Beautiful Bike Ride and Renaissance Faire in town |

Beautiful Bike Ride and Renaissance Faire in town

Jeff Munson
Chad Lundquist / Tahoe Daily Tribune file / Steve Jones, left, who directs the jousting production, educates Reno resident John Harkness, 10, on proper Elizabethan sword technique at last year's faire.

Blue skies and warm weather will help usher in two premiere Tahoe events this weekend: America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride and the Valhalla Renaissance Faire at Camp Richardson.

Both events are expected to draw thousands to the Lake Tahoe Basin over the weekend with activities that aim to reach the most diverse-minded.

“These are two excellent events that are completely different from one another. They attract different visitors, but I can see both intermingle with each other in town. Some will watch the bikes as they go by and some of the bikers will stop by the Renaissance Faire,” said Patrick Kaler, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.

The Valhalla Renaissance Faire is a two-weekend event, beginning Saturday, continuing through Sunday, picking up again on June 10 and 11. The all-ages event includes more than 1,000 actors and more than 100 venders. The event features a cast of musicians, knights, wenches, blacksmiths, privateers and other 16th century England characters. Shows on four stages will entertain patrons, including a version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Camp Richardson is on Highway 89, three miles north of South Lake Tahoe’s “Y” intersection. The event lasts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

Sunday marks the 15th annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, an exclusive ride around the Lake Tahoe Basin. More than 3,000 cyclists from across the country will participate.

“It’s not a race, but a tour that promotes the Lake Tahoe Bikeway project, the master plan to construct and inter-connect all the bike lanes around Lake Tahoe,” said organizer Curtis Fong.

The tour offers spectacular scenery, fresh mountain air, rest stops with great food and beverages; and is staffed by volunteers from various organizations and professionally managed by experienced ride organizers.

The ride is also the culmination of the spring Team-In-Training/Cycle 100 fundraising program circuit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America. More than 1,900 participants from 66 different cities will raise an estimated $7 million to support their mission of finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.

Participants will ride three different tour options based on their ability level with all rides starting and finishing at the Horizon Casino Resort.

Motorists can expect some delays, as cyclists make their way around the lake. Emerald Bay Road’s northbound lane will be closed Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for the cyclists.

The riders will be traveling clockwise around the lake from Tahoe City to Truckee and back to Tahoe City, starting and finishing at the Horizon Casino Resort at Stateline. Motorists can expect possible delays.

Road and ride updates will be done regularly on 93.9 FM KRLT.

“We thank everyone for sharing the road,” Fong said.

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