† Explanation of BAC Ride Fee – This fee is not included in the Estimated Cost and is non-refundable once submitted. The Ride Fee for US and Canada is $50 and $100 for all other countries, both are per participant.
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This ride is an amazing 10-day, 9-night cycling and adventure trip in beautiful Lake Tahoe. We meet in South Lake Tahoe on Friday, May 31 for a 5-night stay, departing for Tahoe City on Wednesday, June 5 for a 4-night stay. Possible activities include America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, road and mountain biking, rafting, zip-lining, hiking, hot springs, swimming, lake activities and sightseeing (see description and web links below for more information on optional activities). Four days will be the primary cycling days, but there will be optional routes available for each day for those riders who want to ride every day.
This ride is being planned around America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride (AMBBR) (www.bikethewest.com/ambbr-reg) which is scheduled for Sunday, June 2, 2019. The ride, true to its name, is stunning! It begins in south shore near our accommodations, and there are several length options available. Note: separate self registration is required for this activity (registration typically opens January 1st). Other activities, as listed below, will also be booked separately by participants so you can mix and match what you want to do, all cycling or a mixture of activities. More information on activities will be available and prices will be provided once you sign up for this ride.
Friday May 31, 2019: Arrive in South Lake Tahoe. The first evening, there will be a meet and greet happy hour and initial tour meeting.
Saturday June 1, 2019: There will be bike ride options to acclimate to the altitude. Get a good night’s sleep!
Sunday June 2, 2019: Ride the AMBBR! Enjoy the opportunity to ride, car-free, around Emerald Bay. This is optional with a separate fee but highly recommended.
Monday June 3, 2019: There will be an option to Raft the East Fork of the Carson River (water/weather permitting) and/or enjoy local hot springs. Other options for biking and hiking available.
Tuesday June 4, 2019: This will be our last day in south shore with options to road or mountain bike or hike this day with a group dinner in the evening at the beautiful Barn at the Outpost Brewery.
Wednesday June 5, 2019. After breakfast, we will depart for Tahoe City. The ride between south and north shore is only 33 miles, but the climb around Emerald Bay can be difficult with no shoulders for about 6 miles. An option to be transported around Emerald Bay will be offered. Once in Tahoe City, participants can do more riding, hike or sightsee that afternoon.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday June 6-8, 2019: There will be options to raft (on the Upper Truckee River), zip-line, bike (road or mtn.), hike or have a relaxing beach day!
Sunday June 9, 2019: We depart for home!
The itinerary and details will be firmed up as we move closer to the ride date and based on activities selected by the tour participants. Rafting is dependent on water levels. All activities and/or bike rentals are paid separately but some will be available at negotiated group discount rates. Below are links to various activities.
East Fork Carson River
Grover Hot Springs
Upper Truckee River
We will also provide options for hiking and mountain biking and resources to rent mountain bikes, in addition to great road biking route options for each day.
This trip is rated a 2B with an average of 30-40 miles/day. The AMBBR event ranges from a 2A to a 4D depending on the route option which range from 35 to 100 miles. For the remainder of the trip, a variety of routes will be available each day, ranging from 20 to 50 miles and from 500 to 3,000 feet of climb. So your choice: short and flat, longer and hilly, or something in between. Or take a day or two (or three) off the bike to participate in a different activity. The ride leaders have completed the AMBBR several times and ridden several of the routes in both north and south shore. They are also experienced river rafters and zipliners!
Tahoe weather in June can be variable. Typically, the rain/snow season is over by then, but it has been known to rain or snow in early June. On the other hand, it could be warm and pleasant or even hot. The afternoon temperature averages 65-70 degrees F but nights and mornings are typically cool, with an average low temperature of 35-45 degrees F (rides will typically start mid-morning). Rainfall typically averages less than 2 inches for the month. This can range from moderate rain to light drizzle and afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon. The chance of rainfall decreases as the month progresses. Also of note is the base elevation of 6,200 feet with riding routes that can take you to over 7,000 feet.
LODGING & MEALS
The 9 nights of lodging will be split between at Basecamp Tahoe South (basecamptahoesouth.com) and Basecamp Tahoe City (basecamptahoecity.com). Lodging is centrally located in South Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City within walking distance to restaurants, shops, and amenities. Basecamp is a unique hotel experience, designed for the adventurous with cozy communal spaces and a “camp-like” atmosphere. There will be a group dinner at the Barn at Basecamp South catered by Outpost Brewery one night, as well as breakfast each morning and a happy hour each evening. In addition, 4 lunches and snacks will be provided.
