This summer is jam-packed with events at Big Bear Lake! The Big Bear Cycling Festival spins off on Friday, July 24th for a week of exciting cycling action throughout the San Bernardino Mountains.
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MTB Gran Fondo at Big Bear Lake
The MTB Gran Fondo consists of five race courses ranging in distances from 20K up to 100K. There is a race for all cycling and fitness levels.
20K Sky View Race
The Sky View 20k starts with a ski lift ride up the hill then a rolling, scenic ride down to the finish. This race is geared for family fun with only minor technicality.
30k Ridgeline Race
Taking it up a notch, more experienced riders can enjoy the 30k Ridgeline Race. Remember to hill train on for one; it’s only 10k more than the Sky View but you have to bike yourself up.
50K Sky View Race
The next step up is the 50K Skyline course. The Skyline may be longer but it does have its benefits—it doesn’t include the massive uphill trek of the Ridgeline. This isn’t a race for beginners as it does command endurance and technical skills.
70K Over the Top
Are you ready for a bigger challenge? Then hit the trails for the 70K Over the Top. Only for experienced riders, this course takes you over extreme twists and turns, rocky ledges, and steep inclines.
100K Terrible 10,000
Are you really ready to push yourself but not ready to make a competition out of it? Then try the 100K Terrible 10,000. This is the exact same course as the Grizzly 100 Race, however, you can take this at your pace. What is the Terrible 10,000? It refers to the 10,000 feet of climbing awaiting you on the course.
Grizzly 100 Race at Big Bear Lake
Think you can handle the Terrible 10,000 but want that added edge of a competitive race? Then the Grizzly 100 National Ultra Endurance Race is for you.
Competition is intense for this feat as the race draws in some of the best mountain biking talent from the globe to make the 100k route through the San Bernardino Mountains and up that dreaded 10,000 foot vertical climb.
Prizes are awarded for Men’s and Women’s Open, Masters, and Single Speed groups.
Tour de Big Bear
The Tour de Big Bear features 4 lengths, from 25K to 100K, all requiring moderate to extremely challenging climbs at high altitudes. Several Altitude Acclimation Rides are offered throughout the week at the Big Bear Cycling Festival to help riders prepare for the races and are strongly encouraged for participants. As an added bonus, registrants for the Tour de Big Bear are also registered for the:
- Poker Ride
- Time Trial
- Recovery Ride
Big Bear Lake’s scenic trails aren’t only for the racer in your family. Recreational biking is a popular activity for guests and residents alike. Don’t have your own ride or can’t fit it into the overhead compartment on the plane ride over? Bear Valley Bikes rents full biking gear and bikes and can service your ride if you need assistance.
Looking for an excursion with an expert? Stop by Potter’s Mtn. Sports, Bike Tours & Rentals. They’ll rent you a ride that you can head off on your own, or on one of their guided tours.