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CenturyLink Tahoe Trail MTB

July 13, 2019 | 50K or 100K | Northstar California

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Ride rocky summits, breathtaking pine forests and beautiful Tahoe views in the unforgettable CenturyLink Tahoe Trail MTB, produced by Youphoria Productions. Race one 50K-loop or take on two for a chance to qualify for the CenturyLink Leadville Trail 100 MTB. All finishers are treated to the best post-race meal and hospitality around at host venue Northstar California.

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.

"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 CenturyLink 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 CenturyLink 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 one of the Abbies at the packet pickup area 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 Gu Energy Gels, Gu Roctane, water, fruit and light snacks with volunteer assistance. Aid stations are located at the following locations:

  • #1: 13.3 mi / 21.24 km
  • #2: 24.3 mi / 38.84 km (neutral support available)
  • #3 (mini): 27.8 mi / 44.44 km
  • #4 (Village): 31.9 mi / 51 km (neutral support available)
  • #1 (lap 2): 44.6 mi / 70.84 km
  • #2 (lap 2): 55.4 mi / 88.6 km (neutral support available)
  • #3 (lap 2): 58.9 mi / 94.2 km
  • Finish (Village): 63.1 mi / 100.92 km (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.
Paco’s Bike and Ski is running neutral support at aid station #2.

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

Race plates must be visible at all times and tied to the handle bars of your bike. Please do not cut or fold your plate, as the affixed timing chip could become damaged and not record your race times or photos.

Hang on to the small tab with your number on it. This is your ticket to enter the LT100 MTB drawing, which will take place after the Awards Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. (see the schedule for more information).

Race categories

Pro | Solo | Single Speed | Tandem (100K only) | 2-Person Relay (100K only)

Race plates

Race plates must be visible at all times and tied to the handle bars of your bike. Please do not cut or fold your plate, as the affixed timing chip could become damaged and not record your race times or photos.

Trash and 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.

5001 Northstar Dr
Truckee, CA 96161


• 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Packet pickup, registration and drop bag collection
The Village at Northstar - across from the gondola
Get your participant shirt, race plate and answers to your questions. Photo ID is required. Packets must be picked up in person. They will not be given to others. Athlete drop bags (100K) will be accepted at this time (see the Course section for details).

• 1:00 p.m. Course pre-ride
This brief ride will cover 6-8 miles of the start/finish area. Stick around to get your questions answered by ride leaders.

• 3:45 p.m. Athlete meeting
Race staff will run through final details, last-minute changes, course descriptions and other important information.


• 5:30 a.m. - 6:45 a.m. Packet pickup, registration and drop bag collection
The Village at Northstar - across from the gondola
Please arrive as early as possible to get your participant shirt, race plate and answers to your questions. Photo ID is required. Packets must be picked up in person. They will not be given to others. Athlete drop bags (100K) will be accepted at this time (see the Course section for details).

• 7:00 a.m. Race start
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. Please do not leave your bike unattended in the start corral.
Parking is 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.

• 11:00 a.m. Finish Festival begins
The Village at Northstar - Overlook Pavilion
Join us for music, cold beer, great grub and even better company.

• 3:15 p.m. Official 100K Finish Time
Riders must finish by this time to be eligible for the LT100 MTB lottery.

• 3:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony & LT100 MTB Lottery
We'll call up overall and age group winners for their place on the podium, plus we'll give away other random prizes.
Stick around for an announcement to enter your race number (a tab attached to your bib) into the hat for your chance to win a coveted LT100 MTB slot if you registered in the Leadville-eligible category. If you did not do so, you must inform race management prior to the lottery and pay the $20 price difference. Winners must be present to claim their spot, which they can utilize in 2019 or defer to 2020.

Participant Swag

2018 Tahoe Trail MTB participant shirt

All registered participants will receive:

  • T-shirt (gender-specific)
  • Finisher medal
  • Beer
  • Post-race meal

Retail Items

Visit us at the retail tent throughout the weekend to purchase the following items:

  • Retail T-shirts
  • Water bottles
  • Trucker hats
  • And more!

2018 Tahoe Trail MTB men's (left) and women's (right) retail shirt designs


Solo 50K$85
Solo 100K$120
2-Person 100K Relay$210
Tandem 100K$215

Please understand that Tahoe Trail does not allow refunds or transfers for all race entries and registration fees. If you wish to defer your entry to the 2019 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 ( at least one week prior to the race.

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
Tahoe Trail 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 2018 (year prior only) LT100 MTB race, a 2018 or 2019 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 Quinn Cooper at to inform her 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 2018 Athlete Guide for detailed course information, maps, directions, schedules, race rules and more. The 2019 Athlete Guide will be available closer to the event date.
> Get the 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 15-30 minutes after final completion of the race. If you do not attend the award ceremony you must email your name, results and current address to Please note you will be charged a shipping fee, and 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. Tahoe Trail participants receive an exclusive Northstar lodging discount. Call 888-367-5257 and use code TT100 or visit the link below to make your reservation.

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


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