Dear Big Bear Lake Area Residents and Business Owners,
California will again host the largest professional cycling race in North America from May 11-20, 2017. The 12th Anniversary edition of AMGEN Tour of California will include 18 teams from around the world, competing for seven days winding across California from Sacramento to Pasadena. For the fourth time, Big Bear Lake has been selected as a host city and will be on the world stage for a very special day with the Big Bear Lake Time Trial on Friday, May 19. The Time Trail is an ALL DAY event that will be broadcast LIVE to over 200 countries worldwide for two hours, generating an incredible opportunity for our tourist based economy in the slowest of seasons.
This Tour de France level event will require two days of traffic inconveniences including road closures. We want you to be aware of these closures so you can plan your day to minimize the impact. Unlike the two previous Big Bear Tour of California stages, Time Trial riders will be sent onto the course on Village Drive in one minute intervals. The course continues to the Fawnskin triangle with a turn around and return to Big Bear Lake. It will require THE ENTIRE 15-MILE ROUTE TO BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC until the race is over and the route is opened by organizers (see Road Closure Box below).
Detours will allow traffic to flow around the village and much of Big Bear Blvd. will be unaffected. The event set up and tear down will attempt to minimize the impact of closure times. ALL DRIVEWAYS, STREETS AND PARKING LOTS EXITING ONTO THE RACE COURSE WILL BE PART OF THE HARD CLOSURE. NO ENTRY OR EXIT WILL BE ALLOWED.
Emergency vehicles will not be affected by closures.
Other Related Closures
- Bear Valley Unified Schools
- Big Bear Discovery Center
- Eagle Point residents will have sheriff monitored limited crossing at Eureka and Park
- Eagle Knoll will have a sheriff monitored crossing to Interlocken
- Boat launches will not be available at Pine Knot Marina, East Boat Launch, or Captain John’s on Friday, May 19
All public facilities, parks, Post Office and businesses will remain open although those in affected area will require walking from outside the area to reach your destination.
We thank you for your cooperation and understanding for the inconvenience in advance. This truly is Big Bear Lake’s “Superbowl” . . . no other events of this magnitude and international exposure are possible. It takes cooperation from everyone to make it a success. We will continue to keep you up to date with current information as the event gets closer.