About America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride – Lake Tahoe
Sunday June 5, 2016 Register Today
PLEASE REVIEW EVENT ALERT! UNDER ROAD WAYS AROUND LAKE TAHOE, BEFORE REGISTERING!
Bike the West and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society invite you to participate in the 25th 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 is a ‘must do’ for any avid recreational bicyclist. Please check our equipment policy for restrictions or approval.
Bike the West is pleased to announce that this year’s event will be hosted by the new HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO LAKE TAHOE.
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 2016
Bike the West & 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.
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 in “Parking Lot C” of the the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe (formerly Horizon Casino) on Highway 50, Stateline, South Shore Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Bike the West is extremely pleased to be hosted by the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe as they have invested $60 Million in a complete renovation of the property. and will be offering an outstanding updated venue with a variety of restaurants, lounges, gaming and newly renovated accommodations. We are also pleased to stage our Americas Most Beautiful Bike Ride After Ride Party at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Call 1-844-588-ROCK (7625) for reservations or visit their website at: www.hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com and ask for the America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride rates. Rooms for this event are limited and reservations must be made by May 13, 2016 to take advantage of these special rates. *Hard Rock Hotel will allow participants to store bicycles in their hotel rooms (some restrictions apply).
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 Unique Scenic and Fun Ride for Recreational Bicyclists
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 7:00-7:30am 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 the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. It comes with continental breakfast onboard & t-shirt, lunch on the course, rest stops and after ride pool party and more. A fun-filled unique bike ride experience limited to 150 bicyclists. This special Charter is for bicyclists, only.
**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, West Shore-Tahoe City, in Truckee (for Century riders), Kings Beach (Lunch), and Water Stop at Half Spooner and at Spooner Junction. Drop bags will be provided at the first three rest stops if you chose to discard clothing. Please include your Pull Tag Drop Bag Number from your Event Number in your Drop Bag and write your name and number on the drop bag. First aid and technical support are provided at rest stops and on the course. SAG is also provided to transport participants forward on the course and may be subject to delayed returns and final course sweep if one requires transport to the Finish.
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, 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, June 4, 2016, 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 Start-Finish Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 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 an America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride 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 5, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Parking Lot C. Late or Same Day Registration may be available, based on No Shows after 7:00am (Please review FAQ). Free parking is available in all other Lots as well as in the Parking Garage (Check your roof rack space). It is recommended that you enter the back parking lots from Lake Parkway across from Edgewood Golf Resort.
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 7:00am to 7:30am 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!
Road Closure – Roadways around Lake Tahoe
IMPORTANT UPDATED INFORMATION TO ALL PARTICIPANTS FROM
RIDE DIRECTOR, CURTIS FONG:
Dear America’s Most Beautiful and Tour de Tahoe Participants,
This letter is a first. In my 25+ years of directing our events, I have never been in a position to plead with our participants for their safety and the future of our events. This, unfortunately, is now necessary.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has historically worked extremely hard to both support our events and ensure utmost safety on the roadways for all cyclists as well as motorists. Caltrans is also in a position to grant or deny permits for our events.
Caltrans has received numerous comments, complaints and letters about riders not abiding by the Rules of Road & Ride. Violations that specifically include: Not riding as far to the right as practicable; riding 2 or more abreast; Not moving to the right to allow following traffic to pass safely; and Not stopping at stop signs or allowing pedestrians to cross at marked cross walks. Registered event cyclists may be taking for granted, “Share the Road”, where cars are expected to share with bikes and obey rules of the road; but those same cyclists are not sharing the roadway with vehicles, or obeying the rules of the road themselves. We know that most of you obey the Rules of the Road & Ride, in that you Ride Responsibly and Share the Road with Vehicles and it may be a small percentage of violators that have created this issue. Regardless, Caltrans grants Bike the West the privilege to conduct our Special Events on Public Roadways and all participants must comply with both the Rules of the Road AND Rules of the Ride, if we are to continue to host America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride and Tour de Tahoe.
If this disregard for your safety and the safety of all roadway users continues, Caltrans will not issue our necessary encroachment permit to allow our rides to continue as a Rules of the Road/Ride event. This would be a devastating blow, not only for you, former and future participants, but also for the National Fund Raising teams that attend annually and a huge blow to the economic benefits that you and our events provide to the Lake Tahoe communities.
