COVID-19 Update: The combined 29th Annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, that was postponed to merge with the 18th Annual Tour de Tahoe, scheduled for Sunday, September 13, 2020 has been postponed to their traditional dates in 2021. This is due to COVID-19 restrictions and setbacks with reopening phases governed by local, county and state health agencies. Read the 7/17/20 press release.
Popular Lake Tahoe cycling event to be combined with 18th Tour De Tahoe on September 13
Press Release / Bike the West
The 29th Annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, originally set for Sunday June 7, 2020, is rescheduled to be combined with the 18th Annual Tour de Tahoe, set for Sunday, September 13, 2020. This is due to the uncertainty of current and changing CDC coronavirus COVID-19 restrictions and mandates by national, state and county health agencies.
“This is an extremely difficult decision especially in that we have 800+ Team in Training members with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society scheduled to participate and raise over $3 million,” commented event director Curtis Fong. “We are fortunate to have Tour de Tahoe as a back-up event and hopefully life will return to a new normal by this date. By combining both rides, this year’s ride will be branded as America’s Most Beautiful Tour de Tahoe,” he added.
America’s Most Beautiful Bike, which debuted in 1991, has traditionally been held the first Sunday in June and is recognized as one of the best fully supported bike ride events in the country. Over the past 24 years, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has brought over 27,000 trained athletes to Lake Tahoe and have surpassed a total fund raising amount of $108 million.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society have also rescheduled their Team in Training fund raising program to attend this year’s event and plans to be at the start line at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe at Stateline, NV on September 13. The National Psoriasis Foundation, our Tour de Tahoe charity sponsor, will continue to bring their national team to participate as scheduled. Tour de Tahoe is traditionally held the Sunday following Labor Day, that has traditionally been the lowest traffic count Sunday in the month.
All online pre-registered participants have been notified that their registrations will be auto transferred to ride on September 13. Pre-registered participants will also have the options to transfer their registration to ride next year’s America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, scheduled for June 6, 2021 or cancel and request a refund.
For more information and to register for the America’s Most Beautiful Tour de Tahoe, visit: bikethewest.com
The ride (not race) starts & finishes at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe and reservations can be made by contacting their reservations system at 1-844-588-ROCK (7625), with discounts offered for early reservations. For those that have already booked rooms for AMBBR’s original date, and cannot make the ride on September 13, visit: hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com/faqs-contact/
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will update reservations or cancel and refund deposits.
The ride is open to any and all recreational bicyclists as well as endurance bicyclists (one does not have to raise funds to participate) offering options to ride around Lake Tahoe’s 72-mile shoreline route and a full 100-mile century and includes an out and back from Tahoe City to Truckee before continuing clockwise around the lake. Bike the West prides itself with providing a fully supported ride with well stocked rest stops with food and beverage, including first aid and medical services, technical support with bike mechanics on duty, SAG Transport services and more taking care of all the participants needs to cross the finish line and receive their finishers medal. And, attend the after ride meal in the Hard Rock Hotel’s pool area with live entertainment.
America’s Most Beautiful Tour de Tahoe will feature a traffic delay on northbound Hwy 89 – Emerald Bay Road, at Baldwin Beach Road from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and is administered by the California Highway Patrol and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. Northbound traffic will be stopped and delayed until 8:30 a.m., to allow emergency, law enforcement, course support vehicles, only … and allow registered event bicyclists to negotiate the climb up and around Emerald Bay. Southbound Highway 89 will remain open for the traveling public at all times.
Both the California Highway Patrol and Nevada Highway Patrol will provide traffic control along the entire route in both California and Nevada highways. And, over 150 bicycle event signs, including Special Event Ahead, Bikes Ahead, Share the Road, Ride Single File, Bikes Crossing, etc., are posted along the entire course route.
The ride is also supported by a number of non-profit organizations that include the Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra, Sierra Ski Education Foundation, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Rite of Passage, Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition, Blue Riders Motorcycle Club, Tahoe Amateur Radio Association, Douglas County Search & Rescue, Carson City Sheriff’s Search & Rescue, Barton Health – Tahoe Center for Orthopedics, Douglas County Sheriff’s Explorers, and many other organizations and sponsors.
Rest stops are positioned at Vikingsholm Parking, Gate Keepers Museum Parking and Kings Beach Plaza with Special Event permits with California State Parks. A rest stop is positioned in Truckee in the Cross Roads / Save Mart Center for those choosing the 100-mile ride option. There is also a rest stop on Lake Tahoe’s east shore on Hwy 28, 4-Miles from Spooner Junction (Hwy 28 & 50) with final rest stop at Spooner Junction in the snow park / boat inspection area.
Bike the West will also continue to produce the 29th Annual OATBRAN, One Awesome Tour Bike Ride Across Nevada, set for September 27 through October 3, 2020. OATBRAN is a multi-day, motel style bicycling tour across the Silver State on U.S. Highway 50 – America’s Loneliest Road from Lake Tahoe to the Great Basin National Park. Overnight Accommodations, bag transport, rest stops every 20 miles, 21 meals, bike mechanic support, SAG Transport support and after ride activities in all host communities, and more.
For more information visit: bikethewest.com/oatbran-one-awesome-tour-bike-ride-across-nevada/.