TAHOE TRAIL

July 15th, 2023

Straddling the borders of Nevada and California, the Sierra Nevada is a mountain biker’s dream. The 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.

Registration Opens on January 10th, 2023

**ALL EVENTS TAKE PLACE AT NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA
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5001 Northstar Dr
Truckee, CA 96161
northstarcalifornia.com

THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2023

  • 5:00pm – course will be marked – ride at your own risk – trails are open to the public as well – please be courteous!

FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2023

  • 12:00pm – 5:00pm Packet pickup, registration and drop bag collection
  • Location: The Village at Northstar – Overlook Pavilion
    • Get your participant shirt, race plate and answers to your questions.
    • Photo ID is required
    • Packets must be picked up in person
    • Packets will not be mailed or given to others
    • Drop bags (100k riders) – will be accepted at this time (see the Course section for details)
  • 3:45pm Athlete meeting
    • Race staff will run through final details, last-minute changes, course descriptions and other important information.

SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2023

  • 5:30am – 6:45am Packet pickup, registration and drop bag collection
  • Location: The Village at Northstar – Overlook Pavilion
    • Photo ID is required
    • Packets must be picked up in person
    • Packets will not be mailed or given to others
    • Drop bags (100k riders) – will be accepted at this time (see the Course section for details)
  • 7:00am RACE START
    • Location: Bottom of Northstar Drive; 150 Northstar Dr, Truckee, CA 96161
      • Take the first right at the roundabout just off the highway to get to the start area.
      • Each athlete will self-position at the start line based on ability, with pros up front.
      • 50K and 100K riders will start together.
      • PLEASE be honest with your start location as it is a safety measure for all athletes!
      • Space is first-come first-serve.
      • Do not leave your bike unattended in the start corral.
      • Parking – available at the Village view Parking Lot A. Riders will continue up Northstar Drive and into the Village before taking their tires to the trails.
    • 11:30am Finish Festival begins
      • Location: The Village at Northstar – Overlook Pavilion
        • Join us for music, cold beer, great food and even better company
    • 2:00pm 50K Awards Ceremony
    • 3:15pm Official 100K Finish Time
      • Riders must finish by this time to be eligible for the LT100 MTB lottery
    • 3:30pm 100K Awards Ceremony & LT100 MTB Lottery
      • All awards will be presented at this time and must be picked up in person.
      • Awards will not be given to others and will not be distributed before or after the awards ceremony.
      • Stick around for an announcement to enter your ticket (attached to your wristband) into the drawing for your chance to win a coveted LT100 MTB slot. Winners must be present to claim their spot, which they can utilize in 2022 or defer to 2023.

Registration opens for the 2023 Stages Cycling Tahoe Trail MTB on 1/10/23. 

2023 Pricing:

  • Tahoe Trail MTB 100K – $140
  • Tahoe Trail MTB 50K – $105

This challenging course begins with a ride through Northstar California Village and onto the ski area trails, featuring flowing singletrack, mountain Jeep roads and exciting descents through the sculpted and bermed Northstar Bike Park. With 6,000+ ft in elevation gain, the course finishes at the Overlook area of Northstar Village with plenty of food, entertainment and fun for the whole family.
View the course map on Plotaroute (updated 6/1/2022)

  • 31.2 miles per lap
  • >GPX / Interactive Map
  • 4,491′ Elevation Gain per lap (lap 2 will have about 500′ less gain as you will not return to the start line)
  • 6,141′ Lowest Point @ mile 0.4
  • 7,329′ Highest Point @mile 4
 

Route map for 2022 Tahoe Trail 100 by Michael Melley on plotaroute.com

“The Lake Tahoe area and this course are simply spectacular. Sweeping views (that incidentally you may never have a chance to look at) and a fun and challenging course. There’s a good bit of fast, fun and flowy trail riding and plenty of hills to let you know where you stand with your training. While it’s not at 10,200 feet, the approximately 6,000 to 8,000 feet of elevation will give you a taste of thinner air and begin your acclimatization process for the Leadville Trail 100 MTB.”
—Dave Wiens, 6-time LT100 MTB champion

COURSE CUTOFFS

  • #1 (19.2 miles) – 9:30 a.m.
  • #2 (31.9 miles) – 11:00 a.m.
  • #3 (53 miles) – 2:00 p.m.
  • 3:15 p.m. Official Finish Time

You must complete the 100K race in less than eight hours and 15 minutes to qualify for the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. Our desire is to see everyone finish, and we will support you the best we can. However, if we do need to remove someone for missing the cutoff, the decision of the race official is final.

Racers who are registered for the 100K distance will NOT be allowed to change and compete in the 50K distance once the race begins. This will be an automatic DQ. If you are registered for the 100K and wish to change to the 50K, please see the registration crew at packet pickup to switch the day prior to the race. Please know we are unable to provide a refund for the difference in price.

Please note: Due to safety restrictions on the course wheelchair participation is not permitted.

