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Friday, May 4th, 2012
Lake Tahoe = a premier outdoor biking destination. Duh…
Liquigas-Cannondale, a professional Italian racing team in the UCI ProTour, will call North Lake Tahoe home Saturday, May 5 through Friday, May 11 to train for the upcoming Amgen Tour of California, an eight-stage race scheduled for May 13-20 and held throughout the state of California.
Many cyclists got a taste of Lake Tahoe last May while training for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California. These professionals had the opportunity to experience the beauty of the area firsthand and its challenging, high-altitude terrain. Although last year’s Tahoe stages of the Amgen Tour of California were cancelled due to an untimely snowstorm, riders have been eager to get back and hit our scenic steeps.
Liquigas-Cannondale will be difficult to miss while training in Lake Tahoe as they’ll be outfitted in their team jerseys and accompanied by support vehicles as they make their way around Lake Tahoe. Visitors to the area may see the professional cyclists along Tahoe’s vertical terrain, such as climbing Highway 267 from Kings Beach to Truckee, Highway 431 from Incline Village to Reno, up historic Old Highway 40 near Donner Lake or maybe via Highway 89 from Truckee to Downieville. The switchbacks of Emerald Bay have also been a popular training ground for other professional cyclists.
Liquigas-Cannondale team members training in Lake Tahoe are Vincenzo Nibali, Mauro Da Dalto, Kristjan Koren, Alessandro Vanotti, Alan Marangoni, Sthefano Agostini, Daniel Oss, Peter Sagan, Paolo Slongo, Dario Mariuzzo, Michele Pallini, Maros Hlad, Simone Schuler, Nazzareno Berto and Matteo Cornacchione.
Monday, June 13th, 2011
An unusually long winter may have meddled with Tahoe’s legs of the Amgen Tour of California, but cycling events later in the year are sure to dodge those unexpected snow storms. Check out some of the events coming up:
The Lake Tahoe Trail 100K Leadville Qualifier is at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort July 24. Serious mountain bikers will earn one of the 300 coveted starting positions in the 2011 Leadville Trail 100 by riding two 30-mile loops overlooking the Truckee Valley and Lake Tahoe.
Big Blue Adventure has long called Tahoe home with its series of adventure races, triathlons and trail running competitions. Specially for mountain bikers is its Lake Tahoe 4- and 8-Hour Mountain Bike Race June 18 in Tahoe City, where the champion will have made the most laps on a 12-mile course, marked by single track and fire roads.
Cyclists take to the road at the Tahoe Sierra Century Ride September 24, a race starting and finishing in Squaw Valley, which has earned praise for its scenic routes (both 60 and 100-mile available), demanding hill climbs and full-support services.
Get more details about biking in Tahoe, or read about the locals picks for Tahoe cycling.
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
As spectators and visitors make their way to Lake Tahoe this weekend for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, they will not experience any road detours or alternative routes while driving to North Lake Tahoe.
“There are no road constructions projects, diversions or bypasses scheduled for North Lake Tahoe this weekend and Monday during the Amgen Tour of California,” said Tourism Director Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. “All interstates and highways are wide open.”
Whether coming via Interstate 80 East, Highway 89, and Highway 267 from Northern California or Highway 431 from Reno and Highway 50 from Carson City, motorists will not be subject to delays or having to take alternative routes.
North Lake Tahoe is also an ideal way to access South Lake Tahoe, home of the Stage 1 Amgen Tour of California Start on Sunday, May 15, as visitors can drive to the South Shore from North Lake Tahoe via Highway 89 (West Shore) and Highway 28 (East Shore). As recently reported, construction will close U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit near South Shore beginning today, Wednesday, May 11, through Thursday, May 26. There are also alternate routes up Highway 50 from Northern California, which add 30 to 45 minutes to travels to South Lake Tahoe.
The 2011 Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling event in North America, will start at Lake Tahoe, one of the country’s most spectacular destinations and nationally renowned cycling meccas. Lake Tahoe’s first-ever involvement in the race will feature a lap-and-a-half around the lake beginning at the California/Nevada border in South Lake Tahoe with the Stage 1 Finish at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort (Sunday, May 15) in North Lake Tahoe. North Lake Tahoe also hosts the Stage 2 Start (Monday, May 16) at Squaw Valley USA, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics.
