Tag: Bike races

The Amgen Tour of California returns to Big Bear

Big Bear Lake,  CA. May 9, 2012 – The Amgen Tour of California returns to Big Bear after a one year hiatus on Friday May 18th, 2012.  The race will feature 16 of the world’s best teams battling it out over more than 750 miles of picturesque California highways, roadways and coastline.  In addition, the Amgen Tour of California will be the last race on U.S. soil before the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.  This year’s climb to Big Bear will be no less monumental and, in fact, it will be even greater because the following day will be another extreme climb from Ontario to Mount Baldy.  What makes the Big Bear climb on May 18th the hardest or “Queens Stage” of the race is that it will cover 115 miles and will rise and fall 12,000 feet in the mountains in the thin air. The entire tour may be won or lost during Stage 6 on the climb to Big Bear.   The teams will need to strategize how to best use the long and steep day in the saddle.  If a rider fails to be smart they may not survive Stage 7’s shorter but, perhaps, more intense climb on the steep narrow roads to Mount Baldy, a destination with only one way in.  The best place to view Stage 6, the Big Bear Climb, is from the...

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Redlands Bicycle Classic 2012

Redlands – Big Bear Lake, CA March 22, 2012 3:00 pm – The Redlands Bicycle Classic will be held over 4 days beginning Thursday March 22nd. These bike races are held primarily through out the streets of Redlands and out to Beaumont.  This race began just after the Summer Olympics Games held in Los Angeles in 1984 and has been going strong for 28 years making it the oldest and longest running stage race in the United States.  This particular race is where many top cycling racers have cut their teeth including Chris Horner, Cadel Evans and David Zabriskie among other notable racers. Professional cycling teams look for new talent at races such as this in preparation for the long race season ahead. In addition, this year, Loma Linda University will field a team of hopefuls for the U.S. Paralympics team named the PossAbilities who will be racing on the same circuits over the next few days.  The Redlands Classic is a very popular spectator event that effects many areas of the downtown Redlands area.  To get more information be sure to check the Redlands Classic web link on KBHR933.com.  In other cycling news Big Bear was chosen for the second time in three years to host a finishing stage of the Amgen Tour of California.  Stage Six of this professional race will begin in Palmdale and finish at...

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City Applies To Be Host City For Amgen Tour of California 2012

UPDATE: August 30, 2011.  According to Rick Bates, Director of the Event Resource Office, the City of Big Bear Lake should receive a response to their proposal to host the 2012 AMGEN Tour of California by the end of September.  Big Bear, Ca, August 29, 2011, 12:00pm – The City of Big Bear Lake has submitted a proposal to AEG to be a host city for the 2012 AMGEN Tour of California.  The Tour of California is a professional road cycling race that has been called the Tour de France of America.  In 2010 Big Bear was host to the queen’s stage, known as the hardest stage in tour, and was seen both state and world wide.  Thousands of people came to Big Bear for what was called the Big Bear Climb, and since the event cyclists have come to Big Bear from all over the world to train at altitude.  This spring, Pure Black Racing, a professional cycling team from New Zealand spent two weeks in Big Bear training, and plan on returning next year.  The proposal to AEG includes different route possibilities, offering organizers the choice of coming up one of our three routes, through highway 38, highway 18 the back grade, or highway 18 the front grade.  The proposed finish line for the race would be at Snow Summit, as it was in 2010.  The race...

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