After five years of hosting successful events that raised awareness about and funds to support outdoor recreation, Galena Fest will return Saturday, September 27, 2014. This year’s combination of festival activities, the return of the area’s toughest mountain bike challenge and a beautiful trail run will make our 6th annual event one of the best.
No celebration is complete without music and refreshments. Our popular food and beer garden featuring Reno favorites will be back along with a live bands and craft vendors, all under the shade of towering Jeffery Pines. This year’s Galena Fest will also include Art in the Park for youth under age 14.
The Bloody Rose - Mountain Bike Climb
The aptly named Bloody Rose mountain bike race challenges the endurance and spirit of its’ participants. The 12.2 mile course throws in several sections steeper than 15 percent, mixing in single track, fire roads, and sections of pavement. The first true test for riders is a 15 percent grade aptly named “The Wall of Death”, where knobby tires fight for traction on the sandy surface. Continuing up the mountain, survivors will pass over the highest year-round road in the Sierra, get a brief downhill respite, then commence a death march up NFD 051. The next four miles are as much about survival as they are about speed. Riders will curse the small downhill when they make the final hairpin for the last quarter mile climb. When “Funeral Hill” ramps up to 16 percent, riders have to dodge softball-sized rocks and sear their lungs at almost two miles above sea level. Many will be getting off to walk. Those that make the 4000 ft ascent to the 10,128 ft. summit will be treated to amazing views of Lake Tahoe and Washoe Valley and bragging rights for completing the challenge.
The Wicked Thorn – 7.25 mile Trail Run- *Run by Great Basin Institute
Taking advantage of the most scenic trails in The Galena Forest, “The Wicked Thorn” trail run accommodates runners of all calibers. Participants will find the entire 7.25 miles challenging and rewarding.