The Amgen Tour of California covers more than 800 miles, traveling between 15 host cities over the course of eight days from May 15-22, 2011.
North Lake Tahoe is also hosting the Tahoe 10-Day Countdown, which kicked off May 5, prior to Stage 1 and Stage 2 with a number of community-oriented events planned in the region’s commercial core districts that are now accessible via the paved bike paths that have been cleared of record snowfall and swept clean.
For details about the 2011 Amgen Tour of California in Lake Tahoe, including race routes, course logs (times), parking venues, a gallery of images and events, click to www.TahoeAmgenTourofCalifornia.com.
Monday, May 9th, 2011
What is the Amgen Tour of California?
The Amgen Tour of California is one of the most prestigious professional cycling races in the country and covers 800 miles in 15 days (beginning in Lake Tahoe and ending in Thousand Oaks). It attracts 2 million spectators annually and has a statewide economic impact of $100 million. The local impact is expected to be $5 million over the 10 days of events in Tahoe.
How is Lake Tahoe Taking Part in the Tour?
For the first-time ever, Lake Tahoe is hosting the Stage 1 Start in South Lake Tahoe, Sunday, May 15. The cyclists will ride a lap-and-a-half around the lake and then head over Brockway Summit (Highway 267) to the Stage 1 Finish at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. The Stage 2 Start takes place the following day, Monday, May 16, at Squaw Valley USA, with riders heading through Truckee before making their way into the Gold Country and the finish in Sacramento.
Is There a Dedicated Website for the Tour?
For the Lake Tahoe Stages, click here. The site offers events, including Tahoe’s 10-Day Countdown to the race (May 5-16), as well as race information, including a race day parking map and lodging.
Where Are The Best Places to Watch the Race?
The Starts and Finishes will be the most popular venues with expos and festivals surrounding these events, but Lake Tahoe’s commercial cores along the race routes also offer fantastic venues – as well as special viewing parties, parking, shopping, dining – such as South Lake Tahoe, Homewood, Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista, Kings Beach, Crystal Bay, Incline Village and Zephyr Cove for Stage 1, as well as Squaw Valley and Truckee for Stage 2. Course Logs (with times) and details for special viewing parties and venues can be downloaded.
Will Tahoe’s Highways Be Closed for the Tour?
There is a rolling road closure for the peloton, but the highways are only closed for a short period (approximately 20-30 minutes) as the cyclists and support vehicles move through the routes.
Is There An Opportunity to Ride the Race Route?
Absolutely! Cycling enthusiasts can ride the route during the Start at the Top – Lake Tahoe Legends Ride, Saturday, May 14, and explore majority of the first lap of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, while rubbing elbows with cycling legends, including Olympic medalist Bobby Julich. Click to the official website for details and to register: www.TahoeAmgenTourofCalifornia.com.
Can Visitors Walk a Portion of the Official Race Route?
Of course! Amgen’s Breakaway Mile is a walk to honor the millions of cancer survivors worldwide. Those touched by cancer are invited to join this one-mile walk across the Amgen Tour of California finish line at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort Sunday, May 15, prior to the professional riders rolling across the finish. Click to the official website for details and to register.
Is There An Opportunity to See the Teams Up Close?
The Opening Gala and Official Team Introduction is a great way to see the professional cyclists up close. The elegant evening is Friday, May 13 at the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in South Lake Tahoe at 6 p.m. Tickets are $300/each with a percentage sold benefitting Breakaway from Cancer. Get details.
Is Lake Tahoe Home to Other Cycling Races?
Lake Tahoe is recognized for several annual biking events, including America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride (June); Tour de Tahoe, Tahoe Century Ride, Lake Tahoe Marathon Race Week with its biking events (September); the Death Ride (July); Tour de Nez (July); as well as a handful of mountain biking events, such as the Lake Tahoe Trail 100K Leadville Qualifier (July).
How Can Visitors Do Their Part During the Tour?
