2022 TAMBA Rose to Toads

2022 TAMBA Rose to Toads

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$30 – $105

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South Lake Tahoe

Oneidas St and Fountain Place Rd

South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

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No Refunds

Over 62 miles in length with 8,000+ feet of climbing and 10,000+ feet of descent, this is the most amazing (and tough) mountain bike ride!

About this event

Over 62 miles in length with 8,000+ feet of climbing and 10,000+ feet of descent, this is the most amazing (and tough) mountain bike ride. What started off as a hair-brained idea with a few friends many years ago, pre-TAMBA rebirth, is now one of our signature events attracting crazy people from all around the country. It takes most people all day to complete the ride while showcasing some of the best trails linking Tahoe's North Shore from Mount Rose down to Lake Tahoe's South Shore ending on the famous Mr. Toads Wild Ride. It's not a race but the ride can be as intense as you want it to be, join us and be part of something awesome!

DISCLAIMER: This ride is self supported - this means there is no sweep or sag, be prepared for anything. 

Please read the following!

Rose to Toads is not your everyday run of the mill mountain bike ride. It is hard…. like really hard! Maybe you’ve ridden 60 miles before on a mountain bike, but add in unrelenting technical climbs, some hike a bike, and the elevation and this will be one of the hardest rides you ever do. 

Do you need to have rest stops every 20 miles with water and snacks waiting for you? Then this is NOT the ride for you. There will not be any more rest stops after the first half of the ride. The first half of the ride is the easiest half of the ride. You need to be prepared with enough water or a water filter.

Do you need to have every trail intersection signed for you? Then this is NOT the ride for you. You need to be able to follow the route on a map or on your GPS. Also, it’s a long ride and your phone may not make it the entire way, so don’t rely only a phone for navigation.


What's the refund policy?

There are NO refunds, but for $15 we would be happy to transfer your ticket to another rider.


How long does it take to ride from Mount Rose to Mr. Toads?

Super fast times are about 8-9 hours, average times are around 10-11 hours, and some people finish in the dark.


Do we ride together as a group the entire time?

No, the ride gets spread out pretty fast and not everyone starts at the same time either. You’ll probably leap frog with people and find a comfortable pace with a few other riders who want to be social. We also do not do a mass start to try and spread out in the beginning.


Do I have to ride all the way to Toads?

Of course not! This is a fun ride and there are many options to ride back down to lake level sooner than Toads. Check out the Rose to Toads route on Trailforks to find many trails that will take you back down towards the lake (i.e. Kingsbury Stinger, Van Sickle, Cold Creek).


What bike should I ride?

The ideal bike has gears, weighs around 30lbs or less, and has between 4” to 6” of front and rear suspension.


What do you mean by a self-supported ride?

There is no one out there that will save you if your bike explodes or you get hurt, there is no sweep or sag to pick you up. Please carry everything you need to fix mechanic issues, extra food and water. Also, there is very limited phone service along the route. Bring a print map if you don’t know the route and ride with others.


I heard there are rest stops, where are they and what’s at them?

We have two rest stops along the first half of the ride, the first will be at Spooner Summit on the west side of Highway 50 in the Rim Trail parking lot, and the other will be just past Kingsbury Grade. We’ll have a variety of sweet and salty snacks along with drinks. There will be no other rest stops and only limited access to mountain water (a lake and a few streams) after you get back on the Rim Trail after the 2nd rest stop. While we will have many different options, if you have specific dietary restrictions, we recommend bringing your own snacks.

A huge thank you to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and Shoreline of Tahoe for supporting these rest stops.

How well marked is the route?

There is standard trail signage and a few temporary signs specific to this ride at key intersections. That said, there are a few variations on the ride, so know where you’re going. Ultimately if you stay on the Tahoe Rim Trail heading south you will get to Toads... eventually!


Why does TAMBA put on this ride? Wouldn’t this be the most awesome Enduro race ever?

We put this ride on every year as a member benefit and to showcase the amazing riding in Tahoe. Please be courteous to all other trail users, this is not a race! Tell them what you are doing and how badass it is. Have fun, we want to create lasting experiences.


Where to Stay

Hotels/Motels: Check here for a list of hotels. There are many campgrounds in the area; however, camping is very popular in the summer months, so make sure to reserve your spot well ahead of time. Check out the Forest Service’s list of campgrounds in Tahoe KOA Luther Pass Overflow Camping (Free!!) City of South Lake Tahoe Campground Fallen Leaf Lake Campground Camp Richardson Campground


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