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Adam Jensen: Amgen Tour of California men’s race makes Tahoe comeback

Late-breaking news came into the Lake Tahoe Action office just before deadline, and it’s of the good variety. The Amgen Tour of California men’s race is returning to the South Shore this spring. Officials announced Wednesday that Heavenly Mountain Resort’s California Base Lodge will serve as the finish for the fifth stage of the eight-stage race May 19. The race travels all around California. Stage 5 starts in Lodi, Calif.

“The men’s eight stage course will lead World Champions, Olympic Medalists, top Tour de France competitors and other elite professional cyclists south to north for only the second time since the race began in 2006,” according to a press release announcing the return of the tour to Tahoe. “The race spans nearly 800 miles between 12 host cities through California’s breathtaking roads and sceneries, May 15-22.”

The first day of the women’s race will also begin and end at Heavenly that day.

The cancellation of the Tahoe stages of the men’s race in 2011 due to snowy weather was definitely a disappointment, but the energy surrounding the women’s race this summer was impressive, so I’m excited to see the men’s race make a comeback to Tahoe. It’s just one of many recent exciting developments for the robust bicycling community here at Lake Tahoe.

More information will be available in this Friday’s Tahoe Daily Tribune and at

Here are some picks for this weekend:

Freakers Ball

The largest costume party at the South Shore, the Freakers Ball is sure to feature all kinds of costumes that will likely make you smile, cringe and shake your head, all in one night. And since it’s the week before Halloween, you might even get some last-minute costume ideas for Oct. 31. The main performer at the Freakers Ball, Pop Fiction, also sounds like all kinds of fun. More information can be found on the opposite page.

Reel Rock Tour

The adventure sports community has lost too many heroes in recent years, especially here at Lake Tahoe. Pioneering rock climber and BASE jumper Dean Potter, who was killed this May in a wingsuit accident in Yosemite National Park, will get a tribute at this film showing Friday at Lake Tahoe Community College. The Reel Rock Tour also includes new footage of Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s ascent of the incredibly difficult Dawn Wall. It should be an inspiring evening all around. More information is available on page 8.

Corral Night Ride

I know I plugged this one last week, but I led you astray. Rains delayed this annual Halloween-themed night ride and end-of-the-mountain-biking season party until this weekend. With clear skies and highs in the 60s, it should be game on for mountain bikers. More information is available on page 13.

Adam Jensen is the editor of Lake Tahoe Action. He can be reached at

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