Thursday, September 11, 2014

Road Cycling events at Lake Tahoe this September

Riders near Brockway Summit.

Cyclists have two organized rides along the shore of Lake Tahoe this month. The first ride coming up is the Tahoe Sierra Century which begins and ends at Squaw Valley. The second event is the Tahoe Bike Classic. This event is a race around Lake Tahoe, starting and ending at Zephyr Cove Resort.

The Tahoe Sierra Century is September 13, 2014. The event has a 30, 60, and 100 mile course. I always enjoy the 100 mile course which travels along Lake Tahoe from Tahoe City to Kings Beach, over Brockway Summit to Truckee, over Donner Summit to Cisco Grove and back to Squaw Valley.

The aid stations are well stocked with food, water, and helpful volunteers. The main aid station at Donner Lake is used by all three course riders. For rider safety, the road (Old Route 40) up over Donner Summit from Donner Lake will be closed to traffic. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fatal Air Race Crash today at Reno Air Races

Sweet Dreams at Reno, 2012, by Jim Jordan.

At approximately 3:30pm today, an airplane crashed during a qualifying heat at the Reno Air Races. Lee Behel, age 64, from San Jose, CA was piloting a GP-5 racer called “Sweet Dreams” when the crash occurred. This was a single-plane accident and no other pilots or spectators were injured.

Flying was suspended for the day while the accident is investigated. Normal flight operations are expected to resume Tuesday morning. The event will be open to the public starting Wednesday, September 10.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Construction set to begin on Bikeway from Truckee to Tahoe City

The proposed Martis Valley Trail, connecting Truckee to the North Shore has been in the planning stages for years. In late August, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved funding to start construction this month.

First 2 sections in blue. Route continues in orange.
The initial construction will be on a 0.57 mile section that parallels Hwy. 267 near the Truckee-Tahoe Airport. Additional sections will be built when funding becomes available. The entire Martis Valley Trail is expected to be just over 10 miles in length, ending at the “Four Corners” area of the paved Fiberboard Freeway. The Fiberboard Freeway is an old logging road.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Great Reno Balloon Race this Weekend

Mass launch at Reno.

Billed as the largest free hot air ballooning event in the world, the Great Reno Balloon Race began in 1982 with just 20 balloons. The event has continued to rise in size, just like the balloons themselves. The 3-day event boasts an average attendance of 150,000 people.

The event takes place September 5-7 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno. Early morning in the calm air is the time to fly balloons. Therefore, the first events begin at 5:15am with the “Glow Show”. The “Dawn Patrol” takes off each day at 5:30am. Flying activities end at 10:00am.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Squaw Valley will host FIS World Cup events in 2015

Squaw Valley will host the FIS World Cup Snowboardcross and Ski Cross events in March of 2015. Squaw will not be hosting Alpine Skiing events. Alpine Skiing will be held at Aspen, Beaver Creek, and Vail.
Ski Cross. FIS photo.
The FIS was established in 1910 as the first International Ski Congress. Today, 118 National Ski Associations comprise the membership of FIS. The next International Ski Congress will be held in Cancun, Mexico in June 2016.
FIS World Cup Freestyle Calendar, USA