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Spring road ride: Verdi   Leave a comment

By Tim Hauserman

After all the rain last week, spring is forecast to once again be sprung in the mountains, leading many folks to get a hankering to be out on their bike. With the morning temps still nippy and a bit of mud around, now is a perfect time to head to Verdi for a ride. Its only 20 miles east of Truckee, the grass is green, the horses and llamas are out enjoying the sunshine, and the temperature is usually 10-15 degrees warmer bringing it right into the Goldilocks zone.

 

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Ranch outside of Verdi

 

Start your ride from Crystal Peak Park, just off Business 80, a short distance from Gold Ranch. The park sits next to the Truckee River and there is plenty of parking, picnic tables and restrooms. From here you have several options:

-Head east from Verdi, following the Truckee River to the edge of the Sommersett development. Here you can climb on nicely maintained bike lane through the extensive residential community enjoying views of Reno and the surrounding desert. Turn around wherever you wish and return to the bottom, where a bike path leads you east to 4th Street. Take 4th to Mayberry, then follow Mayberry for a mile, to a left turn into the Edgewater Park development. Cruise through the neighborhood to a bike path, and now follow the bike paths and roads along the Truckee past a series of riverside parks. Before you know it, you are in downtown Reno, at the Reno Whitewater Park.

 

Bike trail at Dorostkar Park  along Mayberry road in Reno.

Bike trail at Dorostkar Park along Mayberry road in Reno.

 

-Want to add some distance? Before heading east on Business 80 from your starting point, ride South Verdi Drive to Boomtown. Cross over I-80 and circle through the lovely neighborhood to the south, adding an extra half hour of riding.

-Ready to make a day of it? Just after you turn onto Mayberry take a sharp uphill turn onto Plateau, and then wind your way all the way across Reno to the Mt. Rose Highway and back for about a 45 mile trip. Check out the link below for the Reno Area bike map, and be sure to take a copy with you on your ride.  The purple line is the ride I just described.

http://www.rtcwashoe.com/bicycling/documents/BIKE_MAP_13_online.pdf

Quick tip: Don’t forget to fill up your tank at Gold Ranch before returning to California. The gas prices are usually at least 60 cents a gallon less then Truckee.

 

Small side tributary of the Truckee River along the bike trail.

Small side tributary of the Truckee River along the bike trail.

 

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Lake Tahoe Ironman!   Leave a comment

By Tim Hauserman

 

Start of Ironman

Start of Ironman

 

You’ve been seeing them all summer, but especially the last month. Riding the Kings Beach-Tahoe City-Truckee Triangle with their beautiful Tri bikes. Swimming along the shoreline of Lake Tahoe. Or running on the bike trail between Tahoe City and Squaw Valley. They are Ironman athletes, training for what is regarded as one of the toughest Ironman competitions in the world, the second annual Ironman Lake Tahoe, on September 21st.

The Lake Tahoe Ironman begins in Kings Beach. The racers step into the chilly waters of Lake Tahoe at 7 am for a 2.4 mile open water swim. They emerge from the water and try to quickly transition to their bike. A bit of a challenge since they are freezing cold. There is plenty of time to warm up, however, as now they face a 112 mile bike ride. They head towards Tahoe City, then down the Truckee River corridor to Truckee, where after wondering around Truckee they ride back to Kings Beach. Ah, but first they have to take a tour of Northstar and climb over Brockway Summit. From Kings Beach they do another complete lap, and then continue on from Kings Beach to Tahoe City again before heading into Squaw Valley.

 

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Cycling along Lake Tahoe

 

Now it’s time for the athletes to run a Marathon. That’s right. After swimming nearly 2 and a half miles, and riding a grueling 112 miles, they have to run a marathon. The run takes the racers through Squaw Valley and a tour of the Resort at Squaw Creek before heading down the bike trail towards Tahoe City. They run several laps to get in the necessary number of miles before racing or stumbling to the grand finale in Squaw Valley. But they don’t have much time to stumble, because the clock is ticking and they have to finish before midnight to be Ironmen.

 

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The last leg

 

If racing in the Ironman is not in the cards, you definitely want to watch it. You can join the thousands of volunteers helping the athletes, or pick a spot along the course to cheer them on. There are a number of traffic restrictions and road closures in the Tahoe-Truckee region on September 21, so be sure and find out all the details at the official Ironman Lake Tahoe website. http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/lake-tahoe.aspx#axzz3Bb7W5CpK

 

(Photos from the Ironman Website)

 

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Local Olympians Update – How they fared at the Sochi Olympic Games   1 comment

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The Sochi Olympic Games are over. For some athletes, medals in hand, they have won the ultimate prize they have worked their entire lives in pursuit of. For other athletes, the only spoils they take home are the memories. I hope for all who competed, they are glorious ones.

I thought it would be nice to do a follow up to the previous post from January as to how our local athletes did. Here’s the breakdown:

 

Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, Alpine Skiing, super combined- Bronze

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Jamie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe, Snowboarding – Gold

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Maddie Bowman, South Lake Tahoe, Freestyle Skiing- Gold

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David Wise, Reno, Freestyle Skiing – Gold

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Danny Davis, Truckee, Snowboarding half pipe – 10th

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Travis Ganong, Squaw Valley, Alpine Skiing – 5th

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Chas Guldemond, Reno, Snowboarding slopestyle – 15th

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Nate Holland, Truckee, Snowboardcross – sadly did not make it through qualifying rounds

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Tim Jitloff, Reno, Alpine Skiing – 15th

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Karly Shorr, Truckee, Snowboarding Slopestyle – 6th

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Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, Alpine Skiing – Downhill – 30th

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Hannah Teter -snowboard, half pipe- 4th

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Ryan Stassel -snowboard slopestyle – 14th

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And what were the final results for all of the marquis athletes that aren’t from the area, but NBC showcased as our top contenders?

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White came home with the Gold for Ice Dancing, and a Bronze in the Team event.

Mikaela Shiffrin (Alpine Skiing) won a Slalom Gold.

Shani Davis (long track) surprisingly did not come home with any medals after multiple medal wins in previous Olympics and medal wins in several world cup competitions just before the Olympics.

J.R. Celski, along with his team mates Jordan Malone, Eddy Alvarez and Chris Creveling won a Silver medal in Short Track Speedskating in the 3000m relay, and the only medal for U.S. Speedskating.

Shaun White shockingly finished just off the podium at 4th in the half pipe. He did have the highest score at the event, unfortunately, during a qualifying round, not when it counted the most.

Gracie Gold brought home a Bronze medal in the team figure skating event, and just off the podium in 4th for the Ladies figure skating event.

Ted Ligety won a Gold medal in Giant Slalom.

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Congratulations to all our athletes, no matter where they placed. You represented the USA proud and well.

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Sign at Squaw Valley made by some of the local kids congratulating local skiers Julia Mancuso and Travis Ganong.

Sign at Squaw Valley made by some of the local kids congratulating local skiers
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