Only you, as a participating cyclist, can determine the safety and future of our events, and we are asking for your help. Please demonstrate to Caltrans and all other users of the roadways around Lake Tahoe, that you can and will Share the Road & Ride Responsibly. Caltrans will be videoing the ride and the California Highway Patrol will be in force to cite violators. If you knowingly cannot abide by the Rules of the Road & Rules of the Ride, please do not register for our events. Your safety, and the future of cycling in Tahoe, is too important to risk. If you see instances of unsafe cycling, please remind others to Share the Road & Ride Responsibly, for their safety and yours, and for the future of our events.
We want you to enjoy your experience riding around Lake Tahoe and we ask you to help us continue to produce America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride and Tour de Tahoe. We ask you to comply with and abide by, not only the Rules of the Road, but also the Rules of the Ride:
Bike the West
AS A REMINDER:
YOUR SAFETY AND FUTURE OF THIS RIDE DEPENDS ON YOU
“ABIDE BY THE RULES OF THE ROAD / RIDE”
“SHARE THE ROAD” MEANS VEHICLES SHARE THE ROAD WITH CYCLISTS AND CYCLISTS SHARE THE ROAD WITH VEHICLES
YOU MUST RIDE SINGLE FILE, WHEN AT ALL POSSIBLE, EXCEPT FOR PASSING. PASSING MANEUVERS MUST NOT EXCEED TWO ABREAST
PASSING PERMITTED ONLY TO THE LEFT AND AS A SAFETY COURTESY, PLEASE CALL OUT: “PASSING ON YOUR LEFT”
YOU MUST MOVE AS FAR TO THE RIGHT AS PRACTICABLE TO ALLOW FOLLOWING VEHICLES TO PASS
YOU MUST PULL OFF THE ROAD SURFACE AND STOP, IF NECESSARY TO ALLOW EMERGENCY VEHICLES TO PASS
YOU MUST STOP AT STOP SIGNS AND STOP LIGHTS AND ALLOW PEDESTRIANS TO CROSS
YOU MUST MAKE PROPER HAND SIGNALS WHEN TURNING
PLEASE BE COURTEOUS OF VEHICLES TURNING ON TO THE COURSE FROM SIDE AND CROSS STREETS
There are other Rules of the Ride that include wearing a helmet, no head-phones, among other rules for your safety that are not listed above. Please understand that registration and participation in this event does not entitle participants to violate the Rules of the Road / Ride, nor in ANY WAY allow for unsafe riding.
“SHARE THE ROAD & RIDE RESPONSIBLY”
Rest Stops and services on course are reserved for registered Tour de Tahoe participants so please where your TdT Bib number on your back and your TdT Wristband to allow access to all services on the course.
Unregistered / Bandit riders are not welcomed at TdT Rest Stops or on course and will be refused services. We ask all participants “PLEASE RESPECT” Motorists and Local Commuters and Obey all Rules of the Road and our Ride, including Riding Single File, Making Proper Hand Signals and Stopping at all Stop Signs and Traffic Lights. Please Ride with Safety in Mind and use common sense not to endanger yourself or fellow bicyclists. SHARE THE ROAD & RIDE RESPONSIBLY. Please “Like” our Bike the West Facebook Page for updates: www.facebook.com/bikelaketahoe
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. Unregistered / Bandit riders are not welcomed at AMBBR Rest Stops or on course and will be refused services. We ask all participants “PLEASE RESPECT” Motorists and Local Commuters and Obey all Rules of the Road including Riding Single File, Making Proper Hand Signals and Stopping at all Stop Signs and Traffic Lights. Please Ride with Safety in Mind and use common sense not to endanger yourself or fellow bicyclists. All unregistered riders and vehicles, except for official and emergency vehicles, will be held by the California Highway Patrol until the roadway re-opens after 8:30am.
Remaining roadways are not closed for this event. The highways around Lake Tahoe are for the most part extremely narrow and some with little to no shoulder. 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 a staggered start time.
After Ride Party
The ride features an After Ride Party with a delicious meal and live band with Deep Fryed Mojo offered in the Finish Line at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Pool. This is included with your entry fees. Additional after-ride party meals are available to purchase for guests. You must present your Pull Tag Meal Ticket from your event number for entrance. Event photos will also be available from PhotoCrazy who will capture your image as you climb up Emerald Bay or board the Tahoe Queen. These photos will be FREE to download compliments of our Sponsor, “Nature’s Bakery” and Bike the West. Please remember to Pick Up your Drop bag in the Finish Area if you left clothing/items at a Rest Stop. Please visit and enjoy shopping with our sponsors and vendors at the Finish Line Expo.Register Today