The Big Bear Cycling Festival, a week of organized cycling activities in the San Bernadino Mountains coming up this summer, will include five mountain biking races.
For 2015, the cycling festival will again include the MTB Gran Fondo, a collection of mountain bike rides/races for riders of different abilities, including a 70k, 50k (new this year), 30k and lift-served 20k recreational ride. Each ride is fully supported and takes place in the San Bernardino National Forest over a combination of US Forest Service roads and single track trails.
For those who really like to suffer, The Grizzly 100, a 100k in a day ultra endurance race, will kick off the cycling week activities. The Grizzly 100 course puts riders through 10,000-feet of climbing over 62 miles, an ordeal known by locals refer to as the “Terrible 10,000.” The race is a sanctioned event of the National Ultra Endurance Series, which includes 14 100-milers across the nation.
Last year, Brenda Simril, a Big Bear native, won the women’s class of the Grizzly 100 and went on to win the open titled for the series.
The week will wrap-up with the Tour de Big Bear, a road cycling event. The festival runs from July 25–August 2, 2015.
For more information on the MTB Gran Fondo, visit the Big Bear Valley Race Association website.