Tag: Road Cycling

Over 1100 Bicycle Riders in Big Bear Tour

Big Bear Lake, CA August 3, 2012 4:00 pm –  Bicycle riders from all over Southern California are arriving in Big Bear today to participate in the Tour de Big Bear.  The numbers have grown substantially from the modest beginnings during the May 2010 Tour of California which ended in Big Bear at Snow Summit.   At last count 1125 riders have signed up.  The roads around Big Bear will fill with riders Saturday morning August 3 as many groups will begin ridding at 7:00 am and the final riders finishing the 100 mile ride could be on the road until sometime in the afternoon. Please be aware, dive with caution and share the road with our visiting...

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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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Tour of California Stage 6 Route Announced: Palmdale to Big Bear

Big Bear, Ca, February 8, 2012, 11:00am – This week the stage routes for the Amgen Tour of California are being announce and Big Bear will once again be a mountain top finish for the Tour as this year’s finish for Stage 6.  The route will take professional cyclists from Palmdale to Big Bear Lake with over 12,000 feet of climbing over 115 miles and two mountain ranges.   Stage 6 will begin at the Marie Kerr Park in the City of Palmdale at 10:00am on May 18th, taking cyclists through the San Gabriel Mountain Range, up through Silverwood Lake, to Crestline, and over to Big Bear Lake.  Once cyclists enter the Big Bear Valley they will race along North Shore through Fawnskin, and will cross the lake at Stanfield Cutoff, where they will all make a dash to the finish line at Snow Summit.  The race is expected to end in Big Bear sometime between 2:35pm and 3:25pm. Race promoters at AEG stated that the Big Bear Climb should be a determining factor in the outcome of the final standings for the Tour, which consists of eight stages that will take place from May 13th to May...

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Tour de Big Bear To Bring 600 Cyclists to Big Bear Valley

Big Bear, Ca, August 2nd, 2011, 4:00pm – Over 600 cyclists will ride this Saturday in the Tour de Big Bear.  The Tour is in its 2nd year, but as Craig Smith Big Bear Cycling Association President puts it “this year the tour is new and improved.”  Last year, the Tour de Big Bear was in its infancy, as a complimentary event to the Tour of California coming to Big Bear, and it featured not only road rides, but mountain bike rides.  This year the Tour will feature three road rides, with distances from 25 miles to 70 miles.  The long metric century 70 mile ride, will take riders from the Village of Big Bear Lake, out to Lakeview point along Highway 18 the front grade, back along the north shore of the lake, around Baldwin Lake, up to Onyx Summit, through the Moonridge area, and back to the Village.   Riders are said to come from across the Western United States, and even Mexico to enjoy one of the rides at elevation.   Check in for the ride will take place Friday Night at Nottingham’s, with Goldsprints competitions taking place Friday and Saturday night.  For those that want to participate from the sidelines, the first 150 people to show up Saturday morning at the Christmas Tree Lot, which is the start of the Tour, will receive a commemorative Tour de...

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