About America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride – Lake Tahoe
Sunday June 1, 2014 Event Over
Bike the West and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society invite you to participate in the 23rd annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, one of the most scenic and awe-inspiring rides you will ever experience. Spectacular scenery, clean mountain air, great food and fully supported by experienced ride organizers makes this ride a ‘must do’ for any avid recreational bicyclist.
The ride is also proud to be the century selected by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training Program where, over the past 14 years, over 19,500 team members have raised over $65.8 Million to help find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for their patients and families.
Contact your local chapter for details on how to join.
Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition – Bikeway 2014
America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride continues to promote the Lake Tahoe Bikeway, in conjunction with the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition. Dedicated to enhance bicycling safety, facilities and to promote the building and connecting existing bike lanes around Lake Tahoe and to develop an alternative non-motorized transportation corridor to help protect Lake Tahoe’s environment. If you enjoy riding your bike around Lake Tahoe, please help us to continue our work by joining and supporting this vision. Click on the Logo for information and membership.
NEW Start – Finish
America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride will take place rain or shine. Event organizers have the right to delay the start time or alter the course options should possible inclement weather present it self on ride day. Please continue to check this website for updates the week prior to the event.
You may also “Like” our Facebook Page to receive updates and information on the ride or to communicate with ride organizers and other friends that my be attending. www.facebook.com/bikelaketahoe
America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride will Start and Finish Parking Lot A of the Montbleu Casino Resort & Spa on Highway 50, Stateline, South Shore Lake Tahoe, Nevada. We were told on March 14 that the Horizon Casino Resort will be closing for renovations indefinitely and we had to find another Start – Finish location.
We have moved Start Finish and our host hotel to across the street to the Montbleu Casino Resort & Spa. Montbleu is offering the same discount rates as what was set up at the Horizon. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we are appreciative of the Montbleu Casino Resort & Spa to clear they event / convention schedule be able to host both of our events.
Montbleu offers 24 hour Nevada-style fun, a variety of restaurants, coffee shop, live entertainment, swimming pool, spa services, free parking and special lodging rates for bike ride participants and guests for 2014 America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride.
Call 1-800-648-3353 for reservations or visit their website at: www.montbleuresort.com and ask for the America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride rates or reference Group Code: STAMBB4. Rooms for this event are limited and reservations must be made by April 30, 2014 to take advantage of these special rates. *Montbleu will allow participants to store bicycles in their hotel rooms providing you utilize their Service Elevators.
The 72-mile America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride circumnavigates the highways clockwise around Lake Tahoe in both Nevada and California. It includes a challenging 800 foot climb to a rest stop overlooking Emerald Bay and a 1,000 foot climb to Spooner Junction. There are also many short rolling ascents and descents totaling over 4,024 vertical feet of elevation gain! The altitude ranges between 6,300 feet and 7,100 feet above sea level and the ride is recommended for conditioned recreational bicyclist, not for beginners. Participants must be at least 14 years of age (please, no children on bike carriers or trailers) and must be experienced in riding roadways.
Most Mileage – Beautiful & Historic Century
For the more conditioned bicyclist and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America’s “Team In Training” participants, a full 100-mile Century is offered adding an out and back on Highway 89/ Bike Trail to visit historic Truckee, California, before continuing around Lake Tahoe. This century option adds approximately 600 more vertical feet of elevation gain (4924 vertical feet).
Most Fun for Friends and Family
For the recreational bicyclist who would like to mix sightseeing and bicycling, the Boat Cruise & 35-mile Lake Tahoe Half Ride Fun Tour is offered.
The ride starts at 6:45am with a short 1-mile ride to Ski Run Marina where you and your bike board the Tahoe Queen for a scenic boat cruise to North Lake Tahoe. From there, you will join the ride course for the remaining 35-mile ride back to Montbleu Casino Resort & Spa. It comes with continental breakfast onboard & t-shirt, lunch on the course, rest stops and more. This Fun Boat Cruise is also open to friends and family members who would like to accompany participants across the Lake and return to Ski Run Marina. A fun-filled experience limited to 120 bicyclists & 50 guests.
**Please note, once onboard the Tahoe Queen, TGFT Productions / Bike the West has no authorization over the decisions of the Captain of the vessel, as Lake Tahoe Cruises assumes all responsibility as a separate vendor, should there be delays in boarding or de-boarding due to weather and to accommodate and provide for the safety & welfare of all passengers and their crew.
