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Amgen Tour of California bicycle race pulls into Big Bear

May 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Amgen Tour of California is the largest cycling event in America. Friday Tour de France and Olympic bicyclists took part in stage 6 of the competition. They raced from Palmdale to Big Bear, a distance of 115 miles.

Stage 6 finished at the base of Snow Summit in Big Bear Lake. The last half of the race featured a grueling elevation climb of 4,000 feet.

Palmdale is where stage 6 started Friday morning. Then, down Highway 2, through Wrightwood, across the 15 in the Cajon Pass, and then the climb up into the San Bernardino Mountains.

It was a big day up in Big Bear Lake, especially huge for the local economy.

"It really showcases the community and helps people understand that this is a year-round resort, not just a ski resort," said Big Bear Lake resident John Timcher.

Saturday's event continues in the Inland Empire, starting in Ontario with a mountain climb to Mount Baldy. The final stage will be Sunday in Los Angeles.