Date(s) - 09/09/2018
16th Annual Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue
Sunday September 9th, 2018
PLEASE REVIEW EVENT ALERT! UNDER ROAD WAYS AROUND LAKE TAHOE, BEFORE REGISTERING!
Lake Tahoe — Big Blue, as it is referred to by many — is North America’s Largest Alpine Lake and the Jewel of the High Sierra … and the Reno Tahoe Territory of the Nevada Commission on Tourism and Bike the West invites you to experience the adventure of riding your bicycle around her 72-mile shoreline by participating in the 15th Annual Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue. Bike the West has been producing America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride – Lake Tahoe for the past 25+ years and has gained a reputation as being one of best Spring rides in the country. It continues to sell out year after year leaving many riders not able to participate.
This is your chance to ride around Lake Tahoe at Summer’s end offering fresh mountain air, incredible scenic beauty, great food & entertainment and managed and supported by one of the most experienced bicycle event management teams in the West.
Bike the West & Tour de Tahoe Bike Big Blue continues to promote the Lake Tahoe Bikeway, in conjunction with the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition. Dedicated to enhance bicycling safety, facilities and to promote the building and connecting existing bike lanes around Lake Tahoe and to develop an alternative non-motorized transportation corridor to help protect Lake Tahoe’s environment. If you enjoy riding your bike around Lake Tahoe, please help us to continue our work by joining and supporting this vision. Click on the Logo for information and membership.
Start – Finish: Stay at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue will take place rain or shine. Event organizers have the right to delay the start time or alter the course options should possible inclement weather present it self on ride day. Please continue to check this website for updates the week prior to the event. You may also “Like” our Facebook Page to receive updates and information on the ride or to communicate with ride organizers and other friends that my be attending. facebook.com/bikelaketahoe
Tour de Tahoe will Start and Finish in “Parking Lot C” of the the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe on Highway 50, Stateline, South Shore Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Bike the West is extremely pleased to be hosted by the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe as they have invested $60 Million in a complete renovation of the property. and will be offering an outstanding updated venue with a variety of restaurants, lounges, gaming and newly renovated accommodations. We are also pleased to stage our Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue, After Ride Meal & Party at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Pool.
Call 1-844-588-ROCK (7625) for reservations or visit their website at: www.hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com and ask for the Tour de Tahoe room rates. (Code: TOURTAHOE18) Rooms for this event are limited and reservations must be made by August 12, 2017 to take advantage of these special rates. *Hard Rock Hotel will allow participants to store bicycles in their hotel rooms (some restrictions apply).
Tour de Tahoe Course
The 72-mile Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue course 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 4024 vertical feet of elevation gain! The altitude ranges between 6,300 feet and 7,100 feet above sea level and the ride is recommended for conditioned recreational bicyclists, not for beginners. Participants must be at least 14 years of age (no children, please) and must be experienced in riding roadways.
Bike the West is pleased to bring back the Boat Cruise – 35 Mile ride to offer a unique and shorter ride distance. There are limited spots for this ride option. Please check online registration details the first week in February 2018.
Rest stops with a great selection of food and beverages are offered overlooking Emerald Bay, Tahoe City, Kingsbeach (Lunch), and Water Stop at Half Spooner and at Spooner Junction. Drop bags will be provided at the first two rest stops if you chose to discard clothing. Please include your Pull Tag Drop Bag Number from your Event Number in your Drop Bag and write your name & number on the Drop Bag. First aid and technical support are provided at rest stops and on the course. SAG Transport Support Service is also provided to transport you forward to the next Rest Stop, but may be subject to delayed returns to the Finish and course sweep.
Cut-off times are established at various points and at each rest stop where ride organizers reserve the right to ask “behind time” participants to sag forward.
A variety of non profit organizations manage and sponsor the Rest Stops and other services on the course to include members of: The Tahoe Amateur Radio Association, Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra, Bijou Community School, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Rite of Passage, Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition, Tahoe Blue Riders Motorcycle Club, Barton Health / Tahoe Center for Orthopedics, Douglas County Search & Rescue and many others.
Check In – Bicycle Safety Check – Big Sale
Tour de Tahoe Pre-Registered Rider Check-In will take place from 12 noon until 8 pm on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at TAHOE SPORTS LTD, located in the Village Shopping Center at Highway 50 & Heavenly Village Way in South Lake Tahoe, two stop lights from the Stateline Casinos on the California side. All participants will be
required to sign an Accident and Release of Liability Waiver upon check-in. All participants will receive a Lake Tahoe Welcome Goodie Bag, Event Number, Event Wrist Band, Event T-Shirt, Finish Medal, Food & Beverage at up to 5 rest stops, including Lunch on course, Tech Support at each rest stop, SAG Transport Support Services if needed, plus After Ride Meal Pool Party with Live Entertainment. Plus, A complimentary bicycle safety inspection is offered during this check-in period. Make sure you check out the great “Tour de Tahoe” Sale going on this weekend. Also, don’t miss our Sponsors and Vendor Expo here and at the finish line on ride day. Pre-registered rider check-in will reopen at 5:30am on Sunday, September 9, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, back parking lot C. Late / Same Day on site registration may be available, space permitting, with late fees. Free parking is available in all other back parking lots as well as the Parking Garage (check your roof rack space). It is recommended that you enter the parking lots from Lake Parkway Drive across from Edgewood Golf Course.
