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Tahoe Sierra Century has a ride for everyone

Three different route distances are offered in the Tahoe Sierra Century ride and#8212; 100 miles, 60 miles and 30 miles. The event is the main fundraiser for the North Tahoe middle and high school music programs.

The Tahoe Sierra Century has a bike ride for almost everybody. There are three routes to choose from, all starting and finishing in the Village At Squaw Valley, and all benefiting music students at North Tahoe middle and high schools.

The longest and most challenging Century ride has a three summit climb with 6,800 feet of vertical gain.

After leaving Squaw Valley, participants will ride along the Truckee River to Tahoe City, then enjoy 13 scenic miles along the shoreline of Lake Tahoe. They then stop at the Kings Beach rest stop before climbing up the Brockway Summit. Next, it’s a long descent into Martis Valley, followed by a strenuous 8-mile climb to the top of Tahoe Donner, and back into Truckee for a 5-mile cruise along Donner Lake.

Then it’s on up Donner Summit on Old Highway 40 and down to Cisco Grove, make an entertaining stop at the Big Bend rest stop where riders’ bikes will be valet parked by thankful students, followed by lunch. After that, riders pedal up and over Donner Summit down to Donner Lake to another rest stop at West End Beach. The last 15 miles are mostly flat alongside the Truckee River and back to Squaw Valley.

The 60-mile route is an out-and-back trip with a vertical gain of 2,500 feet, and one summit climb. After starting in Squaw Valley, riders follow the Truckee River to Truckee and then on to Donner Lake. Then they head up and over Donner Summit on Old Highway 40, enjoy lunch at Big Bend, continue on to Cisco Grove for the turn-around, and then head back up and over the hill to Donner Lake and back to Squaw Valley.

The 30-mile ride is gaining popularity with the recreational riders because of its shorter distance with the scenic views and no major climbs. It is also an out-and-back starting in Squaw Valley, as participants ride to the West End of Donner Lake, enjoy a lunch and then return to the Village at Squaw.

All participants will be served dinner at the end of the event from 1:30-6 p.m., with live jazz music performed by the North Tahoe music students. This event is the major fundraiser for these music students.

North Tahoe middle and high schools have an extraordinarily high percentage of students participating in the music program. Compared to the national average of 6-10 percent student participation in music programs, North Tahoe Middle School boasts a 63 percent participation rate, and the high school has 24 percent. Of these music students, at least 60 percent also participate in a school sport.

For more information, go to http://www.tahoesierracentury.com, or visit the Tahoe Sierra Century Facebook page.

and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.

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