Bike the West has been producing quality cycling events since 1984 in around the Lake Tahoe area Northern California and in the State of Nevada. Bike the West Event Director, Curtis Fong. Organized the Death Ride from 1984 to 1995; The Comstock Silver Century premiered in 1989 followed by America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride and Oatbran in 1991. Our other popular events include Tour de Tahoe which is an early fall bike ride around Lake Tahoe. All Bike the West bicycling events are fully supported with welcome / goodie bags, event T-shirts, event water bottles and other premium items, rest stops with food & beverage including lunch and after ride meal, medical first aid, tech support and SAG transport services. Bike the West is also involved in supporting other cycling events in and around Northern California and Nevada…
Ride Update August 28, 2021
EVENT POSTPONEDBike the West has made the difficult decision to postpone our America’s Most Beautiful Tour de Tahoe originally set for Sunday, September 12, 2021 due to unhealthy air quality and the nearby Caldor fire. The air quality has consistently been in the unhealthy - very unhealthy range. Although the ride is two weeks away, there is no guarantee that the air quality will improve as conditions change from day to day and hour by hour. Furthermore, Hwy 50 leading to Lake Tahoe is closed for evacuation orders and all of our rest stops on State Park public lands are currently closed. Local agencies are encouraging guests to postpone visits until further notice.
AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFERRED TO 2022We are extremely disappointed to not be able to produce this ride for two years in a row now and are sure you feel the disappointment as well. All participants, including all that are carried over from 2020, will be transferred to ride America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride on Sunday, June 5, 2022. Unfortunately, we cannot issue refunds as we have already invested heavily in producing the event. We thank you for your patience and loyalty and look forward to seeing you at Lake Tahoe.
HARD ROCK HOTEL RESERVATIONSFor those of you who made a reservation with Hard Rock Casino Hotel – Lake Tahoe, we have been notified that you will be required to cancel your reservations by Monday, August 30, 2021, without penalty. PLEASE CONTACT THEM ASAP AT 775-589-7601, or 844-588-7625
UPDATESWe will post updated messages on our website and our Facebook page, so please continue to check back for the latest information. We will email all participants after January 1, 2022, to confirm your participation in our June 5, 2022 ride.
We thank you for your continued support of Bike the West Events.
2021 Event Prior Updates
August 20th, 2021
Many are asking if our September 12, 2021 Ride is still on, with concerns regarding Covid Restrictions and now with two major fires limiting access to Lake Tahoe and Air Quality.
We are prepared to have Covid protocols in place for event check-in and on the course. All staff and volunteers will be wearing face masks, handling food and drink and practicing social distancing. We ask that you please comply with keeping others safe as well.
We got news yesterday that California State Park facilities are to be closed, temporarily, starting Sunday, Aug, 22, 2021. Unfortunately, three of our major rest stops utilize California State Park facilities and reopening of these areas will be on a day to day basis, adding to the wait and see strategy of whether or not we will be able to produce the ride.
We know everyone wants to enjoy this beautiful ride around Lake Tahoe and Bike the West is moving forward to continue to put all the elements together for a successful ride on September 12. However, we also must be prudent on whether or not conditions will allow us to safely present the ride. At this time, we are suspending online registration and monitoring air quality. We will make a decision based on projected conditions in the next week.
Bike the West is a Family Business and takes pride in producing the best fully supported rides for the past 30 years. Financial commitments for permits, contracts, services, merchandise, etc, as well as hundreds of hours of planning and coordination have been invested… And, we want to continue our commitment to you to produce a safe ride.
Here is a link for you to view actual live cameras around Lake Tahoe: https://visitinglaketahoe.com/webcams/
Here is a link to Air Quality Monitors around Lake Tahoe https://www.iqair.com/usa/california/south-lake-tahoe
August 9th, 2021
Attn: 2020 Bike the West Pre Registered Participants
If you are a pre registered rider who originally signed up for our 2020 events, your registration was <b>automatically moved</b> to ride our 2021 America's Most Beautiful Tour de Tahoe to be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021. We at Bike the West understand that not everyone will feel safe, comfortable, vaccinated or even able to attend our September 2021 ride. With that being said, if you are part of our pre registered 2020 riders, we are allowing you a final transfer to our 2022 event, which will be held on June 5th, 2022. Please fill out this<a href="https://www.bikethewest.com/transfer-request/"> transfer request form</a> to do so. If you have already responded to opt out to ride on June 5, 2022, you do not need to fill this out…
June 5th , 2021
Great News, with changing state restrictions Bike The West has been given the green light to produce our 2021 event. On September 12th we will host our combined America’s Most Beautiful Tour De Tahoe a 72 mile fully supported bike ride around Lake Tahoe.
If you were registered for our 2020 events that were cancelled due to COVID-19 , your registration remains active in our database and you will automatically be moved to the September 12th event. An email to these 2020 registered riders will be sent out soon so keep an eye out for it.
New riders will be able to register for 2021 America’s Most Beautiful Tour De Tahoe on July 1st.
