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Tahoe Games Bike Nights return, to make North Shore debut in August

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Get your bike lights, and glow sticks ready; Tahoe Games Bike Nights are coming back to Lake Tahoe Golf Course.

The On Course Events series returns to the golf course for a second year this Friday, May 27.

The events feature riders taking to an approximately three-mile cross-country course spread out over the fairways, rough, sand traps and bridges of Lake Tahoe Golf Course, which is lit up in parts to help competitors navigate.

"Over the river and through the woods to the Lake Tahoe Golf Course we glow, again," said Rob Giustina of On Course Events in a press release. "The Lake Tahoe Golf Course has an incredible venue to build a custom course. Once we add all the lights, themed bridges and music throughout, the golf course transforms to a family-friendly, X-country course guaranteed to challenge every rider."

About 100 competitors attended each of three Bike Nights last year, with similar numbers of spectators also attending, said Leslie Schultz, director of marketing for On Course Events.

Bike Nights will continue at the South Shore course June 24, July 29 and Sept. 30.

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The event will also make its debut at the North Shore, at Tahoe City Golf Course, on Aug. 26.

"It's family friendly. It's all about the community," Schultz said. "It is just as much fun to come out and watch."

Lake Tahoe Golf Course general manager Kevin Sommerfeld said most people just come out to spectate and have a good time.

"This just goes along with our theme of making this more of a multi-use facility and not just a golf course," Sommerfeld said.

He recommended competitors get there early to register.

Registration will open at 7 p.m. this Friday, with races set to begin around 9 p.m. Races will be conducted in three heats as a group start broken down by classes. Awards and an after party in the clubhouse will follow the race, according to the release. Entrance to a race costs $20 for adults and $15 for kids 13 and under.

"The elite class gets serious, but for the most part it's really about fun," Schultz said.

Sports LTD will hold bike demos and have raffle prizes for competitors. Helmets, bike lights, headlamps, glow sticks, bike decor and costumes are strongly encouraged by organizers. The course will be designed for ages 10 and older, although children younger than 10 can participate with parental discretion, Schultz said, noting that the course can be challenging.

Lake Tahoe Golf Course is located at 2500 Emerald Bay Road.