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Racer Ex 07-23-13 10:29 AM

Fat Tire Ride: Tahoe Rim Trail
 
Did the Tahoe Meadows to Marlette Lake out and back a week or so ago and didn't have a chance to post the pics. 3:10 ride, average altitude was around 9000-9500 feet. Pretty wasted after 2.5 and crawled the last few miles. Did set a PR on one leg though.

Overlooking Washoe Lake:

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/...pse66797a1.jpg

Lake Tahoe:

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/...ps1db22b3c.jpg

Ancient Stump:

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/...ps04c6698a.jpg

Racer Ex 07-23-13 10:34 AM

Marlette Lake sits above Lake Tahoe. Can't see it but there's still snow on the mountains.

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/...ps406b04f5.jpg

Some huge granite boulders up on top of the mountain:

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/...psc17c97fd.jpg

Power of ice...split this thing in two:

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9ef502c3.jpg

VanceMac 07-23-13 10:45 AM

Pretty awesome. Hope to get up there some day. Even if I'll be gasping for air. Until what month are temps/weather still decent?

Esteban58 07-23-13 11:29 AM

@VanceMac generally through labor day weekend, often through September.

Racer Ex 07-23-13 11:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Esteban58 (Post 15880194)
@VanceMac generally through labor day weekend, often through September.

I've made it into November, though you definitely want to be off before the sun starts to go down. Even in July with temps in the 100's in the valley in can get cold.

Spring you just need the snow to be clear so it depends on how heavy the winter was.

Vance, the doors always open to our place up there.

Cleave 07-23-13 01:08 PM

I haven't been to Tahoe in a long time. Maybe a road bike road trip is in order. I presume there are some shops up there that also rent mountain bikes. :)

Rootman 07-23-13 01:20 PM

Truly impressive, both the accomplishment AND the pics of the view. Congrats on a job well done.

Racer Ex 07-23-13 03:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cleave (Post 15880566)
I haven't been to Tahoe in a long time. Maybe a road bike road trip is in order. I presume there are some shops up there that also rent mountain bikes. :)

I'm sure I could get you fixed up.

AzTallRider 07-23-13 04:46 PM

We all invade Casa de Ex Socal often enough. Maybe we should balance it out and invade the the Mountain Chalet de Ex?

Hermes 07-23-13 05:22 PM

Nice. It almost makes me want to buy a mountain bike.

Cleave 07-23-13 05:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aztallrider (Post 15881369)
we all invade casa de ex socal often enough. Maybe we should balance it out and invade the the montagne chalet d'ex?

fify

Racer Ex 07-23-13 05:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AzTallRider (Post 15881369)
We all invade Casa de Ex Socal often enough. Maybe we should balance it out and invade the the Mountain Chalet de Ex?

When I had my old house in Reno I'd host the annual "Chunder" MTB weekend. It was a chance for a bunch of my riding buddies to come up and hit some great single track, and a chance for me to abuse sea level folks.

It might be time to revive that tradition.

There's at least a hundred plus miles of single track up there, half of which is local knowledge and doesn't get into the magazines or on many websites.

The road riding is quite good too...just doing the loop around Lake Tahoe is pretty fun and there's plenty of climbing to be had.

The other thing we did one year in the Fall was to ride Lee Vining to Evergreen to Twain Harte to the junction of 395 and 108. Three days, mail everything ahead to the hotels, then slap a return label on the dirty clothes and ship em back.

Might be a cool thing to revisit as well...

valygrl 07-23-13 06:45 PM

^^ want to invite myself on that cc tour.

thanks for posting tahoe pix. my sister is on vacation there right now. i'm filled with envy.

revchuck 07-23-13 07:48 PM

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Originally Posted by valygrl (Post 15881750)
^^ want to invite myself on that cc tour.

Ditto. And while I'm inviting myself to other people's parties, I could fly to Phoenix and drive out with AzTR. ;)

sarals 07-24-13 02:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by revchuck (Post 15882005)
Ditto. And while I'm inviting myself to other people's parties, I could fly to Phoenix and drive out with AzTR. ;)

^^^ Ditto that ditto! I haven't been to that part of the world in 25 years or more, and I've never done it on a bike at all.

valygrl 07-24-13 06:34 AM

Speaking of (sort of) travelling - any of y'all coming out for the USAPC?

sarals 07-24-13 08:05 AM

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Originally Posted by valygrl (Post 15883079)
Speaking of (sort of) travelling - any of y'all coming out for the USAPC?

Oh, I wish I could! I'd love see it - and Colorado.

Allegheny Jet 07-24-13 08:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AzTallRider (Post 15881369)
We all invade Casa de Ex Socal often enough. Maybe we should balance it out and invade the the Mountain Chalet de Ex?

That would be a "bucket list activity" for me.

caloso 07-24-13 08:29 AM

Although parts of the TRT really require a MTB, you can do a surprising amount of the trails around Tahoe on a CX bike.


http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18...psbdc5507f.jpg

Multiple gears optional.

jwh 11-08-13 07:13 AM

Nice pics.
I just saw this post. Small world, Myself and two friends we're there on vacation and rode the rim trail that same day! We kept going and connected to the flume trail somehow and finished down at the Flume trail rental shop.

Allegheny Jet 11-08-13 09:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jwh (Post 16229421)
Nice pics.
I just saw this post. Small world, Myself and two friends we're there on vacation and rode the rim trail that same day! We kept going and connected to the flume trail somehow and finished down at the Flume trail rental shop.

JWH- you doing State Cross Champs in two weeks?

jwh 11-08-13 12:38 PM

No. I broke my leg at Lake Hope 5 weeks ago.
I had surgery, a plate and 6 screws. The cast comes off Monday then rehab fun begins.
Are you racing cross this year? I haven't kept up with it.

Allegheny Jet 11-08-13 12:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jwh (Post 16230309)
No. I broke my leg at Lake Hope 5 weeks ago.
I had surgery, a plate and 6 screws. The cast comes off Monday then rehab fun begins.
Are you racing cross this year? I haven't kept up with it.

Crap Jack! Hope the healing goes quickly. Plates and screws!, you are hanging out at the right place, there's been a lot of plates and screws here this year. I have not done any cross races so far this year. I spent most of the season focused on track and the National Senior Games. They started a 55+ race in the cross series and the average field is 15-20 which includes Rudy Sorka, so the races have been for 2nd.

Cleave 11-08-13 02:06 PM

AJ, I think I mentioned this before -- I remember Rudy Sroka from the 1970s. I always thought he was a few years older than I, but looking at the USAC web site, his racing age is the same as mine. As I recall, he was on the national team at one point. In those days, being on the national team was the equivalent of being a pro today. I won't quibble about Pro Tour versus domestic pro. ;)

Allegheny Jet 11-08-13 02:31 PM

Cleve, Rudy wins most everything, most recently he only got 2nd at Iceman(he is human after all). He lives close to me but we don't ride in the same groups. He is a really nice guy although quiet. Currently his son is one of Ohio's best cross racers even though Robert is 19 yrs old. Early last year Rudy, myself and two others planned to make a 3K pursuit team for a go at track nationals. Rudy crashed and broke his hand and had lingering dizziness and another of the guys, Dick Brink, had a non-functioning kidney removed.


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