Category: Sports

Big Bear Hosting Amgen Tour of California 2015 Time Trial

Big Bear Lake, Ca October 21, 2014 – As anticipated, the Amgen Tour of California announced that Big Bear will be a time trial stage stop on Friday May 15, 2015.   Although there have been many time trials at high altitude, what makes this event special for Big Bear Lake is that the start and finish for this stage will be in and around the Big Bear Lake Village.  Spectators will be treated to watching the best of the best pro cyclists begin then finish this stage within blocks of each other.  Individual time trials are an exciting form of racing as the last rider on the course is also the leader of the overall race.   In other words, the victor is unknown until the last cyclist crosses the finish line.  This years 8 stage tour begins in Sacramento on Sunday May, 8th and ends with a race from LA Live to Pasadena on Sunday, May 17. Stage 1: Sunday, May 10 – Sacramento Stage 2: Monday, May 11 – Nevada City to Lodi Stage 3: Tuesday, May 12 – San Jose Stage 4: Wednesday, May 13 – Pismo Beach to Avila Beach Stage 5: Thursday, May 14 – Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita Stage 6: Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake (Individual Time Trial) Stage 7: Saturday, May 16 – Ontario to Mt. Baldy Stage 8: Sunday,...

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Big Bear Expecting Tons of Snow September 27

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 26, 2014 – Right on the heels of the news of the acquisition by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Bear Mountain is having its winter kickoff party this weekend. The 11th annual Hot Dawgz & Handrails is set for Saturday, September 27 from 9 am to dark, and 40 pro snowboarders will compete for cash on 130 tons of man-made snow starting at 2 pm. The resort will take advantage of the huge anticipated crowds to unveil new urban style park features. The event is free to the public, and attendees will be entertained with DJs and music, prizes, games and giveaways, and have the chance to buy discounted season passes. The Screamin’ Deal 2014-15 pass is only available at he Bear Mountain season pass office on that day between 9 am and 6 pm. The activities: Snowboard competition featuring forty of the top jibbers in snowboarding Judges include Bear Team riders; Joe Sexton, JP Walker, Chris Bradshaw and Scott Stevens. Announcers include; Preston Strout, Adam Kisiel and John Castro The new features will be available for you to ride in the Red Bull Plaza this winter. Live Web Cast presented by Snowboarder magazine Discounts on SEASON PASSES– Season Pass office open 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Vendor Booth City open by 11 a.m.- offering games and tons of giveaways. BBQ on the 13,000 square foot...

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New Bike Law Designed to End Fatal Trend

Big Bear City, CA, September 18, 2014 – It’s long been encouraged, but now it’s the law. As of September 16, California drivers are required to give bicyclists a three-foot margin as they pass them on the road. Our state isn’t the first to take such measures: According to the website 3footrule.com, 20 other states have some version of the law already on the books. Three other states have laws or codes requiring vehicles to maintain an unspecified “safe distance” from cyclists. If a law enforcement officer witnesses a violation, violators could get at least a $35 fine, or a $220 fine if a collision occurs. Allowances are made, however, in cases where there’s not enough room for a driver to give three feet; in that case, they must slow down to safely pass. There has been a small but steady annual increase in the number of fatalities over the past decade. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2012, 726 cyclists lost their lives in crashes with motor...

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Death at Dock is Under Investigation

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 3, 2014 – The Labor Day Weekend boosted the local economy by bringing plenty of tourists into town, but the holiday was not without its accidents. On Saturday evening, the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a body in the lake off Waterview Drive, between Boulder Bay and Metcalf Bay. Deputies found a 51-year-old deceased male in the water near a dock. The Coroner’s Office recovered the body but will withhold the victim’s identity  until the next of kin has been notified. The circumstances of the death are still under investigation. On Monday afternoon, a mountain bike accident at Snow Summit was serious enough to require an airlift for urgent medical treatment; no word on the extent of the cyclist’s injuries. The last holiday weekend saw one serious incident on the mountain: On the morning of July 4th, a 54-year-old Valencia resident fell off his mountain bike while riding a trail. He was not breathing when found and was airlifted to the Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries the next morning. The Big Bear Municipal Water District reported no watercraft collisions over the three-day period between August 30 and September...

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New Festival Secures Big Bear Lake Status as Cycling Mecca

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 18, 2014 – The Big Bear Cycling Association (BBCA) has announced the inaugural Big Bear Cycling Festival, running July 26 through August 3, 2014. The festival will celebrate all riding levels and disciplines–whether road, mountain or recreational. BBCA President Craig Smith points out the uniqueness of this kind of event in the U.S.:  “There is no other festival or event that positions itself as celebrating all types of cyclists and provides nine days of competitive races, long-distance rides and family-oriented opportunities.” Two race events will open and close the Big Bear Cycling Festival with a splash: the Big Bear MTB Gran Fondo & Grizzly 100 on July 25 and Tour de Big Bear on August 2. Tour de Big Bear is an organized and supported road ride that for the 5th year will provide more than 2000 cyclists the option to ride 25, 50, 70 or 100 mile distances in and around the Big Bear Lake valley. The Big Bear MTB Gran Fondo & Grizzly 100 will offer four supported distances, including the 100K, 70K, 30K and a lift-served 20K recreational mountain bike–all over a combination of Forest Service fire road and single track. In between these bookends, the Festival will offer plenty of free rides and family-friendly activities, an evening sunset ride with post party at local area micro-brew, an afternoon at the Snow Summit Bike...

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