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AMGEN Tour of California Returns to North Lake Tahoe

Last updated: March 2021


AMGEN Tour of California Returns to North Lake Tahoe

for the Third Consecutive Year

What to know before you go; regional road impact information and call for volunteers

North Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev. (April 25, 2017) – The annual cycling race around California makes its North Lake Tahoe stop on May 11 and pits worldwide athletes in an adrenaline filled race around iconic Lake Tahoe. This prestigious bike race will begin and end on the south shore at the Heavenly Mountain Resort. The route will circle Lake Tahoe one time in a clockwise direction, passing through South Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay, Tahoe City and Kings Beach. As riders reach the north shore of Lake Tahoe, they will enter Nevada and ride through Incline Village as they ascent back to the finish. The course offers optimal spectator viewing of this world-class race as cyclists soar through North Lake Tahoe!

Road Impacts:

The race will be in the north shore on the California side for approximately an hour and a half. California Highway Patrol and marshals will supervise and manage rolling stops of approximately 20 minutes at all intersections and street crossings. That includes 10 minutes prior to the procession arriving and the amount of time it takes for the racers to pass a given point. Please be advised that if traveling around the north shore during this time you will encounter delays on the road.  Vehicles can follow the procession, but not pass it. Vehicles will not be allowed to head toward the procession.  CHP will pull them to the side of the road until the peloton passes.  Any athletes unable to keep up with the rolling closure will be allowed to ride as ordinary citizens obeying traffic rules.

The biggest impact will be the closure of HWY 28 between Stateline and Spooner Summit. Traffic from Incline Village to Spooner Summit will be able to follow the procession, but not pass it. Please note that Highway 28 North from Spooner Summit will be closed for the race beginning at approximately 1pm.  This will cause backed up traffic towards Carson City until it reopens around 1:25pm.  For travelers planning to go from Carson City to Incline Village or North Lake Tahoe during the afternoon of May 11th, consider taking Mt. Rose Highway.

Timing Tips: 

11:30 a.m.: Be where you want to be in the Tahoe City area

12:00 p.m.: Be where you want to be in the Kings Beach area

12:30 p.m.: Exit access heading South or West from Tahoe City will be accessible. Eastbound access will be limited and will move at the speed of the procession.

12:50 p.m.: Access through Kings Beach should be available Westbound. Eastbound access will be limited and will move at the speed of the procession.

1:00 p.m.: Estimated closure of HWY 28 North from Spooner Summit. Be where you want to be in the Incline Village area.

Key Impact Times (Approximate):

11:30 a.m.: Leaders arrive at Rubicon

11:42 a.m.: Leaders enter Tahoma

12:04 p.m.: Leaders turn right onto HWY 28 in Tahoe City

12:17 p.m.: Leaders enter Carnelian Bay

12:27 p.m.: Leaders enter Kings Beach

12:31 p.m.: Leaders exit CA at Stateline, NV

1:10 p.m.: Leaders arrive at Spooner Summit

1:25 p.m.: HWY 28 reopens to through traffic to Incline Village

Volunteer Opportunities:

Enjoy a front row seat for America’s most prestigious cycling stage race! Volunteers are needed to marshal street crossings along the north shore in Tahoe City, Kings Beach and Incline Village to maintain a safe riding and spectating environment.  Volunteers are being asked to committ asking for about 2 hours of your day and in return you’ll receive a commemorative t-shirt and hat.  If interested, please sign up on the AMGEN Tour of California Volunteer website.  You’ll be contacted closer to the race with exact information.

Spectator Information:

This is your chance to witness a world class race and to support the amazing athletes brave enough to compete!  Help welcome them to our amazing region by getting on course and cheering them on.  Stop by the Tahoe City or Incline Village Visitor Center the week of the race to pick up a cowbell so you can make lots of noise as the racers zip by.

For additional information on the event contact Amber Burke (details below).


About North Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a crown jewel of the Sierra. Formed approximately two million years ago, it is the largest alpine lake in North America and the second deepest in the United States. North Lake Tahoe spans two states and boasts two dozen beaches, twelve ski resorts, hundreds of miles of biking trails, half a dozen communities, and a growing number of nationally recognized human-powered events, races and festivals. North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. Visitor information centers are located at 100 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village.

About the Amgen Tour of California

The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions. Amgen Tour of California is listed on the international professional cycling calendar (2 HC, meaning “beyond category”), awarding important, world-ranking points to the top finishers.

North Lake Tahoe Resort Association Media Contact:

Amber Burke, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association

(530) 581-8702

[email protected]

Amber Whitman Burke

Phone: 530.581.8702
[email protected]