The Tour de Big Bear HC Gran Fondo event will provide riders with the Ultimate Challenge and Pro Peloton experience! The 2016 event featured 117 miles and 11,667 feet of climbing, but with our new Green Valley Lake course, 2017 Gran Fondo riders will ride or race 125 miles and 12,000 feet of climbing . . . all at an altitude between 6,000 – 8,500 feet above sea level!!
The Tour de Big Bear HC Gran Fondo will have both competitive and non-competitive groups and is a unique cycling event offered only to the fittest of fit.
Competitive riders will race several King/Queen of the Mountain climbs and race in a HC Points Competition for podium awards.
Non-competitive riders will enjoy extraordinary amenities, the ultimate challenge of a ride testing their abilities while enjoying some of the best scenery California has to offer!
Competition elements include King/Queen of the Mountain, HC Points Competition and awards for podium winners.
A French term used in cycle races to designate a climb that is “beyond categorization”, or an incredibly difficult climb. Most climbs in cycling are designated from Category 1 (hardest) to Category 4 (easiest), based on steepness, length, and how far into the stage they are encountered. A climb that is harder than Category 1 is designated as “outside categories” or Hors Catégorie.