It is a great time to be a cyclist in South Lake Tahoe! As the snow melts with the warm, summer-like weather, more trails continue to open for local mountain biking. And in case you haven’t heard, we are now the proud World Record holders for the most people on bikes in a line at one time (unofficially, the Guinness Book of World Records is still reviewing our record breaking attempt).
I feel so blessed to live in such a gorgeous place where I can ride the Powerline to Incense Cedar to Corral Loop from my front stoop anytime I want, and the trails are in great condition! I can't help but giggle the entire time I ride. It seems as though everyone I run into on the trails is in a competition to see who is in a better mood or who is having more fun.
The question posed in passing is often "How's it going?" followed by "Couldn't be better, look where we are!" "Amazing!" "SO GOOD!"
The energy I pick up from other locals on the trails is contagious.
Speaking of contagious energy, the Spirit Bike Parade on May 17th was outrageous. I go to a lot of bike related events, and I have honestly never seen anything like it.
The local Slow Rollers club did a great job getting the word out and the community responded by showing up in masses in costumes on bicycles. If you missed it, you missed an entire lane of Hwy 50 being shut down to a mob of people on bikes.
This event was truly amazing. When the parade concluded, 1,188 people rode their bikes the six miles to Stateline from the Y. When everyone arrived at Mont Bleu, they scattered on bikes throughout town. I couldn't help but think, "This is my dream town, and everyone is on bicycles."
There were people on bikes everywhere. I was extraordinarily proud of our community. I love how it is completely possible in South Lake Tahoe to live your life car-free.
Thank you everyone for your energy and spirit and congratulations on breaking the World Record!
May is National Bike Month, and it really is a perfect time to get everyone excited about summer and sharing the joy of biking on the road and on the trails.
Where have you ridden your bike lately?