. Onsite registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and starts at $40. There is also a free kids race at the event.
The cross-country race is part of the 2013 Sierra Cup Series. The series continues with the Great Tahoe Flume Race at Spooner Lake Aug. 25 and the Tahoe Fat Tire Festival at Squaw Valley Sept. 13-15.
More information is available at renowheelmen.org.