Amgen Bike Race in Tahoe
The 2011 Amgen Tour of California heads to Lake Tahoe for this first-time ever, with Stage 1 disembarking from South Lake Tahoe (May 15) and racing a lap-and-a-half around Lake Tahoe before finishing at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, also home to the Breakaway from Cancer Walk (one mile, open to the public) and the Amgen Lifestyle Festival (health and fitness expo, cancer awareness, cycling gear and family activities). Stage 2 (May 16) starts from Squaw Valley USA in Olympic Valley and winds through Truckee and up Old Highway 40 before dropping into the Gold Country. For full event information (including Tahoe’s 10-Day Countdown starting May 5), activities and special discounts, click to www.TahoeAmgenTourofCalifornia.com.
As part of the Amgen Tour events, the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center presents “Cycling Biomechanics: Injury Prevention, Comfort and Performance” Wednesday, May 11, 6 p.m., in Incline Village. Attendees will learn how to prevent injury and increase their performance. A $5/person donation is requested.
The Squaw Valley Institute ties in with the Amgen Tour of California Thursday, May 12 hosting Rick Gunn who will share his story of cycling around the world. The event takes place at the Olympic Valley Lodge in Olympic Valley at 6:30 p.m. A $10 donation/person is requested.
he Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe brings the best in wellness, beauty and health with treatments and seminars led by the country’s top experts in the field at the annual Lake Tahoe Wellness Weekend Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15 in Incline Village. Packages start at $449/person singe occupancy.
The night before the Amgen Tour of California rolls into town, visitors gear up with an old-fashioned street dance at Tour de Fanny Bridge Saturday, May 14 at Bridgetender, 7 p.m., in Tahoe City with its dancing, drinks and live music.
The Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley is giving children the ages of 5-12 an opportunity to experience Amgen road riding at the Tour of Squaw Creek Saturday, May 14, 11:30 a.m., on a kid-friendly course. Registration fee is $5/child with prizes awarded for race winners and best bike decoration.
Rideout Community Center on the West Shore hosts is annual Bike Derby Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with bike decoration and repairs, street obstacle course, bike safety clinic and guided bike tour. This event is free.
Watch the Amgen Tour cyclists as they make their way through the King of the Mousehole sprint Monday, May 16, approximately 10:37 a.m., with a cash prize awarded to the racer who crosses the sprint finish line first. The Truckee “mousehole” is located along Highway 89 as it crosses under the Union Pacific Railroad through a 25-foot wide concrete arch structure built in 1928.