What You Should Know

The Ride

The Tahoe Sierra Century Ride includes three routes that all begin and end at Squaw Valley USA. Read more here.

We are still confirming the exact details for the 2016 routes and rest stop locations. We’ll post any changes as soon as we can complete the permitting process.

  • The 30-mile route is a mostly flat, novice ride between Squaw Valley and the Donner Lake.P1010756
  • The Metric Century (60-mile) route reaches passes through Donner Memorial State Park, and then climbs over Donner Pass along old Highway 40 and follows it to Big Bend before returning to Squaw Valley to complete the route. Total elevation gain 3000’+.
  • The Century (100-mile) route follows along the beautiful north shore of Lake Tahoe, then crosses Brockway Summit to Truckee in the Tahoe Donner area and Donner Lake before climbing Donner Summit and extending to Big Bend before returning to Squaw Valley. Total elevation gain 7200’+.

A dinner will be served at the end of the event from 1:30 – 6:00 p.m. with live music provided by North Tahoe High School and North Tahoe Middle School bands. See your contribution at work!

During the ride, the Old Highway 40 climb to Donner Summit will be closed to thru auto traffic from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you want to ride this route without traffic, plan your start time carefully.

All routes will be clearly marked with volunteers and/or signs where needed. Please take care to stay on the marked course.

Start/Finish – Squaw Valley, California2012_GoDaddyGo

  • Restrooms
  • Fresh fruit, munchies, cookies
  • Water and drinks (no paper cups provided, so keep track of your water bottle!)
  • Tech support

Rest Stops – North Tahoe Beach (Kings Beach), Tahoe Donner Campground (Truckee), Donner Memorial State Park, Big Bend Victory Group Camp

  • You may bag your gear and clothing for pickup at the finish
  • Fresh fruit, protein munchies, cookies
  • Water and drinks
  • Restrooms
  • Tech support

On-course Tech support

  • SAG Wagons
  • Marshalls on course for assistance
  • All turn-off’s clearly marked

Lunch and Dinner

  • Lunch provided at Donner Memorial State Park (30-mile riders) and Big Bend (60 and 100-mile riders)
  • After-ride dinner for all riders at the Village at Squaw Valley served 1:30 – 6 p.m. Your wrist band is your dinner ticket and entitles you to dinner, desert, and a drink (beer, wine or soda).
  • Live music throughout the ride at the lunch stops, hill climbs, and the Village at Squaw Valley provided by the music students at North Tahoe Middle and High schools. The concert in the Village starts around 2 p.m.


On-line registration closes at noon on Friday, September 11. Registration/check-in is Friday, September 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday September 12 beginning at 6:30 a.m. Registration this year will be at the entrance to the village across from the tram. Look for our signs! See here for full registration policies and prices.

Safety Requirements

Early morning temps can be chilly. Wear layers/fingers/toe warmers as needed. Ziplock bags and markers will be provided at all reststops for you to stuff extra clothing/gear, and will be sagged back to the Start/Finish in Squaw for pick up at the end of the ride.

A properly fitting, US CPSC-approved helmet is required of all riders at all times. It is the rider’s responsibility to bring a bicycle that is in safe working condition. Carry a pump, a spare tube, and patch kit. Bring an extra water bottle. Always carry ID and emergency phone numbers for yourself. It makes sense to also list your medical insurance carrier and your blood type.

Riders must be 14 years of age or older, except tandem stoker (back) rider.


Sharing the Road.  In an effort to have our ride cause as little disruption to local traffic as possible, we ask that all riders follow the basic rules of the road:

  • Obey all traffic laws.
  • Ride single file as much as possible. If you must ride double at times, pass as quickly as possible and single up promptly.
  • Be courteous and friendly with all motorists and residents you encounter. They are our neighbors.
  • Our use of this route in the future may depend on our good cycling behavior now. Thanks for your cooperation.
  • This is not a race! Ride reasonably!

Rest Stop and Lunch Schedule. If you arrive earlier or later than the suggested times below, we cannot guarantee the rest stops will be open. The ride organizers reserve the right to have lagging riders transported forward on the route via sag wagons so that the course can be swept and closed within reasonable time limits.

  • North Tahoe Beach (Kings Beach)  7:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Tahoe Donner Campground Rest Stop  7:30 am – Noon
  • Donner Memorial State Park  8:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Donner Pass/Summit  8:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Big Bend/Victory Group Camp  9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Recommended Start Times.  Plan your start times so you can use the rest stops along the way and ride Old Highway 40 when it is closed to auto traffic. Rest stops, the road closure, and after-ride dinner have definite start/stop times, so plan carefully. To access these support services, we recommend you start your ride as follows:

  • 100-Mile Route – 7 – 8 a.m.
  • 60-Mile Route – 8 -10 a.m.
  • 30-Mile Route – 10 a.m. or later

Altitude. The Tahoe Sierra Century is a ride at altitude.  Lake Tahoe level is 6200’ and the climbs top out at 7000’ to 7200’.  This adds an additional challenge for folks coming up to ride from lower elevations. Be sure to hydrate enough and use sun screen.

Make Your Ride Fun

  • Wear  layers! Early mornings temperature in the mountains can be chilly.  Bring coverings for fingers and toes and shed layers as the temps rise.  We’ll have zip lock bags and markers at all the rest stops to sag your gear back to the finish.
  • Bring a spare tube and pump so you don’t have to wait for sag support if you flat.
  • Pace yourself… this is not a race…enjoy the day!
  • Know you’re supported all the way.  We have sag wagons out on the course and a cell phone contact so you can reach us throughout the day.
  • The Old Highway 40 hill climb to Donner Summit is a great feature of this ride. Watch your speed on the downhill! There will be other riders on the road and the possibility of unexpected road hazards.