Escape: Ride the South Lake Tahoe Loop

This ride is a mixed bag of climbing, long flat stretches, mountains and valley. The variety on this ride makes it interesting and fun. You actually cross the border from California into Nevada! If you are visiting the Lake Tahoe region, and would like to see some interesting scenery, and do some climbing, here is a solid option. DISTANCE: 51 miles or 83 km ELEVATION GAIN: 1300 m CLIMBING: Two climbs, Kingsbury Grade (6% grade) and Luther Pass (4% grade) DIFFICULTY: Moderate We started this loop at the intersection of Highway 88 and 89. You will begin the ride with a…

Escape: Cycling Ebbett’s Pass in the Sierra Nevada

California has a longstanding reputation as a cyclist’s haven. Its unique rolling and rocky terrain has a perennial allure, and over the years, it has slowly crystallized into one of the world’s greatest cycling hubs.  What lends such mystique to this breezy, ocean-side state? The reasons, of course, are endless. But one particular reason stands out: The mountains. Mountains come in all shapes and sizes, but Ebbett’s Pass, in the northern Sierra Nevada range, has to be one of the greatest cycling climbs. It’s truly awe-inspiring. Here are the details: Distance: The climb itself is 13 miles (20 km) Elevation…