Meyers Mountain Bike Festival returns for year three
If you go
What: Meyers Mountain Bike Festival
When: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8-9
Where: In and around Meyers
Tickets: Festival is free. All-day shuttles and demos start at $35.
Shuttles up some of South Shore’s most popular trails, a more than 30-mile ride, live music and some of the first Tahoe mountain bikes ever will be part of the 3rd annual Meyers Mountain Bike Festival this weekend.
The festival starts Saturday with mountain bike demos and all-day shuttles up the popular Corral Trail and continues Sunday with a Triple Crown Ride linking Christmas Valley, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and Armstrong Pass. Sunday’s ride is followed by a festival at The Divided Sky including barbecue at 12:30 p.m. and live music starting at 1 p.m., with world funk act Delta Nove headlining.
Shuttles and demos are $35 in advance and $40 on Saturday. Sign ups take place at Corral Trail’s parking lot. Sunday’s Triple Crown Ride is also $35. A two-day pass is available for $65.
Also on Sunday, South Lake Tahoe mountain bike pioneer Gary Bell, the owner of Sierra Ski and Cycle Works since 1980, will sponsor a History of Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking Exhibit at the festival.
The exhibit will include some of the first Tahoe-made mountain bikes, called Clunkers, Bell and friend Geoff Clarke built in the late 1970s.
“Made out of beach cruiser frames and big heavy tires, Gary and his buddies would ride their Clunkers all over, connecting abandoned hiking trails they called the ‘Cabin Ride’ and ‘Tin Shack Ride,’” according to an announcement for the exhibit. “Following one of their more crazy descents down Saxon Creek, they named the trail Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride – South Shore’s most famous trail to this day.”
Other vintage bikes on display will include Bell’s 1979 Pro Cruiser, built by Don Koski of Cove Bikes in Tiburon, Calif., considered to be the first production mountain bike. Koski will also be at the exhibit Sunday.
“I want to help people understand the roots of Tahoe mountain biking, and how it’s evolved over the past three decades,” Bell said in the announcement.
“When asked why he still enjoys turning people on to mountain biking after 35 years, he just smiles and says, ‘It’s about time spent in the woods.’”