August 20 and 21, 2005--A group of seven riders (the largest field ever) headed from Davis and Sacramento for Lake Tahoe on the fourth annual Tahoe Epic, a two-day ride to the lake and back.  Riders this year included veterans Ron Lew, Dan Duisenberg, and Campy Only's Eric Norris, joined by new riders Mark Gunther, Chris Calhoun, Sandy Borowski, and Robi Pochapin.

The Tahoe Epic is a tough ride--Day One is more than 140 miles from Davis, with 13,500 feet of climbing that includes almost 30 miles of uphill in one stretch on Mormon Emigrant Trail, and three passes at 8,000 feet and higher.  By the end of the first day, only three riders--Ron, Robi, and Eric--were still riding; everybody else had decided to sag in and forego the last 40 to 50 miles.  Still, all had a great time, which included hitting several all-you-can-eat buffets in South Lake Tahoe!

Presented below, photos by Campy Only's Eric Norris.  Email us if you would like a slightly higher-res version of any photo.

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Riding through West Sacramento, Sandy leads the way
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Over the shoulder view of Dan's bike
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The group powers through Folsom
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First tiny hill
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Robi found this 1942 coin laying by the side of the road!
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Dan looks confident in Cameron Park, but leg cramps would end his ride a little later.
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Sandy B
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Placerville rest stop--Ron adjusts his luggage
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Marlboro?  What was Robi thinking?
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Historic coffee house
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Bikes here include Campy Only's Richard Sachs
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Sandy takes a picture of us taking a picture
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Chris and Ron
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Regrouping near Camino
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Chris and Ron ... again
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Dan in Pollock Pines
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Lunch stop in Pollock Pines
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Robi starts the climb up Mormon Emigrant Trail. He snagged pretty much every KOM prize
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Mormon Emigrant Trail
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Gratuitous self-portrait of Campy Only's Eric Norris
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The long, long, climb of Mormon Emigrant Trail
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Our shadow
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On Hwy 88, heading for the first 8,000-foot pass
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Nice alpine scenery
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Almost at the summit of Hwy 88
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Chris, Sandy, and Mark's bikes on the sag vehicle
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Rest stop at Silver Lake
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Carson Spur
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View from Carson Spur
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Caples Lake
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Left turn to Lake Tahoe
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At Carson Pass
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Robi gets ready for the long downhill
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Ron
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Robi
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Eric
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Heading for breakfast Sunday morning
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Chris and Ron get packed for the return trip. Five riders made the trip back from Lake Tahoe
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Another shot of our shoulder
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Pioneer Trail
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Our first job for Sunday--climb over that mountain
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Echo Summit
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Campy Only's Eric Norris in a gratuitous summit shot
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Outer Limits?
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Sly Park exit---here's where we left Hwy 50 on the way down
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Yolo Causeway bike path--almost home!


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Last gratuitous self-portrait, with about 8 miles to go
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Home at last! 14 hours up, 9 hours down


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