Looking for an event to polish off your summer riding? Tour de Tahoe-Bike Big Blue, the autumn sequel to America’s Most Beautiful Ride, is the cycling equivalent to dessert at the end of a nine-course meal. Satisfy your craving for something sweet on Sunday, September 12th with this scenic 72-mile clockwise tour around Lake Tahoe’s rolling shoreline.
Starting at the Lake Tahoe Horizon Casino Resort on Highway 50, Stateline, South Shore Lake Tahoe, Nevada, the route initially ascends 800-feet through a handful of zigzag turns to a rest stop overlooking notoriously picturesque Emerald Bay. From there, a series of rollers ensues between altitudes of 6,300 feet and 7,100 feet above sea level. On the last leg, a 1,000-foot climb to Spooner Junction presents itself before descending to the Stateline finish. At Horizon’s after-ride pool party, celebrate your hard-earned elevation gain of 2,600 feet over 72 miles with a complimentary to-die-for meal, a relaxing swim, and live music.
Due to the ride’s high elevation setting, Tour de Tahoe is recommended for conditioned cyclists experienced in riding roadways – not beginners. What’s more, participants must be at least 14 years of age. Registration for the 72-mile event is $100. Online registration is open until September 3rd, but you can still register the morning of the race on September 12th.
All Tour de Tahoe riders will be assigned a 15-minute window start time between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM Keep in mind, the roads will not be closed for this event. Participants must be prepared to share the road with automobiles, ride single file, and obey all traffic laws.
For pre-registered Tour de Tahoe riders and on-site registrants, check-in is from noon till 8 PM Saturday, September 11th, at Tahoe Sports LTD, located in the Heavenly Village Shopping Center off Highway 50. Event day check-in and registration begins at 5:30 AM on Sunday, September 12th, in the back parking lot of the Horizon Casino Resort.
Free parking is available in the back lot of the Horizon, accessible from Lake Parkway Drive.
Rest stops with first aid, technical support, food, beverages, and SAG support are offered at four locations along the course: Emerald Bay overlook, Homewood Mountain Resort, Kings Beach (lunch), and Spooner Junction. Cut-off times do exist at several points along the course and at each rest stop, upon which ride organizers will ask “behind time” riders to sag forward.
An alternative to the 72-mile course is the Boat Cruise & 35-mile Lake Tahoe Half Ride Fun Tour. This option is sold out early last year and is still open. Friends and family can accompany riders across the lake aboard the Tahoe Queen and return to Ski Run Marina. The Boat Cruise & 35-mile Lake Tahoe Half Ride Fun Tour boasts an on board breakfast, lunch stop on the course, Spooner Junction’s rest stop, and a ride t-shirt.
The 120 riders who opted for the 35-mile ride and boat cruise combo will start at 6:45 A.M. at Horizon Casino Resort. From there, participants peddle a short 1-mile stretch to Ski Run Marina ramp, where rider and bike board the Tahoe Queen. The boat cruise discharges cyclists on the shores of North Lake Tahoe, to rejoin the 72-mile riders for the last 35 miles of the course. All participants finish at Horizon Casino Resort.
Visit Tour de Tahoe’s website for more details. Happy pedaling!