It’s April in Big Bear and you know what that means. The wheels on the bicycles start to go round and round Big Bear roads and trails on a regular basis.
Spring is back and so is cycling season in Big Bear Valley. Motorists are encouraged to keep watchful eyes on the road. Cyclists are encouraged to obey the rules of the road and the rules of the trail. Everyone needs to share the road with courteous smiles, good will and common sense.
Free community bike rides
You know it’s bicycle season when the Big Bear Cycling Association starts its daily rides. The most popular rides on the BBCA calendar are the community road and mountain bike rides each Saturday during the season.
Community rides begin Saturday, April 21. Choose between a community road ride or community mountain bike ride. Both rides begin at 9 a.m., but arrive early to register and meet fellow cyclists. Community rides are free and open to the public.
Cyclists wishing to join the community mountain bike ride should meet at Chains Required Bike Shop, 41869 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake. Intermediate riders will ride up the mountain and back down on one of the more popular trails.
The community road bike ride for all ability levels leaves at 9 a.m. from The Copper Q, 645 Pine Knot Ave., Big Bear Lake. Three rides — local, 17-mile or 32-mile routes are available depending on skill and conditioning.
Other rides are set throughout the week along with several adventure series events and educational programs. Check out the membership section while online.
While the Amgen Tour of California doesn’t make a stop in Big Bear this year, there is still plenty of road cycling competition in Big Bear this spring. The first comes April 28 in the form of an agonizing climb from Redlands to Onyx Summit.
The 22nd annual Breathless Agony road ride is hosted by Kahler Cycling Academy in alliance with the Orange County Wheelmen. This century ride is 114 miles and 12,000 feet of climbing beginning at Sylvan Park in Redlands and traveling Highway 38 to Onyx Summit. After all that agony, the ride back downhill to Sylvan Park will seem like a breeze. The ride begins at 6:30 a.m.
April 28 and riders are expected to be on the road for much of the day. Motorists are advised to be on the lookout for struggling cyclists or better yet, use alternate routes when traveling to and from Big Bear on April 28.
As of April 16, 130 cyclists have registered for this event.
The Redlands Bicycle Classic returns to Big Bear for the fourth time in its long history. The first stage of the 34th annual Redlands Bicycle Classic is the Individual Time Trial May 2 in Big Bear.
“Big Bear Cycling is very excited to again host the Redlands Bicycle Classic in Big Bear,” said Craig Smith, president of Big Bear Cycling Association. “The North Shore of Big Bear Lake to the town of Fawnskin provides a spectacular setting and is the perfect location to host such a top domestic time trial event.”
North Shore Drive from Stanfield Cutoff to Fawnskin is closed for the duration of the race May 2.
The course begins at the East Boat Ramp and travels west to the Fawnskin triangle for the turnaround back to the starting point. Spectators can watch the race anywhere along the course. Key viewing spots include the Fawnskin triangle, the Alpine Pedal Path and the finish area at the East Boat Ramp. Spectating is free. Other stages of the race include a road race in Yucaipa with a mountaintop finish in Oak Glen, a circuit race in Highland, a criterium in Redlands and the Sunset Road Race in Redlands.
Mountain bike competitions return to Big Bear in June with the Big Bear Shoot Out June 2 and 3, and June 23 and 24 at the Snow Summit Bike Park. Racing categories for all ability levels include enduro, endurance, cross-country and downhill.
The Crafts and Cranks event at Snow Summit Bike Park is July 28 and 29 with mountain bike racing and a craft beer festival.
Registration is open for the Tour de Big Bear presented by The W!N Group Real Estate Aug. 4 in Big Bear Lake. The ride is the key event during the annual Big Bear Cycling Festival July 28-Aug. 5, which includes daily rides and cycling activities for the entire family. New this year is the Spandex Stampede Gravel Ride Aug. 5.
The cycling season isn’t complete without the Grizzly 100 and Big Bear MTB Gran Fondo. This year’s premier mountain bike event in Big Bear is Sept. 29. Choose between a variety of rides for beginners to pros, or for the highly competitive rider, try the Grizzly 100, part of the National Ultra Endurance Race series.
Bike parks galore
For those who like to keep the competition to themselves, there are three bike parks in the San Bernardino Mountains. Opening date for the largest of the parks, the Snow Summit Bike Park opens May 25. Season passes are available with options that include Mammoth and Snow Summit bike parks.
Rim Nordic Bike Park on Highway 18 about six miles west of Big Bear Lake opens on weekends beginning the Memorial Day holiday weekend and every day beginning in July. The park also hosts mountain bike races for all ability levels starting in June.
SkyPark at Santa’s Village in Skyforest, California, is open Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a variety of trails for every skill level at its bike park. The bike park is open all year, weather permitting.