Northern California - Ride around Tahoe information
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06-15-08, 04:22 PM
Can anyone give me any info on riding around Tahoe ?. Such as which direction is advised,any particular bad areas (climbs, decents and etc). I would be there between July 5th and 11th. Any helpful info is appreciated
www.bikethewest.com for an elevation profile (look at the 72) and more info about their supported rides around Tahoe.
rojadude.motionbased.com for my stats (did it ~3 weeks ago).
Most go clockwise because it's more scenic. Not too much climbing (see above), but the elevation makes it a bit harder. I've had good luck starting and ending at State Line (southern part of the lake), but you could really do it from anywhere. (I have never done it solo, but I've done the organized bikethewest.com ride twice.)
My best advice is probably to do it very early on a Sunday morning otherwise the traffic will really take all the fun out of this ride. EDIT: Saw that you will be there for a while, so a weekday would probably be even better.
06-16-08, 09:28 PM
I like going counter-clockwise, starting from Stateline for a couple reasons: first I'm nice and warmed up by the time I hit the climb to Spooner, and second I prefer to fly down 28 to Incline Village than daring the traffic climbing up it solo, with all the cars parked along the road for beach access. Particularly on a weekend. Just my two cents, as I ride it occasionally, not regularly. Though I think I need to do it again now as it's been awhile.
The climbing isn't particularly difficult. There's a steepish but fairly short climb above Emerald Bay and a not very steep but long slog up to Spooner Summit. Other than that, it's just flats and rollers.
The nice thing about going clockwise is that you'll always be on the lake side of the road. Start early, bring a light jacket, armwarmers, kneewarmers. Bring lots of water and wear sunscreen. And a camera! The views are amazing.
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