Big Bear Cycling Association (BBCA) has announced that it has scheduled its 10th anniversary of the Tour de Big Bear cycling event for Saturday, August 3, 2019.
Held in the high country of Southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains, road cyclists of all levels escape the summer heat, cruise alpine roadways, ascend high mountain passes like Onyx Summit (elevation 8,443 feet) and circumnavigate Big Bear and Baldwin Lakes. With scenic and challenging high-altitude course options, professional-style racing support, and several days of cycling-oriented events, it’s no wonder Big Bear Lake has become known as the “Cycling Capital of Southern California.”
Tour de Big Bear continues to be a cycling event that caters to every level of rider,” says Chris Barnes, president, BBCA. “From the high level, accomplished riders to those who want to enjoy a support ride around Big Bear Lake.” This year BBCA has added a new, shorter 10k route in commemoration of the 10th anniversary. “This distance is a great way to introduce kids to road cycling as well as adults who want to learn more about the sport,” adds Barnes.
Tour de Big Bear is a timed event and includes the popular King and Queen of the Mountain Race Segments; prizes are awarded to winners of these competitive events. All registered riders receive a goodie bag, custom-designed finishers’ medal, and a high-performance, technical shirt.
Each Tour de Big Bear route is staffed with two course marshals, numerous nutrition/hydration aid stations, first aid attendants, and rider safety and repair vehicles. The Tour de Big Bear aid stations are noted in cycling circles for being some of the best in the country. Snacks include bacon, ribs, avocado toast, popsicles and a chocolate fountain, plus nutrition sponsored by Science in Sport endurance nutrition products.
Tour de Big Bear Route Options
10th Anniversary Tour de Big Bear Fun Ride – 10k
Tour de Big Bear – 25 miles –1,300 feet of climbing
Big Bear Valley Tour – 50 miles – 3,700 feet of climbing
The Grand Tour – 70 miles –5,600 feet of climbing
The Climb – 106 miles –9,550 feet of challenging climbing
Gran Fondo – 109 miles –10,000 feet of climbing
Tour de Big Bear Weekend Events
BBCA hosts a two-day cycling expo that includes 40+ cycling vendors, a complimentary bike valet for registered riders, entry into the Beer Garden, participation in BBCA’s famous raffle, and live entertainment during Saturday’s festivities. In addition to the Tour de Big Bear and cycling expo, during the week prior to the event there are numerous scheduled altitude acclimation rides as well as a fun poker run. Rounding out the weekend are organized free recovery rides on Sunday, August 4, 2019.
For more information, including registration details visit www.TourdeBigBear.com.
About the Big Bear Cycling Association:
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’s 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. #ridewithus www.BigBearCycling.com