Big Bear Lake, CA, May 7, 2012, 8:00am – On May 18 cycling enthusiasts will get an opportunity to ride a portion of  The Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 Finish in Big Bear Lake. The ride, called The King of the Mountain Experience, is open to all levels of cyclists who want to ride through the official finish line two hours before the actual professionals cross the finish line. The King of the Mountain Experience is a 35-mile trek that starts at Snow Summit, goes down highway 18 to Snow Valley, and then returns up the mountain to Snow Summit, crossing through the official Amgen Tour of California finish line. The course includes a full-support crew. A self-timed section on the course gives participants a read-out of their times which they can compare with the professional race leaders. In addition to riding 35 miles of the Stage 6 course, all King of the Mountain Experience participants get certain privileges others do not.  Race day perks include V.I.P. finish line area seating, free bike valet, a commemorative event T-shirt, raffle drawings, a finisher’s medal, and limited edition number plate. There is also a V.I.P. reception after the race at Black Diamond Tavern that includes appetizers, a no-host bar and cycling celebrities. Other benefits include pre-event bike check, lube & tune, discount food and lodging, and Thursday night party. The King of the Mountain Experience is Friday, May 18 at the Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 Finish Line at Snow Summit. The entry fee is $150 per person, and limited to the first 250 registrants. For more information or to register log onto or

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