From the Big Bear Cycling Associations’ Press Release
Big Bear Lake is an amazing community and Big Bear Cycling and the W!N Group Real Estate is the new presenting sponsors. The W!N Group is one of Big Bear’s most successful real estate teams. Consisting of four agents, including Tim Brigham and Kim Boda, they provide a full range of real estate services and are very supportive of Big Bear Lake centric sports and lifestyle events. The Bear Valley Community Hospital supports and encourages the healthy outdoor lifestyle Big Bear embraces and is one of the original supporters of the Tour de Big Bear.”
Last year’s Tour de Big Bear was a sell out for the seventh consecutive year, with just under 1700 riders,” says Craig Smith, president of BBCA. “2017 is starting out as a great year for registrations and we are very excited about our second year of the HC Gran Fondo and our newly extended Century route. Registrations are well on there way to the 2000 rider range, with riders current registered from 3 countries and 15 states. The Big Bear Cycling Festival continues to evolve and grow into a major summer event in Southern California.”
Big Bear Cycling Festival
“The Big Bear Cycling Festival started out at the request of riders wanting to acclimatize to the altitude and to extend their riding time and enjoy our beautiful area that has made Big Bear Valley the Cycling Capital of Southern California.” The Win Group Real Estate and major sponsor Big Bear Vacations bring a major real estate and lodging component to the table for our riders – whether it’s a weekend cabin rental or a second home.
The Festival week will kick off with a Community Trail Work Day on Saturday and on Sunday the NEW Mountain Top Trail Rally fundraiser from the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation with a day of community activities and events including hiking, mountain biking and trail running. The week continues with free group rides, night mountain bike ride, Cyclefest Youth event, Professional Rider events and rides, Bicycle Concours, Poker Ride, Recovery Ride and Time Trials and cycling-centric events will be offered throughout the week culminating in the Tour de Big Bear road cycling event, scheduled for Saturday, August 5. For more details and a current schedule of events, contact bigbearcyclingfestival.com.
Tour de Big Bear Routes
Tour de Big Bear – 25 mile route – over 1300 feet of climbing.
Big Bear Valley Tour – 50 mile route –more than 3000 feet of climbing.
The Grand Tour – 70 mile route – over 4,800 feet of climbing.
THE CLIMB – 106 mile route – 8,000 feet of challenging climbing.
HC Gran Fondo – 125 mile route – nearly 12,000 feet of climbing
Tour de Big Bear Weekend Events: BBCA will host a two-day cycling expo with 40+ cycling vendors, a complimentary bike valet for registered riders, entry into the Fat Tire Beer Garden, and live entertainment during Saturday’s festivities. Tour de Big Bear is a timed event and includes the Tour de Big Bear HC racing component and popular King/Queen of the Mountain Race Segment. Cash and prizes will be given to winners of those two competitive events. All registered riders will receive a goodie bag, custom-made finishers’ medal, and a high-performance, technical shirt. Each Tour de Big Bear distance will be staffed with Course Marshalls, numerous legendary nutrition/hydration aid stations, first aid attendants, and rider safety and repair vehicles. Rounding out the weekend is a FREE organized Recovery Ride and competitive Time Trial race on Sunday, August 6.
Held in the high country of Southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains, road cyclists of all levels escape the summer heat and cruise alpine roadways and trails, over high mountain passes like Onyx Summit (elevation of 8,443 feet), and around Big Bear and Baldwin Lakes. With scenic and challenging high altitude rides, professional racing venue and a weeklong Cycling Festival, it’s no wonder Big Bear Lake is known as the Cycling Capital of Southern California.