Cycling at the top of the world – Big Bear Cycling Festival
It takes a small village to put on an event like the Big Bear Cycling Festival, and it’s well worth it. The 2017 festival has plenty of free events for the cycling community to enjoy leading up to the annual Tour de Big Bear Aug. 5. The week-long festival begins Sunday, July 30, with the Mountaintop Trail Rally at Snow Summit, presented by Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, the Southern California Mountains Foundation and Team Big Bear.
Acclimation rides are offered Monday through Wednesday, July 31, Aug. 1 and 2. “One of the No. 1 apprehensions about coming to Big Bear and riding is the altitude,” said Craig Smith, president of the Big Bear Cycling Association, the event’s producer. “And so they (Tour de Big Bear participants) asked to have rides early.”
Two grand marshals will ride with cyclists throughout the week. “Freddie Rodriquez, who is the only four-time national race champion, was the ambassador for the (Amgen) Tour of California when they came through,” Smith said.
The second grand marshal is Alison Tetrick, one of the panelists at the VIP Legends event after the Amgen Tour of California. Tetrick works for Amgen and rides for Cylance Women’s Team. Smith said Tetrick enjoyed her time in Big Bear during the Amgen Tour of California and wanted to be part of the Big Bear Cycling Festival.