Tour de Tahoe 2011 Recap


Miko & Jon at the Finish Line -- 5 hours, 5 minutes, 20 seconds!

The Tour de Tahoe was a tough, yet beautiful ride that took you from Stateline, Nevada up the switchbacks along Route 89, through Tahoe City, Incline Village and back down the steep descent along Route 50 back into Stateline.  See our pictures of the event below. This ride was very challenging with almost 4,300 feet of elevation gain. If you are up for a challenge, this is the ride to do!

Team WeLikeToBike pauses up the switchbacks along Rt. 89 with Big Blue in the background

Lake Tahoe glistens in the early morning sun

Bikers pause at the first rest area

Lake Tahoe from the Kings Beach lunch rest stop

After 40 miles of riding, bikes are strewn across the parking lot

Pausing for lunch along the beach

Team WeLikeToBike pauses for lunch

Here’s a couple of links to videos of the route by Jim from a few years ago. Our ride was less sunny and the descent was wetter than a water park!

http://www.vimeo.com/1121888

http://www.vimeo.com/1160193

To sign up for next year’s America’s Most Beautiful Ride (June) or Tour de Tahoe (September), visit BikeTheWest.com.

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Tours: Tour de Tahoe — Ride Your Bike Around “Big Blue”


Going to Lake Tahoe is typically associated with boating, camping or snow skiing. The opportunity to have a fully-supported bike ride around Lake Tahoe is available only twice a year, June and September.

Both of these rides are put on by Nevada’s BikeTheWest. The first event of the year is called “American’s Most Beautiful Ride,” put on every June. This time of year is tends to be a bit chilly and snow is still prevalent in the higher elevations.

The second event of the year is the “Tour de Tahoe” in coordination with the Ride to Cure Diabetes. This ride starts in Stateline, Nevada and continues around the south side of Lake Tahoe along Route 50, then heads north up Route 89, then continues to loop the north side of the lake along Route 28 and once again joins up with Route 50 on the ride back into Stateline, Nevada.

There are two ways to enter this ride, through BikeTheWest.com for $100 or as part of the Ride to Cure Diabetes team.  The Ride to Cure has a series of rides all over the country with a variety of different fundraising levels. The minimum level of fundraising to be part of its team is $2,000.  If you don’t think you can raise this money, the best way to be part of this ride is directly through BikeTheWest.

We will be participating in the Tour de Tahoe on Sunday, September 11, 2011 through BikeTheWest. We can’t wait to take part of this amazing ride! We will be training for this ride as the elevation change is just over 3,000 starting at 6,500 feet above sea level.

We will post pictures of the ride later. We hope you will be able to join us or find a ride in your own area.

Bike4Breath 2011 Recap


Bike4Breath 2011 was a wonderful ride and a great time. The route (below) took us from Foster City to the Crystal Springs Reservoir, Arastradero Preserve, by the Stanford Campus and back to Foster City. This is our favorite charity tour each year. We hope you will join us next year!

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A special thanks to Nicole and Kenneth from Breathe California who are an integral part in making Bike4Breath and all of the other Breathe California events work so well!

Bike4Breath Update — Training Ride and Routes


As Bike4Breath approaches we here at Team WeLikeToBike are getting ready for our 100k ride.  Part of getting ready for the ride is knowing the route and the total ascent we will encounter.

Distance from Life Technologies: 60.3 miles

Total Ascent: 1,532 feet (467 meters)

Difficulty: A few tough climbs with a lot of rolling hills and flats.

The route through the Peninsula will take us by the Bay on a bike path, over US-101, through neighborhoods, past Crystal Springs Reservoir and through parts of the Stanford University campus.

Team WeLikeToBike is getting ready for this ride in our local area over the next couple of weeks by training after work with 50k rides and full 100k rides over the weekend.

You can use a program like Map My Ride or Bike Route Toaster to plan and view your training route, the climbs and get a printout of the directions for your ride. We use a Garmin Edge 800 to keep us on track and record the route as we ride.

We’ll make sure to post a re-cap after the event.

Tours: Bike4Breath — July 23, 2011 — Ride the Tour with Team WeLikeToBike


RIDE WITH US! 

7/23/2011 Bike 4 Breath, Foster City CA

This is the PSA for Bike4Breath! Did you recognize “The U” jersey or Miko’s pink helmet? It’s in there from last year’s tour!

This is one of our favorite charity tours in the Bay Area.  We’d appreciate any support you can give us as we attempt to raise money for this charity.

Visit the Team WeLikeToBike page by clicking here.  You can donate on behalf of our team or join us at the tour!

We will be participating in the 100k (62 mile) ride.

We hope to have your support or see you there!