Blueprint for Athletes Tahoe Trail MTB

July 15, 2017 | Northstar California

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Straddling the borders of Nevada and California, the Sierra Nevadas are a mountain biker's dream. The Blueprint for Athletes Tahoe Trail MTB features 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. Bonus? Riders have a chance to score a slot in the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 MTB.

The race starts at Northstar California Resort and features seven total climbs. The course ends at the "Overlook" at the base area.
> View the course map (Strava)

Drop bags
Bag drop deadline: 6:30 a.m. race morning near the Village to Mid-Mountain Gondola in Overnight Storage.
All Tahoe Trail participants may assemble one (1) drop bag that will be taken by race organization to the drop bag area at the (halfway point) Village Aid station. Drop bags may not be larger than medium sized duffels or small coolers. All drop bags must be left at the designated bag drop-off location near the Big Springs gondola in Overnight Storage before the race begins at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday. The drop bags will be transported to the Village Aid Station (aid station # 4). Drop bags will be returned to the finish line and available after the race, so feel free to pack a change of clothes.

Course cutoffs

  • Time cut-off #1 – 9:30 a.m. (19.2 miles)
  • Time cut-off #2 – 12:00 p.m. (38.5 miles
  • Time cut-off #3 – 2:00 p.m. (53 miles)
  • You must complete the race in 8 hours.

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.

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

Aid station mileage/location

  • One: 13.3 mi / 21.24 km
  • Two: 24.3 mi / 38.84 km
  • Three (mini): 27.8 mi / 44.44 km
  • Four (Village): 31.9 mi / 51 km
  • One (lap 2): 44.6 mi / 70.84 km
  • Two (lap 2): 55.4 mi / 88.6 km
  • Three (lap 2): 58.9 mi / 94.2 km
  • Finish (Village): 63.1 mi / 100.92 km

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.


JAN 11-FEB 28MAR 1-MAY 31JUN 1-JUN 31JUL 1-JUL 15
Solo 100K$95$105$125$135
Solo 50K$75$85$115$125
2-Person 100K Relay$185$195$215$225
Tandem 100K$185$195$215$225

Please understand that Tahoe Trail does not allow refunds or transfers for all race entries and registration fees unless you have purchased the registration refund coverage option and have a covered reason. If you wish to defer your entry to the 2018 race please understand that your entry will roll over only one year for a charge of $30. All deferments must be confirmed by Youphoria Productions (youphoriacontact@gmail.com) at least one week prior to the race.

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Leadville Trail 100 MTB 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.
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LT100 MTB corral/start position
Wilmington Whiteface could not only gain you entry into the LT100 MTB, but it could also boost your corral starting position! Rider starting positions are organized in color-coded corrals. These positions will be based on a finish time from the 2016 (year prior only) LT100 MTB race, a 2016 or 2017 qualifier event finish time, or if you hold a current USCI Pro Elite license. Please enter finish times or license numbers when prompted during the registration process. However, if you race a qualifier after previously gaining entry, you MUST email Leadville@lifetimefitness.com to inform them of your finish time so you will be placed accordingly. You will not be placed automatically. Corrals will be assigned as follows:

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Check out the 2016 Athlete Guide for detailed schedules, course information and more. The 2017 Athlete Guide will be available closer to the race date.
> View the Athlete Guide

Engraved bike rotor plaques will be awarded 3 deep in each division. Age groups are male/female in 10-year increments (20-29, 30-39, etc.). All riders receive a participant T-shirt, and riders completing the race within the allotted finish time receive a finisher medal. The awards ceremony takes place approximately 30 minutes after final completion of the race. If you do not attend you must send a check made out to Youphoria Productions for $15 along with the Awards Form filled out fully to:

Youphoria Productions
Attn: Austin Rattler Awards
340 Mt Yale
Leadville, CO 80461

*Please note that 2017 awards will not be shipped until the end of our race series season.

Northstar California is the Tahoe Trail 100 Host Venue. Get a room in the Village or rent a mountain bike home with your whole family.
> Find Northstar lodging

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.
> See all dining options

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. On Friday evenings from 5 – 8 p.m. the scene gets elevated with live music, face painting, yard games, shopping deals, and food and drink specials.
> Find fun for the whole family

Check out everything that’s going on at Northstar on race weekend and throughout the summer.
> View the calendar

  • 2016 Photos
    Your 2016 race photos are available to download for FREE courtesy of Athlinks. To search for your tagged photos, simply enter your name or bib number and click on the photos tab.
  • 2015 Photos
  • 2014 Photos
    To search for your tagged photos, simply enter your bib number or name. Then, click the Photos tab in your results.


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