Tahoe South Press Releases
Lake Tahoe Volunteers Sought for Amgen Tour of California’s Cycling Competitions
April 11, 2016 (LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev.) The Amgen Tour of California Local Organizing Committee is seeking volunteers for the Men’s finish and Women’s Race at Lake Tahoe, Thursday, May 19. Highlights of the Amgen Tour of California races will include iconic vistas along the 72-mile circumference of the lake as well as spectacular backcountry terrain through Hope Valley.
The men’s elite race Stage 5 will begin in Lodi, Calif. at 10 a.m., and finish around 3:45 p.m. at Heavenly Mountain Resort’s California Base Lodge in South Lake Tahoe totaling 132.4 miles. The women’s Stage 1 also at Heavenly will start at 10:50 a.m. and finish approximately at 2 p.m. totaling 72.7 miles.
Thousands of volunteers across the state will join forces with race staff May 15-22 to support the international sporting event where the world’s top cyclists compete in front of millions of fans, as well as a global television audience. In all, the men’s eight stages and women’s four-day races will travel through 12 host cities for official stage starts and finishes.
The South Lake Tahoe Local Organizing Committee are seeking 300 volunteers for the combined stages for men and women.
Volunteer registration is now open. Most of the positions consist of a course marshal – a critical role where the individual assists race staff and local law enforcement authorities along the route monitoring pedestrian traffic, road closures, and keeping spectators informed as the race progresses. There are also base area positions available like security and check-in.
No experience is required and those interested in assisting the Tahoe South portion of the tour can register at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/Tour/volunteer. Registrants must be at least 18 years old, or accompanied by an adult. Interested applicants can contact Mike Frye with the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority at [email protected] or 775-588-5900 x 309.
Approximately 160 female athletes will complete a 72-mile clockwise lap around the perimeter of Lake Tahoe and provides technical challenges such as twisting descents, fast straights and stunning views.
In a slight variation from last year’s women’s race, cyclists will leave Highway 50 and enter onto Pioneer Trail then to Ski Run Boulevard, local streets Needle Peak, Wildwood and finish at the California Base Lodge at Heavenly.
Meanwhile, the men’s races features approximately 200 athletes. The course start is in Lodi, Calif., and will travel over Highway 88 passing Kirkwood Mountain Resort. The men will endure challenge hairpin turns, climbs passing several alpine lakes before reaching Hope Valley, which is between Kirkwood Mountain Resort and South Lake Tahoe. They will then turn at Pickett's Junction onto Highway 89, with a breathtaking ascent to the 7,740-foot summit of Luther Pass and then steep grade descent into the Tahoe Basin.
Here’s a route preview video: https://youtu.be/am3iWtJiN8k.
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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 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. More information is available at amgentourofcalifornia.com.