America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride returns to Tahoe

Submitted to the Tribune
Riders will cruise past Emerald Bay as part of the 29th annual event.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — After a two year hiatus, the 29th annual “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride – Lake Tahoe” returns welcoming more than 3,000 bicyclists from all over the country to ride around the 72-mile shoreline of Lake Tahoe.

This fun ride is not a race but a fully supported bike tour and promotes the Lake Tahoe Bikeway project, the master plan to construct and interconnect all the bike lanes around Lake Tahoe and assist the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition with its annual Bike Safe Lake Tahoe campaign.

The ride offers spectacular scenery, fresh mountain air, and rest stops with great food and beverages, staffed by volunteers from various local nonprofits. It is professionally managed by experienced ride organizers with decades of knowledge of the Lake Tahoe area.

The ride is also the culmination of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training Cycle 100 national fundraising program where nearly 700 participants from 35 chapters and branches are participating and expect to raise over $3 million dollars. Over the past 25 years, TNT has brought a total of 24,000-plus participants to Lake Tahoe to ride America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, bringing their total funds raised to $107 million dollars.

Since its beginning in 1988, more than 650,000 participants have helped TNT and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society raise more than $1.5 billion to support blood-cancer research and patient service programs to improve the quality of life for their patients and families.

Bicyclists will ride two different tour options based on their ability level with all rides starting and finishing clockwise from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, located on U.S. Highway 50, in Stateline.

For conditioned bicyclists, the 72-mile route around Lake Tahoe is not only one of the most scenic, it is also one of the only bi-state bike rides in the country with its route in both California and Nevada. The 72-mile route circumnavigates the highways around Lake Tahoe in a clockwise direction and offers over 4,000 vertical feet of climbing.

For the more conditioned “Century Rider” bicyclists, a 100-mile option is offered that includes an additional out and back on California State Route 89 from Tahoe City to Truckee that offers additional vertical feet of climbing before returning to Tahoe City to continue around the lake. This ride option offers over 4,900 vertical feet of climbing.

Rest Stops, stocked with a variety of fresh fruits, energy bars, cookies, energy drink, and more, are offered at the Vikingsholm parking lot overlooking Emerald Bay; Gate Keeper’s Museum in Tahoe City; Save Mart in Truckee; Kings Beach and Spooner Junction.

Various local area bike shops provide technical support at all rest stops. Sponsoring rest stops include volunteers from Sierra at Tahoe Ski Education Foundation, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Rite of Passage and the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition, plus many other volunteers.

Event communications are coordinated with the Tahoe Amateur Radio Association and the Tahoe Blue Riders provide motorcycle course support. Barton Health Care / Tahoe Orthopedic Center and Douglas County and Carson City Search and Rescue providing medical first aid services. Both California Highway Patrol and Nevada State Police will provide traffic control services.

All ride options begin at 6-7:30 a.m. with staggered 15-minute start windows. All bicyclists will receive a Lake Tahoe Nevada Department of Transportation goodie bag and welcome packet, a commemorative number, event t-shirt, wristband and custom water bottle. There will be food and beverages at all rest stops, a lunch stop in Kings Beach and those who complete the ride will be awarded medals at the finish line, as well as being treated to an after ride meal and pool party with live entertainment at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Pre-registered rider check-in will take place from noon-8 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Tahoe Sports Ltd in the Village Shopping Center, in South Lake Tahoe, or on Sunday, June 5, the morning of the ride, at 5 a.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Parking Lot C. Registration is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra. There will be a limited number of spots for late/same day registration.

America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride – Lake Tahoe has been supported by the Reno-Tahoe Territory of the Nevada Commission on Tourism and sponsored by the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tahoe Sports Ltd, Outside-Lake Tahoe TV and KTKE 101.5FM, KRLT 93.9FM and KOWL AM1490.

For bicyclists looking to make a weekend getaway, a variety of accommodations are available from campsites to luxury suites in the high-rise casino hotels to private condominiums.

For accommodations at the start/finish, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, call 1-844-588-ROCK or visit the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority at

America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride – Lake Tahoe is produced and professionally managed by Curtis Fong of TGFT Productions, LLC/Bike the West, a 35-plus year member of the Bicycle Ride Directors Association of America which sanctions the event. TGFT/Bike the West also produces the 18th annual Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue on Sept. 11, and the 31st annual OATBRAN, “One Awesome Tour Bike Ride Across Nevada,” Sept. 25-Oct. 1.

For more information visit,, call 800-565-2704 or email

Share the road with 3000-plus bicyclists on Sunday

America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride participants will be riding clockwise around Lake Tahoe and from Tahoe City to Truckee and back to Tahoe City, starting at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at Stateline, from 6-7:30 a.m. Traffic will be delayed on northbound California State Route 89, Emerald Bay Road from 6:30-8:30 a.m. Sunday at Baldwin Beach Road. Southbound CA-89 will remain open. The remaining roads will be open and motorists are asked to share the roadway and plan a little more time to get to their destinations. Below are the highways, locations and times that bicyclists will be sharing the roadways on Sunday June 5:

Hwy 50, westbound, Stateline – South Lake Tahoe, 6-8:30 a.m.

Hwy 89, northbound, South Y-Camp Richardson-Emerald Bay, 6-10 a.m.

Hwy 89, northbound, Emerald Bay Road closed, 6:30-8:30 a.m.

Hwy 89, northbound, Emerald Bay-West Shore-Homewood, 7-11 a.m.

Hwy 89, north/southbound, Tahoe City-Truckee-Tahoe City, 9-1:30 p.m.

Hwy 28, eastbound, Tahoe City-Kings Beach-Incline Village, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Hwy 28, southbound, Incline Village-Spooner Junction, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hwy 50, westbound, Spooner Junction-Stateline, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hwy 50, westbound, Cave Rock Tunnel, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hwy 50/Lake Parkway, Stateline/Expect Delays, noon – 5:30 p.m.

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