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mal said...

Cruise up and down State Street on your fancy cruiser. Stop at the pier for a cocktail and Pascucci for a yummy Italian meal.

irishlass said...

Bike and Drink in Calistoga, unwind with a mud bath

tahoe charlie said...

If you plan in advance, you can join Americ'a Most Beautiful Bike Ride Reservations open in January, and are frequently sold out my the end of February. There is a 35, 72 and 100 mile course.

The Reno-Tahoe Territory of the Nevada Commission on Tourism, Bikeway 2006 and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America invite you to participate in the 15th annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride - Lake Tahoe, one of the most scenic and awe-inspiring rides you will ever experience. Spectacular scenery, clean mountain air, great food and full support by experienced ride organizers make this ride a ‘must do’ for any avid recreational bicyclist.

Bikeway 2006
America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride continues to promote Bikeway 2006, a bi-state project to build and connect existing bike lanes around Lake Tahoe and to develop an alternative non-motorized transportation corridor to help protect Lake Tahoe’s environment.

Nationwide Team in Training
The ride is also proud to be the century selected by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America’s Team In Training Program where participants from over 60 different cities across the country will raise over $7 million to support their mission of finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for their patients and families.

Start - Finish
America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride will Start and Finish at the Lake Tahoe Horizon Casino Resort on Highway 50, Stateline, South Shore Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The Horizon offers 24 hour Nevada-style fun, a variety of restaurants, shops, live entertainment, night club, cinema, outdoor hot tubs, swimming pool, free parking and special lodging rates for bike ride participants and guests.
Call 1-800-648-3322 for reservations and ask for the America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride rates. Rooms for this event are limited and reservations must be made by April 30, 2006 to take advantage of these special rates.

Most Beautiful
The 72-mile America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride circumnavigates the highways clockwise around Lake Tahoe in both Nevada and California. It includes a challenging 800 foot climb to a rest stop overlooking Emerald Bay and a 1,000 foot climb to Spooner Junction. There are also many short rolling ascents and descents totaling over 2,600 vertical feet of elevation gain! The altitude ranges between 6,300 feet and 7,100 feet above sea level and the ride is recommended for conditioned recreational bicyclist, not for beginners. Participants must be at least 14 years of age (please, no children on bike carriers or trailers) and must be experienced in riding roadways.

Most Mileage - Beautiful & Historic Century
For the more conditioned bicyclist and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America’s "Team In Training" participants, a full 100-mile Century is offered adding an out and back on Highway 89/ Bike Trail to visit historic Truckee, California, before continuing around Lake Tahoe.

Most Fun for Friends and Family
For the recreational bicyclist who would like to mix sight-seeing and bicycling, the Boat Cruise & 35-mile Lake Tahoe Half Ride Fun Tour is offered.

The ride starts at 6:45am with a short 1 mile ride to Ski Run Marina where you and your bike board the Tahoe Queen for a scenic boat cruise to North Lake Tahoe. From there, you will join the ride course for the remaining 35-mile ride back to the Horizon Casino Resort. It comes with continental breakfast onboard & ride t-shirt, lunch on the course, rest stops and more. This Fun Boat Cruise is now open to friends and family members who would like to accompany participants across the Lake and return to Ski Run Marina. A fun-filled experience limited to 150 bicyclists & 50 guests.

Rest stops with a great selection of food and beverages are offered overlooking Emerald Bay, Homewood Mountain Resort, Albertson's in Truckee (for Century riders), Kings Beach (Lunch), and Spooner Junction.


If you've missed this year's America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride, you can still sign up for the Tour de Tahoe - Bike Big Blue on September 10, 2006.

Anonymous said...

The Tour of California

The Amgen Tour of California will bring the drama and excitement of a professional bicycle stage race to the California coast. The world's top professional teams will compete over an eight-day, 700-mile race on a route that includes the California redwoods, wine country and the Pacific Coast.

The tour will also raise funds for cancer care and treatment. Amgen, the tour's title sponsor, will work with The Wellness Community®, and Team Discovery member George Hincapie through their new Breakaway from Cancer™ initiative. The initiative will raise awareness and funds for services and programs that help cancer patients and caregivers.

Stage Information

Prologue San Francisco Individual Time Trial
Sunday, 02.19.06

Stage 1 Sausalito to Santa Rosa
Monday, 02.20.06

Stage 2 Martinez to San José
Tuesday, 02.21.06

Stage 3 San José Individual Time Trial
Wednesday, 02.22.06

Stage 4 Monterey to San Luis Obispo
Thursday, 02.23.06

Stage 5 San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara
Friday, 02.24.06

Stage 6 Santa Barbara to Thousand Oaks
Saturday, 02.25.06

Stage 7 Redondo Beach Circuit Race (9 laps)
Sunday, 02.26.06

irishlass said...

Raise money for MS and have a fabulous ride through beautiful Sonoma County at the 22nd Annual Waves to Wine Bike Tour.