All 72 mile riders have four 15 minute start windows from 6:45am to 7:30am. You must indicate your Start Time preference on your registration application or you will be assigned the earliest start window for your ride option.
Road Ways around Lake Tahoe
The highways around Lake Tahoe are for the most part extremely narrow and some with little to no shoulder. For Tour de Tahoe all highways are open for vehicle and bicycle traffic in both directions. So please be prepared to SHARE THE ROAD.
Hard Rock After Ride Pool Party
The ride features an After Ride Pool Party with a delicious meal and live band with Deep Fryed Mojo in the Swimming Pool area at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This is included with your registration fees. Additional After Ride Party Meal Tickets are available to purchase for guests when you register online or at event check in. You must present your Pull Tag Meal Ticket from your event number to attend. Additional meal tickets are available to purchase for guests at event registration. Event photos will also be available from PhotoCrazy.com who will capture your image on the course. These photos will be FREE to download compliments of Bike the West. You can post your photos on our Bike the West Facebook Page. To keep informed on ride details, please “Like” our Bike the West Facebook Page for updates. Please remember to Pick Up your Drop Bag in the Finish Area if you leave clothing / items at Rest Stops. Please visit and enjoy shopping with our sponsors and vendors at the Finish Line Expo.
IMPORTANT UPDATED INFORMATION TO ALL PARTICIPANTS FROM
RIDE DIRECTOR, CURTIS FONG:
Dear America’s Most Beautiful and Tour de Tahoe Participants,
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has historically worked extremely hard to both support our events and ensure utmost safety on the roadways for all cyclists as well as motorists. Caltrans is also in a position to grant or deny permits for our events.
Caltrans has received numerous comments, complaints and letters about riders not abiding by the Rules of Road & Ride. Violations that specifically include: Not riding as far to the right as practicable; riding 2 or more abreast; Not moving to the right to allow following traffic to pass safely; and Not stopping at stop signs or allowing pedestrians to cross at marked cross walks. Registered event cyclists may be taking for granted, “Share the Road”, where cars are expected to share with bikes and obey rules of the road; but those same cyclists are not sharing the roadway with vehicles, or obeying the rules of the road themselves. We know that most of you obey the Rules of the Road & Ride, in that you Ride Responsibly and Share the Road with Vehicles and it may be a small percentage of violators that have created this issue. Regardless, Caltrans grants Bike the West the privilege to conduct our Special Events on Public Roadways and all participants must comply with both the Rules of the Road AND Rules of the Ride, if we are to continue to host America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride and Tour de Tahoe.
If this disregard for your safety and the safety of all roadway users continues, Caltrans will not issue our necessary encroachment permit to allow our rides to continue as a Rules of the Road/Ride event. This would be a devastating blow, not only for you, former and future participants, but also for the National Fund Raising teams that attend annually and a huge blow to the economic benefits that you and our events provide to the Lake Tahoe communities.
Only you, as a participating cyclist, can determine the safety and future of our events, and we are asking for your help. Please demonstrate to Caltrans and all other users of the roadways around Lake Tahoe, that you can and will Share the Road & Ride Responsibly. Caltrans will be videoing the ride and the California Highway Patrol will be in force to cite violators. If you knowingly cannot abide by the Rules of the Road & Rules of the Ride, please do not register for our events. Your safety, and the future of cycling in Tahoe, is too important to risk. If you see instances of unsafe cycling, please remind others to Share the Road & Ride Responsibly, for their safety and yours, and for the future of our events.
We want you to enjoy your experience riding around Lake Tahoe and we ask you to help us continue to produce America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride and Tour de Tahoe. We ask you to comply with and abide by, not only the Rules of the Road, but also the Rules of the Ride:
Event Director / Bike the West
About Bike the West
Bike the West has been producing quality cycling events since 1989 in around the Lake Tahoe area Northern California and in the State of Nevada. The Comstock Silver Century premiered in 1989 followed by America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride and Oatbran in 1991. Our other popular events include Tour de Tahoe which is an early fall bike ride around Lake Tahoe. All Bike the West bicycling events are fully supported with Welcome Packet / Goodie Bags, Event T-shirts, Event Water Bottles & other premium items, Rest Stops with Food & Beverage including lunch and after ride meal, First Aid, Tech Support and SAG Transport Services. Bike the West provides fun cycling activities in South Lake Tahoe.