Thousands of cyclists descend on Lake Tahoe for bike ride
June 7, 2009
LAKE TAHOE and#8212; Lake Tahoe is the place for some 3,000 riders who will tour Big Blue today for America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride.
America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride will start and finish at the Lake Tahoe Horizon Casino Resort on Highway 50, Stateline, South Shore Lake Tahoe, Nev.
The 72-mile America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, which has been sold out since earlier this spring to 3,000 entrants, circumnavigates the highways clockwise around Lake Tahoe in both Nevada and California. It includes a challenging 800 foot climb to a rest stop overlooking Emerald Bay and a 1,000 foot climb to Spooner Junction. There are also many short rolling ascents and descents totaling over 2,600 vertical feet of elevation gain.
The altitude ranges between 6,300 feet and 7,100 feet above sea level.
The ride began this morning at 6:30 a.m. and will continue throughout the day.
Northbound Highway 89 and#8212; Emerald Bay Road will be closed from 6:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., to through traffic allowing only registered participants on the course. Registered riders must display their helmet sticker, special wristband and participant number (on back) to be allowed on the course. All unregistered riders and vehicles, except for official and emergency vehicles, will be held by the California Highway Patrol until the roadway re-opens.
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Remaining roadways are not closed for this event. Please be prepared to share the road with vehicle traffic. To help facilitate spreading out riders, America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride-Lake Tahoe will require all bicycling event participants to ride single file and to select, or be assigned, a staggered start time.
Click on the official website: http://www.bikethewest.com/AMBBR.html