June 2 2011
In a landmark decision the Board of Governors have voted to change the date of the 2011 Tevis Ride to October 8, 2011, and the Educational Ride to July 15th, 16th and 17th, 2011.
As of June 1st our scouts have reported up to ten feet of snow at the Soda Springs Road, which leads out of our alternate starting location for the 2011 ride. The alternate trail from Soda Springs to French Meadows continues to hold on to the record snow pack which will not melt by July 16th because of an unusually cool spring. The ride date has been changed to October 8th in an effort to use the traditional trail in both the high country and on the lower trail which crosses the American River.
October 8th is historically a cool, dry day in the Truckee, Lake Tahoe area. We landed on this date primarily due to the presence of a nearly full moon, the availability of the Gold Country Fairgrounds and trails which are not otherwise involved in organized events in the Tahoe National Forest. The days will be shorter and cooler, so adjust your training accordingly. The later date gives the trail crew more time to prepare and should offer the high quality trails we have come to expect from our dedicated trail crews.
Additionally, the Board of Governors have voted to change the date of the WSTF Educational Ride from June 10th to the date previously set for Tevis Cup - July 16th. We feel this will offer the best experience on the majority of the trail for our educational riders. Please plan to join us for these amazing events and to visit the Tevis webpage regularly for further updates and conditions as we move toward the our events.
On behalf of the Board of Governors of the Western States Trail Foundation, we appreciate your understanding and enthusiasm in putting forth the 56th Annual Tevis Cup ride on October 8th, and the 4th Western States Educational ride July 15th, 16th and 17th.