The annual Tahoe Sierra Century Ride, with its 100-, 60- and 30-mile options, is set to return to the North Shore on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Launched in 2003, the event is the brainchild of the North Tahoe Music Fan Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for the music programs at North Tahoe high school and middle school.
The event features three distances, all with well-supplied rest stops and support, all starting and finishing in the Village at Squaw Valley.
The 100-mile route parallels the Truckee River to Tahoe City before turning left and traveling 13 miles along the Lake Tahoe shoreline to Kings Beach. Riders will then climb Brockway Summit and descend into the Martis Valley and Truckee.
From there, 100-mile participants face a strenuous 8-mile climb up Tahoe Donner, back down to Truckee and then up Old Highway 40 over Donner Summit to Cisco Grove for a lunch stop.
After an exhilarating descent back to Donner Lake, the century ride finishes with a flat, 15-mile stretch along the Truckee River back to Squaw Valley.
The 60-mile route is an out-and-back with a vertical gain of 2,500 feet and one summit climb.
Riders follow the Truckee River to Truckee and then on to Donner Lake before heading up and over Donner Summit on Old Highway 40. After lunch at Big Bend, they continue on to Cisco Grove for the turnaround, and then head back up and over the hill to Donner Lake and back to Squaw Valley.
The 30-mile route is perfect for recreational riders — both road bikers and mountain bikers. It’s got all the fun ride elements without any of the major climbs.
Participants ride to the West End of Donner Lake for lunch and then return to the Village at Squaw.
Whether taking part in the century ride or the 30-miler, participants will be feted at the Village at Squaw Valley with ood from Fireside Pizza Co. and entertained with music from North Tahoe middle school and high school bands.
The North Tahoe schools’ award-winning music programs include five concert bands and three jazz bands.
Both schools have an extraordinarily high percent of students participating in the music program. Compared to the national average of 6 to 10 percent participation in music programs, North Tahoe Middle School boasts a 65 percent participation rate, and the high school has 24 percent. Of these music students, at least 60 percent also participate in a school sport.
For more information or to sign up, go to www.tahoesierracentury.com or the Tahoe Sierra Century Facebook page.