Tag: Biking

Local Committee Reports Valley Impact Results of Amgen Tour of California to City Council

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 28, 2010, 3:30pm – Members of the Amgen Tour of California local organizing committee reported to the Big Bear Lake City Council on July 12th, with a presentation of the Stage 6 finish in Big Bear Lake.  Rick Bates of the Events Resource Office and Rick Shoup of the Resort Association reported to the Council that an estimated crowd of 10,000 was present at the Snow Summit finish.  While the crowds were expected to be larger, the drop of Lance Armstrong from the race the day before may have kept up to 20% of spectators away.  A survey done by the Events Resource Office reported that 36.5% of the spectators were first time visitors, and that 45.3% stayed at least one night in Big Bear, and that 76.3% of visitors shopped during their stay.  The survey also reported that the event had an estimated economic impact of $1,518,800 estimating that each person who attended spent a median amount of $200 each.  Race day coverage on the Versus network was seen in over 200 countries, with over 2 million spectators watching.  “The coverage on the Versus network will have a long term impact,” said Shoup, “ A lot of people saw Big Bear, and had no idea there was a place like that an hour and a half from Los Angeles.”  Television coverage of the...

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Elle Williams Earns 2010 Mountain Bike National Championship

Big Bear City, CA, July 27, 2010, 3:08pm – The Williams family can add another medal to their collection this year. The Big Bear City family of cyclists traveled to Granby, Colorado for the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in the beginning of July.  Ten year old Elle Williams beat out competition from across the country to become the 2010 Mountain Bike National Champion for women ages 10 and under.  With a race time of 40 minutes, 22.04 seconds, Elle finished five minutes faster than her competition.  While Elle crushed her competitors, her brothers, Casey, Cameron and Evan competed with the flu bug.  Despite their weakened state, Casey, a 2008 Mountain Bike National Champion, finished 13th for the category 1 men’s 15-16 division, Cameron, also a 2008 Mountain Bike National Champion, finished 10th in the junior 13-14 division, followed closely by Evan who finished 16th in the same category.  The Williams kids can be seen riding around the lake, on the trails, and on Wednesday nights at the Woodland Trail where they host a kid’s bike ride. For more information about the Wednesday night youth rides go to teamzionadventures.com and click on Youth Ride...

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Adam Williams, Casey Williams, Kelley Brunson and Diane Bradley Hold Top Rankings in Elite Conquer the Bear Series

Big Bear Lake, CA — The second round of the Conquer the Bear series is underway and, this weekend, competitors wrapped their second of four races by participating in the Team Big Bear mountain bike race, which covered 17 miles of Forest Service roads in the Moonridge area. Athletes who braved February’s cold temps, snow and rain in the Snowshoe the Bear event were eligible to continue in the Conquer the Bear series which, in addition to the June 20 mountain bike race, will include the Paddlefest in Fawnskin on July 11 and the first-ever Endure the Bear mountain trail run on September 11. Top contenders in Conquer the Bear’s Elite division are Adam Williams and 15-year-old Casey Williams; these two, both from Big Bear Lake but unrelated, took first and third in Snowshoe the Bear’s 10K event and are less than five minutes apart in their cumulative times for the two races. Other top contenders in the Elite race series include Casey’s younger brother Cameron Williams, Ramon Escobar of Mexico, and Ross Goulet of Big Bear City, while Big Bear Lake’s Kelly Brunson, the Fastest Bear in the Bear for the snowshoe, and Diane Bradley, third place female finisher in the debut Conquer the Bear series, both completed the course to stay in the running for the Conquer the Bear title which, in 2009, was won by local...

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Team Big Bear Mountain Bike Race

Team Big Bear’s Shoot-Out #2, which starts on Forest Service road 2N10 just above Bear Mountain Resort, features a cross-country mountain bike race. The event is also the second of four races in the Conquer the Bear series. Race pre-registration available at La Montana Restaurant (on the Moonridge Y in Big Bear Lake) on Saturday, June 19, from 3 to 5pm; also on race day, Sunday, starting at 8am. For more information or to sign up, visit TeamBigBear.com or call 909/633-6729. For more information on Conquer the Bear, visit OpenAirBigBear.com. Event features after-party at La Montana, from 12:30 to 3pm, to include $1 tacos and live reggae from Good...

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Amgen Tour of California Brings Worldwide Exposure to Big Bear, and Anticipation of Increased Tourism

Big Bear Lake, CA — As the Amgen Tour of California cycled through Big Bear on Friday, May 21st, legendary cycling commentator Phil Liggett raved, “We have been treated to one of the best cycling stages we’ve seen in America, ever.” However, on a more local level, response from business owners has been mixed as, though the event brought more crowds than the Big Bear Valley would have enjoyed on a normal pre-Memorial Day weekend, the world-class cycling competition did not draw the numbers of, say, a Saturday Fourth of July, for which the City of Big Bear Lake had potentially braced. As noted by Sara Russ, CEO of the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce, who has spoken with business owners in the days since, “Compared to last year, business owners did see additional business, but not the scale they were hoping for.” To that end, the Resort Association’s CEO Rick Shoup tells KBHR, “What we have heard from other host cities is that it grows ever year. Though our Village event on Friday evening wasn’t very well attended, several restaurants did very well. It is consistent with what we were led to expect from other host cities.” One deterrent to the anticipated—or at least hoped for—crowds is that cycling great Lance Armstrong suffered an injury the day prior to the stage 6 climb, which kept him from making...

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