|Start of America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride.|
This weekend is a great time to be a cyclist because two premier events are happening back-to-back. The Sierra Century is this Saturday, May 31 in Plymouth, and Sunday is America’s Most Beautiful Century in Lake Tahoe.
The 39th Sierra Century offers 4 different routes out of the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. The longest route is 122 miles in length and goes up in the foothills around Highway 88.
Old gold mining towns such as Sutter Creek, Ione, Plymouth, and Fiddletown are on the route. Today these towns are known for being in the wine region called the Shenandoah Valley. Registration is still open for the Sierra Century.
America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride is on Sunday, June first. This 72 mile ride starts and ends at the Montbleau Casino in State Line. Riders begin their clockwise ride around the lake at 7:00am. The ride is limited to 3,500 riders and this limit has been met. Registration is now closed.
Northbound Highway 89 will be closed to traffic from 6:30am to 8:30am Sunday morning. The rest of the highways around Lake Tahoe will be open. Motorists are advised to be patient and watch for cyclists, particularly on Highways 28 and 50 in Nevada.
In years past I use to call America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride, "America's Most Dangerous Bike Ride". However, there have been huge roadway improvements along the north shore in recent years that have made cycling much safer. Cyclists still need to ride single file and maintain a vigilance along Highway 28 near Spooner Summit and on the shoulder-less descent from Spooner on Highway 50.