By Susan A. Neufeld

Big Bear Lake, CA – The Amgen Tour of California will be in Big Bear Lake May 19, 2017. Big Bear will host the first ever high-altitude Time Trial for the tour’s Stage 6 race.

The race will begin at 12:52 p.m. and end at 3:45 p.m.. The race is 14.9 miles long.


At 6,752″, and featuring one of the most beautiful lakes in California, the City of Big Bear Lake will welcome spectators for the third time — this year it will be for the fan favorite individual time trial stage, where bikers take off one at a time and race against the clock for the best time of the day.

The course will begin in the heart of the Village Big Bear Lake. The first three miles of the route wind through a residential section along the south shore of the lake. Taking the Stanfield Cutoff across the lake, the course will turn left, continuing on Hwy 38 to the town of Fawnskin. As the riders turn back into town they can expect large crowds in Fawnskin.

Heading right in to Big Bear Blvd. with just 6 miles left the riders will then turn right onto Pine Knot Ave., through a narrow stone archway and onto a 1,000-foot jetty. For riders pushing their physical limits, the finish line will be very close to the water’s edge.


The 2017 race will mark the first year the men’s race has been elevated to the UCI World Tour Status, making it the only stage race in North America to receive this prestigious classification.

Big Bear Lake is Southern California’s premier road and mountain cycling destination, with more than 100 miles of mountain trails — perfect for cross country mountain biking — as well as the home of some of the most diversified high altitude road cycling in California.

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