Popular Tahoe Downhill MTB Trail is About to Get a Whole Lot Better

Spencer Cox | CycleCycle
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Epic singletrack with epic lake views! Photo credit: MTB Project

Autumn is arguably one of the best times to be in Tahoe- summer crowds begin to fade, leaves transition to an assortment of vibrant colors, and temps are ideal to hop on a mountain bike and hit the trails. In addition to these wonderful conditions, the Tahoe MTB community has one more thing to look forward to- the reconstruction of the popular north shore bike trail known as the Tyrolean Downhill.

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From groms to seasoned riders- Tyrolean is a blast for all! Photo credit: Battle Born Prodigies

The Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) has recently commenced work on rebuilding Tyrolean Downhill, which is located near Incline Village, NV. As a result of a Tahoe Fund grant, TAMBA received $45,000. This funding will be put towards trail reconstruction, rehabilitation of old logging roads, and improving lake clarity.

Shout out to TAMBA volunteers for building and maintaining so many awesome trails! Photo credit: TAMBA

In a press release, Tahoe Fund board chair, Allen Biaggi stated “TAMBA has established themselves as an organization committed to building sustainable trails in the Tahoe Basin… this project supports our effort to create expanded opportunities for sustainable recreation while balancing the environmental initiatives of our region.”

Trail work on Tyrolean has commenced! Photo credit: Sierra Sun

TAMBA has recruited the assistance of professional freeride mountain bike athlete, Cam Zink, and his non-profit organization, Sensus R.A.D Trails, to aid in the construction of the trail. The plan is to refurbish approximately 2 miles of old logging roads to connect Mt. Rose meadows with the current start of the downhill trail. This two-mile section of dirt road will be transformed into a flowing singletrack that will incorporate step-ups, table-tops, natural features, triple jumps, and step downs (A.K.A a downhill rider’s dream trail). Furthermore, this addition of trail is designed to reduce the amount of bike traffic on the Tahoe Rim Trail, which will hopefully help mitigate tension between hikers and bikers.

The main portion of Tyrolean Downhill will remain open during construction, however, TAMBA asks riders to please refrain from riding the new section until it is completely finished. Trail reconstruction is anticipated to be completed by the end of October.

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3 thoughts on “Popular Tahoe Downhill MTB Trail is About to Get a Whole Lot Better

  1. Super stoked for this addition to our amazing Lake Tahoe trail network. Props to TAMBA and Zink for this work! Can’t wait to hit this one. Thx for the link.

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