CARSON CITY — For the first time in history, mountain bike enthusiasts will join their peers to take on the state’s first “Mountain Bike Nevada” border to border tour from September 10-20, 2011. “We’re looking for riders who want to experience an epic ride across some of state’s most spectacular terrain,” said Todd Whear, ride organizer and event co-founder.
Sponsored by the Nevada State Parks, the tour will start at the historic Cal Neva Resort, Spa and Casino on the north shore of Lake Tahoe and end in the shadow of Wheeler Peak, Great Basin National Park. Traversing 519 miles of Nevada’s highlands, the 90% off-road route will explore the famous Flume Trail, six State Parks, mining ghost towns, the Pony Express Trail, wild mustang herds and numerous hot springs which include the unique Dinah’s Punch Bowl and wide open vistas of central Nevada.
“We completed an exploratory ride last year which led way to organizing this year’s inaugural event that also benefits Nevada public education,” noted Whear. “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 of riding and Nevada offers some of the finest mountain terrain, weather conditions and trail systems anywhere in the U.S.”
Steve Jones, co-founder of Mountain Bike Nevada, explained what’s different about this year’s route: “Forty percent of the route is new for 2011 and it really is a tour of Nevada’s diverse terrain from alpine lakes to desert playa, oh yeah, and did I mention the number of mountain ranges we cross has increased from 12 to 14?”
The scouting, lead guide, bike mechanic, support and camp management are provided by Trevor and Ted Oxborrow, founders of Nevada Trail Expeditions, LLC. “The father/son duo are avid mountain bikers and an authority on the central Nevada outback. They have supported many folks traveling by foot, horse and bike across Nevada and have dedicated much of this past year to marketing and promoting Mountain Bike Nevada, noted Jones.
Mountain Bike Nevada is a fully-supported camping adventure tour that encourages individuals and corporate teams to join in a fun and friendly 11 day outing. The 2011 Mountain Bike Nevada adventure tour is limited to 50 participants with registration available until August 20th. The $1,600 fee includes:
- Daily guide services
- Daily support crew services
- Two nights at a Eureka hotel on rest day
- All meals (except on rest day in Eureka, meals on own)
- All camping fees
- MTBNV riding jersey, water bottle and camp mug
- All non-alcoholic beverages
- Bike technician services
In addition, the rider’s fee includes a $100 tax deductible donation to the Nevada Public Education Foundation. Other donors are encouraged to show their support for the efforts of the participants of Mountain Bike Nevada by making a contribution through the tour’s website at MtBikeNevada.com. To register and learn more about this bold and beautiful ride, visit MtBikeNevada.com.
For more information about the official start location lodging host and to make room reservations for the start of the tour, contact the Cal Neva Resort at 800 233 5111 and ask for the Mountain Bike Nevada group rates.