Tahoe Pyramid Trail Fundraiser Returns to Great Basin Bicycles

The Farad Hydroelectric Plant, and a recently-constructed footbridge that's part of the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway.
The Farad Hydroelectric Plant, and a recently-constructed footbridge that’s part of the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway. Photo: Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway

For a third year, Great Basin Bicycles is hosting a winter indoor cycling event to benefit a valuable outdoor cause, the Tahoe-Pyramid Trail. The Bikeway Bikeathon takes place at Great Basin Bicycles, 8048 S. Virginia St., Reno on Saturday, Feb. 23, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. For eight hours, cyclists will have the opportunity to ride indoors and raise funds to continue the vision of building a trail that will follow the Truckee River, by foot or bicycle, from its source at forested Lake Tahoe to its desert terminus at Pyramid Lake.

In 2019, a big milestone will be completed:  the final section of trail that will connect the trail from Tahoe all the way to Reno.

The Bikeway Bikeathon will start at 8 a.m. and run straight through to 4 p.m. Individual riders and/or teams of all levels of fitness and ages are welcome to participate.  Every hour up to 16 riders will be taking off on a 19-mile course.  Riders will use their own bike and experience a computerized course created by Great Basin Bicycles owner, Rich Staley. “The system registers a rider’s weight and sets the exact tension for each individual rider,” Staley says, “This unique feature allows riders to see and use specific information such as: speed, distance, percent of grade, calories burned and wattage output to improve a person’s riding skills and over-all fitness.”

“This event is a great opportunity for me and my staff to give something back to our local cycling community, as well as share our winter training system with all cyclists,” Staley added. 

The staff at Great Basin Bicycles will be on hand to lead every ride throughout the day and structure every class around the people who show up. The approach will give everyone the opportunity to have fun, build confidence, get fit and give something back to the community. 

There will also be refreshments and the opportunity to meet members of Tahoe-Pyramid Trail throughout the entire day.  Things to bring for the ride:  your bike, cycling attire, small towel, water bottle and a sense of adventure!

The fee is $12.00 per class with $6.00 going back to The Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway. To register call: Great Basin Bicycles at 775-825-8258 or log onto our website www.GreatBasinBicycles.com  click on to the Calendar link and register under Saturday, February 3. 

For those who are not bikers, or can’t attend in person, become a Virtual Rider by donating the $12 fee online. In return, Virtual Riders will be entered into a drawing to receive a new cycling jersey or trail shirt. Donate as a VIRTUAL RIDER at www.tahoepyramidtrail.org/join-us/

SOURCE: Tahoe-Pyramid Trail.

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