Bicyclists and fans of bicycle races will be able to enjoy the ruggedness of the Lake Tahoe area during the 2011 Amgen Tour of California on May 15, 2011. The Lake Tahoe stage of this popular bike race will be the highest elevation start in the race’s six year history and is considered to be the toughest Amgen tour of California.
The Amgen Tour is an 800-mile, 15-stop tour of the Golden State. Lance Armstrong is a regular contender in the tour.
The race will start at the Heavenly resort near Stateline and will roll-out through the Host City of South Lake Tahoe and head in a clockwise direction up the western shore of Lake Tahoe. There will be an elevation gain of 6,850 feet near Emerald Bay and then the race will continue around the lake, into Nevada and through Incline Village and back around the east side to Stateline. The racers will then climb the mountains near Emerald Bay again, speed through Tahoe City and Crystal Bay, and will head over the Brockway Summit. The race will end at Northstar-at-Tahoe Village.
This will be the first time the Amgen Tour of California will venture outside of the Golden State. The Lake Tahoe stage total will be 118 miles and the riders will have climbed three mountain passes and will have gained 5,500 feet in elevation.
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