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Apr 13 Spectators Get Double the Pleasure

Posted: 04/13/15

Cycling fans are in for quite a treat at the 10th Anniversary Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 Time Trial that takes place in Big Bear Lake Friday, May 15, 2015.

The race, titled Big Bear Lake Time Trial, offers a unique advantage for spectators to see both the stage start and finish lines in the same location, just a short walk apart. This gives spectators a great chance to see their favorite riders once on the way out and once on the way back, making it twice the excitement!

"Having access to both the start and finish lines at a major pro cycling race doesn't happen too often," said Ray Dicius, Co-Chair for Big Bear Lake Time Trial Local Organizing Committee. "This gives spectators twice the fun, twice the excitement!"

Another reason why Big Bear Lake Time Trial is an exceptional race experience is a Lifestyle Festival & Expo centered in between the start and finish lines, smack in the middle of Big Bear Village. The Lifestyle Festival & Expo offers a wide assortment of fun-filled activities for all ages. There's continuous music, a street-long beer garden, cycling demonstrations, Jumbo Trons with live race coverage, athletic supplements/nutrition retailers, Amgen Tour of California national sponsors, local Big Bear promoters, cycling gear vendors, official race merchandise, family activities and more. The Lifestyle Expo is in the heart of Big Bear Village, which adds to the festive atmosphere with restaurants, eateries, bars, shops and attractions. Just steps from the Lifestyle Festival & Expo spectators have access to the pro-team bus and rider warm-up area, which gives spectators up-close photo opportunities and a chance to mingle with the riders.

"Cycling is different than other spectator sports like football or basketball because those fans are blocked off from meeting players on their favorite team. Pro cycling on the other hand encourages its fans to intermingle with the riders. You can't do that at a basketball court or hockey rink," said Dicius.

Another component of the Big Bear Lake Time Trial race that gives spectators double the pleasure is the opportunity to watch both pro men's and women's races on the same day. The women's Individual Time Trial is scheduled for 11 a.m. start, followed by the men's Individual Time Trial starting at approximately 1 p.m.

"It's going to be a full day of racing with the top cyclists in the world! It'll be one to remember!" added Dicius.

The 10th Anniversary Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 Time Trial, called the Big Bear Time Trial is Friday, May 15. The race is free to spectators. The stage start is located at Village Drive and Bartlett Road. The "overwater" finish is located at Pine Knot Marina on a jetty. The Lifestyle Festival & Expo is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The women's Invitational Time Trial starts at 11 a.m. The men's Individual Time Trial begins at approximately 1 p.m. and is expected to finish at about 3:30 p.m. An awards ceremony is from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more about the Big Bear Lake Time Trial, including detailed spectator information visit www.bigbeartimetrial.com. For further information on the 10th Anniversary Amgen Tour of California visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com. For Big Bear Time Trial lodging packages visit www.bigbear.com or call 800-424-4232.

About the Amgen Tour of California The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California's iconic highways, byways and coastlines from May 10-17, 2015. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions. Amgen Tour of California is listed on the international professional cycling calendar (2 HC, meaning "beyond category"), awarding important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. More information is available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

April 13, 2015