Ready for the out­back? The Neva­da 50 ride starts and ends in busy cities but we’ll spend the week explor­ing Neva­da on Amer­i­ca’s Loneli­est Road. The week includes a series of rides that you won’t for­get any time soon. It’s jam-packed with fas­ci­nat­ing trail­side his­to­ry and geol­o­gy. The rides offer chal­leng­ing ter­rain, unique shut­tles, long runs of off-the-beat­en track sin­gle­track and incred­i­ble desert sunsets. 

Fly into Las Vegas and enjoy the flex­i­bil­i­ty and trav­el light, because we’ll have a high-end full sus­pen­sion moun­tain bike ready for you and bike mechan­ic at your ser­vice. We’ll set the tone for the week with a shut­tle to our first ride in the small town of Caliente — dry, open space and amaz­ing riding! 

We have searched the state for the best oases for our evenings and have a few sur­pris­es in store. As we cross the state of Neva­da, we will learn the sto­ry of the ancient ocean of Nevada’s dis­tant past, find pet­ro­glyphs and fos­sils, trace the Pony Express and make our way to the stun­ning Sier­ra Nevadas where we will spend a cou­ple of days rid­ing clas­sic moun­tain bike routes on the banks of Lake Tahoe. 

When the ride is over we will drop you off in Car­son City or Reno for easy flights home. Or, plan an extra adven­ture around Tahoe or Yosemite Nation­al Park.

Is This Ride For You?

If you want to expe­ri­ence a place that will feel a mil­lion miles from home, yet close enough for a quick flight if you crave open space and the sub­tle beau­ties found in stun­ning desert land­scapes, and if you’re excit­ed to fin­ish each night with grit­ty and local cul­ture after rip­ping amaz­ing moun­tain bike trails — then the Neva­da 50 ride is per­fect for you. 

Itinerary

Day 1. Wel­come Las Vegas! 

Our guides will pick you up in Las Vegas, Neva­da — either at your hotel or the air­port ter­mi­nal. Then, we’ll head to the Giant shop to build bikes, make sure your bikes are fit­ting prop­er­ly and fill our packs with sup­plies for the week ahead. 

We’ll enjoy a 2‑hour shut­tle to the small town of Caliente. Our first ride will focus on the Barnes Canyon Sys­tem where we’ll earn our turns rid­ing loose and rocky ter­rain as we climb through the canyon to a high point. At the top, enjoy beau­ti­ful views into Utah. We will have the sweet smell of sage to accom­pa­ny our ride. 

After our final descent to the val­ley floor, you can choose a chill ped­al into town or hop in the van if your legs are tired. Our host lodge for the night is the Calientes Hot Springs Motel. 

Unpack, clean up and we’ll enjoy din­ner at the Side Track.

Day 2.  Cave Lake State Park 

Rise and shine! 

Up ear­ly and we’ll hit the road. After a 2‑hour shut­tle we’ll arrive at Cave Lake State Park to ride through a stun­ning juniper and sage for­est with a loop around a high point that will offer beau­ti­ful views of the sur­round­ing moun­tains and Cave Lake itself. 

The sin­gle­track trails offer a roller­coast­er of ups and downs and the grades allow for fast flow. Our loop will fin­ish at the lake which will dou­ble as our lunch spot while guides pack up bikes. 

After our ride, we’ll head into Ely, our town for the next two nights. You can either kick back in the Prospec­tor Hotel & Gam­bling Hall (it is Neva­da after all) or hop back on your bikes for an after­noon burn­er on a down­hill track. We will climb 1500 feet on dou­ble track before rip­ping down a ridge run right back to town.

Day 3. Ward Mountain

Sleep in and eat a big break­fast! We are rid­ing Ward Moun­tain today. 

This trail net­work is some­thing the locals are proud of — berms, flow, drops, it has every­thing. The views don’t dis­ap­point either. The morn­ing ride will be a sol­id loop, but if you are want­i­ng to get out after lunch more, we have a sec­ond lap on Ward Moun­tain ready to go — it’s up to you!

Tonight, we’ll head back to Ely and enjoy din­ner together. 

Day 4. Toiyabe Mountain

If you think Neva­da is feel­ing remote, “hold my beer”! Today starts with a trans­fer to Kingston for a spe­cial adventure. 

We will meet up with our 4x4 crew who will shut­tle us way up into the Toiyabe Moun­tains for an epic day of rid­ing. The moun­tains are rugged, and the descent is astounding. 

We will peak around 10,000 feet and ride down to the val­ley floor to enjoy the local fare to our very com­fort­able hotel at Miles End B&B.

Day 5. Time for Lake Tahoe!

We’ll rise and shine ear­ly this morn­ing, as we have the longest shut­tle of the week. It’s time for Tahoe! 