Area visitor bureaus and chambers of commerce encourage spectators to abide by the “pack-in pack-out” motto to help keep our national treasure clean, as well as to park in designated lots and bike or walk to key race viewing points.
How Can Visitors Take Part in the Race Day Festivities?
Join the celebration at the South Lake Tahoe Expo Sunday, May 15 and at the finish line at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort with is Lifestyle Festival. The Lifestyle Festival is a focal point for spectators and includes a health & fitness expo, cancer awareness education, family activities and bike safety. The race starts are also popular with spectators, especially autograph alley where the pro cyclists check in with race officials prior to the race.
Is Lake Tahoe Accessible via Car?
Yes! There are no road restrictions for North Lake Tahoe via Interstate 80, Highway 267 or Highway 431. There is a temporary detour off Highway 50 to South Lake Tahoe, beginning May 11. Alternate routes around the closure take travelers through the scenic gold country of El Dorado and Amador counties. Motorists should allow approximately 30 minutes extra travel time (depending on traffic and conditions) during the two-week full closure to reach South Lake Tahoe. The alternate routes available from U.S. Highway 50 are:
· From Sacramento: Exit at Power Inn Road and take State Route 16 east to State Route 49 south, at State Route 88 in Jackson, turn left (east). Take that to State Route 89 and turn left again (north), and follow it back to U.S. Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe.
· From Placerville: Exit at Missouri Flat Road and take State Route 49 south. Follow it to State Route 88 in Jackson and turn left (east), At State Route 89 turn left (north) and follow it back to U.S. Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe.
· Get details.
What Is Amgen?
Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives. To learn more about our pioneering science and vital medicines, visit online.
Friday, May 6th, 2011
The most festive venues are going to be the Stage 1 Start in South Lake Tahoe, Stage 1 Finish at Northstar–at-Tahoe Resort (both May 15), and the Stage 2 Start in Squaw Valley USA, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics (May 16).
South Lake Tahoe to Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort via West Shore
The first option is following the peloton from the start (10:30 a.m.) in South Lake Tahoe as it makes its way west through the commercial core and onto Emerald Bay Road (between 11:09 a.m. – 11:16 a.m.) on the West Shore, then into Tahoe City (11:49 a.m. – 12:03 p.m.) and Kings Beach (12:11 p.m. – 12:29 p.m.). From Kings Beach, the riders will continue on Highway 28 to the East Shore, while spectators will turn north onto Highway 267 (Brockway Summit) and head to the finish line (3:12 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
South Lake Tahoe to Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort via East Shore
The second possibility has spectators taking in the start in South Lake Tahoe and experiencing the festivities at Lake Tahoe Expo at the Horizon Casino Resort after the riders have left. Spectators are then advised to head onto Highway 50, heading to the East Shore and catching the riders in Crystal Bay (12:15 p.m. – 12:34 p.m.) or Incline Village (between 12:21 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.), before making the turn north onto Highway 267 and getting to the Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort for the finish (3:12 p.m. – 4 p.m.).
Lake Tahoe’s Best Climbs – Kings of the Mountain
According to the region’s cycling gurus, some of the best spots are on a steep climb or at
the bottom of a precipitous descent.
1) Iconic Emerald Bay is one of Lake Tahoe’s most photographed areas and a fantastic spot to watch the racers, predicted to top the summit between 11:09 a.m. and 11:16 a.m. This is the first of three Kings of the Mountain race finishes for Stage 1. Parking here, on the West Shore, is tight with only two parking lots available: Eagle Falls Trail Head and Vikingsholm Visitors Center. Spectators’ best bet is to get there early.
2) Spooner Summit on the northeast corner of the lake, where Highways 50 and 28 intersect. It’s also where the cyclists will make the long and steady ascent to an elevation of 7,150 feet around 12:50 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. This is the second King of the Mountain finish. There are three parking lots here: Spooner Lake State Park, Snow Park and the Tahoe Rim Trail Access Road.
3) Brockway Summit on Highway 267 to 7,000 feet and is the last King of the Mountain finish, which is expected to take place between 3:03 p.m. and 3:52 p.m. Per the California Highway Patrol, Brockway Summit (Highway 267) will close 20 to 30 minutes before the race passes. Spectators who are interested in viewing the finish should be over the summit before the racers come through. Parking is extremely limited with just a few pull out stops and hiking trails parking.
