The Big Bear Climb
The Big Bear Climb
Wow! This is so exciting! Professional team cycle racing coming to Big Bear!
AND … it’s not just any old race … it’s the AMGEN Tour of California! That’s the premiere, professional, team racing event in the entire US!
This year, the tour … patterened after the Tour de France … will include as Stage 6, The Big Bear Climb! This stage of the race will start in Palmdale. Palmdale City Hall will serve as the backdrop for the most difficult stage in the five-year history of the Amgen Tour of California.
After a five-mile neutral section heading south on Sierra Rd., the route makes a left turn onto Angeles Forest Highway. Facing the riders is the imposing San Gabriel mountain range, and within a few miles the first of seven KOMs will be crested. After a blistering descent from Mill Creek Summit, the route turns to Upper Big Tujunga and then onto Angeles Crest Highway.
From there, the riders continue on a 135-mile odyssey with more than 12,000 feet of climbing. The race will climb to a high point of nearly 8,000 feet as it rolls along the Angeles Crest Highway. Then, there is a brief respite as they descend to Wrightwood and over to Highway 138.
The route again ascends as it passes through Crestline and Lake Arrowhead, as the cyclists take to the “Rim of the World” highway. Entering the Big Bear area, the riders will take the northern route around Big Bear Lake and then tackle the last rise to the finish at a more than 7,000-foot elevation at the Snow Summit ski area for the Amgen Tour of California’s first-ever alpine finish on Friday May 21!
This is a huge event for Big Bear! All of the world’s great pro riders … including the incredible Lance Armstrong and the amazing Levi Leipheimer will be competing to see who is first into the Snow Summit parking lot on that Friday afternoon! I can hardly wait!
It hasn’t been easy to make this wonderful event happen. As you probably know, we had a very heavy winter here in Big Bear. Well, condition along the Angeles Crest Highway over in the San Gabriel Mountains were even worse. The Big Bear Climb was originally supposed to begin in Pasadena and enter the San Gabriels directly onto Angeles Crest Highway. However, during the winter large portions of the road were washed out and made re-routing Stage 6 necessary.
Luckily the City of Palmdale stepped in and now the race goes on, starting in that high desert town. The Big Bear Climb Stage of the race will cover over 140 miles and cyclers will experience over 12,000 feet of vertical climb during that distance.
WOW! That’s some bike ride!
Visit the AMGEN Tour of California website to find out more:
Can You Come and Stay?
Why not plan to visit Big Bear to see the exciting finish of this historic Big Bear Climb? The Tour of California is only one of the exciting events happening that weekend. Here in Big Bear we are also having our own “Tour de Big Bear”! This is a really neat event designed for the entire cycling family. I’ll be posting more about that in the next couple of days … for now, let’s just say that the weekend of May 21-23 is a GREAT time for the entire family to spend here in Big Bear!
So … Where ya gonna stay? Huh?
Well, it just so happens that at ERA Bruin Trojan … and our reservation company, BigBearVacationRentals.com … we have some wonderful accomodations great for everyone from couples to the large family or friends groups.
Click the link below to view our online rental properties right now:
After you’ve seen them … give me a call. Select the Big Bear cabin you’d like to rent to stay at for the weekend … and then contact us! We’ve got some Special Goodies For Fans of The Tour of California and the Big Bear Climb!
For Reservations paid in full and up front, we will waive all reservation fees … AND … include a 4th Night FREE when renting for 3 Nights!
Come early and stay a few days!
Take the opportunity to see the end of the AMGEN Tour of California acomplia generic … and to spend a few days exploring and biking the roads … both paved and unpaved … in beautiful Big Bear Lake!
Be sure to check back here for my next post about the “Tour de Big Bear”! That’s really exciting as well.
See you at the Races!
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