Epic 3 day Mountain Bike stage race at North Star, Lake Tahoe. 11-13 October

Epic mountain bike race Northstar Lake Tahoe Specialized Epic 29er Conrad Stoltz

Love riding challenging trails and single track?  Tahoe and NorthStar trails, majestic views, blue skies, woods, thin air and yes, lactic acid! Mind boggling single track, stunning scenery and the camaraderie of a team mate.  Sounds good?  The Epic mountain bike race is for you!

This endurance orientated event is aimed to be a 5 star experience:

– 5 Star course:  3 days of trails that will take your breath away.  Literally and figuratively.  (I recently rode them at a leisurely pace in 2 days and was exilharated – yet thuroughly pooped – at the end.)

Stages 1 & 2 are about 35 miles each and stage 3 is about 25 miles. Long enough to knock the stuffing out of you, but not so long that you couldnt face a few beers and share some laughs afterwards. (Maps available on the website) The course features a mix of mostly fire roads and jeep track but also a fair amount of some of the best single track I’ve ever ridden. There will be wave starts to spread the field and the opening miles will be fire road to thin the herd. Be prepared for plenty of climbing. About 3500ft to 4500ft of  climbing per stage. Fortunately, what goes up, must come down – always something to look forward to.

This event is aimed more towards endurance riding, rather than hours of bone and bike crunching single track. You dont need advanced skills or a hard core trail bike for this event. DO bring a descent level of fitness for the 6400 ft (2000m) base altitude. And remember- everything goes up from there.  Also bring a few layers of clothing for the crisp fall temps.

Epic Endurance MTB race, Tahoe, North Star, Conrad Stoltz, Day 2

Stage 2 is mostly fire roads with some good, long sections of fast, flowing single track like the one above.

Epic Mountain bike race trails North Star Lake Tahoe Conrad Stoltz

Plenty of space to overtake early on.

Epic Endurance MTB race, Tahoe, North Star, Conrad Stoltz, Specialized Sworks Epic 29er, Command Post, sawtooth single track

Stage 1 features awesome single track – including the infamous “Sawtooth”, “2 Beavers and a Bear” and

Epic Endurance MTB race, Tahoe, North Star, Conrad Stoltz, bridge

“Twin bridges”.  This is one is the baby of the 3…

Epic Endurance MTB race Tahoe North Star Conrad Stoltz, Specialized, rocky singletrack

Leave the lightweight tires and tubes at home… I recommend going tubeless with a strong sidewalled tire like the Specialized Fast Track Control 2.2.  If it stays very dry and loose that time of the year – a more knobbly Ground Control 2.3 / 2.1  front / rear combo in the Control casing – or something similar will give you grip in the corners and help you float on top of the loose stuff. If it rains (or in the rare case, a light sprinkle of overnight snow) – this sandy course will be fast and packed down nicely.

A dual suspension bike is nice, but not a must – there is a single speed category (a category also known for its love of fully rigid bikes and curious facial hair).  XC bikes – like Specialized Epic 29er  – and modern trail bikes (with a good pedal platform)  Stumpjumper or similar – will work well.

– 5 Star accommodation:

Like it says – 5 star experience. Think Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe for $225 a night…

Just roll out the door to the start line.

Epic Endurance MTB race, Tahoe, North Star Ritz Carlton, Conrad Stoltz,

Enter the special pass code on the website  for the $225 Ritz Carlton per room per night sponsorship deal.

Ritz Carlton LakeTahoe Epic ride

Plenty for the family and kids to do – Adventure camp, bungee trampoline, geocaching, gem panning, Strider& Roller skates, fly fishing, wine walks and the list goes on…

If both parents are riding, the Ritz Kid’s programme will entertain your kids with an adventurous and educational programme at a minimal cost.

Also, check the www.epic-race.com website for more affordable NorthStar condos and even “luxury camping” (you get your own tent and a thick inflatable air mattress) for as little as $25/night.

– 5 Star Dining: Then there is the weighty matter of Food: In this case, more accurately referred to as “Nutrition plan.”

The menu is carefully designed by the OSMO Nutritionist to promote recovery after stages, fuelling before stages and everything in between.

I quote from the website: Say, Friday night dinner…

Friday Dinner   
shrimp curry

  • Thai style salad, rice wine vinaigrette
  • Build your own noodle/rice bowls
  • Yakisoba noodles, rice noodles, brown rice
  • Roasted Tri Tip, Chicken and Shrimp
  • Steamed Vegetables
  • Pho Broth, Coconut Green Curry, Kung Pao Sauce
  • Sprout Bar, bean, radish, broccoli, etc
  • Cashew and peanuts

I wonder if the above options are “and” or “or”.

Aid stations will also be 5 star- stocking products like Clif Bar.


– 5 Star Experience: Ride with a team mate and create memories to last a lifetime.

Epic Chix

Epic Race caters to women unlike any other mountain bike race

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Hey Ladies, 

Ski season may be coming, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to hang up the bike.   Call up your riding partner and end your riding season with the Epic Race!     And in case you think you can’t, we’ve eliminated every excuse so that you can!    Just get to Lake Tahoe and we’ll take care of everything – all you have to do is show up and pedal.  Catering to women unlike other events, we’re providing an experience for you and a friend to join in on the fun.   Cross the finish line with your team mate and enjoy all the comforts of our Ladies Lounge.     A shared experience is priceless.

Race includes:

Women’s own start time(s)

Bike Valet waiting at the finish line (clean / tune and ready for the next day)

Ladies Lounge includes:

Wind trainers for cool-down

Post race massage / rub down

Recovery foods, rehydration

Eucalyptus Action Wipes – next best (immediate) thing to a shower!

Post race / cool-down with yoga

– If you’re a racing snake, check out the prize money page– this race has one of the biggest prize purses for any MTB event in the country. Pros, Amateurs, Industry Cup and Single Speed category leaders jerseys and prize purses.

Epic leaders jerseys

I pre-rode Stage 1 with Andy Buckley from NorthStar his friend and self supported ultra racer Blake from Truckee. Some cool GoPro footage to come soon.

Epic Endurance MTB race, Tahoe, North Star, Conrad Stoltz, Andy Buckley, Blake

“You go first. No, you go first. I insist…”  The course features a good amount of Epic single track – Andy and Blake heading into 2 Beavers and a Bear trail on Stage 1.

Epic Endurance MTB race, Tahoe, North Star, Conrad Stoltz, Andy Buckley, Blake, fire road

Single track is for whooping and fire road is for story telling. Or chasing your breath – whichever way you like it.

Epic Endurance MTB race, Tahoe, North Star, Conrad Stoltz, Lake Tahoe view

Lake Tahoe view.

Epic Endurance MTB race, Tahoe, North Star, Conrad Stoltz, Truckee Meadows view

Truckee Meadows view.

Todd Wells London Olympics 2012 Epic race

I’m riding with legendary Todd Wells on the Specialized Racing Team.  Who are you riding with?

Register now and benefit from various sponsorship options.



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