The tour starts in South Lake Tahoe before dinner on Friday May 31, 2019 and ends in Tahoe City after breakfast on Sunday June 9, 2019. Participants can fly into the Reno airport and take a shuttle to South Lake Tahoe. A shuttle from Tahoe City back to the Reno airport is available as well. Information on the shuttle will be provided to participants. We will have a van driver whose primary role will be to transport luggage, including bike boxes, and supplies from the South shore to the North shore location and to provide snack and lunches on riding days. While it will be available to assist with any emergencies, it will not serve as a SAG vehicle and participants are expected to complete the ride each day. For those who drive to Tahoe for the ride, you can just drive from south to north shore and we'll have rides/activities for you to choose from that afternoon.
Bike rentals are available at several local bike shops. The Ride Leader will send additional information to those participants who are interested in renting bikes. Because of the popularity of AMBBR, it will be important to reserve a rental bike early. Tandems and ebikes are welcome as well.
COST & ADMINISTRATION
The tour fee is $1,200 per person double occupancy (plus the $50 BAC fee) and includes 9 nights lodging at negotiated discount rates at Basecamp Tahoe South (basecamptahoesouth.com) and Basecamp Tahoe City (basecamptahoecity.com). As noted above, the costs for participation in the AMBBR and other activities are not included and will be paid for separately by participants.
The fee also includes one group dinner, 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and snacks, happy hours, route maps, links, and cuesheets (including gpx files), sightseeing information, and coordination of activities. The initial deposit is $800 with the final payment of $400 due by January 1, 2019.
SINGLES & SOLOS POLICY
It is recommended that singles who want a roommate try to find their own. However, after receipt of the initial deposit, a single without a roommate will be placed on the ride and given until January 15, 2019 to find a roommate. If they are unable to find a roommate, they will have the option to receive a full refund (minus the BAC fee and payment processing fee) or pay the ($760) solo supplement at that time and stay on the ride. If a single pays the supplement, they may continue to seek a roommate, but must plan to participate without a roommate if necessary. The Ride Leader will assist by attempting to match singles who apply for the ride. The capacity for solos on this ride is limited. Solo supplement payments need to be sent to the BAC office and are due by 1/15/2019. Checks should be made out to “BAC” with a notation of the tour name included on the check. They should be mailed to: Bicycle Adventure Club, PO Box 23998, San Diego, CA 92193.
The BAC ride registration fee and payment processing fee is not refundable unless the entire tour is cancelled. Refunds of tour payments will depend upon whether a replacement rider signs up, and on costs that can be recouped. The amount refunded will be based on the principle that the tour’s remaining participants will not incur any additional cost as a result of cancellations. If the cancelling participant is replaced, a refund will be made at that time. If the cancelling participant can't be replaced, any refund will be determined after the ride and final expense report are completed. If a single participant cancels and another roommate cannot be found, in addition to other costs that cannot be recouped the cancelling roommate may also be liable for the solo supplement fee of the roommate remaining on the tour. BAC encourages members to purchase trip cancellation insurance.
RIDE PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITY
Please remember that BAC Ride Leaders are volunteers, and that successful tours depend on participants providing much of their own support. Participants are expected to come to the ride well trained, in good health and ready to accomplish the required daily riding using well-maintained bicycles. All participants should accept responsibility for a safe and enjoyable tour. We encourage you to read the ride description carefully and respond to requests from Ride Leader. While on the ride, support your Ride Leader with offers to help with various tasks such as happy hour preparation and clean-up. Please do not interfere with the ride by inviting non-participants onto any portion of the ride or tour. Please keep the Ride Leader informed of any special request you may have and respect the Ride Leader’s decisions.
To submit a request to join this ride use the "links" displayed above this Ride Description. When you are accepted, the Ride Leader will move you from the Waitlist to the Pending List. At this time you will receive an email notification to login to the BAC website to sign the release of liability form and pay the non-refundable BAC ride registration fee and the initial tour deposit ($800) by credit card. As soon as your deposit has been processed, your name(s) will be added to the Participant List. To contact the Ride Leader, "click" the name at the top of this Ride Description.
Bicycle Adventure Club
PO BOX 23998 San Diego, CA 92193
Telephone (858) 715-9510 email@example.com