About Tour De Tahoe – Bike Big Blue
Sunday September 13th, 2015 Register To Ride
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN THRU SEPTEMBER 4.
PLEASE REVIEW EVENT ALERT! UNDER ROAD WAYS AROUND LAKE TAHOE, BEFORE REGISTERING!
Lake Tahoe — Big Blue, as it is referred to by many — is North America’s Largest Alpine Lake and the Jewel of the High Sierra … and the Reno Tahoe Territory of the Nevada Commission on Tourism and Bike the West invites you to experience the adventure of riding your bicycle around her 72-mile shoreline by participating in the 13th Annual Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue. Bike the West has been producing America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride – Lake Tahoe for the past 23+ years and has gained a reputation as being one of best Spring rides in the country. It continues to sell out year after year leaving many riders not able to participate.
This is your chance to ride around Lake Tahoe at Summer’s end offering fresh mountain air, incredible scenic beauty, great food & entertainment and managed and supported by one of the most experienced bicycle event management teams in the West.
Ride to Cure Diabetes
This year, Tour de Tahoe is proud to continue to be the premiere bicycling event for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in their National Fundraising Program. For more information on joining their team, please visit www.ride.jdrf.org. If you are a local or within 2 hours of Lake Tahoe you can join the Northern Nevada JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Team with local fund raising meetings, training schedules, JDRF Jersey, pre event pasta dinner and post event party by visiting here and registering for the Northern Nevada Branch.
Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition
Bike the West & Tour de Tahoe Bike Big Blue 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 (Old) Start – Finish
Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue 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
Tour de Tahoe will Start and Finish in “Parking Lot C” of the the New 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 Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue After Ride Party at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Pool.
Call 1-844-588-ROCK (7625) for reservations or visit their website at: www.hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com and ask for the Tour de Tahoe room rates. Rooms for this event are limited and reservations must be made by August 27, 2015 to take advantage of these special rates. *Hard Rock Hotel will allow participants to store bicycles in their hotel rooms (some restrictions apply).
Tour de Tahoe Course
The 72-mile Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue course 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 4024 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 bicyclists, not for beginners. Participants must be at least 14 years of age (no children, please) and must be experienced in riding roadways.
Most Unique Scenic and Fun Ride for the 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 traditionally offered. UPDATE – AUGUST 20, 2015: DUE TO THE EXTREMELY LOW WATER LEVEL OF LAKE TAHOE, THE BOAT CRUISE – RIDE OPTION IS CANCELLED AS THE TAHOE QUEEN IS NOT ABLE TO DOCK IN CARNELIAN BAY. ALL PRE-REGISTERED RIDERS WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL WITH OPTIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN AN AUGMENTED 35 MILE RIDE. THIS FOR PRE-REGISTERED RIDERS, ONLY, AS WE ARE NOT ABLE TO ADD ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS TO THIS AUGMENTED 35 MILE OPTION.
Rest stops with a great selection of food and beverages are offered overlooking Emerald Bay, Homewood Mountain Resort, Kingsbeach (Lunch), and Water Stop at Half Spooner and at Spooner Junction. Drop bags will be provided at the first two 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 & number on the Drop Bag. First aid and technical support are provided at rest stops and on the course. SAG Transport Support Service is also provided to transport you forward to the next Rest Stop, but may be subject to delayed returns to the Finish and 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, Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra, Kiwanis Club of Lake Tahoe Sunriser’s, Bijou Community School, 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
Tour de Tahoe Pre-Registered Rider Check-In will take place from 12 noon until 8 pm on Saturday, September 12, 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 participants will receive a Lake Tahoe Welcome Goodie Bag, Event Number, Event Wrist Band, Event T-Shirt, Finish Medal, Food & Beverage at up to 5 rest stops, including Lunch on course, Tech Support at each rest stop, SAG Transport Support Services if needed, plus After Ride Meal Pool Party with Live Entertainment. Plus, A complimentary bicycle safety inspection is offered during this check-in period. Make sure you check out the great “Tour de Tahoe” 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 5:30am on Sunday, September 13, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, back parking lot C. Late / Same Day on site registration may be available, space permitting, with late fees. Free parking is available in all other back parking lots as well as the Parking Garage (check your roof rack space). It is recommended that you enter the parking lots from Lake Parkway Drive across from Edgewood Golf Course.
All 72 mile riders have four 15 minute start windows from 6:45am 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 35-mile participants will receive updated information via email and at Event Check In.
Road Ways around Lake Tahoe
The highways around Lake Tahoe are for the most part extremely narrow and some with little to no shoulder. For Tour de Tahoe all highways are open for vehicle and bicycle traffic in both directions. So please be prepared to SHARE THE ROAD.
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 motorist. Caltrans is also in a position to grant or deny permits for our events.
Caltrans has received numerous comments, complaints and letters of riders not abiding by the Rules of Road & Ride. Violations that specifically include: Not riding as far to 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 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 our 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 the National Fund Raising teams that attend annually and huge blow to the economic benefits that you and our events provide to our Lake Tahoe communities.
Only you, as a participating cyclists, 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 video taping 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 our 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 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 our Ride:
Event Director Bike the West
AS A REMINDER:
YOUR SAFETY AND FUTURE OF THIS RIDE DEPENDS ON YOU
“ABIDE BY OUR 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 PEDISTRIANS 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 our Ride that include wearing a helmet and no head phones and others 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
Hard Rock After Ride Pool Party
The ride features an After Ride Pool Party with a delicious meal and live band with Deep Fryed Mojo in the Finish Line area at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Pool. Additional After Ride Party Meal Tickets are available to purchase for guests. This is included with your entry fee. You must present your Pull Tag Meal Ticket from your event number to attend. Additional meal tickets are available to purchase for guests at event registration. 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. You can post your photos on our Bike the West Facebook Page. To keep informed on ride details, please “Like” our Bike the West Facebook Page for updates. Please remember to Pick Up your Drop Bag in the Finish Area if you leave clothing / items at Rest Stops. Please visit and enjoy shopping with our sponsors and vendors at the Finish Line Expo.