Featured upcoming events
August 10-11, Kings Beach
Ta-Hoe Nalu is celebrating its 13th year on the north shore of Lake Tahoe at Kings Beach State Recreation Area. Join the reunion to celebrate with all those who created the great sport of stand up paddleboard (SUP) racing.
Ta-Hoe Nalu offers several high level competitive races for SUP, Prone, and Outrigger, with categories for age/gender and skill levels.
There will also be two 2-hour guided paddle tours just for the fun of it. These include a picnic lunch and a historical and geological talk about Lake Tahoe.
The Ta-Hoe Nalu festival has become a family vacation destination, offering events for all ages including a sandcastle building contest. Enjoy the food and beverage court along with live music from 2 to 5pm each day.
Free demos, raffles, and prizes will add to the fun.
Come and enjoy the party at the oldest and longest running SUP race event in the world.
Learn more at tahoenalu.com.
Tour de Tahoe
September 8, Lake Tahoe
Bike the West and the Reno Tahoe Territory of the Nevada Commission on Tourism invite you to experience the incredible adventure of cycling aroud Lake Tahoe’s 72-mile shoreline.
The 17th annual Tour de Tahoe is your chance to ride around “Big Blue” — North America’s largest alpine lake — at summer’s end. Enjoy fresh mountain air, incredible scenic beauty, great food, and wonderful entertainment.
The Tour de Tahoe course circumnavigates the highways clockwise around Lake Tahoe in both Nevada and California. It includes a challenging 800-foot climb to a rest stop overlooking Emerald Bay and a 1,000-foot climb to Spooner Junction. There are also many short rolling ascents and descents totaling over 4,024 vertical feet of elevation gain. The altitude ranges between 6,300 feet and 7,100 feet above sea level and the ride is recommended for conditioned recreational bicyclists, not beginners.
Limited spots are available for a unique and shorter ride option, the 35-mile Boat Cruise.
Bike the West also produces America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride and OATBRAN (see event profile below).
Learn more at bikethewest.com.
Edible Pedal 100
September 15, Reno NV
The Edible Pedal 100 is a fun-oriented cycling event featuring several rides of varying distances (ten to 100 miles). The event is sponsored by the Reno Sunrise Rotary Club to benefit numerous northern Nevada non-profit organizations and groups.
Choose from three fully supported courses. Families with young children and cyclists seeking a taste of an organized ride will enjoy the leisurely 10-mile route through picturesque Washoe Valley. Those interested in a longer, more challenging ride will like the 50-mile course that features scenic country roads through rustic towns. Serious roadies ready for a solid challenge will be thrilled with the 100-mile ride, which features a lung-searing, thigh-burning climb up Kingsbury Grade from Carson Valley to Lake Tahoe. Ride stops include historic Carson City, Genoa and Gardnerville.
Participants will savor mouthwatering local food and drink. Local farmers, ranchers, vintners, brewers, bakers and other food artisans contribute to the event.
Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. No matter what type of cycling you enjoy, there’s something for everyone at this event.
Learn more at ediblepedal100.org.
Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour – Radical Reels & Adventure Night
September 20, Santa Cruz
Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel. Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks.
The 2018/2019 World Tour brings films from the 43rd annual Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival to about 550 communities around the globe. From an exploration of remote landscapes and adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year’s World Tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you.
This year’s line-up boasts an incredible selection of cycling, climbing, skiing, running and horse racing films. Before purchasing tickets be sure to check out the film ratings if this is a concern for younger audience members.
Learn more at riotheatre.com.
California Coast Classic
September 21-28, San Francisco to Los Angeles
The California Coast Classic (CCC) is an eight-day, 525-mile, self-paced pedaling adventure from San Francisco to Los Angeles that is open to cyclists of all levels. It follows a coastal route along, and parallel to, California’s iconic Highway 1, and is capped at 250 riders.
2019 marks the 19th year of this boutique, bucket list ride, which is named by Outside magazine as one of “The 30 Best Road Biking Trips.” While it attracts many repeat riders, it also maintains a friendly and welcoming vibe and is open to riders from novice to experienced.
