Big Bear Lake has been chosen as the site of Amgen Tour of California’s first ever high-altitude Time Trial for its Stage 6 race. This marks the fourth time that Big Bear Lake has been named a host city for the Amgen Tour of California, which reaffirms the mountain resort as a world-class road cycling destination and the “Cycling Capital of Southern California.”
The 2017 Amgen Tour of California men’s competition is set to begin in Sacramento on May 14, 2017. The women’s competition will conclude its four-stage race in Sacramento on May 14 as the men begin their seven-stage, 600-mile event set to conclude in Pasadena on May 20.
Big Bear Lake is excited to again present Big Bear Lake’s mountainous terrain and natural assets to recreational outdoor enthusiasts throughout the world. This world tour cycling event includes two hours of live TV coverage on 24 media outlets worldwide, including NBC Sports, which together will broadcast Big Bear Lake to over 11.3 million households in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
Since being a host city in 2015, Amgen Tour of California has made major improvements in it positioning of the race on the world cycling stage. It continues as the largest and highest ranked cycling event in North America.
Previous events presented by the Amgen Tour of California Big Bear Local Organizing Committee made very strong impressions on the local Big Bear Lake economy. The Big Bear Events Resource Office reported the 2010 and 2012 Amgen Tour of California races combined had an immediate $1.2 million dollar impact toward the local economy and also noted that through its surveys 36 percent of the spectators in 2010 were first-time visitors to Big Bear Valley and 28 percent in 2012. The Big Bear Lake Visitors Bureau also noted an immediate 15% increase in international visitors to Big Bear Lake and that number has increased every year since with no international advertising.
The remaining Host Cities (start and finish destinations for each stage) were also announced and include Modesto, Morro Bay, Mt. Baldy, Mountain High, Ontario, Pismo Beach, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, and first time Host City Elk Grove which will host the Stage 3 women’s competition start.
Stage 6 – Big Bear Lake Individual Time Trial, May 19, 2017
The riders will take out their revenge on this technical 15-mile course. While it is flat, the 6,800-foot elevation around Big Bear Lake will certainly sap the strength from many of the riders on this penultimate day.