AID STATIONS/ON-COURSE SUPPORT
Each aid station offers Gnarly Sports Nutrition, water, fruit and light snacks with volunteer assistance. Aid stations are located at the following locations:

  • #1: 13.3 mi / 21.24K
  • #2: 24.3 mi / 38.84K (neutral support available)
  • #3: (mini): 27.8 mi / 44.44K
  • #4: (Village): 31.9 mi / 51K (neutral support available)
  • #1: (lap 2): 44.6 mi / 70.84K
  • #2: (lap 2): 55.4 mi / 88.6K (neutral support available)
  • #3: (lap 2): 58.9 mi / 94.2K
  • Finish (Village): 63.1 mi / 100.92K (neutral support available)

Northstar Bike Shop is offering bike support next to the gondola on Friday. They’re also providing neutral support on Saturday at the Village Aid Station.

DROP BAGS (100K only)

All 100K participants are welcome to assemble one drop bag, which we’ll collect at both packet pickups (see the schedule for times). Bags may not be larger than a medium size duffel or small cooler. We recommend writing your name somewhere on your bag so it’s easy to identify. We’ll transport bags to the mid-point of the course near Aid Station #3. Bags will be available at the finish line after the race. Please remember to claim your items!

RACE PLATES & WRISTBANDS
All riders will receive race plates at packet pickup, and they must be worn and visible at all times on race day. Race plates attach to your handlebars and must not be cut or folded.

100K riders: keep the pull tab from your race plate for the LT100 MTB lottery. This is your ticket to enter the drawing, which takes place after the 100K Awards Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. (see the Schedule for more information).

TRASH & RECYCLING

There will be trash bins and recycling containers at all aid stations and at the start/finish line. Please discard any trash in the appropriate container or within 100 yards of an aid station. We will be recycling all plastic and aluminum during each of our events. Intentional littering on the course will be grounds for disqualification. The course travels through areas of exceptional beauty. Help us keep them pristine!

US Forest Service Permit
Some of the event course takes place on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and the Tahoe National Forest under a Special Use Permit.

LT100 MTB Qualification System:

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.

Qualifying slots will be distributed at the Awards Ceremony. There will be 25-100 slots per qualifying event. Qualifying slot winners MUST BE PRESENT, as the roll-down qualifiers rule will be in effect at each event. All qualifier slots will be awarded and redeemed on race day. You must pay your entry to the LT100 when you accept your slot. You will have the option to register for the current year or the following year’s LT100 and must decide when accepting your qualification slot. All entries into the LT100 are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Visit our LT100 MTB Qualification System page for more information

** The corral placement chart for the 2022 LT100 MTB based on prior performances at Leadville Race Series events can be viewed below. **

As one of the most well-known mountain bike races on earth, getting into the Leadville Trail 100 MTB has always been difficult. LT100 Qualifiers are long and tough, with lots of climbing. They are similar to the classic course at Leadville in that they consist mainly of rugged jeep roads of gravel and dirt. A qualifier event could not only gain you entry into the LT100 MTB, but it could also boost your corral starting position in the Race Across the Sky!

Rider starting positions will be organized in color-coded corrals. These positions will be based on a finish time from a previous (see corral chart) LT100 MTB finish/qualifier finish, or if you hold a current USAC or UCI Pro Cross Country Elite license. Please enter finish times or email a current photo of your USAC or UCI Pro Cross Country Elite license when prompted during the registration process. However, if you race a qualifier after previously gaining entry, you MUST email Athlete Services a direct link to your individual results so you will be placed accordingly. You will not be placed automatically. Corrals will be assigned as follows:

Note:  The 2022 Athlete Guide is now available! View and download the Athlete Guide here. 

**Note: info in the Athlete Guide is subject to change, please monitor your email and the Leadville Race Series website in the days leading up to the event should there be any changes due to weather, etc.**

Awards are 3 deep in each category. All riders completing the race within the allotted finish time receive a finisher medal.

  • 2:00pm – 50k Awards (3 deep)
    • Overall Male / Overall Female
    • Overall Non-binary
    • Single Speed Male / Female
    • Para Male / Female
  • 3:30pm – 100k Awards (3 deep) – Approximately 15 minutes after final completion of the race
    • Overall Male / Female
    • Overall Non-binary
    • 19 & Under Male / Female
    • 20-29 Male / Female
    • 30-39 Male / Female
    • 40-49 Male / Female
    • 50-59 Male / Female
    • 60-69 Male / Female
    • 70+ Male / Female
    • Tandem
    • Single Speed Male / Female
    • Para Male / Female
    • Relay Male / Female / Co-ed

Note: If you do not attend the award ceremony, you have the option to get your award shipped to you. You must email your name, results and current address to leadville@ltevents.zendesk.com. Please note you will be charged a shipping fee, and awards will not be shipped until the end of our race series season.

Lodging can be challenging in this location, be sure to book early for your best locations and options!

NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA
Get a room in the Village or rent a home for your whole crew at host venue Northstar California. We suggest booking online or via phone thur Northstar.  Phone:   1-800-GONORTH
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FOOD & DRINK
In addition to lodging, there are numerous dining spots in The Village at Northstar, including Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Rubicon Pizza Company and Starbuck’s. Earthly Delights offers fine deli-style food and light grocery items. Martis Valley Grille, located at the Northstar Golf Course, serves excellent breakfast and lunch options.
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FAMILY ACTIVITES
The Village at Northstar is always full of fun stuff to do for the whole family, from mini golf to bungee trampolines to roller skating and strider bike rentals.
Check out everything that’s going on at Northstar on race weekend and throughout the summer.
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Although we look forward to seeing  you at our events, we understand certain things may come up that prevent you from attending. Check out our deferral tiers for each event and please let us know if you have any questions!

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