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Ride Around the Bear

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Ride Around the Bear

 

This 9,000’ century ride hosted by the Orange County Wheelmen, is one of the toughest and most exhilarating centuries in the area! It all begins in the pre-dawn hours at Sylvan Park in Redlands, checking in with OCW’s timing system. As you roll out, you’ll enjoy a few miles of flat pedaling through the semi-rural outskirts of town. Expect 15 miles of warm-up before you turn right up Highway 330.

In the early hours, traffic should be light. The CHP will be patrolling to protect your safety and you’re required to ride in single file because the roads are winding and narrow. Up the base of the highway, you will encounter 10 challenging miles as you steadily climb in the cool morning air. Remember to pace yourself, because there is much more to come!

Take a moment to enjoy the breathtaking beauty at the first rest stop (mile 24) as you nibble on the fruit and goodies being offered by the friendly volunteers. The next segment is up and down, (mostly up) through Running Springs to the second rest stop (mile 35) at the Snow Valley Ski Resort. From there, enjoy the fresh mountain air and the incredible lakeside views as you pedal around Big Bear Lake to lunch at Dana Point Park (mile 45), which will fuel you for the final stretch of climbing.

The toughest climb of the day is the 8-mile ascent to Onyx Summit (mile 62) as the day is warming up. Once you peak the summit there are still a few more hills to climb, but you can breathe a sigh of relief as the enthusiastic volunteers help you refill and refuel once again!

On the exhilarating descent down Hwy 38, you’ll be tempted to fly down the hill, but it is very important to ride safely and be aware of traffic.  After the final rest stop at Angeles Oaks (mile 81), you’ll be rewarded with even more miles of glorious nonstop downhill back towards Sylvan Park (mile 100).

Meanwhile, back at the park, the busy volunteers have iced down barrels of soft drinks, prepared platters of fresh fruit and cookies, and barbecued juicy burgers, beef, salmon, or veggie, with all the trimmings for your return. Now that you have finished one of the toughest centuries in the US, it is time to celebrate your victory! Grab a plate and drink, find a bench, and enjoy swapping stories with your fellow elite riders in the shade of the park’s stately old trees!

CYCLIST MAGAZINE REVIEW in 1987 -One of the all time great centuries! There is little more satisfying than cruising nearly 40 miles down the 7000- foot descent from Onyx Summit to Redlands, not to mention the OCW feast at the end of the ride. This is a glorious ride but there is a little matter of climbing to Running Springs at 6030 feet, Big Bear Lake at 6750 feet and to Onyx Summit at 8443 feet. This ride has been rated One of the top ten most difficult centuries in the country" as stated by Cyclist Magazine in 1987 and California Cyclist in 1988 and is NOT for beginners.

CYCLIST MAGAZINE REVIEW in 1987

One of the all time great centuries. There is little more satisfying than cruising nearly 40 miles down the 7000- foot descent from Onyx Summit to Redlands. Not to mention the OCW feast at the end of the ride. This is a glorious ride but there is a little matter of climbing to Running Springs at 6030 feet. Big Bear Lake at 6750 feet and to Onyx Summit at 8443 feet to start with. This ride has been rated "One of the top ten most difficult centuries in the country" as stated by Cyclist Magazine in 1987 and California Cyclist in 1988 and is NOT for beginners.