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Lake Tahoe(9 posts)

Lake TahoeMerlin Vince
Oct 29, 2003 1:47 PM
Is there a difference if one goes around Lake Tahoe clockwise versus counter-clockwise? It seems that there were a lot of long downhills when I went around clock-wise!

Also, if you have done this bike ride (approx 72 miles), what was your bike riding time (excluding stops, lunch, flat tires, ...) and direction (clockwise or counter-clockwise)?

You gotta be kidding!Alexx
Oct 29, 2003 2:28 PM
A loop is THE SAME ROUTE NO MATTER WHICH DIRECTION YOU GO! (Unless you have managed to break the basic laws of physics)
Could be big differenceirregardless
Oct 29, 2003 2:38 PM
ascents or descents could be much, much more steep going one way than the other. I think that's the kind of thing he wanted to know.
The view is better if you go clockwise...Lon Norder
Oct 29, 2003 3:00 PM
Because you're always on the lake side of the road.
It depends on where you start...Brooks
Oct 29, 2003 2:38 PM
at least for me. I've ridden around the Lake a number of times starting from Meeks Bay on the West Shore (halfway between Emerald Bay and Tahoe City). I always go counter-clockwise puting the climb into DL Bliss park first and going down the Emerald Bay hairpins. The climb from Cave Rock to Spooner summit in Nevada is more exposed, longer and with a slightly better grade than climbing from the other direction (Sand Harbor). The main reasons I prefer going ccw is 1)the last 10-15 miles back to Meeks are relatively flat unlike climbing from South Shore; and 2) you ride on the side of the road away from the lake with the uphill bank off the shoulder and lookey-loos not steering into you. I usually do it in four hours.
Possible snow this weekend....Cory
Oct 29, 2003 4:14 PM
It's probably not going to happen, but we had a big weather change today (I live in Verdi, west of Reno). It's been 80 degrees or so, but it cooled off about 15 and they're predicting 40s with possible snow by Saturday. Windy today, too.
Oct 29, 2003 5:44 PM
I have ridden it in both directions a number of times. I prefer counter clockwise because the climbs are more gradual. Spooner is long but not terribly steep compared to the Sand Harbor climb and Emerald Bay is long and steep, but not as bad as the switchbacks. As for the view, there is a bikepath instead of the road for several miles commencing on the north shore and going toward Emerald Bay. You go slower, but much better for traffic and views. It takes me about 4 1/2 hrs riding time, 5 1/2 plus with a couple of stops for snacks, lunch, etc. Best time to ride it is early mornings about 6 a.m. on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
re: always clockwise for meGFocker
Oct 30, 2003 8:36 AM
I've done it three times always clockwise. By going clockwise, you are always on the lakeside of the road. It's an awesome ride and takes me from 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Have fun!
re: always clockwise for mewily in pacifica
Oct 30, 2003 1:28 PM
All of the organized rides I have done around the lake all go around clockwise. Plus, I would not want to go up Hwy 50 toward Spooner Lake.

Since you are riding on the inside fo the road, in relation tothe lake, I have heard it is actually three miles shorter going clockwise.