For the 2nd year running, Derek Hermon took 3rd place at the US Cup Pro Triple Crown series. The triple crown is a series of 3 events taking place at Bonelli Park, Fontanna and Santa Ynez. The Triple Crown includes three disciplines at each events-XC/SD/TT/STXC. A riders best two scores counts for his/her overall all score on the weekends event, as well as the series. This year Cat 1 riders were also allowed to compete in the series. Bear Valley Bikes Trey Jarno and Cynthia Miranda decided to give it a go and both also finished on the podium.
Running consecutively with the Triple Crown is the US Cup West series and the Endurance Series. Bear Valley Bikes has been in good attendance for the series so far with consistent podium finishes from several riders including Mark Blakeslee, Steve Engelgau, Stuart Gonzales, Rebecca Mitchell and great efforts from others including John Nobil, Scott Hyde, Alec and Zach Burton. We are excited for the rest of the Series, especially the ones held in our home town of Big Bear Lake on June 2nd, the XC State Campionships on June 16th and the State Endurance Championships which will be held on October 5th.
Local Bear Valley Bike Riders made the trip down the hill to compete at Southridge USA’s SHIMANO Winter Series – Round 2. When the races went off the line the weather and conditions were perfect. Twenty minutes into the 1:30 + race the rain started and turned the race into a mud bath.
Bear Valley Bike’s Vet Pro Derek Hermon went out on a constant pace as many of the younger Pros and Vet Pro Allan Lanframboise sprinted off like rabbits. Derek maintained a consistent in the dangerously muddy conditions. The last of three laps Derek pressed the pace and nearly caught Allan by the finish line, falling short by only 60 seconds. Derek finished 2nd in the Vet Pro followed by fellow local rider Steve Kenney for 3rd place.
The Expert Men 51-58 Class was not decided until the 3rd and final lap. Bear Valley Bike’s Reggie Lamson took the early lead with David Stowell right on his wheel. Five minutes into the race David moved into first on the first sustained climb of the race. Twenty minutes later, Reggie regained the lead; only to get passed by David on the second lap on the same climb the David had taken the lead on the first lap. Just before the start of the final lap, Reggie regained the lead; and hoped the David didn’t have a third good climb left in his legs. At the top of the final major climb, Reggie had finally gapped David and rode consistently to the finish line for the win.
Other Bear Valley Bike rider Steve Engelgau went back and forth with fellow Sport Men 59+ participant Ed Mundy, only to get 2nd place by a mere 12 seconds at the finish line. Considering the local guys have limited opportunities to train during the winter, this was a great start to the season.
written by Reggie Lamson. Thanks to Bryant Mena, Called to Creation & Terry Martin for the phots.
Here is our rough schedule for 2013. Rim Nordic is missing as they have not posted a schedule for this seson yet. I will add this, and some others asap.
Bear Valley Bikes 2013 Team Schedule
Jan 26 & 27 Southridge Winter Series, Fontana race #2 Fontana, CA
Feb 9 & 10 Southridge Winter Series, Fontana race #3 Fontana, CA
Feb 17th Foothill Classic XC 2013 Bakersfield, CA
Feb 23 & 24 Southridge Winter Series, Fontana race #4 Fontana, CA
Mar 3rd Rock n Road Cup West #1 Vail Lake, Temecula, CA
Mar 3rd US Cup 50 Mile Endurance series Vail Lake, Temecula, CA
Mar 9 & 10 Southridge Winter Series, Fontana race #5 Fontana, CA
Mar 9 & 10 Keyesville Classic Kernville, CA
Mar 16th & 17th US CUP Triple Crown West Bonelli Park, San Dimas, CA
Mar 16th & 17th Rock n Road Cup West #2 Bonelli Park, San Dimas, CA
Mar 30th & 31st US CUP Triple Crown West Fontana City National, Fontana, CA
Mar 30th & 31st Rock n Road Cup West #3 Fontana City National, Fontana, CA
April 13th & 14th US CUP Triple Crown West Santa Ynez Valley Classic, Los Olivos, CA
April 13th & 14th Rock n Road Cup West #4 Santa Ynez Valley Classic, Los Olivos, CA
April 28th Rock n Road Cup #5 Sycamore Canyon Classic, Riverside, CA
May 11th Catalina Island Grand Fondo
May 19th Rock n Road Cup #6 Sage Brush Safari, Lake Morena, CA
May 19th US Cup 50 Mile Endurance series Sage Brush Safari, Lake Morena, CA
June 2nd Rock n Road Cup Series Final Big Bear Shootout Series Final, Big Bear Lake, CA
June 2nd US Cup 50 Mile Endurance series Big Bear Lake, CA
June 8th SOCAL Endurance 6 & 12 hrs of Temecula #2 Vail Lake, CA
June 16th California State XC Championships Big Bear Lake, CA
June 16th US Cup 50 Mile Endurance series Big Bear Lake, CA
Oct 5th California State Endurance Championships Big Bear Lake, CA
Nov 10th SOCAL Endurance 6 & 12 hrs of Temecula #3 Vail Lake, CA
Date TBA Ridgecrest Desert Classic Ridgecrest, CA
The Skyline Trail is currently under construction and will be the first new singletrack trail cut in Big Bear in the last 20 years. When finished it will be 15 miles of singletrack stretching along 2N10. The last build day of 2012 will be this Sunday 12/09/12. The first 3.5 miles are almost finished but volunteers are needed to complete the final touches. The Skyline Trail won’t happen without substantial local community support. If you ride bikes, hike trails, run cross country, ride horses, or just love nature, please come help out and be part of this monumental Big Bear project. The day will consist of 2 three hour sessions and will include a free lunch. Sessions start at 9am and 12:30pm and you will need to bring proper attire for working outside and also drinking water. It will be fun, light work, just raking and some banking so the trail drains properly. Bring a friend or family member too!For more info or to RSVP visit http://www.trailsfoundation.org/.
Come on in this Friday for the best deals on bikes, parts and accessories! up to 40% off selected items! Buy one get one on last seasons gloves! All last seasons stock must go, 2013 available now!!!
Open 10am – 6pm
40298 Big Bear Blvd,
Big Bear Lake,
The first snowfall of the season arrived in Big Bear Last week. The trails are still ok to ride but it is getting cold and the sky chair is now closed to bikes. Due to this we have reduced our hours and will be closed on Monday’s and Tuesday’s. We will open Wednesday – Friday and Some Weekends but it is best to call ahead. All hours are dependent on weather but we will always try to post a notice on the door. You can also call to make an appointment on 909-649-6082.