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ContourHD Footage of Mountain Biking Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

Thursday, August 19th, 2010


WHO: TMS Owner Dave Polivy with Mike and Pam Lefrancois

WHAT: Mountain biking up to Armstrong Pass and down Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

WHERE: Trails near South Lake Tahoe

WHEN: August 2010

GEAR: ContourHD 1080P Helmet Cam for capturing all the sick footage for later viewing, Zoic Ether Bike Shorts for comfort in the saddle, Deuter Hydration Pack for keeping my energy up and Smith Trace Sunglasses for the perfect optical clarity in all light conditions

WHY IT WAS SO EPIC:

Every year I try to get in one long epic ride somewhere in Tahoe. We wanted to ride from the Stagecoach area of Heavenly, across the Tahoe Rim Trail and over to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride for the epic downhill. Because there were only three of us and it would have made a car shuttle a little annoying, we decided to try an alternative on this route. So, we parked at the Oneidas Road trailhead and road up that paved road pretty much up until the end. There is a short singletrack that connects from this paved road from the Corral trail and then meets back up again with the paved road at the end. Once at the end of the pavement, take a right and start up that singletrack until you reach Armstrong Pass. This will take about 1-2 hours depending on your climbing ability and is a fairly mellow, rolly climb that is quite enjoyable and not quite the torture as some other uphills around the Basin. Once you get to Armstrong Pass, you are not done climbing yet. There is about another mile or so climb up to the high point of this ride, but again, pretty mellow and not too steep. Once on the top, take a break and enjoy the views to the South of the Carson Pass area and to the north of Lake Tahoe.

After this, you are in for what I think is the best downhill mountain biking in the whole Lake Tahoe Basin. Start out riding the Tahoe Rim Trail down, through some amazing wildflower ridges and then in and out of small, well-spaced alpine trees and bushes. This section is fast and not too bumpy. After a few miles you will get to the intersection with Mr. Toad’s, which has the most awesome variety of riding you can ask for. It starts out with some fairly technical sections with big rocks and solid drops. After the first 20 minutes or so, the technical sections give way to open, fast curves that get you leaning into every turn and pedaling in between to really get the thrill and speed this ride can offer. All in all, if you are looking for the best ride in Tahoe, here it is, but make sure you are well prepared.

For now, enjoy the virtual ride from my ContourHD 1080p Helmet Cam footage:

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First Snow of the Season and an Epic Mountain Bike Ride

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

The storm that rolled in Friday night into Saturday brought the first significant rain to Tahoe in months and a few inches of snow on the high peaks. This means that the trails were in amazing shape for a long ride on Sunday, so we headed for a long loop starting at Heavenly and ending on Mr. Toads Wild Ride.

Beautiful views of the Carson Valley about an hour into the ride.

Beautiful views of the Carson Valley about an hour into the ride.

A snowy Freel Peak in the background, we would be getting a much closer look later in the ride.

A snowy Freel Peak in the background, we would be getting a much closer look later in the ride.

The rain left these normally sandy trails in perfect shape for riding.

The rain left these normally sandy trails in perfect shape for riding.

Myself, not realizing how much climbing was still to come.

Myself, not realizing how much climbing was still to come.

Star Lake and Job's Sister, the ride is about to get a bit snowy.

Star Lake and Job's Sister. The ride is about to get a little snowy.

A little snow won't slow Dave down.

A little snow won't slow Dave down.

Looking back at the Lake.

Looking back at the Lake.

Getting close to the high point of the ride.

Getting close to the high point of the ride.

It's (almost) all downhill from here.

It's (almost) all downhill from here.

It ended up taking close to six hours to cover the 26 mile loop with 3,000 plus feet of climbing but the views and epic singletrack made it well worth it. Our Deuter and DaKine hydration packs filled with Nuun Electrolyte Active Hydration Drink Mix helped us get through the ride without bonking. Keep checking back for updates on late season Lake Tahoe mountain biking and hopefully some early season skiing soon.

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