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‘Little Big’ weekend in Truckee

The opening round of the Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing series will begin on Saturday, May 26,

Memorial Day weekend will signify the start of the competitive summer calendar in the Truckee-Tahoe area with a number of events scheduled to take place around the region.

The waters of Lake Tahoe will be churning on Saturday, May 26, as the Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing season opens, while north of the lake, the Truckee Bike Park will host its biggest fundraising event of the season — The Little Big Bike Festival & Skills Clinics.

A Bike Festival for All

The annual festival began seven years ago with a handful of women taking part in a bike clinic.

Since then, the event has turned into a daylong festival, featuring highflying action and racing, all centered around learning and progression.

The park will be closed to the public on Saturday morning, May 26, with a ladies' skills clinic. There will also be a new, open clinic designed for riders 11 years old and up. The ladies' clinic costs $189. The children's clinic begins at 10:30 a.m. and costs $50.

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From there, riders and spectators will head to the park's pump track for an afternoon jump jam, featuring an open ride / race format. The jump jam will run from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with the AM/PRO Jam kicking off at 2 p.m. Cost to compete in the jump jam is $20.

Shortly after the jump jam concludes, the park will host the first of its summer-long dual slalom series. The qualifying round is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. and costs $50 to compete in.

All proceeds for the event go back to the Truckee Bike Park, which recently opened the first public straight rhythm feature designed for bikes.

For more information or to register for an event visit TruckeeBikePark.org.

11 years of SUP racing

The Tahoe Cup Paddle Race Series will return to the lake on Saturday, May 26, kicking off its 11th anniversary on Tahoe.

The Waterman's Memorial Challenge will open the three-part race series, bringing competitors to the water off Carnelian Bay.

The event will feature distances of 3 miles, 6 miles, and a 1-mile children's course.

Racing starts at 9 a.m. at the Waterman's Landing paddle outfitter and café. Registration can be done at TahoeCup.org for $35 or on race day for $45, and includes categories for standup paddleboards, outrigger canoes, surf skis, and prone riders. Last year's event attracted 81 competitors including local pro Ryan Funk, who won the open stand-up paddleboard division with a time of 1 hour, 5 minutes, 55 seconds.

The second race of the series will be the Waterman's Paddle Jam on July 21.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com.