Rest stops with a great selection of food and beverages are offered overlooking Emerald Bay, Homewood Mountain Resort, in Truckee (for Century riders), Kings Beach (Lunch), and Spooner Junction. Drop bags will be provided at the first three rest stops if you chose to discard clothing. First aid and technical support are provided at rest stops and on the course. SAG is also provided but may be subject to delayed returns and final course sweep. Cut-off times are established at various points and at each rest stop where ride organizers reserve the right to ask “behind time” participants to sag forward.
A variety of non profit organizations manage and sponsor the Rest Stops and other services on the course to include members of: The Tahoe Amateur Radio Association, Sierra at Tahoe Education Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra, Kiwanis Club of Lake Tahoe Sunriser’s, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Rite of Passage, Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition, Tahoe Blue Riders Motorcycle Club, Barton Health / Tahoe Center for Orthopedics, Douglas County Search & Rescue and many others.
Check In – Bicycle Safety Check – Big Sale
America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride is limited to the first 3500 pre-registered riders. Please register now. Pre-registered rider check-in will take place from 12 noon until 8:00pm, Saturday, May 31, at TAHOE SPORTS LTD, located in the Village Shopping Center at Highway 50 & Heavenly Village Way, in South Lake Tahoe, two stop lights from the Stateline Casinos on the California side. All participants will be required to sign an accident and release of liability waiver upon check-in.
All pre-registered participants will receive a Lake Tahoe Welcome Packet with offers and coupons as well as a custom event long sleeve t-Shirt, event Water bottle, event Helmet Sticker, Wrist Band and Event Number and more… Plus, A complimentary bicycle safety inspection is offered during this check-in period. Make sure you check out the great “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride” Sale going on this weekend. Also, don’t miss our Sponsors and Vendor Expo here and at the finish line on ride day.
Pre-registered rider check-in will reopen at 5:00am, on Sunday, June 1, at the Montbleu Casino parking lot A. Late or Same Day Registration may be available, based on No Shows after 7:00am (Please review FAQ). Free parking is available in upper B, C & D Lots as well as the Parking Garage. It is recommended that you enter the upper lot parking lots thru the second drive way up from Hwy 50 on the Lake Parkway Drive.
All 100-mile Century riders have four 15-minute start windows from 6:00am to 7:00am.
All 72-mile riders have two 15-minute start windows from 7:00am to 7:30am. You must indicate your start time preference on your registration application or you will be assigned the earliest start window for your ride option.
All Boat Cruise 35-mile fun riders must start from 6:45am to 7:00am and ride one mile to Ski Run Marina to board the Tahoe Queen Paddlewheeler starting at 7:15am. Departure is 8:00am. Don’t miss the boat! For friends and family members who pre-purchase the Boat Cruise “Non-Bike” sightseeing tour, a complimentary Shuttle Bus will depart from the Start-Finish (parking lot) of the Montbleu Casino at 7:15am to Ski Run Marina, and return to Montbleu Casino after the cruise.
Northbound Highway 89 (Emerald Bay Road) will be closed from 6:30am to 8:30am, to through traffic allowing only registered participants on the course. Registered riders must display their Helmet Sticker, Special Wristband and Participant number (on back) to be allowed on the course. All unregistered riders and vehicles, except for official and emergency vehicles, will be held by the California Highway Patrol until the roadway re-opens.
Remaining roadways are not closed for this event. Please be prepared to SHARE THE ROAD with vehicle traffic. To help facilitate spreading out riders, America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride-Lake Tahoe will require all bicycling event participants to ride SINGLE FILE and to select, or be assigned, a staggered start time.
After Ride Party
The after ride Party with a delicious meal and live entertainment is offered at the Finish Line at the Montbleu Casino. This is included with your entry fees. Additional after-ride party meals are available to purchase for guests. You must show and validate your event number for entrance. Your photo will also be available to purchase from Sharpshooters Imaging who will capture your image as you climb up Emerald Bay or board the Tahoe Queen. Additional sales of Photographs and Custom event sportswear will take place Monday, June 2 from 9:30am – 1pm at Tahoe Sports Ltd in the Village Shopping Center in South Lake Tahoe. Left over non claimed drop bags will also be available for pick up.Event Over