We will make our way west to the breath­tak­ing moun­tain bik­er’s par­adise of Lake Tahoe. Today’s ride will focus on the Ash Canyon area with a big 23-mile route — high on the rim all the way into Car­son City. You will earn some of your ele­va­tion, but grav­i­ty is going to do the heavy lift­ing today. The gran­ite ter­rain and dry cli­mate will offer yet anoth­er world-class ride. 

Our host for the night will be the most mod­ern of the week to reward the trek across one of the loneli­est fron­tiers of Neva­da. We’ll enjoy a deli­cious din­ner to cel­e­brate the week, and we still have the crown jew­el ride tomorrow!

Day 6. Rose Mountain

For our last ride of the week, we are going big. We’ll start with a shut­tle up Rose Moun­tain and ride an epic com­bo of trails includ­ing the Tahoe Rim Trail, the infa­mous Flume Trail and make our way to Spoon­er Lake for lunch. We are not done yet! 

After lunch, we still have anoth­er climb fol­lowed by a wicked descent back into Car­son City. While you are kick­ing back at the beer cool­er, your guides will be pack­ing your bikes; it’s time for drop-offs. 

This action-packed week will leave you with a new appre­ci­a­tion for Neva­da, new friends, a ton of pho­tos to share back home and sore legs. Here’s to a won­der­ful adventure!

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Dates chosen: Sep. 26, 2020—Oct. 02, 2020
Skill Rating: Black Diamond
Fitness Rating: Blue Square
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Skill Levels
Green Circle

Typically, green Rides are safe for beginners. Green Rides may have both avoidable and unavoidable obstacles. Trails are generally low grade, wide, consistent surface texture and have minimal features. You are likely to come across unavoidable obstacles 2-inches or shorter, which is small enough for mountain bike tires to simply roll over. More challenging than tarmac, but in general, a wonderful Ride for those riders new to mountain biking or looking for a casual experience.

Blue Square

In general, Blue trails are narrower than green trails, encounter unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, and drops that are up to 8-inches tall. You will want to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of mountain biking including body positions, powerful braking, cornering, riding on varied terrain, steep sections and experience riding trails that requires line choice. Airtime is not mandatory, but you will find yourself on trails with alternate lines giving you the option.

Black Diamond

The Black Diamond Rides are  suitable for riders looking for that edge. Maybe it’s the edge of a drop, the edge of a cliff, or singletrack requiring focus and fast reactions developed from extensive experience riding “the edge”. You will find yourself on steep trails of varied surfaces. In the Pacific North West that could be slick roots and loam, in Nepal you will find exposed granite in the Mustang Valley and in Guatemala it maybe narrow stairways through cliffside villages. While airtime is rarely required, the ability to find the backside or clean a tabletop should be comfortable or in a state of progress. Obstacles on Black rides are likely to be outside the range of your bikes ability to cover your goofs with its awesome suspension and grip.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black ride is for those that already know they are looking for a Double Black. It’s going to be very hard and require advanced bike handling skills. You will find yourself on trails with sections most non-riders would look at and say, “that’s totally nuts!”. You will know how to look at a line and contemplate where it will work and where it won’t. Drops of a couple feet should be comfortable and getting your bike off the ground should feel predictable and fun.

Fitness Levels
Green Circle

You should be ready to spend 2-4 hours per day on the bike. Mileage may be up to 30km/20 miles and elevation gain will be under 500m/1500feet. On e-MTB tours, numbers will be higher, however the approximate effort would be considered similar to a standard Green Circle ride. If you get on your bike once a week, you will be just fine. However, when preparing for a Ride, you will benefit from more rides and time in the saddle.

Blue Square

Blue should be considered a good deal more effort than our Green Rides.  You should be able to handle 3 to 5 hours in the saddle covering up to 45km/30miles and be able to pull off a big day of 1000m/3000feet of elevation gain. Managing fuel is important as well.  You should have a good understanding how your body responds to multiple days on the bike. We will help with positive coaching, a manageable pace and plenty of trailside snacks.

Black Diamond

A Black Fitness ride will test you. Aside from needing to be able to manage up to 6 hours on the bike, day after day, including distance up to 50km/30miles and elevation gains up to 1750m/5000feet of climbing, you will be adding extra challenges along the route like periods of hike-a-bike and the extra effort required by the whole body to safely dance with your bike over technical terrain. Generally, riders who are up for a Black Fitness ride, likely spend time on the bike a couple times each week.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black will be for those with the strength and endurance to get to the top of anything they want and understand the term “turning the screw”. Distance could be quite high on some routes and elevation gain numbers could hit 2000m/6000 feet+ in a day. You are likely riding multiple days a week during the dry periods and have a trainer or belong to a gym for the rest of the year.