The Tour de Big Bear, an annual Big Bear Lake road cycling event is set to take place on August 2, 2014. This year's Tour de Big Bear is presented by RE/MAX Big Bear. Tour organizer Craig Smith expects over 2000 road cyclists will fill the Big Bear Valley for rides of 100, 70, 50 and 25 miles with rider amenities that has made this event a Southern California favorite. A King/Queen of the Mountain race will pit 70 and 100 mile riders against the clock on a very challenging climbing section to the top of Onyx Summit (8,442’), legendary aid stations will continue to offer incredible foods to fuel rides, including bacon, smoothies, “popcycles” and new menu suprises. Each rider will receive a custom designed finishers medal and a high-quality technical shirt.
Tour de Big Bear invites all classes of riders to Southern California's most scenic and challenging high altitude ride in Big Bear Lake! Escape the heat, and ride a spectacular 25, 50, 70 or NEW 100 mile stage at 7,000'+ and enjoy cycling amenities that other rides can only copy! Ride portions of the famed Stage #6 2010 and 2012 AMGEN Tour of California route that international cycling announcer Phil Liggit called "one of the best cycling stages we've seen in America, ever!" Connor McCutcheon, a local Big Bear professional road cyclist and member of the D/3Devo Airgas Cycling Team participated in Tour de Big Bear in 2013 and called “The Grand Tour” 100 mile distance “one of the most challenging rides of the year and a real test for any serious cyclist.”
Whether you select the 25, 50 or 70 mile stages, you will be treated to some of the most spectacular cycling scenery in Southern California!
A word of caution . . . . When preparing to select your ride, remember you will be riding at between 7,000 – 8,500 feet of elevation! “The air is much thinner up here” is often heard by our visitors just walking around town! Avoid heatstroke, sunstroke, dehydration and even cardiac arrest by letting your body acclimate to the high elevation and do not push yourself too hard! A “normal ride distance” for you at sea level will be close to the equivalent of double that same distance at our high altitude!! Have fun, but . . . be safe!
The Tour de Big Bear is part of the 1st Big Bear Cycling Festival week, which begins with the Big Bear MTB Gran Fondo Mountain Bike Race and ends with the Tour de Big Bear road ride.
A fun-filled week of events including daily rides, family rides and activities. Some days will be on the trails, others include acclimation for the Tour.
Plan your entire vacation around this one week: July 26-August 3
For more information contact: http://tourdebigbear.com