And for those that just can’t get enough “carnage” during Stage 1, the descent of Emerald Bay on the West Shore has riders reaching speeds of 40 miles per hour into the flats of Homewood (11:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.). The Spooner Summit descent has cyclists going even faster – 45 miles per hour – as they descend back toward the lake to the tunnel at Cave Rock. After cresting Brockway Summit, the lead group will plunge down a rapid descent into a hard left turn onto Northstar Drive (3:09 p.m. – 4 p.m.), where both sprinters and climbers will setup for a high-speed blast to the finish line at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort (3:12 p.m. – 4:03 p.m.).
4) As part of the Stage 2 route from Squaw Valley USA to Sacramento, May 16, the 1,000-foot climb up Old Highway 40 to scenic Rainbow Bridge (10:55 a.m. – 11:02 a.m.) offers spectacular views along with close ups of the riders. However, there is only one parking lot at this summit.
The Stage 2 Start at the Village at Squaw Valley (10:15 a.m.), under the Olympic Rings, might be a better option, especially as racers make a celebratory one-and-a-half laps around the village before departing onto Squaw Valley Road. Spectators can see cyclists fine tune their bikes before checking in with race officials, and after the start they can enjoy leisurely meals at nearby cafes and restaurants.
Other Ideal Viewing Venues – Special Viewing Parties
Lake Tahoe’s commercial cores are perfect for viewing the Stage 1 peloton as many are hosting special viewing parties, such as South Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort, Casino & Spa, the official start of the race (10:30 a.m.), as well as Heavenly Village and Embassy Suites; Ski Run Blvd. (10:39 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.) the “Y,” where 89 and 50 intersect, a BMX Demo will be taking place showcasing Olympic medalists (10:47 p.m. – 10:50 a.m.); Homewood Moountain Ski Resort on the West Shore (11:45 a.m.); Tahoe Tree Company, just outside of Tahoe City on the West Shore (11:49 a.m. – 12:03 p.m.); Heritage Plaza in downtown Tahoe City; Tahoe Vista State Recreation Area in Tahoe Vista; Blue Onion Café and the Old Brockway Golf Course in Kings Beach (12:11 p.m. – 12:29 p.m.); the historic Crystal Bay casino corridor (12:15 p.m. – 12:34 p.m.); Incline Village on the North Shore (12:21 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.) with a party at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe; and Zephyr Cove on the East Shore (1:30 p.m.).
Along the Stage 2 route, a fantastic viewing spot is the Truckee “mousehole” (10:37 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.), the site of the King of the Mousehole Sprint, where Highway 89 crosses under the Union Pacific Railroad through a narrow 25-foot wide concrete arch structure, as well as along Donner Pass Road (10:38 a.m. – 10:42 a.m.).
All of these areas offer up parking lots (on a first-come, first-serve basis), dining options, shopping and bike rental companies for those that are geared up to ride. Many are also hosting festivities surrounding the 2011 Amgen tour of California, including family activities and bike expos. For a list of local businesses offering activities, where to park (a Google map), lodging packages and special events, visit www.TahoeAmgenTourofCalifornia.
Times for the Amgen Tour of California race are approximate, based on average speeds of the peloton and are subject to change. To ensure ideal viewing of the race, plan ahead for traffic delays. The visitor bureaus encourage spectators to abide by the “pack-in pack-out” motto to help keep our national treasure clean, as well as bike or walk to key race viewing points. For real time updates during the race, visit www.AmgenTourofCalifornia.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
For a complete calendar of Tahoe’s 10-Day Countown, events leading up to the race (May 5-14), as well as activities during Stage 1 (May 15) and Stage 2 (May 16), click to www.AmgenTourofCalifornia.com.
For best viewing points, where to catch the riders up close, a complete list of events and lodging accommodations, click to www.TahoeAmgenTourofCalifornia.com follow us on Twitter and Facebook. For details about the Tour and information about volunteering, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
Friday, April 22nd, 2011
Registration is now open for Amgen’s Breakaway Mile in North Lake Tahoe at the Village at Northstar, taking place in conjunction with Stage 1 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 15.