Participants ride along coastal roads among waves, woods, and wineries, and camp or hotel in areas not open to larger groups. The ride covers over 500 miles during the best time of year in California, late September.
Arthritis is America’s number one cause of disability. Join the “Ride of a Lifetime” and make a difference by supporting the mission of the Arthritis Foundation to pursue a cure and provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections.
Use code ADVENTURE to save $25 on registration.
Learn more at arthritis.org/californiacoastclassic.
OATBRAN “One Awesome Tour Bike Ride Across Nevada”
September 22-28, Reno to Stateline NV
A lone rider stares out at the horizon and contemplates the route ahead. It will be a long day of climbing and descending summits, challenging the elements, and facing the solitude of the wide-open spaces. He takes a long drink of water as a welcomed breeze greets the beads of sweat on his brow and the fragrant smell of sage and juniper fills the air. As far as he can see, he is surrounded by the awesome beauty of the Great Basin … massive mountain ranges that rise from wide valley floors. It is this panorama that reminds him of what it was that brought him west in the first place. As he rides out, he thinks of the hearty meal, cold drinks, and rider camaraderie that cap off each day.
This annual epic cycling journey — dubbed “America’s Loneliest Bike Tour” — across the Silver State is a personalized vacation tour offered to cycling enthusiasts from all over the world. Produced by TGFT Productions and Bike The West, this ride promises to be one of the best fully-supported multi-day tours you will ever experience.
Learn more at bikethewest.com.
September 24-30, Yosemite National Park
For over a decade now, Yosemite Facelift has been making a remarkable difference in the amount of trash left behind in Yosemite Valley after the tourist season. The event offers a fun, community-building opportunity to give back to the incomparable Yosemite Valley.
Many participants are surprised to learn how fun it is to pick up trash in Yosemite. It’s one thing to visit the Valley and take pictures of the scenery, but joining Facelift’s efforts connects people to the Valley as stewards, not just as tourists.
Come volunteer for an hour or everyday; any amount of time you can spend volunteering is appreciated. In 2018, there were 11,700 volunteer hours logged — this would take one person working full time more than 5.5 years!
Camping spots fill fast; inquire about availability. Keep in mind you aren’t required to camp for the event. Feel free to show up the morning of to pitch in.
Can’t make it to the event? You can help by making a donation, by telling your friends, and by being a good steward cleaning up other areas you love.
Learn more at yosemiteclimbing.org.
September 28, Quincy
In 2015 the Grinduro event concept was brought to life in a joint venture between Giro Sport Design and Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS).
Grinduro! California is one of four Grinduro events this year. The Scotland Grinduro took place on July 13, while upcoming events in Canada and Japan will take place August 17 and October 12 respectively.
The unique format of Grinduro combines the best elements of a mountain bike enduro with a gravel grinder-style road race. Festivities include two days of excellent food, a handmade bike show, an art exhibit, live music and camping.
Although race entries for the uber-popular Grinduro! California are sold out, the festival is open to the public. Come cheer on the racers and soak up the Grinduro! vibe in the beautiful northwestern Sierra mountains.
Grinduro is supported by Giro Sport Design, Rapha, Maxxis, Fabric, and Cannondale.
Learn more at grinduro.com.
Nevada County Women’s Mountain Bike Skills Clinic & Camp
November 2-3, Nevada City
Join Jet Lowe, founder of YBONC (Youth Bicyclists of Nevada County), along with Paige Ramsey and Jeni Bolthauser, creators of Women’s MTB Experience, for the 4th annual Nevada County Women’s Mountain Bike Skills Clinic and Camp. Enduro racers Amy Morrison and Rachel Kirk Kagan are also scheduled to teach.
This two-day event is for women of all ages and skill levels, and teaches the basics through advanced techniques. Building skills and shaking bad habits not only strengthens confidence but makes you a better and safer rider. Skills covered include correct body position, cornering and braking techniques. More advanced skills such as front and rear wheel lifts, bunny hops, drops, high speed cornering and more will also be taught.
Whether you ride for fun, fitness or race your mighty steed, all riders regardless of experience can benefit from a skills clinic. Limited to 50 women. Camping, glamping and gourmet meals available.
Learn more at ybonc.org.