MORE ABOUT THE RIDE
Nestled in the Tehachapi Mountains of California, this is to be considered one of our Countries unexplored road bike rides. Valley Springs' Elevation ranges from 4,118 feet to 6,934 feet with breathtaking scenery, paved roads, three challenging climbs, exemplifying cycling at its best in Central California. Some have said “Amazing rides for the beginner to the extremist might be rated as the top rides in the country”. Alternate softer route to Mamma Bear - listed below.
ALSO INCLUDED IN RIDE
ALSO included; 3 day Independence Day Celebration events ( Fourth of July Parade, Craft and Activity booths, Food, Commercial Booths, Hot Air Balloon Rides (tentative), Firecracker 5K Night Run, Classic Car Show, BV R.C. Model Club, Moonlight Movie, Freedom Boat Parade,Cost for the Half and Century, and the ability to enjoy the community proud surroundings of Bear Valley Springs. Rides increase after 6/21st by $20. For details see the website http://www.active.com/cycling (Challenge the Bear)
REGISTRATION and Community ACCESS
ONLINE Registration will close midnight July 4th. Walk up welcome with Cash or check. No credit or Debit cards accepted. (Bear Valley Springs is a private gated community.) Gate passes will be given upon arrival and you will be directed to the registration booth to pick up your BIB number and packet.
FAMILY FUN RIDE: – (Baby Bear)
This 4.97 mile ride is family friendly and runs mostly around Lower Valley Road. Pre-registration $10 includes T-shirt. Late Registration Fee $10 added. Check In 8 AM, Race time: 9 AMhttp://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/170253528Course Map
MOMMA BEAR RIDE
HALF CENTURY RIDE: 32.05 mile bike ride winds through Bear Valleys picturesque roads with three class 2 climbs and major elevation changes. Are you up to Challenge the BearPre-registration $65 includes T-shirt. Late Registration Fee $85. Check In starts: 5AM, Start time: 6AM http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/170259768 Course Map
PAPA GRIZZLY BEAR RIDE
CENTURY RIDE Papa Grizzly BearThis 62.34 mile ride is not for the faint of heart! This ride winds over most of our main roadways, contains two class 1 climbs and four class 2 climbs, with many major elevation changes! Preregistration cost is $80. Late Registration is $100. See website for details.Check In starts: 5AM, Start time: 6AM http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/170073622Course Map
EVENT SCHEDULE AND TIMES
Saturday, July 06thDay of Event Registration:• 5:00 AM: Registration Century and Half Century• 8:00 AM: Registration Fun RideStart Times ( Be punctual and prepared at times listed below ):• 6:00 AM: Century 62 Mile Ride (Poppa Bear), (Elevation 4,067Ft to 6,407Ft Gain 8,714Ft)• 6:00 AM: Half-Century 32 Mile Ride (Momma Bear), (Elevation 4,067Ft to 6,407Ft Gain 8,714Ft)• 9:30 AM: 5K Mile Fun Ride (Baby Bear), (Elevation 4,062Ft to 4,236Ft Gain 226Ft)
**NOTE: Course closes and will be swept at 6:00 PM or upon the last rider completing the ride.
Riders who register by JUNE 21 will have their packet mailed to them. If after this date, passes will be available when you enter the valley at guard gated station which will direct you to the parking and start/finish line. You will need an entry pass to enter in the community of Bear Valley Springs.
There is RV and Camping sites available just outside Bear Valley Springs community. A few miles away in the city of Tehachapi, CA: Visit: http://local.yahoo.com/CA/Tehachapi/Recreation+Sporting+Goods/Camping/CampgroundsRV Camping Sites
Jersey’s can be ordered online and will be mailed with preregistration packets. If your Jersey does not fit, you can, subject to availability, exchange it at the event at the merchandise booth. Please note that availability will be limited and so we can’t guarantee that all sizes will be available. Jersey orders placed before June 1st will be guaranteed for ride day availability
Entry fees are nonrefundable and entries are nontransferable.
Expect temperatures to be in the mid 60’s at the start with normal daytime highs in the mid 80’s. Mountain weather is highly variable so be prepared for afternoon rain.
For the safety of all riders, private support vehicles are NOT allowed on the course. Sag vehicles will be provided.
Parking is available inside the “Bear Valley Springs “community; areas will be marked on event day.
NOT A CLOSED COURSE
THE BIKE RIDE IS NOT A CLOSED COURSE. YOU WILL BE SHARING THE ROAD WITH CARS - PLEASE RIDE SAFELY.
These are mountain courses. Even though they are on paved roads, they contain a lot of climbing. They are extreme and challenging. There will be options available to make the courses easier for the less than hardcore cyclist. The easier options will still contain climbs. Please review the ride maps before registering.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT AREA
EVENT DAY PACKET PICK-UP AND LATE REGISTRATION
Packet pick-up for registered riders will be at the registration booth by start/finish line on day of the ride. Gate passes will be issued to enter toward registration area.
Helmets are mandatory. Remember this is not a race. Please obey all traffic laws. Come to a complete stop at stop signs and red traffic signals. Ride single file and only pass other riders on their left, and announce your intent to pass. Waivers must be signed to ride.
ALL proceeds benefit the Bear Valley Police Departments Volunteers in Police Services.
** THE FINE PRINT **
This is a ride RAIN or SHINE event. There are no refunds. There are no ATM's within miles of the event. Please bring cash for on-site purchases. Additionally, CREDIT CARD payments will ONLY be accepted on-line through www.active.com. ONLY CASH or CHECK will be accepted on the day of the event. Registrations may not be transferred or resold.
Questions about the ride
Mama Bear Alternative Ride:
Half Century Alternative Ride: Not quite 32 miles but a softer challenging ride to test your skills and capabilities. 25.37 mile bike ride which has a total ascent of 3,202.1 ft and has a maximum elevation of 5,833.33 ft. Check In starts: 5AM, Start time: 6AM http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/237207163 Course Map
Offered this year only; an amazing first year Inaugural one of a kind Jersey’s incorporating the Bear Valley Springs Police Departments Patch. Designed with cycling performance and comfort in mind, this Jersey features quick-drying durable fabric, an anatomical fit with extra length in the back for coverage in the riding position, a long zipper for ventilation, an elasticized waist (except for women's club cut) and sleeve cuffs for a secure fit, and three pockets in the back for storage. The fabric is lightweight, providing breathability and durability, while giving the garment a soft, comfortable feel. Weight: 194g / 6.75 oz. The fabric has superior sun protection with a UPF rating of 28+.the, color coordinated, and the back pockets for storage. Go to the link and place your order online or by mail and they will ship direct to your door step. We will have a limited amount on hand for purchase on the day of the ride; so don’t miss out in supporting the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) by wearing your “Challenge the Bear Jersey” . CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR JERSEY!