Tahoe Bike Challenge Information




Tahoe Bike Challenge

Every year for two weeks, instead of driving, hundreds of Tahoe residents ride their bikes to work, school, and for fun. Join us for the Tahoe Bike Challenge. Register, track your miles and join the friendly competition for fun prizes and bragging rights.


Fun – Social – Impactful

Be Social

Upload photos, videos and stories about your Bike Challenge experience and share them with family and friends on the Bike Challenge Facebook page: facebook.com/TahoeBikeChallenge

Make an Impact

Green Miles

Every mile ridden on a bicycle instead of a car prevents 1.9 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) from being emitted into the atmosphere. We calculate these Green Miles daily for all Bike Challenge participants and share the combined Green Miles of all participants. The total Green Mile goal for the 2016 Bike Challenge is to prevent 20 tons of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere.

Calories Burned

Challenge participants will now see on your profile how riding your bike can make a personal impact on your health and wellbeing by your calculated daily calories burned. Total calories burned can vary depending on the length of riding time, one’s speed, and your exertion level when climbing uphill. We use an average of 43 calories burned per mile for the Challenge, but for more personalized and specific calculations, check out www.bicycling.com/caloriemain.

Gas Dollars Saved

When riding your bike you avoid burning gasoline and that impacts your wallet. If the average car gets 18 miles per gallon driving in town, and the average costs per gallon of regular gasoline is $2.50, then a person riding 200 miles on their bike will save $27.77 dollars for having ridden their bike. 200 green miles ÷ 18 mpg = 11 gal x $2.50 per/gal = $27.77 saved.

Ride Safe, Tahoe

Ten Best Practices to Safely Ride Your Bike

Each year we see more people choose to ride their bike for errands and to connect with people, places, and the activities that make Tahoe such a unique community to live in and a destination to enjoy.

Here are ten tips to make your next ride safe.

1. Keep your bike properly maintained.

Before the beginning of your ride make certain your brakes and gears work properly and your tires are inflated. Carry along a spare tire tube and patch kit, know how to use it, and have an air pump in the event of a flat tire.

2. Wear a helmet.

It’s a great way to stay safe for anyone riding a bicycle, and in California it’s the law for anyone under 18.

3. Ride in the same direction as traffic flow.

Riding against the traffic direction is not only illegal, it’s highly dangerous. Motorists are less less likely to see you in time to avoid a collision, and the higher speed of any collision is more likely to cause you serious or fatal injuries.

4. Stop at all stop signs and red traffic lights.

You and the bicycle are a vehicle with the same rights and responsibilities as an automobile. Obey all traffic laws.

5. Use proper hand signals when turning, stopping, or changing lanes.

This alerts other road users of your intentions.

6. Ride in a straight line and in a single file.

When we’re riding a bike, we all want drives to avoid hitting us. Help drivers predict where you will be: ride in a straight line. Most roads do not have enough width to safely ride side by side so ride in single file and be safe.

7. Use lights (white in front and red in back), reflectors, and reflective clothing during darkness.

Both California and Nevada state law require lights and reflectors while bicycling at night. Be seen and be safe.

8. Ride to the right if you are moving slower than other traffic, unless you are turning left, passing another bicycle or vehicle, or avoiding hazards.

9. Do not impair your senses.

Wearing headphones on both ears or riding your bike while under the influence of drugs or alcohol puts you and others are risk. People riding bikes are still subject to DUI citations.

10. Walk your bike when using a crosswalk.


2015 Results

Total Trips: 2705
Total Mileage: 17,294 miles
Total Play Mileage: 11,469 miles
Total Elevation: 908,787 feet
Top Team: LUMOS & Assoc.
Total Number of Riders: 314
Total Number of Teams: 43

2014 Results

Total Trips: 4115
Total Mileage: 17,098 miles
Total Play Mileage: 9,931 miles
Total Elevation: 946,830 feet
Top Team: Sierra Nevada Alliance
Total Number of Riders: 323
Total Number of Teams: 41

2013 Results

Total Trips: 4520
Total Mileage: 18,862 miles
Total Play Mileage: 11,597 miles
Total Elevation: 1,031,393 feet
Top Team: Sierra Nevada Alliance
Total Number of Riders: 353
Total Number of Teams: 49

2012 Results

Total Trips: 3881
Total Mileage: 13,883 miles
Total Play Mileage: 7949 miles
Total Elevation: 596,315 feet
Top Team: Sierra Nevada Alliance
Total Number of Riders: 321
Total Number of Teams: 48