Are you Ready for a Climb?


Profile for the 100-mile route. The hill climbs will challenge you and make the beer at the end of the ride taste great!

The 100-mile course is the most challenging and scenic route we offer. It includes flatter sections along the Truckee River and North Shore of Lake Tahoe, through Martis Valley, and along Donner Lake.  The route includes three climbs worth mentioning:  Brockway Summit (3 miles averaging 5-7%), Ski Slope Way in Tahoe Donner (8 mile loop averages 6-8% with some stretches of 11-12%) and Donner Summit (3-mile climb averaging 6-7% grade, followed by an 8-mile descent to Big Bend averaging 3-5%). You can detour around the Ski Slope Way climb by riding on Donner Pass Road through downtown Truckee. Total vertical feet of climbing is over 7,200. Please be aware that we are working to secure our 2016 permits; specific locations of the rest stops may change. We will update this description and the route sheets as soon as our permits are completed.

Along the 100-mile route, find rest stops at Kings Beach, Tahoe Donner Campground, Donner Memorial State Park, and Big Bend. Be sure to notice the start/stop times for the rest stops so you can time your ride to hit them while they are open.  The lunch spot for this route is at Victory Group Camp at Big Bend. Look for the signs to turn right just after the new fire station at Big Bend. You will cross the Yuba River to get to Victory Group Camp.

Rest Stop and Lunch Schedule

  • North Tahoe Beach (Kings Beach) – 7 :00 am – 10:30 am
  • Tahoe Donner Campground – 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 (Lunch Stop) – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm 

If you arrive earlier or later than the suggested times above, we cannot guarantee the rest stops will be open. 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.

Tip!   We’ve made some route changes this year, so be sure to download the new route descriptions. The changes are:

  • We’ve moved the second rest stop to Tahoe Donner Campground, so watch for the left turn from Hwy 89 to Alder Creek Road. This eliminates a short detour to get to the second rest stop.
  • The route this year will circumnavigate Donner Lake. On the way out, turn left into Donner Memorial State Park and follow the signs to the picnic area at the east end of the Lake. The Donner Lake rest stop is located here. Then continue on your ride through the picnic area and along South Shore Drive before climbing Old Hwy 40 to the Summit.
  • The turn around point and the lunch stop for century riders are now in the same location. Stop for lunch at Victory Camp – after lunch head right back to the Summit.
  • After the downhill from the Summit, the route takes another lap around Donner Lake to make the full century length (103 miles actually). If you want to skip this lap, the total length will be 93 miles.

Tip!  Recommended start time for the 100-Mile Route is between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Tip!  Old Hwy 40 is closed to vehicle traffic from 10 am – 2 pm for our riders. You may ride before and after those times, but you will be sharing the narrow, winding road with local and tourist traffic. At any time, please watch your speed on the descent! The roadway has irregularities and could have sand or natural debris at the edges.

Tip!  Recommended gearing for the 60 and 100 mile route would be Compact 50/34 with a 11-28 in back, or a triple.

Find the full route description here: 100-Mile Route 2015

To receive a Google Earth or Garmin compatible digital file, please email Ride Director.