The Breakaway Mile is a walk to honor the millions of cancer survivors worldwide that ends at the North Lake Tahoe Amgen Tour of California finish line prior to the day’s finish of the professional race. Participants not only have the opportunity to walk along the racecourse, but also are invited to view the race action from a reserved area near the finish line complete with refreshments. Each Breakaway Mile also features an Amgen scientist who plays a crucial role in developing breakthrough medicines. Registration is limited to the first 150 people. Sign up here.
The Breakaway Mile also shines the spotlight on one special local person. A local Breakaway from Cancer® Champion, who has made a positive impact and acted as an inspiration for those affected by cancer, will lead the Breakaway Mile through the Village at Northstar. Online nominations were accepted from February 25 to March 25 to identify candidates and online voting is now available to select the local Breakaway from Cancer Champion. There are three Lake Tahoe finalists: Ruth Geresy, Stuart Jed and Alan Tolhurst. Vote online now. Only one vote per person and online voting closes April 27.
The activities are part of Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer initiative, which represents a partnership between Amgen and four nonprofit organizations to raise awareness of the broad range of support services available to patients and caregivers – from prevention through survivorship.
Breakaway from Cancer Champions will be granted special access to the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, award a jersey to a professional cyclist, be recognized on stage, and lead the Breakaway Mile through their community.
Friday, April 15th, 2011
Lake Tahoe has long been a training ground for some of the world’s best skiers and snowboarders, but its mountains have also provided professional cyclists with challenging terrain to better prepare themselves for the country’s most prestigious races, including the 2011 Amgen Tour of California.
Amid the parka-wearing, ski-toting residents and visitors, Lake Tahoe is home to an avid group of competitive cyclists who train year-round, both indoors and out. The go-to place for cyclists to improve athletic performance, especially during the winter months, is Performance JM in Truckee, owned by Olympic gold and silver medalist Julia Mancuso.
“Our cycling instructors are all competitive road racers, triathletes or mountain bike racers, who specifically work with Olympic athletes, professionals, as well as aspiring athletes,” said Fitness Director Chris Cloyd.
Cyclists here have the advantage of training at altitude, 6,200 feet, which helps provide endurance athletes with a training advantage. The facility is equipped with all the latest technological advances to take athletes to that next level of competition.
To get riders in the saddle and out on the open road among the region’s renowned alpine lakes and forested setting, Lake Tahoe’s cycling gurus have a long list of the best routes that get the nod from the professionals.
According to Gary Bell, owner of Sierra Ski and Cycle Works in South Lake Tahoe, anyone who rides a bike should take to the 72-mile course around Tahoe’s lakeshore, part of the race’s Stage 1, at least once in a lifetime.
As recently as last summer, local cyclists reported sightings of American professional cyclist Levi Leipheimer, a three-time winner of the Amgen Tour of California, training along the lake’s picturesque West Shore.
Paco Lindsay of Paco’s Truckee Bike and Ski in Truckee recommends adding an additional leg to the Lake Tahoe-lake loop.
“Blackwood Canyon on the West Shore is a fantastic add-on to the around-Tahoe excursion,” said Lindsay. “The turn off is three miles south of Tahoe City at Kaspian Campground. The road is paved and winds all the way up to Barker Pass, gaining approximately 1,300 feet in elevation from lake level.”
But Leipheimer isn’t the first professional cyclist to train Lake Tahoe, nor will he be the last. According to Rich Staley, owner of Great Basin Bicycles in Reno, Nevada, Greg LeMond, three-time Tour of France winner and Reno native, included Tahoe as part of his rigorous training regime.
“LeMond would ride from Washoe to Virginia City to Carson City (Nevada), then up Highway 50 to Spooner Summit (7,200 feet), onto Mount Rose along Highway 431 (8,260 feet) and back to his house in Washoe.”
According to Staley, this loop is also one of the most popular rides in the area.
Another classic training ride incorporates a Lake Tahoe icon – Rainbow Bridge.
“Hands down one of the best rides is from Truckee to Cisco Grove (California),” said Hardy Bullock, the Elijah Bleu’s race team captain. One of Truckee’s newest coffee shops, Elijah Bleu’s is just as serious about cycling as they are about their java.
