The inaugural Big Bear Gran Fondo takes place on July 26th in Big Bear, with distance options of 20K, 30K, 70K and 100K.
Gran Fondos are the latest incarnation of group cycling events that prioritize food, fun and friends over finish line sprints. Unlike a Century 100 mile bike event, Gran Fondos are timed. That means there is a "winner", usually a local pro cyclist, but the events are billed as non-races designed for any cyclist to create their own version of success. Multiple distance and route options, plenty of food stops, music, beer, expos and a 'run-what-you-brung' vibe ensure good times for all.
These rolling festivals usually take place on paved roads and highways, but a group of SoCal event managers and cyclists have decided to shake things up a little and take the party off road. Here in SoCal, there's really only one place big enough to host a Gran Fondo: Big Bear.
The inaugural Big Bear Gran Fondo takes place on July 26th in Big Bear. Distance options run from a beginner and family-friendly 20K route to the monstrous 100K route that promises to challenge even the fittest mountain bike riders. Many of the routes will include the newly opened Skyline Trail, a sublime singletrack trail designed and built by the volunteers of the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation.
But wait...there's more...for locals and visitors who can stay in the area longer, the Big Bear Cycling Festival runs from July 26th through August 3rd and features additional organized rides on dirt and pavement.
See you there!