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Bicyclists to hit the road in Sunday’s Tour de Tahoe

Jeff Munson

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune file/ A cyclist approaches Cave Rock while riding in last year's Tour de Tahoe.

There’s arguably no better way to take in Lake Tahoe than a bike ride around Big Blue.

On Sunday, more than 1,000 bicycling enthusiasts from Lake Tahoe and throughout the country will participate in the third annual Tour de Tahoe Bike Big Blue around 72 miles of Lake Tahoe shoreline.

This fun ride is not a race, but a tour, and is fully supported with spectacular scenery, fresh mountain air, rest stops, and food and beverage. It is staffed by volunteers from various organizations and professionally managed by experienced ride organizers, said organizer Curtis Fong.

The event is supported by a grant from the Nevada Commission on Tourism.

Bicyclists will ride two different tour options based on their ability level, with all rides starting and finishing at the Horizon Casino Resort in Stateline.

In addition to the full 72-mile route, a 35-mile half-ride is offered, which includes a sightseeing boat cruise on the Tahoe Queen paddlewheeler, complete with a continental breakfast. The boat will cross the lake to the North Shore where participants start their ride to the Horizon.

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This ride will challenge cyclists with over 1,000 vertical feet of climbing along Lake Tahoe’s East Shore. It is limited to 100 participants and 50 family members and guests with a non-bicycling option.

For the conditioned cyclists, the 72-mile Tour de Tahoe route is one of the only bi-state bike rides in the country, with its route in both California and Nevada. The route includes more than 2,600 vertical feet of climbing.

All ride options begin at 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., with staggered 15-minute start windows.

Pre-registered rider check-in will be on Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. at Tahoe Sports Ltd., located on Highway 50 and Park Avenue in South Lake Tahoe.

Same-day late registration will also be available at that time; or on Sunday, Sept. 11, the morning of the ride, starting at 5:30 a.m. at the Horizon Casino. The registration fee for the 72-mile Tour de Tahoe course will be $90, including the late fee. The registration fee for the Lake Tahoe Boat Cruise and 35-mile half-ride is $115.

Participants must be at least 14 to ride – younger riders must be accompanied by an adult.

Tour de Tahoe

Participants will be riding clockwise around Lake Tahoe starting and finishing at the Horizon Casino Resort in Stateline from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Roads will be open and motorists are asked to share the roadway and plan a little more time to get to their destinations.

For registration information visit http://www.bikethewest.com, or call (775) 588-9658. E-mail: tgft@bikethewest.com