South Lake Tahoe
Route Information: May 19, 2016 - Stage 5
Lake Tahoe, jewel of the Sierra, is rimmed by majestic mountains and touted as a national treasure for its pristine blue waters. It boasts a rich western past for its role as a vital resource for native Indians and gold and silver mining boom. Designated "America's Best Lake" by USA Today readers (Aug. 2012), Lake Tahoe combines the distinctive appeal of two worlds: spectacular natural beauty and a modern tourism destination with an array of outdoor recreation, entertainment, nightlife and gaming. Tahoe's timeless splendor and an emerging economic diversity toward health and wellness, green business practices and sustainability continue to define its inimitable personality.
Lake Tahoe has been recognized by national media outlets including Good Morning America, Travelocity, Orbitz, USA Today, ESPN The Magazine, and others for its scenic splendor and reputation as a leader in outdoor recreation, entertainment and dining. Lake Tahoe has been designated as a "Bike Friendly Community," so bike paths for the social spin are plentiful as are shops staffed by experts that rent and sell high-quality bikes. The famed loop around Lake Tahoe is 72 miles of scenery: deep blue water, Douglas fir groves, and breathtaking views of Emerald Bay. The road also passes quaint waterfront lodging and plenty of eateries to fuel the journey.
At an elevation of 6,300-feet, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America – 22 miles long and 12 miles wide, with a surface area of 193 square miles. It's the third deepest lake in the U.S. with an average depth of 989 feet, with the deepest point at 1,685 feet. The water in Lake Tahoe is 99.7 percent pure.
"It's America's largest cycling event at America's Best Lake," said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. "Hosting the women's two stage races in 2015 was a fantastic opportunity to challenge top-level athletes with our natural environment and help to elevate awareness of women's racing as a prestigious sport. We’re pleased to have the women return for stage 1 and welcome the men's stage finish for 2016. Lake Tahoe is looking forward to hosting the competitors, sponsors, fans and media to an area where the local culture enthusiastically supports, inspires, embraces and appreciates the sport."
Host City: Tahoe South
Welcome to a place with enough around-the-clock awesomeness to keep you playing all day and all night. Jaw-dropping vistas, stately groves of pines, and gorgeous sunsets await visitors where the Sierra Nevada meet the Silver State’s lucky streak, blackjack meets blue water and adventure gains altitude. TahoeSouth.com is your guide to the great outdoors, as well as tasty restaurants, hopping dance clubs, and nightlife of Lake Tahoe's south shore. Over $200 million in recent renovations and redevelopment will offer visitors to Tahoe South new choices in lodging, dining and year-round activities. From slope-side to beachfront and all points in between, the ongoing revitalization opens the gates to additional places to stay, shop, dine, play, recreate and experience the Tahoe lifestyle.
Featured sponsor: North Lake Tahoe
If it is variety you crave, North Lake Tahoe is a veritable feast. Appetites are satisfied with jaw dropping scenery, wildlife, alpine flora, year-round recreation, state parks and historic resorts. Sweeping in a 180-degree arc from Incline Village in Nevada all the way south along the California shoreline to Emerald Bay, North Lake Tahoe takes the definition of variety to new heights—literally. The diverse towns that dot the shoreline offer a myriad of opportunities and experiences with one of the most beautiful lakes in the world as their front yard. You never have to wonder how to fill your days and nights in North Lake Tahoe. You can relax, meet new people, hike, paddle, cycle, ski, fish, dine, dance and partake in the excitement of Nevada-style gaming. But best of all, you can forget your worries and feel the power of the mountains and the most beautiful lake in the world. The spectacular beauty of this place allows you to feel truly a world apart.