AMGEN Tour of California Women’s Race: Where to watch at Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe’s natural geography of steep climbs and long descents against postcard views will offer plenty of sites to catch race action as the top women cyclists compete in Stage 1 of the AMGEN Tour of California Women’s Race Empowered with SRAM, May 19.
With a route that runs clockwise around Lake Tahoe, Stage 1 is full of ups and downs. The “ups” will provide some of the best close-up views of the cyclists, but parking will be limited, so plan to get to your viewing spot early.
- Emerald Bay is one of Lake Tahoe’s most photographed areas and a fantastic spot to watch the racers. Parking for these vantage points 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 before traffic schedules hinder access.
- Kings Beach is nestled in the heart of North Lake Tahoe and will offer prime viewing opportunities for the race. Public parking is located next to the Kings Beach State Recreation area, the largest public beach on the north shore.
- Crystal Bay is a few miles up Highway 28. Parking is available along Reservoir Road and viewers can watch from Stateline Lookout (or Fire Trail) behind Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino.
- Spooner Summit – at the conclusion of the two plus mile uphill grade from the scenic Lakeshore Boulevard in Incline Village – on the southeast corner of the lake, where Highways 50 and 28 intersect, is where the cyclists ascent to an elevation of 7,150 feet. There are three parking lots here: Spooner Lake State Park, Snow Park and the Tahoe Rim Trail Access Road.
- The last ascent is up Ski Run Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe to the finish line. Parking is available at the festival area at Heavenly Mountain Resort’s California base.
- Bijou Community Park off Al Tahoe Drive in middle of South Shore, the “Y” where Highway 89 and 50 intersect, and Camp Richardson Resort off of Highway 89 before Emerald Bay each have parking areas (available on a first-come, first-served basis).
Times for the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race Empowered with SRAM are approximate based on average speeds of the peloton, and are subject to race dynamics. The area visitor bureaus encourage spectators to abide by the “pack-in pack-out” motto to help keep all areas clean, as well as bike or walk to key race viewing points.
Getting around town: Tips for a Successful Day
- Expect rolling road closures & delays during the race
- Allow extra time
- Become familiar with Race Day Activities
- Consider biking or walking
- Select your viewing location early
- Consider alternate routes
- Be patient