Amgen Tour of California starting in South Lake Tahoe

Summer is right around the corner, and we are getting ready at the Free Bird! This weekend brings the Amgen bike race, which will be kicking off in South Lake Tahoe.

The whole town is excited to share the beauty of Tahoe with cycling enthusiasts from all around the world. It has been amazing this week to watch the teams of pro athletes riding right past our shop through out the day, adjusting to the elevation and preparing for the race. The Amgen tour is a Tour de France style cycling race and is the largest race of its kind in America. South Lake Tahoe is expecting to have upwards of 30,000 spectators this weekend to watch the 400 plus riders begin their race. The weather is supposed to be iffy, but I predict that it will be dramatically beautiful and provide a picture perfect backdrop, as Tahoe so often does.

We will be serving up plenty of iced or hot beverages whatever the weather decides to do, and we will enjoy watching the race right from our shop. Come by for a homemade chai, or a refreshing homemade hibiscus lemonade, new for the summer!