America’s Greatest Bike Ride Returns to Tahoe
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — After a two-year hiatus, the 29th annual “America’s Greatest Bike Ride – Lake Tahoe” returns, welcoming more than 3,000 cyclists from across the country to ride the 72 miles of the shore of Lake Tahoe.
This fun ride is not a race but a fully supported bike tour and promotes the Lake Tahoe Bikeway Project, the master plan to build and interconnect all bike paths around Lake Tahoe and assist the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition with its annual Bike Safe Lake Tahoe campaign.
The ride offers spectacular scenery, fresh mountain air, and rest stops with great food and drink staffed by volunteers from various local nonprofits. It is professionally run by experienced tour operators with decades of knowledge of the Lake Tahoe area.
The ride is also the culmination of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s national Team In Training Cycle 100 fundraising program, in which nearly 700 participants from 35 chapters and branches participate and expect to raise more than $3 million. Over the past 25 years, TNT has brought more than 24,000 participants to Lake Tahoe to participate in America’s Greatest Bike Ride, bringing total funds raised to $107 million.
Since its inception in 1988, more than 650,000 participants have helped TNT and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society raise more than $1.5 billion to support blood cancer research and patient service programs to improve the quality of life of their patients and their families.
Riders will complete two different route options depending on their level of ability, with all trips beginning and ending clockwise from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, located on US Highway 50, Stateline .
For conditioned cyclists, the 72-mile route around Lake Tahoe is not only one of the most scenic, it’s also one of the only bi-state bike rides in the country with its route through California and Nevada. The 72-mile route skirts the highways around Lake Tahoe in a clockwise direction and offers over 4,000 vertical feet of climbing.
For more conditioned “Century Rider” riders, a 100 mile option is offered which includes an additional round trip on California State Route 89 from Tahoe City to Truckee which provides additional vertical feet of climbing before returning to Tahoe City to continue around the lake. This ride option offers over 4,900 vertical feet of climbing.
Rest areas, stocked with a variety of fresh fruit, energy bars, cookies, energy drinks, and more, are offered in the Vikingsholm parking lot overlooking Emerald Bay; Gate Keeper’s Museum in Tahoe City; Save Mart in Truckee; Kings Beach and Spooner Junction.
Various bike shops in the area offer technical support at all rest areas. Sponsored rest stops include Sierra volunteers at Tahoe Ski Education Foundation, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Rite of Passage, and the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition, as well as many other volunteers.
Communications for the event are coordinated with the Tahoe Amateur Radio Association and the Tahoe Blue Riders provide support for motorcycle lessons. Barton Health Care/Tahoe Orthopedic Center and Douglas County and Carson City Search and Rescue providing medical first aid services. The California Highway Patrol and Nevada State Police will provide traffic enforcement services.
All ride options start at 6-7:30am with staggered 15-minute departure windows. All riders will receive a Lake Tahoe Nevada Department of Transportation gift bag and welcome package, commemorative number, event t-shirt, wristband, and personalized water bottle. There will be food and drink at all rest areas, a lunch break at Kings Beach and those who complete the ride will receive medals at the finish line, as well as a post ride meal and party at the pool with shows at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Check-in for pre-registered riders will take place from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at Tahoe Sports Ltd in the Village Mall, South Lake Tahoe, or Sunday, June 5, the morning of the ride, at 5 a.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Parking Lot C. Registration is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra. There will be a limited number of places for late/same day registration.
America’s Greatest Bike Ride – Lake Tahoe was supported by the Reno-Tahoe Territory of the Nevada Tourism Commission and sponsored by the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tahoe Sports Ltd, Outside-Lake Tahoe TV and KTKE 101.5FM, KRLT 93.9FM and KOWL AM1490.
For cyclists looking for a weekend getaway, a variety of accommodations are available, from campsites to luxury suites at high-rise casino hotels and private condominiums.
For accommodations at Departure/Arrival, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, call 1-844-588-ROCK or visit the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority at http://www.tahoesouth.com.
America’s Greatest Bike Ride – Lake Tahoe is professionally produced and managed by Curtis Fong of TGFT Productions, LLC / Bike the West, a 35+ year member of the Bicycle Ride Directors Association of America which sanctions the event. TGFT/Bike the West is also producing the 18th Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue on Sept. 11 and the 31st annual OATBRAN, “One Awesome Tour Bike Ride Across Nevada,” Sept. 25-October 25. 1.