America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride plows through Tahoe weather |

America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride plows through Tahoe weather

Douglas Etten / Tahoe Daily TribuneTwo bikers make their way from Cave Rock down Highway 50 into Zephyr Cove while rain pours down Sunday morning.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. andamp;#8212; For the second time in nearly a month, weather patterns nearly put a hex on yet another regional bike ride.However, the 20th annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride pushed through some early-morning and midday conditions Sunday that brought record amounts of rain to the Lake Tahoe Basin.More than 3,000 riders from around the United States ascended on the Tahoe area on Friday. With them they brought an exuberant attitude that the ride would happen, and they didn’t let spectators down.Vendors and booths set up along the perimeter of the lake didn’t see as much foot traffic as expected, but riders were appreciative of the support given to make the ride safe and fun.andamp;#8220;We really enjoyed it, even though the weather sort of stunk,andamp;#8221; one rider said. andamp;#8220;I can’t wait to come back next year. I can only imagine what the ride would have been like had it been a gorgeous day. I probably would have stopped and saw more of the sites, but we still all enjoyed the route.andamp;#8221;Riders left from Horizon Casino andamp; Resort at 6 a.m. Sunday. The filed from the parking lot behind the Stateline casino until almost 8 a.m. when the last of the riders boarded the Tahoe Queen for their 35-mile venture.Others took part in the Century Ride, which as it implies was a 100-mile loop which began in Stateline, went up Highway 89 to Tahoe City before heading northwest to Truckee and then back down toward Northstar. After heading through Kings Beach and Incline, the wind and rain made Zephyr Cove and Stateline look like an oasis to one group of riders.andamp;#8220;We must be nuts,andamp;#8221; one member of a group from the East Coast area said. andamp;#8220;I take that back, we are nuts. But we’re smiling I guess … that must count for something.andamp;#8221;

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