8th Annual Tour De Big Bear Scheduled For August 5
Route Changes and a new Festival for 2017
Big Bear Lake, California – The Big Bear Cycling Association (BBCA) announced today it has scheduled the 8th annual Tour de Big Bear for Saturday, August 5, 2017.
“Last year’s Tour de Big Bear was a sell out for the seventh consecutive year, with nearly 1700 riders,” says Craig Smith, president of BBCA. “In 2017, we are excited to announce new route changes for Tour de Big Bear and the HC Gran Fondo, plus the addition of a new partnership and the new “South Shore Scramble” multi-sport event to our very successful week-long summer Big Bear Cycling Festival.” The first of its kind in the United States, the seven-day Big Bear Cycling Festival and its events bring in thousands of visitors to Big Bear Lake for a few days up to a full week.”
South Shore Scramble
The Festival will kick off the last weekend in July with a new multi-sport outdoor event as a fundraiser for our new partner, the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation. This community event is designed for all levels of participation and will feature hiking, trail running, cross country mountain biking and for the competitive types, the first ever mountain biking time trial across the length of our crown jewel Skyline Trail!
“The South Shore Trail Network has received complete reconstruction by the Trails Foundation in the past few years and this new event is designed not only to display the new South Shore Network, but also to help to raise money so the Trails Foundation can begin work on the North Shore Trails Network", stated Driz Cook, President of the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation.
Tour de Big Bear/HC Gran Fondo
Tour de Big Bear is introducing an extended route, with additional climbing, for “The Climb” course in 2017 as well as a totally new route for the HC Gran Fondo.
“The 2017 century course will extend down to Angelus Oaks this year and we are happy to welcome The Oaks Restaurant as our newest aid station partner” said Smith.
The new HC event, introduced in 2016, will also extend down to Angelus Oaks, but then return and go out across the Arctic Circle, through Snow Valley and up to Green Valley Lake before heading back into Big Bear Lake for its finish.
Tour de Big Bear Route Details
Tour de Big Bear – 25 miles – over 1300 feet of climbing
Big Bear Valley Tour – 50 miles –more than 3000 feet of climbing
The Grand Tour – 70 miles – over 4,800 feet of climbing
THE CLIMB – 106 miles –8,000 feet of challenging climbing – New Extended Route
HC Gran Fondo – 125 miles – nearly 12,000 feet of climbing - New Route
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 Gran Fondo and popular King/Queen of the Mountain Race Segment. Prizes will be awarded to winners of the competitive events. All registered riders will receive a goodie bag, custom-designed 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.
Big Bear Cycling Festival
The Cycling Festival is perfect for the serious cyclist looking for last minute training at altitude before Tour de Big Bear or simply to enjoy riding in our beautiful mountains.
Week long Big Bear Cycling Festival events will again include free group rides, night mountain bike ride, Cyclefest Youth event, Bicycle Concours, Poker Ride, Recovery Ride and Time Trials culminating in the Tour de Big Bear road cycling event, scheduled for Saturday, August 5.
Grand Marshalls for the week’s event will be announced later this spring. Freddie Rodriguez and Tinker Juarez were our hosts last year.
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.
For more information, including registration details, course maps, festival information, lodging specials, or to register for the event, visit www.TourdeBigBear.com, www.tourdebigbearhc.com or www.bigbearcyclingfestival.com.
About the Big Bear Cycling Association
The Big Bear Cycling Association (BBCA) is a non-profit organization open to all disciplines and levels of cycling ability, including those with special needs. BBCA mission is to present cycling as beneficial to our membership, community and visitors; promote fun and safe cycling through education and events; support local agency collaboration and cycling advocacy; encourage equal road and trail rights; and share in the friendship and community of cycling enthusiasts. Come ride with us! www.BigBearCycling.com