Tahoe Trail MTB

JULY 16, 2022 | 50K or 100K | Northstar California

Ride rocky summits and breathtaking pine forests at the Tahoe Trail MTB. Race one 50K-loop or take on two for a chance to qualify for the Stages Cycling Leadville Trail 100 MTB. All finishers receive a participant T-shirt, a commemorative finisher item access to a post-race fest at 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.
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"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


  • #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.

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 / 21.24K
  • #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.
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!

All riders will receive race plates and wristbands 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 your wristband on 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).


  • Pro
  • Solo Male/Female
  • Single Speed
  • Tandem (100K only)
  • 2-Person Relay (100K only)

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 - Overlook Pavilion
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 - Overlook Pavilion
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.

• 11:30 a.m. Finish Festival begins
The Village at Northstar - Overlook Pavilion
Join us for music, cold beer, great food and even better company.

• 2:00 p.m. 50K Awards Ceremony
We'll call up overall and age group winners for their place on the podium.

• 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. 100K 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 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 2020 or defer to 2021.

Participant Swag

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!


Solo 50K$105
Solo 100K$140
2-Person 100K Relay$255
Tandem 100K$230

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! Complete Leadville Events Deferral Policies Here

Stages Cycling 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 2019 (year prior only) LT100 MTB race, a 2019 or 2020 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 qcooper@lt.life 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 2021 Athlete Guide for detailed schedules, course information and more.
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Awards are 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 50K awards ceremony takes place at 2 p.m., while the 100K awards ceremony takes place approximately 15 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 contact@youphoriaproductions.com. Please note you will be charged a shipping fee, and awards will not be shipped until the end of our race series season.

Get a room in the Village or rent a home for your whole crew at host venue Northstar California. Use code CC1TT1 for an exclusive participant discount when booking online or via phone at 1-800-GONORTH.

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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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.
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Check out everything that’s going on at Northstar on race weekend and throughout the summer.
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Special thanks to our Tahoe Trail sponsors. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact our sponsorship team.