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    Packfodding 3 caloso's Avatar
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    Camp Richardson to Inspiration Point: How Steep?

    Question for our Tahoe friends and those who recently did AMBBR. If I recall correctly, on the loop around Lake Tahoe, the climb from Camp Richardson to Inspiration Point is the steepest part of the ride. Does anyone know what the incline is? I'm thinking about riding that loop and am trying to figure out my gearing options.

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    Not sure exactly which incline that was but I was able to complete AMBBR with a 53/39, 12/27 gear combo.
    Also, the think the steepest incline is by Emerald Bay but it's short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlastRadius View Post
    Not sure exactly which incline that was but I was able to complete AMBBR with a 53/39, 12/27 gear combo.
    Also, the think the steepest incline is by Emerald Bay but it's short.
    Yes, that's it. The climb near Emerald Bay.
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    Most of the road from Camp Richardson to Emerald Bay is gentle to moderate up - as much as 5% or so, mostly less than that. The hardest part of the climb is a mile, maybe a tad longer. It has a short (100-200 yards) pitch of what one book says is about 10%, and that seems about right.

    Don't forget,though, that there are really two climbs at Emerald Bay. There's the one you are talking about, then a run down to the parking lot/trailhead for Vikingsholm, followed by another uphill slog followed by another descent to the Meeks Bay area and the bike path. It has been quite a while since I've ridden that stretch, but if memory serves its a mile and a half, give or take (don't take that as gospel, but it's the right order of magnitude) with the pitch on the order of magnitude of, oh, saaaaaay . . . 6% or so. After that, some rollers between Tahoe City and Kings Beach, but otherwise no climbing to speak of until you get to the Nevada side of the Lake.

    TIP: Try to do your start/finish somewhere between the 50/89 split in the road (known to the locals as the "Y") and the turnoff to Fallen Leaf Lake. This puts up and over the Emerald Bay portion of the ride early, when the fewest cars are out. This is especially important on summer weekends, as the climb to Emerald Bay is the narrowest, least safe stretch of road, at least on the California side. The Nevada side is either a two-lane state highway that is a tad narrow, but lighter on traffic than the California side, or Highway 50, which is traffic-heavy and multi-lane scariness, but at least is downhill for the most part so you have a fighting chance. All in all, I'd still rather do Hwy 50 downhill in traffic than Emerald Bay uphill in traffic.

    TIP #2: Be sure to stock up on food and drink before leaving Incline Village. It will be your last chance to get water and edibles until you get pretty close to Stateline on the southeast shore, you'll be in the sun more than you have been, and from Incline to 50 is somewhat rolly but overall an uphill grind. Be prepared or you'll bonk - not a good idea.
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    Thanks, Bikingshearer. I was going to sign up for the Tour de Tahoe (did it a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it), but I have to leave that same day for a work-related conference. Still, I might try to do a portion of it myself.

    I've got a 39-25 on my roadie and have no concerns about the ride on that bike, but just for sh*ts and giggles I am considering using my ss/fg bike where I've got 42-15 on the fixed side and 42-17 on the freewheel. It might be a bit much, but I'm coming to the conclusion that there's only one way to find out.
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