“The climb along Old Highway 40 is famous for Rainbow Bridge built back in 1926, its spectacular views of Donner Lake and the 1,000-foot + climb,” said Bullock. It’s also part of the Stage 2 route for the Amgen Tour of California.
Dean Schaecher, another of Lake Tahoe’s avid cyclists and owner of The Pour House, a Truckee-based hip wine shop and tasting bar, agrees.
“This is a classic training route that all the racers use as a benchmark of their fitness,” said Schaecher. “They can quote you their best time on the course on any given year. There are many great rides in Lake Tahoe, but Donner is THE one.”
Bullock also recommends Martis Peak on Highway 267, an out-and-back from Truckee, as an ideal route. It also happens to be his own personal favorite, and is the toughest ride his team trains on. The professional cyclists competing in the Amgen Tour of California will also hit Brockway Summit, but will be coming from Kings Beach, California, the last significant hill climb before the Stage 1 finish at Northstar-at-Tahoe.
“The ride is approximately 40 miles roundtrip, with the first 10 miles flat across Truckee’s Martis Valley then moving into a steep 10-mile climb to Brockway Summit, at approximately 7,200 feet” said Bullock.
Cycling enthusiasts new to the area or those that enjoy the camaraderie of riding in a group can also take to the road in the Start at the Top – Lake Tahoe Legends Ride.
The ride, part of Lake Tahoe’s 10-Day Countdown and held just prior to the kick-off of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, is scheduled for Saturday, May 14. It explores the majority of the first lap of Stage 1, and gives riders a chance to rub elbows with cycling legends, such as Bobby Julich, Sky ProCycling Race Coach and 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist.
Whatever training ride undertaken, recreational or competitive, the pros tend to end the day at one of Lake Tahoe’s many watering holes with the traditional Tahoe cycling, post-ride beverage of choice: beer, of course.
Find the best viewing points, where to catch the riders up close, a complete list of events and lodging accommodations online. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. For details about the Tour and information about volunteering, visit online.
Friday, March 25th, 2011
From spandex to black tie: set your sights on some of the world’s top cyclists for an elegant evening celebrating the overall start of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling event in North America. Wine, dine and mingle during the Opening Gala and Official Team Introduction, Friday, May 13 at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa’s Theater in South Lake Tahoe.
The 2011 Amgen Tour of California features 19 elite teams, including:
- UCI (International Cycling Union) ProTeams: Sky ProCycling (GBR); Rabobank Cycling Team (NED); Team Garmin-Cervélo (USA); HTC-Highroad (USA); Team RadioShack (USA); Liquigas-Cannondale (ITA); Saxo Bank Sungard (DEN); Leopard Trek (LUX); BMC Racing Team (USA)
- UCI Professional Continental Teams: Team NetApp (GER); Team Type 1-sanofi aventis (USA); Team Spidertech Powered By C10 (CAN); UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (USA)
- UCI Continental Teams: Movistar Team (COL); Jamis-Sutter Home (USA); Kelly Benefit Strategies – Optum Health (USA); Bissell Pro Cycling (USA); Jelly Belly p/b Kenda (USA) and Kenda/5-Hour Energy Pro Cycling p/b Geargrinder (USA)
As the Overall Start City for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, Lake Tahoe will host an elegant evening featuring the introduction of all the participating teams and cyclists. Upon arrival at 6 p.m., piano music will be playing as guests mingle and bid on silent auction items, including signed team jerseys, sports memorabilia and attractive Lake Tahoe vacation packages. At 7 p.m. the main event begins with a four-course dinner featuring an entrée of Filet Mignon with a Red Wine Demi-Glace, Gorgonzola & Pine Nut Crusted Chilean Sea Bass, Roasted Shallot Mashed Potatoes and Blistered Asparagus. The event will be emceed by the race’s broadcast team who will introduce the teams and riders during dinner.
A percentage of each ticket sold will benefit Breakaway from Cancer®, an initiative dedicated to empowering patients with education, resources and hope. Breakaway from Cancer® represents a partnership between Amgen and its nonprofit partners: Prevent Cancer Foundation, Cancer Support Community (formerly The Wellness Community), Patient Advocate Foundation and National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.
