Tahoe Bike Challenge returning for 11th year, starts June 1 | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Bike Challenge returning for 11th year, starts June 1

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A cyclist rides up Brockway Summit toward Kings Beach.
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Visit tahoebike.org/tahoe-bike-challenge to learn more about the challenge.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Extra cyclists on the road over the next couple weeks won’t just be due to an outbreak of summer weather.

The 11th annual Tahoe Bike Challenge begins Wednesday, June 1, and runs through June 14. The challenge encourages people around the lake to log their bike rides, whether they be for work, school or recreation.

Three hundred-fourteen riders comprising 43 teams took part in 2015’s challenge, which included 2,705 trips taken and 17,294 miles ridden.

All ages are invited to take part in the free event, and everyone from solo riders to large groups can participate.

“It’s for everyone,” said Karen Houser, a Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition Board Member. “It’s real simple. The whole point is to get people out of their cars and riding their bikes for two weeks and the rest of summer.”

Biking is coming to the forefront for Lake Tahoe as a destination, and its personal benefits are also quick to make an appearance, Houser said.

“All of sudden you’re a little more fit, and you can go a little bit further and faster,” according to the nonprofit consultant.

The challenge will begin with a Pedal-Paddle Kick-off Party from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday at Lakeview Commons, at the corner of Lakeview Avenue and U.S. Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe.

The event will include special two-hour paddleboard rentals and mini lessons for $20, proclamations from the city of South Lake Tahoe and a historical bike ride through the Al Tahoe neighborhood.

Several other community events are also part of the challenge, and prizes in a variety of categories will be awarded for riders at both the North Shore and South Shore following the conclusion of the challenge.

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