Tahoe Sierra Century Ride: Three routes promise great bike ride for everyone
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Fabulous scenery? Check. Awesome exercise? Check. Great cause? Double-check. Slated for Saturday, Sept. 24, the Tahoe Sierra Century Ride 2011 is just the event to check off everything on your active autumn to-do list.
All of the routes start and finish in the Village at Squaw Valley, and all benefit the music students at North Tahoe Middle and High schools. While the eventand#8217;s moniker includes the word and#8216;century,and#8217; the 100-miler is just one of three rides offered in this annual Tahoe event.
Check out the following course descriptions and start warming up those bicycling legs!
100-Mile Route: Departing Squaw Valley, ride along the Truckee River to Tahoe City, then enjoy 13 beautiful miles along the Lake Tahoe shoreline before climbing Brockway Summit. Next, enjoy a long descent into Martis Valley, then a strenuous 8-mile climb up to Tahoe Donner. Enjoy the vistas from the top before descending back into Truckee for a 5-mile cruise along Donner Lake. Climb Old Highway 40 over Donner Summit, and then descend to the Cisco Grove lunch stop. After refueling, head back up to the Summit and enjoy an exhilarating and stunning descent back to Donner Lake. Finish the ride with 15 flat miles along the Truckee River back to Squaw Valley.
60-Mile Route: This is an out-and-back trip with a vertical gain of 2,500 and one summit climb. After starting in Squaw Valley, riders follow the Truckee River to Truckee and then on to Donner Lake. Next, they head up and over Donner Summit on Old Highway 40, enjoy lunch at Big Bend, continue onto Cisco Grove for the turn-around, and then head back up and over the hill to Donner Lake and back to Squaw Valley, 6,800 vertical gain.
30-Mile Route: Youand#8217;d like to participate, but not sure youand#8217;re ready for the big rides? The 30-miler is perfect for recreational riders (road bikers and mountain bikers). Itand#8217;s got all the fun ride elements without any of the major climbs. Like the other routes, it starts and finishes at Squaw Valley. Participants ride to the West End of Donner Lake, enjoy lunch and then return to the Village at Squaw.
Apres Ride Party: Whether a rider selects the century ride or the 30-miler, they will be feted at the Village at Squaw Valley with tasty food from Fireside Pizza Co. and entertained with great music from North Tahoe middle school and high school bands.
Launched in 2003, the event is the brainchild of the North Tahoe Music Fan Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for the music programs at North Tahoe Middle School and North Tahoe High School. These award-winning programs include five concert bands and three jazz bands. Both North Tahoe schools have an extraordinarily high percent of students participating in the music program. Compared to the national average of 6 to 10 percent music program student participation, North Tahoe Middle School boasts a 63-percent participation rate, and the high school has 24 percent. Plus, of these music students, at least 60 percent also participate in a school sport.
For more information, go to http://www.tahoesierracentury.com or Tahoe Sierra Century Facebook page.
Sponsors include Village at Squaw Valley, the http://www.thevillageatsquaw.com; The Inn Shop of Squaw Valley, http://www.innshop.com; Fireside Pizza Co., http://www.firesidepizza.com; Tahoe City Marina, http://www.tahoecitymarina.com and GU, http://www.guenergy.com.
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