The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition welcomes residents and visitors to join the biking fun at Cycle Celebration, a free family event to celebrate the end of the Tahoe Bike Challenge and the start of Tahoe’s summer biking season.
“We congratulate everyone who participated in the Tahoe Bike Challenge,” said Karen Houser, board member with the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition. “Saturday’s event will be a fun way to bring everyone together to cheer their efforts and Tahoe’s wonderful biking community.
Cycle Celebration, which is cosponsored by the Bike Coalition, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and the City of South Lake Tahoe, will run from noon to 4 pm at Bijou Community Park in South Lake Tahoe. Highlights of the day include bike park skills clinic, a bike rodeo sponsored by the California Highway Patrol, a unicycle demo and performance by students from Bijou Community School’s Circus Club, a bike tire-changing contest, a turtle race, the kid zone with lots of fun activities and prizes, and a demo with South Shore BMX. There will also be a beer garden sponsored by Cold Water Brewery and BBQ Wagon from Kiwanis Club of Lake Tahoe. The Bike Coalition will provide free bike valet parking.
Saturday’s event will feature the recognition of this year’s winners of the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Achievement Awards, which includes
- Ben Fish and Jim Marino for their efforts to build South Tahoe’s Bijou Bike Park
- Tahoe Fund for raising $750,000 towards construction of the planned bike path to connect Incline Village to Sand Harbor
- El Dorado County for constructing Class 1 bikeways connecting Meyers to the South Lake Tahoe “Y.”
“We are grateful to the efforts of this year’s award winners,” said Chris Carney, president of the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition. “Their hard work is leading to great progress in making Tahoe more bike friendly.”
Cycle Celebration will include a free raffle drawing to win a beach cruiser bike, the announcement of the Tahoe Bike Challenge winners, and community booths. The day will also include the unveiling of a new bicycle fix-it station at the bike park in honor of the late Tom Wendell, a longtime Tahoe biking advocate.
The Tahoe Bike Challenge closed out another successful year, with more than two hundred riders competing and teams from many of Tahoe’s businesses, agencies, institutions and organizations, along with hundreds of elementary and middles school students participating in bike-to-school days. Bike Challenge prizes will be announced on Saturday as part of the festivities. For a full list of the many sponsors who made the Bike Challenge possible, visit tahoebikechallenge.org.