Details released for America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride |

Details released for America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride

Special to the Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – On June 3, more than 3,300 bicycling enthusiasts from all over the country will participate in the 21st annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride around Lake Tahoe, event organizers stated in a press release. This ride is a tour, not a race, and promotes the Lake Tahoe Bikeway project, the master plan to construct and connect all the bike lanes around Lake Tahoe and is fully supported, offering rest stops with food and beverages. It is staffed by volunteers from various organizations and professionally managed by experienced ride organizers. The event is sold out.

Bicyclists will ride three different tour options, based on their ability level, with all rides starting and finishing from the Horizon Casino Resort, located on U.S. Highway 50 in Stateline.

For the experienced recreational bicyclists, the Lake Tahoe Boat Cruise and 35-mile Half Ride is offered, featuring a sightseeing boat cruise on Lake Tahoe Cruise’s Tahoe Queen, complete with a continental breakfast across the lake to North Lake Tahoe, where participants start their 35-mile bike ride back to the Horizon. This ride option offers challenge as well as beauty, with more than 1,000 vertical feet of climbing along Lake Tahoe’s East Shore. This ride option is limited to 100 participants and 50 family members and guests with a non-bicycling option.

For the 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 ride circumnavigates the highways around Lake Tahoe in a clockwise direction and offers more than 2,600 vertical feet of climbing.

For the even more conditioned bicyclists, a 100-mile option is offered and includes an additional out and back on the Truckee River Bike Path or Highway 89, from Tahoe City to historic Truckee offering an additional 400 vertical feet of climbing before returning to Tahoe City to continuing around the Lake.

Rest stops, stocked with a variety of fresh fruits, fig bars, cookies, Cytomax Energy Drink, Power Bars and Power Gel and more are offered at the Vikingsholm parking lot overlooking Emerald Bay, at Homewood Mountain Resort, Save Mart in Truckee, Kings Beach Plaza and Spooner Junction. A lunch is featured at the Kings Beach rest stop, cosponsored by Port of Subs and Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. Tahoe Sports Ltd., Shoreline Sports, Mighty Mobile Bicycle Repair, Eastern Sierra Cycling Service, WattaBike Shop and Olympic Bike Shop also provide technical support. Sponsoring rest stops include volunteers from Sierra Education Foundation, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Rite of Passage and the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition, along many other volunteers. Event communications are coordinated with the Tahoe Amateur Radio Association and the Tahoe Blue Riders provide motorcycle support as well as Barton Health Care and Tahoe Orthopedic Center and Douglas County Search and Rescue providing first aid services.

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

Pre-registered rider check-in will take place on Saturday, June 2, from noon to 8 p.m. at Tahoe Sports Ltd. in the Village Shopping Center, and on Sunday, June 3, the morning of the ride, starting at 5 a.m. at the Horizon Casino Parking lot C. Registration is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra. The ride is sold out and there will be limited late/same-day registration based on no-shows after 7 a.m.

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 and finishing at the Horizon Casino Resort in Stateline. The start is set for 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Traffic will be delayed on northbound Highway 89-Emerald Bay Road from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Spring Creek Road. Southbound Highway 89 will remain open. The remaining roadways will be open and motorists are asked to share the roadway and plan a little more time to get to their destinations.

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