July 26th 2014 will be the debut of the first ever Big Bear MTB Gran Fondo! The event will coincide with the Big Bear Grizzly 100, part of the National Ultra Endurance MTB series. The Gran Fondo/Grizzly 100 is a premier endurance mountain bike event offering rides from “mild to wild’ to suit all levels of rider. The event is part of the Big Bear Cycling festival which is from July 25th to August 3rd, 2014.
20k Sky View Route
Hop on the Snow Summit Sky Chair along with your bike for the 20K Sky View route. Enjoy a fun ride up to the top of the Resort, where you will take in beautiful sights of Big Bear Lake and San Gorgonio. This ride then follows the new Skyline Trail, which is mostly single track, across the ridgeline towards Grand View point. You may want to take a brief stop here to take in the beautiful views before descending the famous upper 1E01, or Pine Knot Trail, back to 2N08 and the finish line in the village.
30k Skyline Route
Challenge yourself with a little more climbing in the 30k Skyline route. Beginning in the village of Big Bear Lake you will ascend up mostly fire roads to the Famous Grand View point. Here you will take the fire road 2N10 east to eventually join Big Bears popular new Skyline trail. This will take you further east to a fabulous aid station and turn around point. The route then follows the ridge back along skyline trail westbound, taking in beautiful views of San Gorgonio. Finally, you will descend the classic upper 1E01, or Pine knot trail before joining 2N08 and heading back to the village.
70k Over the Top Route
The 60K route turned out to be 70.3k. It will challenge those who want a little adventure but not quite to the Terrible 10,000 status. The route begins as the 30k does, but from 2N10 you will descend the Seven Oaks Trail. This trail can be loose with lots of twists, turns, and steep drop offs. Fire roads will then connect you to the Santa Ana River Trail (SART), a Scenic Trail cutting along the sides of steep ridges in the Santa Ana River Valley.
The route then follows SART until you come to Middle Control Road, where it hangs a right, taking you to Seven Oaks Road. Once on Seven Oaks Road, you will hit Radford Road. This is a dirt climb, steep, exposed and usually very hot, but with beautiful views of Seven Oaks and San Gorgonio. Radford Climb will challenge the best rider. The event will have a STRAVA King/Queen of the Mountain competition here ($100 prize to fastest male/female times). Once back on top, you will travel the famous Skyline Trail and continue West back to the Pineknot Trail (1E01), descending back down 1E01 to 2N08, which will then lead back to the Start/Finish line for a celebration!
100k Terrible 10,00 & Grizzly 100 Route
The 100K route will challenge those who want some serious adventure and over 10,000 feet of climbing. The 100k route follows as the 70k, but instead of ascending Radford straight back up to Big Bear, you will head towards Angelus Oaks. At The Oaks Restaurant there will be an awesome Aid Station. From there, you will take roads connecting you to the lowest elevation of the route at Loch Leven. This is the turn around point and it is mostly up hill from here. Starting up Old Highway 38, it is a combination of paved road and dirt back to the SART where there is a MANDATORY HIKE-A-BIKE SECTION. All riders will be required to dismount their bikes and carry them over a very narrow section about 20 yards long steep drop-offs on both sides. This will take you back down Middle Control to Seven Oaks Road, through the quaint community of Seven Oaks and to the start of the Radford Road. Here you will re-join those riding the 70k route, climbing back up to join skyline and enjoy the flowy single track before descending beck to the village where the party will begin!
