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Old 06-03-14, 08:02 PM   #1
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Shop Rides in North Lake Tahoe?

I'll be on the north shore in mid/late July and looking for a local group to head out with for a couple of hours. Are there any shop rides near Tahoe City? Maybe a loop up to Truckee and around?

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Nesdog, I used to live there. Probably not any organized rides, but you can solo it. A nice 45+- loop is to go from Tahoe City to Truckee via Highway 89. You can use the bike trail that starts across the street from the Chevron station and goes past Alpine Meadows, then you are on the road. It is a wide shoulder and there are a lot of riders, so no worries. Go into Truckee and take Highway 267 up and over the hill. It drops you into Kings Beach. Turn right and you are back in TC in about 10 miles. Here's a link to the basic route that someone posted on Ride with GPS.
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I think there were some road rides meeting at NorthStar but I was never able to make them. Try googling that. But I'll second that TC-Truckee-KB loop. Good pavement, just try to go early to avoid heavy traffic, especially on weekends. The ride along Donner Lake up to the summit is also nice.
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Nesdog, I used to live there. Probably not any organized rides, but you can solo it. A nice 45+- loop is to go from Tahoe City to Truckee via Highway 89. You can use the bike trail that starts across the street from the Chevron station and goes past Alpine Meadows, then you are on the road. It is a wide shoulder and there are a lot of riders, so no worries. Go into Truckee and take Highway 267 up and over the hill. It drops you into Kings Beach. Turn right and you are back in TC in about 10 miles. Here's a link to the basic route that someone posted on Ride with GPS.
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Thanks. Last year I rode up from King's Beach to the summit but didn't have the time for the full loop. This year, it's just the wife and me, without our daughter, so I may have a bit more time. We did ride the river trail from TC and into Squaw.

I rode fifty miles today with a little over 3000' of climbing so I've got a decent idea of the time required for the loop. Do you prefer clockwise or the other way? We are staying in Carnelian Bay.
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I would go clockwise. The prevailing south winds blow right down the TC/Truckee corridor. It is better to have a downhill tailwind from TC to Truckee that the other way around. The climb over Brockway is not as gentle however. Just a great ride.
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Updating my post from June. Just returned from NLT.

I did the loop from Carnelian Bay-TC-Truckee-Brockway Summit-King's Beach-CB. Excellent ride. Stopped at the California Welcome Center in Truckee for water and restroom. A local dragged me up Brockway....thank you Billy! He kept a steady stream of encouraging remarks and let me know how far each marker was. It was tough, no doubt.

Also did Brockway from King's Beach a couple of times before breakfast on days my wife and I had plans. Managed some decent climb times.

Next summer, I'm planning for the entire lake circuit. Will probably post here looking for others who could join me...definitely strength in numbers on those narrow roads. I expect we'll be there again around 22nd of July for two weeks.
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There are two organized rides around the lake, one in June (?) and one in September. If you lookup America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride you'll find it. The highway patrol closes he northbound section of road near Emerald Bay (very windy and narrow) which really helps. They are well supported rides and a lot of fun.
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