Individual Gala tickets are $300 and a table for 10 people is $2,500. Get more information and purchase tickets.
Thursday, March 24th, 2011
Cycling enthusiasts can ride the route during the Start at the Top – Lake Tahoe Legends Ride, Saturday, May 14, and explore majority of the first lap of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California Stage 1.The tour is considered the largest cycling event in North America as the peloton races nearly 800 miles and visits 15 cities in eight days, attracting approximately two million spectators.
The Legends Ride allows participants to ride the Stage 1 course of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California and pedal elbow to elbow with cycling legends and dignitaries, including Bobby Julich, Sky ProCycling Race Coach and 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist; and John Howard, who rode on the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympic Teams, set the world 24-hour cycling distance record of 593 miles and finished second in the Race Across America (1982), which he co-founded. Other legends include Max Jones, Mike Neel, David Brink and Roland Della Santa.
The Legends Ride is produced by TGFT Productions and Bike the West and is fully supported with rest stops, technical support, first aid and support and gear assistance. Options include a 72-mile roadway route around Lake Tahoe and a 35-mile ride that transfers participants from South Shore to North Lake Tahoe via the Tahoe Queen paddle wheeler to cycle around East Shore and finish in Stateline, Nev. A sightseeing boat cruise is available for non-cyclists.
The event is open to the first 1,000 cyclists who sign-up online by April 30. Registration is $125/person for the 72-mile ride, and $140 /person for the Boat Cruise +35-mile option, which is expected to sell out.
Pre-registered participants will receive a Lake Tahoe welcome bag with a commemorative event number, wrist-band, water bottle, ride pin and t-shirt. They also have the benefits of food and beverages at rest stops along the route, lunch and an after ride pasta feed with live music.
The Start at the Top – Lake Tahoe Legends Ride is supported by the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association as well as cycling clubs, organizations and advocacy groups in and around the Lake Tahoe region: The Alta Alpina Cycling Club, Alta Alpina Challenge – Riding the Wild Sierra; the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition – Tahoe Bike Challenge: the North Lake Tahoe Music Dept., the Tahoe Sierra Century Ride: the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association and the Nevada Bicycle Advisory Board.
Check-in for pre-registered cyclists and late registration is Friday, May 13, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., at the Horizon Casino Resort Convention Center Ballroom in Stateline, South Shore Lake Tahoe. Confirmation number and identification are required to pick up materials.
Late and same day registration is May 14, will be in Parking Lot C of the Horizon Casino Resort, from 6 – 7 a.m. For details about start times and location, visit Bike the West online.
TGFT Productions / Bike the West also produces the 20th Annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride – Lake Tahoe, June 5; Tour of the Carson Valley – Barbecue & Ice Cream Social, June 26; Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue, September 11 and 20th Annual OATBRAN – “One Awesome Tour Bike Ride Across Nevada, Sept 25-Oct 1.
Monday, March 21st, 2011
The party starts at the top too! Lake Tahoe is hosting a 10-day celebration as a countdown before the largest cycling event in North America, the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, with concerts, family activities and bike-related events, May 5-14, in preparation for the Stage 1 Start and Finish of the race (May 15) and the Stage 2 Start (May 16).
Lake Tahoe Basin residents and cycling enthusiasts are pumped to make Tahoe’s 10-Day Countdown to the tour special and like no other event with Cinco de Mayo parties, the Opening Gala and Team Introduction, Lake Tahoe Legends Ride, Spirit Bike Parade, wine dinners, showroom entertainment, live music and more. The tour’s Local Organizing Committee invites visitors and residents to grab their bike helmets and hold on as the countdown to the tour begins…
Ten (May 5)…
The Hard Rock Cafe at Harveys Lake Tahoe is hosting the official b kick-off party, Friday, May 5, with percentage of the evening’s proceeds donated to Amgen’s title sponsor, Breakaway from Cancer, an initiative that helps empower people affected by cancer.
