Friday, October 31, 2014

Primal Quest Adventure Race Returns to Lake Tahoe

Adventure racing returns to Tahoe

After a 5 year hiatus, Primal Quest Expedition Lake Tahoe will return August 22-29, 2015. This non-stop, multi-day, multi-sport, expedition race will cover more than 400 miles in 7 days. The various sports included in the race will be, trekking, mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding, flat water and river paddling, rappelling, and caving.

According to the race press release, organizers are excited to be “revisiting the Sierra Nevada’s and the 2003 course”. Therefore, competitors in 2015 will be able to measure their times against competitors of 2003.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Breakout the Fatbikes for Tahoe Winter Trail Riding

Snow has returned to the mountains and the trails are still rideable.
The new ride for slippery trails is a fatbike. Fatbikes are a relatively new type of mountain bike that sport massive tires that are twice as wide as a conventional mountain bike.

The latest generation of fatbikes have the suspension, quality components, and lightweight carbon frames that will make a cross-country racer smile. The minimal rolling resistance penalty of the massive tires on hard surfaces is quickly forgotten as you float across mud and snow that will leave your buddies mired.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Get a Grip on Slippery Winter Roads

Showdown on the ice at the Pepsi Center, Denver.

A specialty tire for winter driving will give you added grip on snow and ice. Don’t be the guy who spins out, gets stuck in a snow bank, or just stays home because of bad weather.  All-wheel or 4-wheel drive is a solid foundation to safe winter driving and winter tires complete the package.

Is there a difference between a general purpose tire and a winter specific tire? I drove BMW’s equipped with “all-season” tires and Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 winter tires on the ice. There is a huge improvement in grip with the winter Blizzak tires. 
The video below that I produced shows a red BMW 328i with Blizzak tires outperforming the silver BMW with all-season tires under acceleration, braking, and cornering.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Winter Driving Conditions demand Winter Specific Tires

The right tire for the conditions is important.

If you live, work, or play in the Tahoe Basin during the winter, your car/truck should be fitted with winter specific tires.  Winter tires will reduce your stopping distance and provide better steering. Don’t be the guy who spins out, gets stuck in a snow bank, or just stays home because of bad weather.  All-wheel or 4-wheel drive is not enough.

The typical tire on your car/truck is a general purpose tire labeled “all-season” or “mud and snow”. These tires perform well in a variety of conditions, but they underperform in cold temperatures and on slippery surfaces. A winter tire is optimized for these conditions with special tread designs and advanced rubber compounds.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Professional Women Cyclists will compete at Amgen Tour

Team TIBCO Women's Pro Cycling

In 2015, the sport’s best women cyclists will compete at the Amgen Tour of California. The three-day professional women’s cycling race will be May 8-10, as well as an invitational Time Trial on May 15, 2015.

The Women’s race will travel through South Lake Tahoe May 8-9. The third day of racing will finish in Sacramento, the day and location of the overall start of the men’s race. The top ranked women time trialists will be invited to compete in the men’s time trial in Big Bear Lake.