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Lake Tahoe – Where Pro Cyclists Train and Compete
Olympic skiers and snowboarders proudly call Lake Tahoe their home, reinforcing the caliber of diverse and challenging terrain available. This spring, it spins beyond winter sports as Lake Tahoe will host the first two stages of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM, May 8-9, 2015. www.tahoesouth.com.
For the first time, top women’s cycling teams from around the world will vie to be crowned the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race winner, a three-stage cycling competition with the first two in Lake Tahoe. The start and finish line for both stages will be at Heavenly Mountain Resort’s California Main Lodge. The debut is part of the 10th anniversary edition of the Amgen Tour of California, and the first three-day women’s stage race of its kind in South Lake Tahoe. www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
Several women’s teams are training and acclimating to the altitude, including the BMW presented by Happy Tooth Dental team that has been in the region for the past week. “The gorgeous sunny weather makes the road conditions ideal for training,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “Seeing the athletes in our community builds the enthusiasm for hosting the event as well as the sport.” The destination continues to attract major cycling competitions. North Lake Tahoe has been selected to host USA Cycling’s Amateur and Para-Cycling Road National Championships in 2015 and 2016. The five-day event includes individual and tandem time trials, road races and a criterium. The event draws more than 1,000 participants, and thousands of spectators, family members and friends.
North Lake Tahoe’s selection for USA Cycling National Championships is a result of hosting the inaugural IRONMAN competition in September 2013, and reinforces the region’s appeal for national and international endurance events. The Ironman Lake Tahoe and Ironman Lake Tahoe 70.3 will continue to test athletes’ strength and will power, Sept. 20, 2015. www.ironman.com
“Hosting this prestigious national race at North Lake Tahoe will be a true win-win for everyone involved,” said Andy Chapman, chief marketing officer for the Incline Village Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Renown for its spectacular mountain vistas and crystal clear lake, Lake Tahoe’s setting is the perfect environment for athletes to both push themselves and to relax and rejuvenate post-race. We look forward to a great race this year as well as 2016.”
Tahoe’s slew of summer events/competitions that appeal to the avid recreational cyclist as well as the hard core athlete including:
- America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride puts pedal to the pavement during the 24th annual ride to fight leukemia and lymphoma bikethewest.com as avid recreational bicyclists circumnavigate 72 miles or a century ride (100 miles) around Lake Tahoe on June 7.
- Lake Tahoe Mountain Bike Race on June 20 consists of either a four or eight hour race as an individual or a team of up to 4 people. The course lap is approximately 12.6 miles and the most amount completed in the designated time wins. (Fast lap times are around 50 minutes) com
- USA Cycling National Amateur Championships, June 24-28 usacycling.org
- Xterra Tahoe City is a triathlon that entails swimming, mountain biking and trail running, June 27 com
- Death Ride – Tour of California Alps is 15,000 ft. of climbing for 129 miles over five passes including Monitor (Hwy 89), Ebbetts (Hwy 4) and Carson Pass on July 11
- Sierra Century Bike Ride, includes three routes - 30, 60 or 100 miles that all begin and end at Squaw Valley on Sept. 12 http://www.tahoesierracentury.com/
- Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue, a Ride to Cure Diabetes, participants test their strength and physical endurance, Sept. 13.
- Cycling Climbing Camps are available throughout the summer cyclingescapes.com
- Tahoe Bike Challenge – June 1-14 tahoebike.org
For further information about the Amgen Tour of California and to experience the race like never before with VIP Access, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
Lake Tahoe Media Contacts:
Jennifer Boyd for South Lake Tahoe
Connie Anderson for North Lake Tahoe
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