Whether you are signed up to go on Mountain Bike Nevada 2012 or you are just thinking about it, these training rides are designed to release your inner mt. goat and get you ready for the crossing of Nevada. There is one ride per month(April-August) and will be highlighting local features and ranges that closely mimic a typical day’s ride while crossing the state with Mountain Bike Nevada.
All rides are led by a MTBNV staff member and 100% FREE!* Bring your own bike, repair kit, spare tube, pump, extra clothing, food and plenty of water. Be prepared for a long day and plenty of mileage. *Advanced reservations required, must pay for any hotel, meals and transportation separately.
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Virginia Range – 25 miles
Out and back from Washoe Lake State Park to Virginia City. We started riding about 8 am. Riders were Ales Gantar, Rob Gorder, Scott Bolton, Ted Oxborrow, Trevor Oxborrow and Todd Whear.
After coming over the saddle (in background) from Washoe Lake we ascended Goni Rd to McClellan Summit with outstanding views of the Carson Range.
Carson City below and Carson Valley in the distance.
We saw several large herds of wild horses along the way.
The downhill from the summit was a screamer with a surprisingly beautiful aspen grove to towards the top.
We reached Virginia City at about 10:30am, rode through town, took a picture with the historic reenacting characters in town, had a bite to eat and blazed out of town again. We returned via Jumbo Grade and were back at the cars by 12:30pm. Perfect ride on a perfect day!
Thanks to all who made it perfect!
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Check out the day we had on July 16th, 2011. This is the route we will take on Day 1 in September to cross the Carson Range. Note we turned around at Hobart Reservoir which required us to climb back over the Rim Trail twice and ride the Flume twice!
Pinenut Range - 40 milesSunrise Pass
There were 10 riders for this typical type of range crossing we find going across the state. We crossed over the Pinenut Range from Carson Valley via Sunrise Pass and descend into Smith/Mason Valley before turning back. It was hot and the climbs were grueling but the companionship and great attitude of all the riders made the day so fun. We had this ride fully supported by our 5 guides and Dave and Gabe driving the Rhino 4x4 UTV. There was a BBQ at Todd's house after the ride and Chef Ben and Scotty prepared a great meal while we all enjoyed the summer evening getting to know each other.
Thanks to all who made this day so special!
Carson Range - 42 miles
John, Scott and I were the only riders today. :( But we had so much fun! :)
We started at the Cal Neva at 7:30 and made good time up Tunnel Creek arriving at the Flume trailhead about 8:45. We had a fast and cold ride up the Flume to Marlette Lake were I proceeded to fall in (head first) trying to bypass the water crossing...and save my bike at the same time...very funny! We all got a good laugh out of it.
We cruised around Marlette and climbed up to the Rim Trail via Marlette Lake Road The descent to Hobart Reservoir through a beautiful blooming hillside of "mountain daisies" (mules ear)was amazing...as was the ascent after lunch. (pictured below)
At Hobart, we had lunch and I attempted to dry my socks and shoes. John and I scouted the climb east out of Hobart before deciding the 20 mile return would require all of our remaining energy. The climb back was tough, slow and very scenic with flowers everywhere. The second time by Marlette...I didn't bother with trying not to get my feet wet again!
Underwater Trail at Marlette Lake
The long downhill and the second round on the Flume was well worth the 4,800' of climbing. The colors of Sand Harbor and the snow capped Sierras and deep blue Tahoe made me forget my wet feet. Or maybe it was the 600 ft drop off to my left?
Tahoe looking west from the awe-inspiring Flume Trail
Carson Range – 25 miles
Riders in the snow!
We started about 7:30 at the Cal Neva parking lot and rode 6 paved miles to the trail head at Tunnel Creek. There were 8 of us as we rode up to 7,200' on the Tunnel Creek trail and ran into a 5 foot snow drift covering the trail.
Plan B brought us back down to lake level and back to the ridges above the Cal Neva. We spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon climbing and riding back and forth across the state line high above Crystal Bay and Kings Beach. It was wet...as you can see.
We ended back at the Cal Neva about 25 miles under our belts ready for a burger and beer on the patio at the JK Nugget! We plan to try this out and back again for the July 16 ride.
Standing on the State Line!
John looking down at the Cal Neva Resort, North Lake Tahoe.
The official start of MTBNV 2011
Virginia Range – 25 miles
Out and back from Washoe Lake State Park; we started riding about 8 am. We ascended Goni Rd (6 miles) to McClelland Peak and then took Ophir Grade Rd (6 miles) all the way into Virginia City. There were some pretty big snow drifts still, as you can see.
We rolled into VC and they were having a chili cookoff. We grabbed a little BBQ and mounted our bikes for the ride back. We descended via Jumbo Grade. Great Ride...highly recommend it, especially for the lunch experience in VC.
Mt Goats Todd, Dave, Ted, Mac and Trevor on the VC boardwalkChili Cookoff on the Comstock
This was the scene (above) when we rolled into VC from Washoe Lake State Park during our training ride in May. We ride through VC on Day 1 of Mountain Bike Nevada in September enroute to Ft Churchill State Park. On our way back we descended Jumbo Grade (below) to complete the loop.
Nevada style descent
Ft Churchill State Park to Rawhide – 51 miles
We all met in Carson City just before 7 am and carpooled to Ft Churchill. It was 8:15 when we started pedaling east along the old Pony Express route called Simpson Rd. There were 5 of us (from left: Trevor Oxborrow, Todd Whear, Sue Hughes, Scott Bolton Bill Griffin)riding while Ted Oxborrow sagged with the truck and trailer. Scott and I traded off driving the Rhino...which we had supplied with emergency gear, tools, gas, food and water. The first 30 miles or so were fairly straight forward. There were 4 passes through the Dead Camels which proved to take long that we thought. Sand was patchy but not too bad...yet.
This is one of the 4 ascents in the Dead Camels looking west at the
However, after meeting Ted and crossing Hwy 95 around 12:30, things changed. The sand got deep and relentless. The Bunejugs turned out to be sand both on the ascent and descent which made for some grumpy riders and a long afternoon. We made it to nthe corrals south of Sand Mountain and called it a day. We logged about 51 miles. We are currently looking for another route to use for Mountain Bike Nevada since this year this route will prove to be too challenging and slow.
Bill huffing it up the Bunejugs...still smiling!