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Need info on Lake Tahoe rides(4 posts)

Need info on Lake Tahoe ridessuperdog
Dec 8, 2003 9:00 PM
Next summer I'm thinking about taking a mini cycling vacation for one week. After viewing some of the posts from cycling around Lake Tahoe I'm thinking about going there. I have a few questions for anybody who can answer:

Does the road go all the way around the lake?

How long is the complete loop?

Is the road cyclist friendly?

What would be the best month to go?

Are there any budget priced places to stay that would let me take a bike inside?

Thanks for any additional info you can provide.
Yes. 74 miles. Kinda. July-September. Yes...nmrwbadley
Dec 8, 2003 9:19 PM
re: Need info on Lake Tahoe rideslyleseven
Dec 8, 2003 10:01 PM
Here's the scoop. I have done this ride many times both clockwise and counterclockwise. I prefer counterclockwise but some people want to ride on the lake side of the road (no big difference) so they ride clockwise. Best time to ride it is early in the morning, start around 6:30 a.m. Don't ride it on a busy weekend. I ride it on Friday mornings and do it in about 5 hours. Road is not cyclist friendly on some portions as there is a lot of traffic. 55 miles or more is fairly cyclist friendly meaning that there isn't a lot of traffic. Best to ride it with another cyclist or two. Best scenery is around Emerald Bay with big climbs to get to vista point from either direction. Best month to ride is early June for less traffic. Can get cold early in the morning, even in June, but usually warms up by 8 or 9 a.m. Take plenty of snacks and water as the stops are few between the north and south end of lake. Elevation ranges from 5500 feet to 7,800 feet.
Just a couple of additions...Cory
Dec 9, 2003 8:43 AM
Ron and lyleseven have nailed it--I live about 40 miles away and ride it every year or so. I sort of prefer clockwise, but there's no real difference.
Two precautions: About 15 miles of the road has almost no shoulder at all, just a few inches, then you roll off into soft, tire-swallowing dirt. Add the large number of gawking drivers (the scenery really is spectacular), and it can be tense. Sometimes you may need to take your piece of road out of the middle to keep them from brushing you off as they squeeze by.
As for "cold early but warms up," that can be a 40-50 degree temperature swing. It's not unusual at all for it to be in the low 40s at dawn and 85 in the afternoon.