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Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association to kick off summer with trail summit festival

Sebastian Foltz
A mountain biker navigates technical singletrack above South Lake Tahoe and Stateline. The Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association will host its first annual trail summit to kick off the summer riding season Friday, May 6. The event is designed to showcase the region and discuss upcoming projects.
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Friday, May 6

3-5 p.m. Welcome, Opening Remarks

5-8 p.m. Opening sunset reception on the beach with food and drink specials, SUP

8-10 p.m. Movie night and raffle

Saturday, May 7

7-8:30 a.m. Breakfast in the Tavern, coffee complimentary

8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Presentations/workshops/panel discussions

Afternoon showcase ride and Bijou Bike Park tour and skills clinics

Evening movie, raffle, party in the Tavern and beach front patio with food and drink specials

Sunday, May 8

Breakfast in the Tavern

Mother’s Day family ride and skills clinics

(Times to be announced)

With the snow starting to melt, it’s almost time to put the boards and skis on the shelf — and switch to hiking boots and mountain bikes.

To kick off the start of summer, Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association (TAMBA) organizers announced that they will host the group’s inaugural TAMBA Tahoe Trails Summit Friday through Sunday, May 6-8. Part conference, part party/festival, part networking opportunity and part trail-riding session, the new three-day event will take place at the South Shore’s Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge.

“We really want to showcase what’s going on here,” TAMBA president Ben Fish said of the inspiration for the event. “There’s a lot of good stuff.”

Hosted in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service and the Beach Retreat, the summit will include discussions on the state of trails, upcoming projects, concerns regarding usage and a variety of other topics, along with social events and rides.

“There are so many important projects going on,” U.S. Forest Service regional trail and travel management program leader Garrett Villanueva said. “The momentum is incredible.”

Villanueva commended both TAMBA and Tahoe Rim Trail Association for what has been a renewed enthusiasm for trail work initiatives and collaborations with the Forest Service.

“We’ve made outstanding progress in the community coming together,” he said, describing the summit as an extension of that unified effort and an opportunity to get like-minded riders and trail users together.

Organizers hope the event will attract regional visitors from the Bay Area to Reno in order to promote awareness and increase regional involvement in projects.

“Our big goal is to get folks from the region along with local people to really get the excitement going,” Fish said. “It will be good to get folks together. There’s been a renaissance in trail building.”

Among anticipated projects this summer, the collective group plans to complete the 4-mile Kingsbury Stinger Trail later this year — a long awaited reroute on the South Shore near Van Sickle Trail.

The Beach Retreat & Lodge will include discounted lodging packages in conjunction with the summit and a portion of proceeds will go directly to TAMBA. The resort is also supplying its newly remodeled conference center for the free event.

The trail summit will open Friday afternoon, May 6, with the first series of TED Talk style presentations from 3-5 p.m. followed by a sunset reception on the beach with food and drink specials. The Beach Retreat will also host a bike-themed movie night and raffle Friday and Saturday.

Panel discussions and talks will continue Saturday with ride clinics and group rides Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

More information is available at http://www.tamba.org and http://www.tahoetrail.org.

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