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The Leadville Race Series proudly presents the 2016 Tahoe Trail Mountain Bike Race July 17-18

Northstar Resort,  Truckee, California, July 2016 – Straddling the borders of Nevada and California, the Sierra Nevada is a mountain biker’s dream. And this Weekend at NorthStar Resort many of the nation’s best endurance athletes & trail riders will converge on Lake Tahoe to challenge themselves for a coveted title and chance to participate in the famed Leadville Trail 100 MTB on August 13, 2016
“The Blueprint for Athletes” Tahoe Trail 100 offers athletes a 2-loop, 50 kilometer course filled with beautiful views of Lake Tahoe. Rocky summits and breathtaking pine forests are found in every direction from the host location of Northstar California.  It is also riders chance  to qualify for the legendary Leadville Trail 100 MTB!
Athletes have many options at the Tahoe Trail 100. They can:

  • Go it alone (take on the entire 50K in a solo effort or go even further in the 100K)
  • Tag team the 100K ride as part of a relay team
  • Take the challenge to a whole different level and ride with your teammate on a tandem!

Registration is still open for athletes looking to participate this weekend!
The Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Race Series began in 1983 with just 45 runners making the epic 100-mile trek through rugged Rocky Mountain terrain. Today, the world-renowned series stretches from New York to California and hosts thousands of racers on foot and in the saddle. Year after year, endurance athletes from all over the world test their grit, guts and determination with the ultimate goal of “Racing Across the Sky” and earning the coveted silver and gold buckle. Race with us in 2016 and push your mind and body to the limit. The red carpet awaits.
Watching the Event:
If you want to go up and watch or support an athlete int he event. Two locations suggested for watching.

  • Mid Mountain (requires a gondola ride)
  • Just beyond the Finish Line – Runners will actually have an extra “Runners lap” there  very easy access.

Weekend Schedule at Northstar

Friday, July 15

  • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration and packet pickup. Photo ID is required. Packets must be picked up in person. They will not be mailed or given to others. Mandatory racer check-in and race number pick-up will also take place.
  • 1:00 p.m. Course pre-ride with Dave Weins and Andy Buckley (this will be a brief ride that will cover the start/finish as well as any course and tactics questions you might have). The ride will start from “The Beach” next to the Gondola at the Northstar Village.
  • 4:00 p.m. Mandatory Athlete Meeting (Village at Northstar Beach Area). Final details, course descriptions, and other important information will be presented by the race staff.

Saturday, July 16

  • 5:30 a.m. – 6:45 a.m. Packet pickup and in-person registration. Photo ID is required. Packets must be picked up in person. They will not be given to others.
  • 7:00 a.m. Race start. The race will start at the first roundabout off of Northstar Drive and Trimont Lane and will continue up Northstar Drive and into the Village before taking their fat tires to the trails! Riders will self-position themselves at the starting line in Northstar Village based on ability. Space is first come first serve. Please do not leave your bike unattended in the start corral.

*Athletes will be able to park in the Village View Parking Lot A.
**All 100K solo racers who drop to the 50K category in the middle of the race will be disqualified.

  • 3:30 p.m. Awards ceremony, post-race meal and LT100 lottery at the Overlook. Plus a post-race party!
Leadville Trail 100 Qualifying Spots

Each Leadville Qualifying Series race provides 25-100 qualifying slots to the Leadville Trail 100 MTB, based on the total number of registered riders at each qualifier event. Half of the qualifying spots will be allocated based on the top age-group performances and half will be drawn among riders who have finished the qualifier race within the allocated cut-off time.. Please visit tahoetrailmtb.com for complete details.

Course Preview

July 3rd – Course Preview
What the course preview includes:
Overview of the course (One Lap)
Race Tips and Tactics
On-course tips
Q&A and more…
Interested guests should meet in front of the Adventure, Guiding, and Learning Center in the Village at Northstar at 8:45 am and be ready to ride at 9. Participants should bring everything they need for a 50K cross-country mountain bike ride. The ride will take around 4 hours. Helmets are required. This clinic is free. All participants will be required to sign a Northstar waiver upon arrival.


Volunteers needed!
Our race experience isn’t possible without the help of our amazing volunteers. Please email hcolley@lifetimefitness.com if you’re interested in supporting this event and having some fun in the process!


LEAVE NO TRACE PRINCIPALS
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit. Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies.
TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel or dry grasses. Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY Pack it in, pack it out. Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug six-to-eight inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished. LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts. Leave rocks,
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts. Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them. MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light. Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans or mound fires. RESPECT WILDLIFE Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their
MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light. Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans or mound fires. RESPECT WILDLIFE Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their
RESPECT WILDLIFE Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors and exposes them to predators and other dangers. BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITORS Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITORS Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail


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