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Lake Tahoe Guide to Amgen Tour of California Cycling Competition
Spectators, volunteers, residents, visitors, businesses, sponsors, media, cycling enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys special events and community support.
Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Women's Race empowered with SRAM at Lake Tahoe, May 11-12. The competition is part of the Union Cycliste International’s Women’s WorldTour, denoting the highest caliber racing events in the world. Race presenter AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, created routes that will challenge the world’s top female cyclists in Lake Tahoe. The 120+ athletes will vie for the coveted jersey with the overall start (May 11) in Lake Tahoe, Stage 2 (May 12) at Lake Tahoe/Carson Valley, Stage 3 in Elk Grove (May 13) and the finale in Sacramento (May 14).
Race headquarters: Heavenly Mountain Resort California Base Lodge
3860 Saddle Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
- Women's Stage 1 start/finish in South Shore 72.7 mile circumnavigation of the lake
- Women’s Stage 2 start/finish in South Shore 67.1 miles heads toward Luther Pass, descends into the Carson Valley and climbs back into the Tahoe Basin over Kingsbury Grade.
May 11 and 12: both days the start/finish line festival is from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- May 11: Stage 1 race start approximately 10:40 a.m. with finish at 1:50 p.m. Awards follow.
- May 12: Stage 2 race start approximately 10:25 a.m. with finish at 1:50 p.m. Awards follow.
Lake Tahoe is a leading cycling destination that attracts top athletes and Olympians from around the world including 120+ cyclists competing in the Amgen Tour of California. These champions will climb, descend and break away along steep and winding stretches of the Sierra at speeds up to 50 mph.
Temporary Road Closures
Event organizers plan for minimal traffic delays, Thursday, May 11 between 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. and Friday, May 12 between 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. with rolling road closures. Residents, businesses and visitors are encouraged to host viewing parties and cheer for racers as they pass. Officials advise to plan for 30 minutes on each side of an intersection and one hour on Spooner Summit/Highway 28 for Thursday, May 11 and Kingsbury Grade for Friday, May 12.
- May 11: Highway 28 to Incline Village will be closed from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Through traffic will be held at Spooner Summit at 1 p.m.
- May 12: Through traffic at Kingsbury Grade will be held at 12:30 p.m.
For route maps visit: www.tahoesouth.com/amgen.
The free festival features exhibitors, family activities, cancer and cardiovascular awareness education, and food/beverage for purchase. There is designated parking at Heavenly’s California Base Lodge. Attendees are encouraged to carpool or bike.
Strider Race for tikes ages 2-5 years old is at the event, Friday, May 12. They will cross the same finish line as the athletes. Each child participating will receive a Strider Medal and an Amgen Tour of California goodie bag. Race is at 12:30 p.m. Register online at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/strider.
Volunteer spots are still available and no experience is required. Register online at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com. Registrants must be at least 18 years old, or accompanied by an adult. Questions: contact Mark Luke at [email protected].
Jennifer Boyd for South Lake Tahoe
Liz Bowling for North Lake Tahoe
Heidi Saucedo for Carson Valley Visitors Authority
About the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Set at 6,300 feet, South Lake Tahoe is the only destination in the country that combines two strikingly different worlds: spectacular natural beauty and desirable resort amenities. The combination of outdoor summer activities includes hiking, biking, kayaking, golfing, swimming, fishing and boat cruises along with 24-hour nightclubs, fine dining, gaming and entertainment. For information about lodging, recreation and family packages at Lake Tahoe South Shore, call the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, 1-800-AT-TAHOE (1-800-288-2463) or go to www.TahoeSouth.com.
About North Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is a crowned jewel among the sierras. Formed approximately 2 million years ago, it is the largest alpine lake in North America and the 2nd deepest in the United States. North Lake Tahoe spans across 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 LakeTahoe 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. For the latest deals, check out the Cool Deals tab on www.gotahoenorth.com
About Carson Valley
A truly scenic treasure rests at a crossroads of sorts and is a popular destination for travelers. Found nestled between the grand rise of the Sierra and the stunning beauty of the Pine Nut Mountains, its one BIG playground. Explore scenic farms, wide open ranches, world class soaring, a full recreation lake and historic museums. There are over 50 miles of hiking, biking, and trails to conquer. With natural beauty, a laid back friendly atmosphere, historic exploration, authentic outdoor recreation, and a full spectrum of events and entertainment year-round, Carson Valley will have you coming back for more. Carson Valley is only 12 miles east of Lake Tahoe accessible by state routes 50, 88, 395 and 207. Go to VisitCarsonValley.org and develop your own Carson Valley vacation experience.
About the Amgen Tour of California
The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race featuring both men’s and women’s competitions created and presented by AEG. America’s biggest stage race challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course across 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. The Amgen Tour of California is part of the UCI WorldTour along with the premier races in the world, and awards world-ranking points to top finishers. More information is available at amgentourofcalifornia.com.