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Tour de Tahoe rides for diabetes

Becky Regan
bregan@tahoedailytribune.com
Joe Proudman / Tahoe Daily Tribune
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Share the Road Schedule

There are no road closures on Sunday, but be aware there will be many cyclists on the road. Below are the Highways, locations and times that bicyclists will be sharing the roadways.

Hwy 50 west bound Stateline - South Lake Tahoe 6:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Hwy 89 north bound South Y - Camp Rich - Emerald Bay 6:30 - 10.30 a.m.

Hwy 89 north bound Emerald Bay - West Shore – Homewood 7:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Hwy 89 north bound Homewood - Tahoe City 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Hwy 28 east bound Tahoe City - Kings Beach - Incline Village 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Hwy 28 east bound Incline Village - Spooner Junction 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Hwy 50 west bound Spooner Junction – Stateline 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tour de Tahoe

Who: Nearly 1,800 bicyclist

What: 11th annual bike ride around Lake Tahoe in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Where: Starting at Horizon Casino Resort at Stateline, Nev. Clockwise around lake

When: Sunday, 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Road closures: None, but share road with cyclists

Fingers are crossed for good air quality, but either way cyclists will be biking around Lake Tahoe today.

The 11th annual Tour de Tahoe Ride to Cure Diabetes, presented by Bike Big Blue, will be held smoke or shine. Despite uncertain air quality due to the Rim fire near Yosemite, event officials are preparing for about 1,800 cyclists to turn up for the 72-mile bike ride in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

“There’s not really much more we can do at this point,” event director Curtis Fong said. “We can’t give away refunds and there’s no option to cancel or reschedule.”



What cyclists can do is check the bike ride website at http://www.bikethewest.com, where there is a link to current fire information and the air quality index. There is also a link to Heavenly Mountain Resort’s Gunbarrel chair camera, which points down to Stateline and gives a good visual of air quality.

“Based on the conditions, we are asking people to consult their physician on whether or not they should participate,” Fong said. “We have an agreement with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to produce the ride regardless.”



Those riding will choose between two different tour options based on ability level.

There is a 35-mile half ride for “recreational” bicyclists that starts with a sightseeing boat cruise and continental breakfast on the Tahoe Queen and ends with a 35-mile bike ride back to the Horizon via the East Shore.

Then there’s also the 72-mile route that will loop cyclists clockwise around Lake Tahoe along scenic stretches of highway with more than 4,000 vertical feet of climbing.

The Sunday after Labor Day weekend was originally selected because it has the lowest traffic count of any weekend day in September. Fong sees the tour as a perfect way to say goodbye to summer.

“It gives people the opportunity to come to Lake Tahoe, post Labor Day, spend one more weekend up here, enjoy what we have and be able to ride their bike around the lake,” Fong said. “And, at this time of year, we get more experienced, seasoned cyclists who have been riding all summer and know the rules of the road.”

Check-in and late registration will kick off Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. at Tahoe Sports LTD. Cyclist can also check-in or register on the morning of the ride in the back parking lot of Horizon from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m.

“We’re about 1,700 right now, and we’ll normally register another 80 to 100 at late registration if conditions are good,” Fong said.