A Successful 12th Annual Tour de Big Bear
Nearly 3,000 cyclists and their families escaped the west coast heat last weekend to enjoy a huge range of challenges including hilly road rides, gravel rides and a family ride with e-Bikes welcome at Big Bear Mountain, over 6,700 feet above sea level.
Big Bear Lake in California is known as the “Cycling Capital of Southern California”. Named “#1 Weekend Getaway City” by Expedia Travel and has played host city to many world-class cycling events including four stages of the Amgen Tour of California and the Redlands Bicycle Classic to name a few. The Big Bear Cycling Association (BBCA) hosted a two-day cycling Expo that included over 40 vendors, with complimentary bike valet for registered riders, entry into the Beer Garden, and participation in BBCA’s famous raffle, and entertainment during Saturday’s festivities. The festivites kicked-off with the ever popular Glow Ride on the Thursday night, riders dressed up their bikes with lights and paraded through the Big Bear Village. On Friday, riders enjoyed the Poker Ride, a 16 mile ride around the resort where riders collected cards hoping to finish with the winning poker hand! MTB National Champion Brian Scarbrough and Baily Hinz were fastest at the 100 mile Gran Fondo on Saturday, well-known ex-pro cyclist Phil Gaimon finishing in 5th place in the mens results. Gran Fondo winner Brian Scarbrough said afterwards, “Ouch that one hurt! I’m not the best climber, but I held it together just enough today. Who would have thought after 100 miles and 8,500 feet of climbing, it would come down to a 6 up sprint finish!”
(Article Source: Gran Fondo Guide)
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