Thursday, September 11, 2014

Road Cycling events at Lake Tahoe this September


Riders near Brockway Summit.

Cyclists have two organized rides along the shore of Lake Tahoe this month. The first ride coming up is the Tahoe Sierra Century which begins and ends at Squaw Valley. The second event is the Tahoe Bike Classic. This event is a race around Lake Tahoe, starting and ending at Zephyr Cove Resort.

The Tahoe Sierra Century is September 13, 2014. The event has a 30, 60, and 100 mile course. I always enjoy the 100 mile course which travels along Lake Tahoe from Tahoe City to Kings Beach, over Brockway Summit to Truckee, over Donner Summit to Cisco Grove and back to Squaw Valley.

The aid stations are well stocked with food, water, and helpful volunteers. The main aid station at Donner Lake is used by all three course riders. For rider safety, the road (Old Route 40) up over Donner Summit from Donner Lake will be closed to traffic. 


The ride is still open online and race day registration is available at Plumpjack’s Squaw Valley Inn. The 100 mile route has a suggested start time between 7:00 and 8:00am.

The Tahoe Bike Classic includes 3 events, beginning September 27. The first event is a hill climb up Spooner Summit from Carson City. This is an 8.5 mile grind up the 5% grade to the summit.

On September 28, they have a 72 mile “race” around Lake Tahoe. This is a timed event with a police escort through South Lake Tahoe and a rolling police enclosure for the fastest cyclists as they make their way around the lake. 

Noncompetitive cyclists can ride out fast with the peloton through town, or begin when you want and settle in to your own speed. There is also a 35 mile distance if you want a shorter ride.

Registration for the events are available online. Race day registration for the lake rides will be available at the Zephyr Cove Resort.

The fastest official time around the lake is 2:50:21, by Jesse Miller-Smith.  Think you can beat it?

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