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Donner Summit Bike Time Trial is Sunday

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Looking for a challenge this weekend? If so, be sure to enter the Donner Summit Bike Time Trial Sunday, Aug. 28.The time trial consists of a 3-mile, 1,200-foot climb to Donner Summit from the west end of Donner Lake to Sugar Bowl Academy. All ages and abilities andamp;#8212; pro and novice andamp;#8212; are welcome.The event, which serves as a fundraiser for Auburn Ski Club Junior Nordic Programs, is a great way to set a personal best up old Highway 40 and support a good cause, said Sally Jones, Auburn Ski Club Nordic director.People can pre-register for the race online at http://www.truckeefunrun.com, or in person at Pacoandamp;#8217;s Bike and Ski Shop in Truckee, or on race day from 8-9 a.m. at the Citizens Bank plaza. Cost is $25 to pre-register, $30 day of race.Riders will warm up along Donner Lake, and theyandamp;#8217;ll start the timed climb at 10 a.m. at the west end of the lake.Last year, Joel Baty took the fastest menandamp;#8217;s time at 15 minutes, 53 seconds (previous record in 2009 andamp;#8212; Alex Taylor, 16:53.8). Also in 2010, Katerina Nash clocked the fastest womanandamp;#8217;s time at 16:45.5, breaking her previous record of 17:32.9,Old 40 will not be closed to through traffic during the event, so everyone andamp;#8212; drivers and riders andamp;#8212; are encouraged to be safe and smart. Riders must stay to the right side of the road and may pass if itandamp;#8217;s safe. However, riders will be disqualified if they cross the center line.And, for Saturday …Be sure to check out XTERRA Lake Tahoe, which takes place Saturday, Aug. 27, in Incline Village.XTERRA Lake Tahoe, which offers a full- and short-course option, is thought by many to be the best off-road triathlon course hands down, according to Big Blue Adventure, which is sponsoring the race.Itandamp;#8217;s easy to understand this sentiment with a swim off the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoeandamp;#8217;s sandy beach, a mountain bike course featuring the Flume Trail and topping out at 8,800-foot and a beautiful running course through tall pines and aspens. The views are breathtaking.Both the short and long course participants complete the 22-mile bike with approximately 4,000 feet of climbing.Course Distances:andamp;#8226; Full Course: 2×750-meter swim laps with a 50-meter beach run, 22-mile bike, 6-mile run.andamp;#8226; Short Course: 750-meter swim lap, 22-mile bike, 3-mile run.