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Anyone doing Lake Tahoe Century 6/2?(6 posts)

Anyone doing Lake Tahoe Century 6/2?dmoller
May 16, 2002 7:31 AM
I'll be there with the Atlanta Leukemia Society group. Anybody who's done it in the past, what should I expect re: weather, sag stops, hills. This will be first century, so I'm looking forward to it. Would like to have gotten a few more miles in, but generally don't have a problem doing 70 at a time with some hills around the ATL area. Should I be okay or am I in trouble with bigger hills/elevation? Thanks
re: Anyone doing Lake Tahoe Century 6/2?MP
May 16, 2002 10:10 AM
You're in for the ride of your life. It is aptly named America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride. I've done it the past two years, but I don't do the full 100, only the 72 around the lake. The additional 18 miles is just a dead-head to Truckee and back to get to 100. It has two significant hills -- Emerald Bay (short and steep), and Spooner Summit (long and not quite as steep). Remember, you will be at 6,000 - 7,500 feet so the temperature can be anything. For sure it will be cold in the morning. Take a windbreaker. If it warms up, you can drop it at one of the many refueling stations and the support team will put it in a numbered bag for you to pick up at the end. Last year it never got over 65, but two years ago it hit 76 degrees. It is one of the most enjoyable rides you'll ever take.
Ditto about scenery, weather and altitude!!cory
May 17, 2002 8:01 AM
I'm thinking about doing the lake, but not the Truckee part (I live 20 miles from Truckee anyway; might as well ride home).
I've ridden a lot in Atlanta, too, and I just want to repeat what MP said: it's MUCH different from what you're used to. The temperature can vary 40-50 degrees from morning to afternoon. Leg warmers or tights and a windbreaker are pretty much necessities. And the altitude is a factor on those climbs. I train at 5,000 feet, so I don't notice Tahoe that much (6229 ft at lake level). When I go to sea level, though, I can really feel the extra oxygen. Don't go out too fast.
re: Anyone doing Lake Tahoe Century 6/2?hammy
May 16, 2002 10:50 AM
A picture paints a thousand words...enough said!!! That's me last year at the top of the Emerald Bay climb.
re: Anyone doing Lake Tahoe Century 6/2?SnowBlind
May 16, 2002 12:31 PM
Altitude will affect you if you are not used to it. Less O2 is one problem, greater loss of water through the lung membranes is another. In other words, drink lots.

No store sag from Incline Village to Zypher cove, so be prepared, Spooner pass is part of this section. Bike shops in Rubicon bay and both North and South Shore.
FWIW I did Solvang this year, I found Tahoe much more brutal. Tahoe is a little better looking.
Are you going clockwise or counter?
re: Anyone doing Lake Tahoe Century 6/2?CFBlue
May 16, 2002 1:53 PM
My wife and I will be doing it on our tandem this year and a friend is coming along with us too. it will be a great time. Look for tandem team, over 6' tall on a silver cannondale RT1000, that will be us.