The 2nd Annual Mountain Bike Nevada is just around the corner. Scheduled for September 8-18, 2012, bikers will ride from Nevada’s western border to the east and will travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in the state.
The trail takes riders 536 miles and with a climb of 39,000 feet in just 11 days. It winds through some of the most remote and isolated public lands, national forests, and state parks in the U.S. Closely following the American discovery Trail, the only coast-to-coast non-motorized recreational trail in the country, 88% of the route is off road. It begins in Crystal Bay, NV at the north shore of Lake Tahoe and ends at Baker, NV.
“Not many people realize that there are over 300 mountain ranges in Nevada and some of the tallest are out in the middle of the state. Our highest point in the route is the 19,108′ Ophir Pass which crosses the Toiyabe Range in the central Nevada highlands,” Ride Director and Co-Founder Todd Whear said.
Riders will be surrounded by natural beauty and historical areas like Green Springs Ranch, Historic Eureka, and Great Basin National Park and will cross through 14 mountain ranges. Ghost towns, wild mustang herds, wide-open vistas. None are uncommon on this picturesque ride. Hot meals await riders at the next camp at the end of each day, set up by the tour chefs.
“Yes, the days are long and the views are epic, but the best part is relaxing in camp having a cold beverage and sharing stories of the day’s adventure with your fellow trail mates… while the chefs prepare a delicious supper you would pay big bucks for in a restaurant,” Whear added.
At $2,250, Registration is expensive for this non-competitive tour, but it covers all the bases. Daily guide and support crew services, hotel stays and camping fees, meals, shuttle service, bike technician services, and non-alcoholic beverages are included as well as a post-ride shuttle back to Reno, a jersey, a water bottle, and a camp mug.
Mountain Bike Nevada uses the event to raise money for the Nevada Public Education Foundation and will donate $100 on behalf of each rider. A $1,125 deposit will secure a spot for you, and full payment is due by July 8, 2012. Participation is limited to 50 people.
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