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Spectator Guide to the Carson City Off-Road June 17-19

The Pro’s are Taking on Carson City and the Tahoe Rim Trail June 17-19 with Epic Rides Event
Carson City NV, June 17 2016 – Carson City will be buzzing downtown today as the Epic Rides Carson city Off Road Events kick off today with a festival of sorts downtown Carson City. This weekend will be an epic adventure for Carson city as it introduces the world to the amazing trail system that has been developed around the city and its connections with the Tahoe Rim trail system.  Professional riders from around the country will be in town for this trail challenge event. Plus there are great amateur ride challenges, Kid ride challenges and so much more planned.
With great cooperation from Nevada State Parks and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, the Carson City Off-Road will offer 15, 35 & 50 mile backcountry mountain bike courses to challenge and reward participants of all ages and skill levels with world-class single track and breathtaking vistas of Washoe Valley and Lake Tahoe’s emerald blue waters.
Featuring iconic trails and landmarks like Spooner Lake, Marlette Lake, Tahoe Rim Trail, Sunflower Hill, Snap Dragon Trail, Red House Flume and “Kings to Carson_City_6-01Ash”, the Carson City Off-Road is sure to serve up a gritty soulful mountain bike experience to beginners, seasoned amateurs and some of the world’s finest pros.
Even for those not toeing the line at the Carson City Off-Road, there are plenty of opportunities to be a part of this inaugural good time in downtown Carson City.

Five Things To Do if you are enjoying the festivities from downtown Carson City

1. Cheer at the Start/Finish line. Watch the start of each Capitol event and the Fat Tire Crit on Carson Street in the shadow of the historic Capitol Building. Start times are available in the Schedule of Events. Don’t forget a noisemaker! Speaking of noisemakers – hold on tight to leashed pets. The start of each event can be quite exhilarating, causing four-legged friends to run and hide.
2. Walk the Blue Line Trail. A painted blue line dotted with bronze medallions along the sidewalk in the city’s historic district marks the Kit Carson Trail with more than 60 landmarks. The trail features Victorian-style homes from the 1800s, museums and churches, telling the rich story of one of America’s most historic Old West cities. A map of the Kit Carson Trail can be picked up at the Visitors Bureau at 716 N. Carson Street. For your listening pleasure, download the Visit Carson City App and look under “tours” in the PLAY section. 3. Tour the Capitol Building. More than 130 years after its construction, the Capitol Building is constructed of native sandstone, holding the special designation of
3. Tour the Capitol Building. More than 130 years after its construction, the Capitol Building is constructed of native sandstone, holding the special designation of second oldest capitol building west of the Mississippi River. Stroll the lush gardens of native plants and take a self-guided tour inside the Capitol Building Monday through Friday from 8:00a-5:00p.
4. Visit the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Featuring locomotives and cars of the famous Virginia and Truckee Railroad, this museum features train rides, handcar rides, lectures and a variety of events. A must for every train lover.
5. Hit the Casinos. What would a trip to Nevada be without strolling through at least one casino? With seven casinos within city limits, there’s a range of choices. But for some classic Carson City character, visit the Carson City Nugget and Cactus Jack’s Casino, both located in the heart of downtown.

Four Places to Spectate for the Carson City Off Road Challenge

1. King’s Canyon Road. Whether standing at the start line in downtown Carson City or heading up the hill on your bike ahead of the start, King’s Canyon Road climbs for nearly 15 miles to Spooner Summit, providing numerous spectating opportunities along the road. Spectators can also catch the Capitol 50 riders returning at the end of their journey as they pop out onto King’s Canyon Road from the Ash to King’s trail network and race downhill back into Carson City.
2. Spooner Summit. For those who don’t have the energy or time to pedal, just jump in the car and head up Highway 50 to Spooner Summit, where you can watch Capitol 35 and 50 riders duck into the woods and ride singletrack along Spooner Lake. There will still be plenty of time to get back into the car and head down to Carson City for the finish.
3. Marlette Peak. For those who want the ultimate view, drive to Spooner Summit ahead of the event start and pedal up both North Canyon Road and all the way Tahoe and trail right 920
up to Marlette Peak on the Tahoe Rim Trail. Not only will you get to watch riders peak out after 20 miles of climbing, but you’ll also have a double lake view of both Marlette Lake and Lake Tahoe.
4. Ash Canyon. Only a short pedal from downtown Carson City, spectators can catch the Capitol 35 riders as they return to town on Lower Ash Canyon trail and the Capitol 50 riders as they make their final ascent on Ash to King’s.
Here is a map of Down town festivals which start today: 2016_EXPO  – Carson City is rolling out the red carpet for event attendees (including the non-riding) by closing West Carson St. to host three days of free live music, an industry expo and the spectator-friendly Fat Tire Criterium and Blinkyman bike ride on Friday evening – passing by the steps of both the Governor’s Mansion and the historic Nevada State Capitol building – whether racing the crit or glowing into the night, all attending are encouraged to enjoy Carson to its fullest.
The Carson City Off-Road promises to be one of the most unique and historically rich mountain bike events in America, the City of Carson City invites everyone to come join in the festivities.  For more event details and information visit http://www.epicrides.com/index.php?contentCat=10

 
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