The Great Basin Sierra MS Bike Ride at Lake Tahoe |

The Great Basin Sierra MS Bike Ride at Lake Tahoe

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will bring a a fundraising bike ride to Northstar at Tahoe on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8 and 9.

This is a two day bike riding event that will cover 140 miles. Saturday, day one, is a ride south along the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, down to Emerald Bay, back up Highway 89 for 75 miles. There is an option for diehards to increase their mileage by way of a 15-mile uphill detour on Barker Pass Road. Sunday’s ride is a 50-miler and takes riders spinning by the shores of Donner Lake before climbing to a breathtaking overlook along Donner Pass Road to Emigrant Gap. Both day’s rides begin and end at Northstar.

Dani Lutzow, program coordinator for the Great Basin Sierra Division of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society said they expect 110 to 115 bike riders. With volunteers and paid staff participants will number around 200. Lutzow said the society’s goal is to raise $100,000.

This the second ride of its kind at Northstar. Participants are mainly from Northern California and Nevada although there are a handful from Illinois and back east according to Lutzow. The resort is negotiating with society for a five year contract for the event. The resort is also looking into building a custom mountain bike course for next year’s Multiple Sclerosis ride.

“This ride is not competitive at all and its really a fun event,” Lutzow said.

The event will be catered by Reno’s Outback Steakhouse.

The Great Basin Division of the national society will have an Reno news anchor man from KOLO News Channel 8 donating his time.

“We’re excited to have Pat Hambright as our Marshall this year,” Lutzow said.

For more information call the Great Basin Sierra Division of the National Multiple Sclerosis society at 775-329-7180.

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