April 7, 2021
Dear Bike the West Ride Participants & Friends,
Thank you for your patients and continued interest and support of Bike the West. We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and hope to produce events in 2021. Much progress has been made by CDC in lessening the threat of Covid and making the vaccine more available, though there are still many unknowns for us to navigate through to produce our rides in two states and several county / city jurisdictions. Thank you for your sacrifices in stopping the spread…
Our 29th Annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, scheduled for Sunday, June 6, 2021 will officially NOT take place. We have attempted to put something together but a group ride is not going to be practical for June 6, 2021. We are sorry that we will not be able to produce the ride due to continuing covid restrictions projected to be in place in June…
2021 Virtual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride
Powered by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:
For over 25 years, Bike the West and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) have partnered together for America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride to deliver an experience unlike any other. In that time, nearly 27,000 riders have raised over $106 million for LLS's mission to cure blood cancers as part of the Team In Training program. Bike the West is proud to partner with Team In Training to continue this tradition and bring our beloved bike ride to you with the 2021 Virtual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, powered by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Click here to learn more.
Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition Tahoe Bike Challenge:
The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition has benefitted with donation proceeds from AMBBR to fund many of their annual projects including the Bike Safe Lake Tahoe bicycle safety campaign, printing and distribution of Lake Tahoe Bike Maps, Bike Valet at many local events and the Annual Tahoe Bike Challenge program for the month June. Bike the West and the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition are working together to create a membership drive and invite everyone to ride around Lake Tahoe, any day in the month of June. Join the Tahoe Bike Challenge, get out of your vehicles, ride your bike and log your miles to win prizes… Individuals, families, friends, teams, etc. are invited to participate… To participate is FREE at: www.lovetoride.net/tahoe, but we are also working on a Special Event Category to register, with a donation fee and receive 1 year membership, an America’s Most Beautiful T-shirt, Water Bottle and Ride Medal… Stay tuned for details on how you can participate and join the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition… Info: www.tahoebike.org
Tour de Tahoe: We have met with our Departments of Transportation and with both California & Nevada Highway Patrols, as well as all local law enforcement agencies to discuss Tour de Tahoe, set for Sunday, September 12, 2021. They support our efforts to produce the ride with covid restrictions that may in place in September… So, we are moving forward to get approvals for the combined events: America’s Most Beautiful Tour de Tahoe 2021
Please bare-in-mind, that our ride is conducted in 2 states, both California & Nevada, 2 counties in California: El Dorado Co. & Placer Co.; as well as 2 counties in Nevada: Douglas Co. & Washoe Co.
We are waiting on a Resolution to be passed by El Dorado County Board of Supervisors as well as a Consent Letter from the Placer County Board of Supervisors… We are also waiting on Special Event Permits from California State Parks that will permit us to use Vikingsholm Parking Lot, Gate Keepers Museum Parking Lot and Kings Beach Plaza to host our 3 major rest stops on the California side of the course… We are also working out details with our host hotel, Hard Rock Casino Resort – Lake Tahoe to see how they will host our event venue and serve our after ride meal at the Pool… This has and continues to take some time for these approvals and numbers of participants allowed to ride and conditions set forth to allow us to safely produce the ride on September 12, 2021.
We are more positive that Bike the West may be able to produce this ride as long as all participants, staff & volunteers are vaccinated, but in reality, we cannot require this as a condition to register and ride the event, although we recommend being vaccinated… If we are able to attain all approvals to produce the ride, all participants will have to assume, at their own risk / liability, to ride and comply with covid restrictions that may be in place in September…
We are doing our best to navigate through these continuing and changing phases / color tiers for the safety and health of all participants, staff & volunteers, as well as visitors and locals in the surrounding communities around Lake Tahoe… And, Yes, this is not an easy plug-in and play procedure as we have performed for the past 30 years…
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE:
Bike the West wants to Thank all pre-registered riders from 2020 for you continued support.
For those that registered to ride either of our 2020 postponed events and transferred to future events, we value your loyalty and hold your entry fees as a credit. All of our registered riders from the 2020 postponed events will be given priority and if we get approvals, you will be the first to receive an email to confirm your participation to ride on September 12… For those that can’t make the ride, we will in fact offer credit to ride America’s Most Beautiful on June 5, 2022…
Unfortunately, refunds from 2020 are not possible…
Please be sure add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book to ensure you receive all pertinent emails regarding your registration.
OATBRAN: We were able to safely produce this ride within Covid-19 regulations and a limited number of participants. The 30th Annual OATBRAN REUNION TOUR across Nevada is set for Sunday-Saturday, September 26 - October 2, 2021. This year’s tour is special and will feature fun and historic activities / programs in each host community… Online registration for this event is will be limited to 40 participants. All participants, staff & volunteers will be required to abide by any and all Covid restrictions that may be in place at the time of the ride.
Our condolences go out to everyone, as we have all made sacrifices and endured a very challenging year. There is Light at the end of the Tunnel… We hope with a vaccine in place that there will soon be more clarity on rules, regulations, and phases/tiers for reopening the states and counties that our rides traverse. We all want to get out and ride with friends & family… Our team is looking forward to welcoming you back to our fully supported rides when it is safe to do so.