· Lake Tahoe State Park and the famous Flume Trail
· The Ponderosa…that’s right…Hoss and Little Joe!
· Washoe Lake State Park
· Virginia City and the Comstock Lode
· Ft Churchill State Park
· Pony Express Trail
· Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park
· The Central Nevada Highlands
· Ghost Town of Ophir
· Historic Eureka
· Ward Charcoal Ovens State Monument
· Cave Lake State Park
· Great Basin National Park
This is an 11 day, fully supported mt. bike ride across central Nevada on mostly dirt and graveled roads. The ride starts in beautiful north Lake Tahoe at the CA/NV state line at Crystal Bay, NV ends at the NV/UT state line in Border, Nevada. Riders will be traversing some of Nevada’s most rugged and isolated landscapes. Many of Nevada’s highest and most impressive ranges transect the route. This IS NOT along Hwy 50 and the “Loneliest Road in America”. This route is much lonelier, more isolated and more scenic. Mountain bikes were built for this kind or riding and Nevada offers some of the finest mountain terrain, weather conditions and trail systems anywhere in the U.S.
Along the trail, with the riders and our guides, there will be two on-trail sag vehicles(a 4x4 ATV and a 4X4 Pick up) each with a designated and dedicated volunteer driver supporting our progress with items like, communication devices, lunches, water, snacks, first aid and bike repair items. These on-trail support vehicles will be able to communicate with our main camp SAG Support team and the outside world via satellite phone. There will also be a qualified medic(services by Reno PAC, LLC) on hand to address most medical issues while on the trail or at camp. The main camp SAG support team will move ahead daily to the next campsite, set-up and begin to prepare the evening meal.
Our Base Camps
Our base camps are a mix of tent camping and some hotel stays. Tent camping is included in the base rate. Hotel accommodations are extra and based on availability. Nevada State Parks is generously sponsoring and hosting our camping at Washoe Lake S.P., Ft Churchill .S.P., Berlin-Ichthyosaur S. P. and Cave Lake S. P. Without the support and help of the State Parks, this ride would not be possible. This is a very special association with a Nevada State agency that has a lot of interest in promoting alternative recreation and linking the parks system together with approved routes.
Other base camps will be on private ranch land such as the historic Potts Ranch and Hotsprings in the Monitor Valley and the rustic Green Springs Ranch in Railroad Valley.
Tables, chairs, snack bar, wash basins, power station and toilets will be available at each camp. A few camps(as well as each hotel night)will offer a shower option with heated propane/solar showers. While camping, riders are responsible for putting up and breaking down their own tents.
Our chefs will prepare an on the go style breakfast each morning and then a delicious meal each evening upon arriving in camp. Each day, on the trail lunches will be provided. Participants will either pack their own or choose to have the ATV or the on-trail support vehicle carry it for them. Water, beverages, power bars, candy bars, jerky, fruit and other snacks are always available along the trail.
You don't need to be Superman...but you do need a fair amount of training and time in the saddle. Each day is self paced...we are not racing. However, we average about 50 miles per day and you must keep on the move in order to get from A to B to C each day. Bragging rights go to those who complete, under their own power, each day's section of the ride. If you are a road cyclist, 50 miles may not be that much. But we are in the dirt, and climbing a mountain range(or two) nearly every day...so, the daily mileage requires most of our daylight and endurance. It is highly recommended that you ride at least 2-3 days a week and try to log a minimum 200 miles per month to prepare. The better you are trained, the more you will enjoy each day. Due to the fact that this is self paced...and meant to be enjoyable also... then shuttles may be utilized for riders who can not make the the daily camp or wish to forgo certain sections of the route.