Observing the May 5 kickoff, what better way to celebrate than going to as many Cinco de Mayo parties as possible? The Blue Agave, Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino and the Crystal Bay Club Casino are all hosting festive parties to commemorate the launch of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California.
Nine (May 6)…
Sammy Hagar and the Wabos will be playing at Harrah’s South Shore Room on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, while the historic Bar of America in Truckee will host DJ Zeb Early.
Eight (May 7)…
Tahoe’s nightclubs will be stocked and ready for weekend partiers. Opal, Vex and Crystal Bay Club, along with the Village at Squaw Valley, will keep the beats bumping May 6-7 and 13-14.
Seven, Six, Five (May 8-10)…
At South Shore casinos throughout the week, visitors and locals can view One Voice Starring Bethany Owen at the Horizon, The Improv at Harveys with host and emcee Howie Nave, and the infamous Party with Arty at Harrah’s South Lake Tahoe.
During the 10-day countdown, live music can be found at various venues around the lake, including: Cabo Wabo Cantina, Mc P’s Pub, Crystal Bay Club Casino and Bar of America.
Four (May 11)…
The Biking for a Better World Winemaker Dinner is Wed., May 11 at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. Dinner will support an organization that brings accessibility to communities in need around the world.
Three (May 12)…
The Slow Rollers Bicycle Club presents the Spirit Bike Parade where all types of bikes and costumes are encouraged – almost mandatory. Bikes will be rolling from the “Y” (the intersection of HWY 89 and HWY 50) across town to the Stage 1 Start at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, on May 12.
In North Lake Tahoe, the Squaw Valley Institute hosts “Soulcycler, Around the World Bike Tour” with local photographer/cycling enthusiast, Rick Gunn.
Barton Health 2011 Lecture Series features topics ranging from nutrition, preventing injuries, maximizing performance and more. A local professional trainer will present ‘Pedaling to Peak Performance,’ at Embassy Suites, May 12, 6 – 8 p.m.
Two (May 13)…
The Opening Gala and Official Team Introduction is Friday, May 13 at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. For a black tie evening attendees will get to rub elbows with the pros, indulge in a four-course meal, host bar and silent auction. For tickets and details: 2011 Race Opening Gala.
The Village at Squaw Valley will hosts a free outdoor cycling movie, Breaking Away (1979), directed by Peter Yates and starring Dennis Quaid. And at the Crystal Bay Club, Jackie Greene and Band will have you moving and grooving until the early morning hours.
One (May 14)…
The inaugural Start at the Top – Lake Tahoe Legends Ride, allows cycling enthusiasts to ride the Stage 1 first lap and compare their time to the pros, Saturday, May 14.
The North Lake Tahoe Bike Swap, the Tahoe City Street Dance: right downtown, right under the stars and the 3rd Annual Wellness Weekend at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe all take place on May 14.
Eric Burdon & the Animals will be playing at Harrah’s South Shore Room on the eve of the Stage 1 start, Saturday, May 14.
Throughout the first day of the race, various events will be taking place between the north and south shores of Lake Tahoe. For full details and a schedule of events.
Amgen Tour of California Overall Start…(May 15)
Stage 1 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California is Sunday, May 15. The peloton begins at its highest start elevation in six years, 6,300 feet above sea level in South Lake Tahoe. After a lap and a half around the Lake, Stage 1 finishes at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. Stage 2 starts at Squaw Valley USA on Monday, May 16.
As part of the Stage 1 start on May 15, a special program, Breakaway from Cancer, will honor a Lake Tahoe cancer survivor, patient, caregiver or advocate who has made a difference within their community or proved an inspiration. In addition to leading the walk just prior to the Stage 1 finish at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Lake Tahoe’s designee, a resident of the area, will receive special access to the tour, podium recognition and presentation ceremony involvement. Nominations from the public will be accepted online through Tuesday, March 22.
The Lifestyle Festival is May 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., at the Stage 1 Finish at Northstar-at-Tahoe, and will feature a health and fitness expo, cancer awareness education, cycling gear, family activities, bike safety, food and entertainment.
Find the best viewing points, where to catch the riders up close, a complete list of events and lodging accommodations. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. For details about the Tour and information about volunteering, visit Amgen Tour of California.