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Amgen Tour of California - May 18, 2012



  • May 18, 2012
Lodging Reservations:
  • Call 800-424-4232 for discounts
  • Book Online to the right


Free Festivities Galore

One thing for certain is you won't get bored at "The Big Bear Climb!" It's a weekend full of fun, liveliness, energy and excitement. An interactive lifestyle festival just steps from the finish line on the grounds of Snow Summit Mountain Resort takes place before, during and after the race!

Interactive Lifestyle Festival:
  • Wide assortment of fun-filled activities for all ages. 
  • Live entertainment, a beer garden, food concessions, health & fitness expo, cycling demonstrations, goldsprints races, bike safety, national sponsors, vendors, cycling gear, family activities and more. 

Entertainment throughout Big Bear:
  • Nottingham's Tavern with more goldsprints competitions. 
  • Four bars in the Village that offer live music, karaoke, billiards and great fun!
  • Diamond Lil's Saloon, Big Bear's lakefront bar serving drinks and large big screen t.v's!

King of the Mountain Experience Cycling Tour:
  • Friday, May 18 cycling enthusiasts, recreationalists and weekend warriors alike can ride a portion of the same Amgen Tour of California route and cross the finish line arch just hours before the world's most renowned cyclists in the world do. 
  • 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., King of the Mountain Registration, Switzerland Dr. & Summit Blvd.
    10 a.m. –1 p.m., King of the Mountain Challenge, Summit Blvd. / Finish Line
  • Cycling fans can have a chance to enjoy a 35-mile trek that starts at Snow Summit Mountain Resort, and snakes over to Big Bear Lake’s north shore on Hwy. 38. From there participants are treated to Big Bear's scenic beauty as they head west down Hwy. 18. This takes them to the turnaround point at Snow Valley Mountain Resort. The cyclists then head back to Snow Summit where they cross through the official Amgen Tour of California finish line arch. 
  • The course ride is supported by guides and a full-support crew. 
  • There is also a self-timed section on the course that gives participants a read-out of their times that they can compare with the professional race leaders. 
  • Each participant will receives V.I.P. finish line area seating, free bike valet, commemorative event tech T-shirt, raffle drawings, finisher’s medal, and limited edition number plate.
  • V.I.P. reception after the race at Black Diamond Tavern that includes appetizers, no-host bar and cycling celebrities such as Phil Liggett, the official announcer of the race. 
  • Other benefits include pre-event bike check lube & tune, discount food and lodging, and Thursday night tour viewing party. 
King of the Mountain Experience is limited to the first 250 sign-ups. Register Today!

Come up to Big Bear Lake to enjoy the fun and excitement of The Amgen Tour of California.



LOS ANGELES (February 8, 2012) – After intense planning and careful consideration, details for the 2012 Amgen Tour of California professional road cycling race have been announced. The 2012 edition of America's premier cycling race will feature new cities, new challenges for the world-class group of teams and riders, and breathtaking California scenery while returning to some of the fans’ and riders' favorite California landmarks, including Big Bear Lake and Mt. Baldy. The seventh-annual event will travel more than 750 miles over eight days from May 13 - 20, 2012. 

Beginning in three-time race champion Levi Leipheimer’s hometown of Santa Rosa, the 2012 race will wind its way south through redwood-lined country roads and spectacular coastline drives before ending in the City of Angels, Los Angeles. Also, for the first time in race history, Stage 8, the final stage of the race, will begin on one of the most famous streets in one of the most recognized cities in the world, Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills.

In celebration of the route announcement, each of the 14 Host Cities produced videos highlighting their respective stages which are now posted on the official race website at Each video includes specific route details, as well as individual city highlights, all of which combine to create an exciting first-hand look at what is sure to be a thrilling race.

For more information on Stage 6, Palmdale to Big Bear Lake, visit

Officials of the Amgen Tour of California Announce Big Bear Lake as a Host City

November 3, 2011 - Today AEG, the official race presenter of the Amgen Tour of California, announced its 13 Host Cities for the 2012 Amgen Tour of California professional road cycling race. The seventh annual event will cover more than 750 miles in eight days from May 13-20, 2012. Big Bear Lake has been selected as the race's Stage 6 Finish on Friday, May 18. 

The City of Palmdale will serve as the Host City and start location for Stage 6, which ultimately finishes with a demanding climb to Big Bear.

"While the detailed route of the race, including for Stage 6 from Palmdale to Big Bear, is not yet final, we can say that it will be one of our most challenging courses to date," said AEG Sports Executive Director Kristin Bachochin.

This is the second time in three years Big Bear Lake has been selected as a Host City, which reaffirms the mountain resort as a world-class road cycling destination. 

Officials of Big Bear Lake are excited with the opportunity to present Big Bear's mountainous terrain and natural assets to recreational outdoor enthusiasts throughout the world. The visibility includes 27 hours of total race coverage on VERSUS, broadcast exposure in 216 countries and territories worldwide. Last year there were 1.1 million visitors to the official tour website, more than 30,000 social media fans and more than 340,000 visitors to the online tour tracker.

"Big Bear is honored to serve as a finish city for the 2012 Amgen Tour of California," said City of Big Bear Lake Mayor Bill Jahn. "In 2010, we served as the first-ever mountaintop finish for the race, and it definitely put Big Bear on the international map for road cycling."

The Amgen Tour of California is considered cycling's most important and successful stage race in the United States. It is the largest annual spectator sporting event in California and largest cycling event in North America with more than 2 million spectators. The prestigious road cycling race features elite professional teams and athletes from around the world. Listed on the international professional cycling calendar (2. HC ranking), the Amgen Tour of California awards important, world-ranking points to the top finishers.

Next year will mark the seventh straight year Amgen Tour of California has brought the drama and excitement of professional cycling to California. The 2012 Amgen Tour of California will travel along a more than 750-mile course in eight days. The 13 host cities for the eight stages include: Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Livermore, Sonora (new city for 2012), Clovis, Bakersfield, Palmdale, Big Bear Lake, Ontario (new city for 2012) and Mount Baldy and Los Angeles.
See video.

View Map of All Host Cities


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