TAMBA’s Corral Night Ride brings costumed fun to South Shore trails Saturday
All of Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association’s events are intended to be a good time — but none are as fun as the annual Corral Night Ride. The Halloween-themed fun ride will take over the Meyers trail Saturday night, Oct. 22.
“It’s a fun celebration and it’s family-friendly,” TAMBA president Ben Fish said. “It’s a cool scene and it’s fun for everybody to get out.”
Saturday’s ride begins at 6 p.m., with riders meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Corral parking area. The entry fee is $20 for TAMBA members and $25 for non-members, with all proceeds going to the local nonprofit — last year’s ride raised close to $2,000.
The Corral Night Ride is one of TAMBA’s three main fundraisers during the season, along with the Meyers Mountain Bike Festival and Rose to Toads Ride. Because all three events have permits with the U.S. Forest Service, they can raise money for the local group.
“All the money that we raise goes directly back into the trails,” Fish said. “It’s pretty neat — we can put on these events and make the trails better.”
For the second straight year, Corral Night Ride was moved a week later due to weather. And for the second year in a row, the ride will be a poker ride — costumed riders will collect playing cards at stops along the trail and construct the best hand possible at the finish.
“More people are into it and it’s definitely a cool scene,” Fish said of night biking, which he has been doing for two decades. “Some people say it’s easier — the analogy is like putting horse blinders on — and you’re actually more focused on the trail.”
The first Corral Night Ride took place 10 years ago to celebrate Amy Fish’s birthday, and was taken over by TAMBA when the group was recreated. This year’s ride features the famed costume contest along with barbecue offerings and rest stop snacks — prizes include Camelbaks stuffed with candy and goodies.
“If someone hasn’t been night riding, it might seem intimidating — but when you have a lot of other people out there it’s really not,” Fish said.
TAMBA will hold its season-ending party Nov. 11 at Heavenly Mountain Resort’s California Base Lodge, to officially mark the end of the mountain biking months. The group’s sixth season of trail work featured more than 25 trail days and is certainly something worth celebrating in Tahoe.
“It’s definitely been one of our best years,” Fish said. “We’ve had the most amount of people step up and it’s happened around the entire lake.”
In its first year, Bijou Bike Park in South Lake Tahoe has been a success and recently won a TRPA Best In the Basin Award. The newly finished Kingsbury Stinger Trail above Stateline added five miles of trails to the South Shore and completed a half-decade of work.
On the North Shore, TAMBA rerouted the famed Incline Flume Trail in conjunction with Friends of Incline Trails, Nevada Land Trust and Tahoe Rim Trail Association. The Forest Service will adopt the new trail next year.
“We’ve been getting new trails on the map, which is amazing,” Fish said. “These new things didn’t even exist a few years ago.”
For more information on TAMBA and its events and projects, visit http://www.tamba.org.