Category: Sports

U.S. Ski Team Welcomes Big Bear Lake Teen

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Week-Long Cycling Extravaganza Builds on Tour de Big Bear Success

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 14, 2014 – The Big Bear Cycling Association (BBCA) announced yesterday that it has scheduled the 5th Annual Tour de Big Bear for Saturday, August 2, 2014. And at the request of riders, they’re adding a seven-day Big Bear Cycling Festival–the first of its kind in the Big Bear Valley. The Festival will kick off July 26 with the Big Bear Mountain Bike Gran Fondo and Big Bear Grizzly 100, then offer group rides and events  throughout the week. Remax Big Bear is returning as the title sponsor. Tour de Big Bear is a timed race offering cash and prizes to top finishers. Courses range from 25 miles climbing 1300 feet, to a 100-miler with a 7,400-foot gain. Weekend Events will include a cycling expo, a complimentary bike valet for registered riders, entry into the Fat Tire Beer Garden, and live entertainment. BBCA President Craig Smith is happy with the growing popularity of the event, reporting, “Last year’s race was a sell out for the fourth consecutive year, with over 1600...

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A Chilly Challenge for Charity

Big Bear Lake, CA, February 24, 2014 – The temperature of the lake has been running about 47 degrees, but that won’t stop men, women and children from plunging in next week. That’s because they’re on a mission to benefit Special Olympics athletes. For over 40 years, Special Olympics Southern California [] has been offering kids and adults with intellectual disabilities a chance to participate in sports training and competition. One of their big fundraisers is the Big Bear Lake Polar Plunge, scheduled this year for Saturday, March 8 at Meadow Park. Registration starts at 10 a.m. with the Opening ceremonies at noon. Participants have already raised over half of the $50,000 goal, and Special Olympics Southern California Regional Director Abbey Leffler says, “86 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to Special Olympics program costs.” The program provides opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience the joy of physical activity. Those who take the Polar Plunge challenge are asked to raise at least $50 through pledges. Prizes are given to those raising more than $50, and those with the most creative costumes. To sign up as a Polar Plunger or a sponsor, call 951-703-6502. It’s free–and much warmer–to be a spectator, but donations are accepted. Activities include a family fun area, guest emcee (TBA), DJ music, a souvenirs stand, vendors, and a raffle drawing with great prizes....

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Big Bear Time Trial Kicks Off USA Cycling Racing Calendar

Big Bear Lake, CA, February 19, 2014 – For the past 30 years, volunteers have come together to put on the annual Redlands Bicycle Classic, hosting thousands of people from around the world. Now, the event committee is ushering in a new era. For the second year, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will act as Presenting Sponsor for the annual competition, expanding the festivities in 2014 with a new race stage in Highland, a school outreach program to promote healthy lifestyles and a Saturday evening family concert. Redlands Bicycle Classic President Bob Peppler said, “It is an honor to have a presenting sponsor with a history that is deeply rooted in the region, and one who shares the vision of promoting a healthy lifestyle, especially for our youth. We can influence kids with a positive message of fitness and well-being.” The five days of competition, scheduled for April 2 – 6, will include for the second year a 7.8 mile time trial in the City of Big Bear Lake on Thursday, featuring an out-and-back route on the north side of the Big Bear lake with a turnaround in Fawnskin. The Classic will be the first race on the 2014 USA Cycling National Racing...

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Kids Ride Free With PB&J

Big Bear Lake, CA, February 1, 2014 – Even without the recent snowfall, our local ski resorts would’ve been busy this weekend, hosting special events on both days. Today, it’s the Peanut Butter and Rail Jam at Bear Mountain, Volcom’s amateur snowboard contest. This free event features multiple divisions for men and women of all ages, and the top 5 in each division qualify for the 2014 World Championships and a shot at a $15,000 purse. The Big Bear competition is free to spectators with lift tickets or passes. Today and tomorrow, Women’s Edventures is offering ski and snowboard clinics, at both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. The workshops include lunch, goodie bags, four hours of instruction, video analysis plus a personalized strategy for improvement. The team of female, professional instructors carry advanced certification in  Alpine, Nordic and boarding to accommodate students of all skill sets at Lake Tahoe and at Big Bear Mountain Resorts. It’s too late to join in this weekend, but you have until February 22 to sign up for the next Edventure, which is scheduled for March 1st and 2nd. For details, call (714) 469-6748....

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