Teri Vance: Bike Month activities continue this week

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Muscle Powered is cycling back into normal life with events planned for Bike Month.
If you’re like me, you may have missed Bike Month up until now. But the good news is there are still some events coming up this final week of May.
“Muscle Powered is really excited to be holding events in person after more than year off,” said Chelsea Kincheloe, president of Muscle Powered. “We have a lot of support from the city and the community, and our Bike Month activities reflect that.”
The Trash Mob is assembling this morning for a quick clean-up of parks and open spaces. Meet at the Centennial Park Open Area – west of the lower ball fields – at 8 a.m. Bring work gloves, close-toed shoes and a friend.
There are a few choices this year when it comes to the community ride. The Choose Your Cruise lets you pick which ride works best for you and your family.
Muscle Powered is flipping tradition this year and is headed to the east side for a family-friendly choice of routes: pavement, river cruise or a more technical off-road. Make sure to bring your own bike and helmet; costumes are encouraged. Registration will be limited.
For the Smooth Sailing Ride, 5 miles of pavement, go to https://musclepowered.wildapricot.org/event-4311761.
For the River Cruise, a 7-mile mix of dirt and pavement, go to https://musclepowered.wildapricot.org/event-4311818.
For the off-road Dirt-Surf, go to https://musclepowered.wildapricot.org/event-4311886.
This is also a good time to do some spring cleaning. Muscle Powered is hosting its first bike and gear swap May 29. There will be bikes, bike parts and equipment for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and backpacking. A portion of the proceeds will go to Muscle Powered. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for specific time and location.
The popular Tour de Carson and the Muscle Powered Bike Month party will be postponed until later this year or until 2022.
If you aren’t quite ready to jump back in this week, save the date June 5 for National Trails Day.

The Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department – in collaboration with Muscle Powered, the Greenhouse Project and Carson Tahoe Health – will host its National Trails Day celebration 9 a.m. at the Foothill Trailhead (next to the Foothill Garden by the CTH Cancer Center).

Muscle Powered and other volunteers will perform needed trail maintenance on the Foothill Trail and V&T Trail.

There will be a naturalist-led interpretive program for the public that will include a tour of the Greenhouse Project, and then a hike through the pollinator garden and along the Foothill Trail to the historic V&T RR Grade, where participants will discuss history of the V&T Railroad.

Two naturalists will each lead separate groups on the hikes. The hike will be about one mile, through steep terrain on a trail rated as BLUE (more difficult) on the IMBA rating system.

Hikers must sign up in advance; visit carson.org/ccpr to join.


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