Costumed characters highlight Corral Night Ride |

Costumed characters highlight Corral Night Ride

Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association President Ben Fish first started the Corral Night Ride as a silly celebration for his wife’s birthday.

There were about a dozen or so friends who participated about 10 years ago in that first ride, which was before TAMBA was re-organized. They dressed up as ghouls, goblins and disco freaks among other costumes.

Now, after a decade, the ride draws at least 100 or so costumed-characters and is a big fundraiser for TAMBA.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Corral Trail off Pioneer Road.

“It’s like a big party in the woods,” Fish said. “All the money we generate goes right back into the trail.”

Fish, who has been riding mountain bikes for at least 30 of the 39 years he’s been alive, moved to South Lake Tahoe about 15 years ago from Connecticut. He helped re-organize TAMBA in 2011. TAMBA was originally started in 1988 but the organization faded away from 2003-2010.

The event will feature a joker’s wild poker ride where riders will gather cards at various check points. Whoever can make the best hand will win a prize. Riders can gather extra cards by riding up a bonus segment to Armstrong Connector.

There is also a costume contest, but participants need to be mindful they can ride in their costumes. The best costume in the family friendly event will receive a riding backpack said Fish.

“The poker ride makes it more social and people don’t have to ride,” Fish said. “They can just come and hang out.”

Fish said volunteers are also welcome and needed.

Riders should meet at the Corral parking area at about 5:30 p.m.

The $25 fee includes a barbecue and rest stop snacks.

The ride will start around 6 p.m. and after, the party goes on into the night.

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