To find out more about the Big Bear Gran Fondo and Grizzly 100, including full course descriptions and maps, visit http://bigbeargranfondo.com/
You can register for this event at www.bikereg.com and find out about the NUE race series at http://nuemtb.com/
It was a clean sweep for Team Bear Valley Bikes at last Weekends Kenda Cup Pro Super D. John Nobil was solid throughout the 2014 Kenda Cup Taking the win in Saturday’s Super D race and 2nd in Sunday’s xc race. This moved him into the top 3 in both the super D and xc overall series. Even with mechanical issues on his first run, Bear Valley Bikes’ new DH/all mountain specialist Ian Odom still managed 2nd place on the podium. With a 2nd place result in the previous race this moved Ian into 4th overall. Our Team captain and shop owner, Derek Hermon, missed the last race for a once in a lifetime trip to Europe. This weeks 3rd place result though, helped him hang on to 2nd overall in the Super D series. Completing the Super D clean sweep was Trey Jarno. This is Trey’s first pro season and with his consistent results he took the overall win for the Kenda Cup Pro Overall Series! Well done to Stuart Gonzalez, also in his first season as a pro, for 3rd overall in the endurance series with some tough competition. Also to Mark Blakeslee for 2nd overall in the Cat 1 xc Series and to Kadi Niinberg for a first place overall in the womens cat 3 xc series. Thanks to all the Bear Valley Bikes who came out and raced for us and to Sho-Air and Team Big Bear for putting on some great races!
Burry “The Kid” Stander will always be remembered in the mountain bike world as a world-class competitor and wonderful person. He left this world far too soon, during a training ride on January 3, 2013. Burry never had the chance to see his new Epic World Cup in completion, but for 2014, Specialized released 150 of these Specialized Edition Bikes. In his memory, Specialized will donate up to $50,000 from the sales of the Specialized Edition Burry Stander Epic to Burry’s beloved charity, www.songo.info.
Just like Burry, this bike is all about going fast. With a single front chainring and the more aggressive geometry of the Epic World Cup frame, This bike is made for racing. The paint and graphics feature an African theme, while the South African flag and Stander’s personality are a permanent element of the design.
The great news is that we have one of these Specialized Edition Burry Stander bikes in stock! We are very excited to have been able to get a hold of one out of only 150 of these beauties. It is a size Large and MSRP is $11,000. To learn more about the Burry Stander S-Works WC visit www.specialized.com
New Colors and Sizes now in stock!
The Speed-Evolution valve stems have taken the cycling world by storm. Incase you haven’t heard about them, let me tell you a little of why they are so awesome. The valves feature a larger recessed locking O-ring and a larger internal diameter to provide for more airflow and therefore less plugging normally caused by tubeless sealant. The vulcanized base includes a raised center so that the sealant does not seep inside and a vulcanized base that is big enough to seal even a Shraeder valve! With the new 48mm and 60mm stems, there is a size for everyone that fits almost all rims perfectly. The valve core is removable to easily inflate and add sealant. Speed evolution valves are made from aluminum, about half the weight of brass, and come in cool anodized colors; gold, green, red, orange, black, blue, gunmetal and pink. With so many colors to choose from, they’re a perfect accent to a customized bike. The 60mm stems have just arrived and are available in the gun metal. The range of 48mm stems is expanding to now feature gold, red, pink, green and gun metal colors. The valves are becoming widely available at bicycle retailers worldwide, but you can always stop by Bear Valley Bikes and we can install them for you too. Alternatively, call the shop on 909-866-8000 or order online at the Speed-Evolution website.
Our Bear Valley Bikes team clothing is now in stock with new designs and sponsors for the season. Of course, the general look is the same so it will match with any previous years pieces and you won’t need to buy an entire new wardrobe, but there are, as usual some new options and subtle changes. We would like to welcome our new sponsors; Speed Evolution and Loaded Precision Products and thank our other sponsors; Smith Optics, Specialized, Nottingham’s, Maggios, The Big Bear Cycling Association, The Trails foundation and d d & Associates for their continued support. Check out the new phrases on the shorts, and the ‘superhappy’ collar. Also we have an awesome 3/4 sleeve free ride jersey in a brand new design in both men’s and women’s and don’t forget to ask for a pair of the new women’s shorts in all black, with a similar men’s version coming soon! If you placed a pre order, please stop by the shop to collect your items. If you forgot to pre order, don’t worry, we have plenty of jerseys and shorts now in stock, For any specialty items or for a pair of the men’s bib shorts in black, please contact the shop to place a pre order for the next wave of clothing, due to arrive early July.