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Ten days of parties, events and entertainment before Amgen

To kick off the largest cycling event in North America, the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, Lake Tahoe is hosting a 10-day celebration as a countdown in preparation for the Stage 1 start and finish of the race May 15, and the Stage 2 start May 16.

10. May 5

The Hard Rock Cafe at Harveys Lake Tahoe is hosting the official Amgen Tour of California kick-off party May 5, with a percentage of the evening’s proceeds donated to Amgen’s title sponsor, Breakaway from Cancer, an initiative that helps empower people affected by cancer.

9. May 6

Sammy Hagar and the Wabos will be playing at Harrah’s South Shore Room on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, while the historic Bar of America in Truckee will host DJ Zeb Early.

8. May 7

Tahoe’s nightclubs will be stocked and ready for weekend partiers. Opal, Vex and Crystal Bay Club, along with the Village at Squaw Valley, will keep the beats bumping May 6-7 and 13-14.

7-5. May 8-10

At South Shore casinos throughout the week, visitors and locals can view One Voice Starring Bethany Owen at the Horizon, The Improv at Harveys with host and emcee Howie Nave, and the infamous Party with Arty at Harrah’s South Lake Tahoe.

During the 10-day countdown, live music can be found at various venues around the lake, including: Cabo Wabo Cantina, McP’s Pub, Crystal Bay Club Casino and Bar of America.

See http://www.TahoeAmgenTourof


4. May 11

The Biking for a Better World Winemaker Dinner is Wednesday, May 11, at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. Dinner will support an organization that brings accessibility to communities in need around the world. Details: http://www.plumpjack


3. May 12

The Slow Rollers Bicycle Club presents the Spirit Bike Parade, where all types of bikes and costumes are encouraged – almost mandatory. Bikes will be rolling from the “Y” (the intersection of Highway 89 and U.S. Highway 50) across town to the Stage 1 start at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, on May 12. Details: http://www.slowrollers


In North Lake Tahoe, the Squaw Valley Institute hosts “Soulcycler, Around the World Bike Tour” with local photographer/cycling enthusiast Rick Gunn.

Barton Health 2011 Lecture Series features topics ranging from nutrition, preventing injuries, maximizing performance and more. A local professional trainer will present “Pedaling to Peak Performance” at Embassy Suites, May 12, 6-8 p.m.

2. May 13

The Opening Gala and Official Team Introduction is May 13 at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. For a black-tie evening, attendees will get to rub elbows with the pros, indulge in a four-course meal, host bar and silent auction. For tickets and details: http://www.TahoeAmgenTour


The Village at Squaw Valley will host a free outdoor cycling movie, “Breaking Away” (1979), directed by Peter Yates and starring Dennis Quaid. And at the Crystal Bay Club, Jackie Greene and Band will have you moving and grooving until the early morning hours.

1. May 14

The inaugural Start at the Top – Lake Tahoe Legends Ride, allows cycling enthusiasts to ride the Stage 1 first lap and compare their time to the pros, Saturday, May 14. Details: http://www.BiketheWest.com.

The North Lake Tahoe Bike Swap, and Tahoe City Street Dance: right downtown, right under the stars, and the third annual Wellness Weekend at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, all take place on May 14.

Eric Burdon & the Animals will be playing at Harrah’s South Shore Room on the eve of the Stage 1 start, Saturday, May 14.

Throughout the first day of the race, various events will be taking place between the north and south shores of Lake Tahoe.

For full details and a schedule of events, see http://www.TahoeAmgenTour


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