The AMGEN Tour of California is the premier professional cycling race in the United States attracting an international field year after year. The 2015 edition of the storied race is May 10-17. On May 15, the race makes an appearance in Big Bear for a unique Time Trial stage.

This is the third time in the event’s 10-year history it has come to Big Bear. But unlike the previous two years, this stage is an all-day event that will be broadcast on live television. The start of the time trial will take place on Village Drive in the Village area of Big Bear Lake. The finish line is the jetty at Pine Knot Landing. A Lifestyle Expo is slated for Pine Knot Avenue in the Village.

To accommodate the event, there will be a day of traffic detours and road closures. A time trial features riders who begin at one-minute intervals and race the 15-mile route from The Village to Fawnskin and back. It’s a race against the clock.

The entire 15-mile route will be closed to all traffic May 15. Detours will be in place to flow traffic around the Village and much of Big Bear Boulevard will be unaffected. All driveways, streets and parking lots exiting onto the race course will be part of the hard closure, with no entry or exit permitted after closures begin. Eagle Point residents will have an exit only emergency crossing at Eureka Drive and Park Avenue. Eagle Knoll residents will have an exit only emergency crossing at the main entrance into the Interlaken Shopping Center.

Emergency vehicles will not be affected by road closures.

The first road closure begins May 14 with Pine Knot Avenue from Village Drive to Big Bear Boulevard closing at noon and remaining closed through the length of the event.

From 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. road closures will take place on Village Drive, Pine Knot Avenue, Big Bear Boulevard between Paine Road and Knickerbocker Road, Bonanza Trail between Village Drive and Big Bear Boulevard, Bartlett Road, Badger Lane, Cottage Lane, Lynn Road, Croft Lane and Beaver Street. Pine Knot Avenue between Pine Knot Landing and Big Bear Boulevard will also be closed during this time along with the north side of Big Bear Boulevard between Knickerbocker Road and Knight Avenue.

Roads affected by closure between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. include Alden Road, Knight Avenue north of Big Bear Boulevard,Park Avenue between Knight Avenue and Swan Lane, Swan Lane and Fox Farm Road between Park Avenue and Sandalwood Drive, and Sandalwood Drive from Fox Farm Road to Big Bear Boulevard. 

The north side of Big Bear Boulevard between Sandalwood Drive and Stanfield Cutoff is also closed during this time frame along with Stanfield Cutoff, North Shore Drive between Stanfield Cutoff and the Fawnskin Triangle, and North

Shore Lane.

Other related closures include the Big Bear Discovery Center and Bear Valley Unified School District. The Pine Knot Landing boat launch and the East Boat Launch will not be available on May 15. 

All public facilities, parks, the post office and businesses will remain open although those in affected areas will require walking from outside the area to reach the destination.

Closure times will be adjusted to allow for event set up and tear down with the least amount of impact.

If there are any questions, or for more information about the closures, email the  Local Organizing Committee at

BigBear@BigBearTimeTrial.com

For race information, visit

www.amgentourofcalifornia.com and

www.BigBearTimeTrial.com.

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