Archive for May 2011

Amgen Tour Comes To Lake Tahoe

May 3, 2011

Lake Tahoe is proud to host Stage 1, the overall starting point of the Amgen Tour of California, on May 15. This historic starting place will be the highest elevation location in the 6-year history of the tour. Riders will begin at Stateline, the California-Nevada border, and ride along the circumference of the lake a full one and a half times before reaching the first finish line at the on the North Shore.

Along their journey of this beautiful Alpine lake, riders will endure a series of altitude hikes and 40-mph descents as they pass through the magnificent scenery this destination has to offer.  From the casino core in South Lake Tahoe, they’ll circle Edgewood Golf Course and continue into California on Highway 50 for an easy sprint right through town. Next, the riders will make the first hike up scenic Highway 89, capturing the stunning, world-renowned views of Emerald Bay and the west shore. Continuing north, they’ll climb 7,200 ft. Brockway Summit, the highest point of this stage, and pass Kings Beach, Crystal Bay, and Incline Village. They’ll then face another challenging leg, hiking up Spooner Summit along the Lake Tahoe’s Nevada territory before completing the first lap and descending back to Stateline and repeating the ride through the south and west shores. After facing Brockway Summit a second time, they’ll head up Route 267 to the finish line at Northstar at Tahoe. (http://www.visitinglaketahoe.com/amgen/images/FINAL%20Stage%201%20Map.pdf)

Street shows and side events will line the streets of North and South Lake Tahoe on the day of the tour. These events include the Lake Tahoe Expo and a BMX Demo in South Lake Tahoe and a street fair with family activities and the Amgen Lifestyle Festival in North Lake Tahoe, among others. Area resorts and restaurants will have a variety of live music and entertainment, serving as the perfect after parties for this day long event.

Prior to the start of the Amgen Tour of California, the Lake Tahoe Basin will host a ten-day countdown featuring parties, shows, and events around the lake. This series of entertainment will begin with Cinco de Mayo parties, and will include benefit dinners, movie showings, bike parades, winetasting, and a show by Sammy Hagar and the Wabos at Harrah’s South Shore Room. Follow this links for a complete list of events during this 10-day countdown: (http://www.visitinglaketahoe.com/amgen/news.php)