After a long off-and-on history, the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association is now accepting memberships on its website.
Originally formed in 1988 and incorporated in 1997, the organization was an active mountain bike advocacy voice in the Lake Tahoe Basin during the 1990s. But TAMBA all but disappeared in the early 2000s due to lack of support and volunteers.
Last fall during the Tahoe Trails Conference, jointly hosted by the US Forest Service and the International Mountain Bicycling Association, there was an outpouring of fresh support for a mountain bike group to work in the Tahoe region. After several follow-up meetings, it was decided to resurrect the TAMBA organization.
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The goal for this year is to grow the membership base to 250 members. Because membership numbers are the most important factor, it was decided by TAMBA leadership to keep the membership at a low $10 annual fee. Membership can be purchased through Paypal on the TAMBA website at www.mountainbiketahoe.org or the form can be downloaded and mailed in with a check.
In the past six months since the organization re-formed members have been busy with multiple projects to improve mountain bike opportunities in the Lake Tahoe area.
These projects include, improvements to the Corral Trail, organizing trail work days with the Forest Service, meeting with various land managers to discuss new trails and protecting existing trail access, a new bike park for South Lake Tahoe, and marketing the Tahoe area as the world class mountain biking destination that it is.
Later this month is TAMBA’s first fundraiser, a mountain bike race at Kirkwood on Saturday, July 30. The race will feature both cross country and Super-D events and is part of the Sierra Cup Regional Championship Series. Registration and information may be found on www.BikeReg.com.
TAMBA’s efforts may be followed on the website or on their facebook page which is nearing 500 fans. The meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at rotating locations. There is also trail work at various locations on the third Saturday and other days as announced.