The annual Tour of the Carson Valley – Barbecue & Ice Cream Social is a fun, historic bicycle tour for all abilities in the beautiful Carson Valley that celebrates our cycling culture. Pedal back in time on optional mileage routes taking recreational bicyclists along the eastern foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains on former pioneer, Pony Express, stagecoach and emigrant wagon roadways.
The Mormon Station State Historic Park in Genoa, Nevada is the start and finish of the three ride options.
Genoa is Nevada’s first settlement established in 1851, and served as a trading post for pioneers and miners heading west to the goldfields of California and back east, to the silver mines of the Comstock Lode in Virginia City.
Bicycling Tour Options:
There are several tour options, but the most popular is the 44 mile Tour of the Carson Valley. Bicyclists pass many points of historic interest along this route from Walley’s Hot Springs, to Old Kingsbury Grade, Van Sickle Station to the settlements of Mottsville, Sheridan, Fredricksburg and Woodfords Station on the Pony Express Trail. The Diamond Valley Road loop includes viewing historic markers in memorial for legendary “Snowshoe Thompson” who settled in Diamond Valley and was known to carry mail from Genoa over the Sierra’s to Placerville and back on long wooden snow shoes (skis). The route also rides though “Hung-a-Lel-Te,” Southern Band Washoe Tribe Reservation.
The 12 mile Family Fun Ride heads east on Genoa Lane to Highway 395 South, then west on Mueller to Foothill Road, and back to Genoa, to the Finish at Mormon Station State Park.
(children – 10 yrs or older)
The 20 mile Bike/Hike Tour heads south on Foothill Road passing many historic markers to a rest stop at the Faye-Luther Trailhead. This is a popular trailhead for hiking and horseback riding. Hiking is optional. If you want to combine bike riding with hiking this would be a great option and we would recommend wearing shoes that would accommodate both bicycling and hiking. The Carson Valley Trails Association sponsors the Rest Stop and will provide bicycle security and information about hiking opportunities in the Carson Valley. Bicyclists will turn around and return to the finish at Mormon Station State Historic Park in Genoa.
All registered bicyclists will receive a Carson Valley Welcome Packet, event Number, T-shirt & Water Bottle, Food/Snack & Beverage at Rest Stops, Technical Support at the Start – Finish as well as on the course, SAG Support, after ride Chicken Barbecue, Ice Cream & Live Entertainment. There will be a Lifestyle Expo as well. This classic cycling event is sponsored by the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Authority.