September 9th and 10th, 2006

Join us for the 22nd Annual MS Bike Tour to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Ride 35, 75, or 100 miles towards a cure! This two day tour will challenge and delight you as the course takes you through the best parts of Northern California. Day one starts in world renowned Napa Valley with a lunch stop in charming Calistoga. Spend an evening of fun at our new and improved overnight location at Santa Rosa’s Sonoma County Fairgrounds where camping, dinner and an evening program will rejuvenate your mind and body. Day two takes you back to our infamous wave’s course where you will be able to enjoy your soup by the sea and all the delights of having reached the awe inspiring Pacific Ocean. Day two ends in delightful Petaluma where a hearty bar-b-que lunch and finish line festivities will top off your feelings of accomplishment. This is a fully supported ride with well stocked rest stops every 12-15 miles with SAG and Medical support available every mile of the way.

Anonymous said...

Are you fit enough for the Death Ride - Tour of the California Alps?

Recognized as one of the premier cycling events in the West, the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce and the Alta Alpina Cycle Club invite you to participate in the 26th Anniversary of the "Death Ride", while enjoying the magnificent scenery and warm hospitality of Alpine County!

This year’s ride returns riders to our infamous five pass course including:

Monitor Pass (8314')
Ebbett's Pass (8730')
Carson Pass (8573')
Beginning and ending at Turtle Rock Park north of Markleeville, California, the five pass ride includes 129 miles and 15,000+ feet of lung busting climbing. You also have the option of riding one, two, three or four passes. For your safety, the first four passes will be closed to vehicular traffic for the ride.

Five pass finishers will receive a five-pass pin and be eligible to purchase an exclusive five-pass finisher jersey.

2006 Tour of the California Alps

Anonymous said...

'06 New Belgium's Tour De Fat - A Ballyhoo of Bikes & Beer

Grab your bike and slip into your alter-ego

because New Belgium's philanthropic cycling circus Tour de Fat is hitting the road for its sixth season! Costumes and decorated bikes reign supreme as the participants come for a casual ride, good music and entertainment, then stay, of course, for the beer. Amid the hoopla, Tour de Fat also raises money for local charities. Admission to the Tour de Fat is free. All profits from beer sales go to local non profit organizations.

2006 Dates
(Start working on your outfit now!)

Click on a link below for city specific info.

Frisco - July 8
San Francisco - July 22
Truckee - July 29
Seattle - August 12
Portland - August 19
Boise - August 26
Missoula - September 2
Durango - September 16
Ft. Collins - September 23
Flagstaff - September 30
Tempe - October 21

irishlass said...

Premium Mountain Bike Rentals for Lake Tahoe's Premier Mountain Bike Trail

Ride the Flume Trail with Max Jones

Guided Flume Trail tour includes:

Ride the Flume with two time national champion and Moutain Bike Hall of Fame member Max Jones, who is ready to share the secrets of Tahoe and tips on how to better enjoy riding and recreating in the mountains.

We make it easy for you to do this great ride.

Forget about car shuttles, carrying lots of water and food.

Every tour includes:

Lake side lunch and extra water at the very scenic Marlette Lake.
Transportation in our comfortable van back to Spooner Lake after the tour.
Rent our Epic Disk bike for an additional $25. When participating in a tour.

Also included:
A great day to remember with friends on the most scenic mountain bike trail at Lake Tahoe.
Entrance to the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park for the day.

Guided tour cost: $385 for up to six people

Tour Schedule: 7 days a week June through October

Detailed Ride Description:

Our ride begins at the day lodge at 7080' at the Spooner Lake day use area in the beautiful Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. The flat North Canyon road runs past the old sheperds hut, then gives way to rolling uphill terrain through beautiful aspen groves that thrive in the Carson Range on the east side of Lake Tahoe. The last half mile of climbing past Snow Valley is where you become friendly with that shiny little granny gear on your cool Specialized mountain bike. You only get to climb 1100 feet in elevation, so take your time and savor these climbs as they are the only ones you'll to do all day. We don't want you to feel slighted in your Tahoe experience. At the summit, a quick break under the whispering lodgepole pines quickly drys the sweat and refreshes the soul.

Next a short descent leads to the peaceful, pristine Marlette Lake where in June and early July the huge Lahontan Cutthroat trout are spawning at the fish ladders. In the fall the colors at Marlette Lake are a sight to behold. A mile and a half of riding on the dirt road along the shore of Marlette Lake leads to the trail side lunch spot, overlooking beautiful Marlette Lake.

After lunch and refreshments, it is on to the incredible Flume Trail. This trail is nearly flat, dropping only 40 feet a mile and is spectacular in its setting. 1600 feet above the east shore of Lake Tahoe and only a half mile away from the shoreline in places, it is truly one of the premier trails in the world. Don't worry, we will stop often to point out several landmarks and let you take a few pictures.

At the end of the Flume Trail is a three mile, 1500 foot decent down to the shuttle van which will whisk you away back scenic Highway 28 to the Spooner Lake Outdoor Company's day lodge.

This is a moderately difficult ride at 7000 to 8000 feet in elevation. There is over 1000 feet of climbing and 4.5 miles of single track. The Flume Trail itself traverses above several steep drop offs, so those afraid of heights be forewarned. Most of the spectacular vistas require traversing steep terrain.

Are you psyched? Join us.
Call 775-749-5349 or 888-858-8844 or email spoonerlake@pyramid.net to reserve your place today on this great tour.

Spooner Lake Outdoor Company
P.O. BOX 981 Carson City, Nevada 89702