There has been effort made for the equitable treatment of women’s road cycling in recent years. Individuals championing the cause have even gotten the Tour de France organizers to establish La Course by Le Tour de France. This is a one-day women’s criterium held on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Organizers are seeking new sponsors for a more involved women’s tour. Spain’s Tour, named The Vuelta, may also be expanding opportunities for the women’s pro peloton.
The Amgen Tour of California is on the fore-front of the women’s cycling movement. For 2015 there will be four days total of racing in California for the pro women. There will be a first of its kind three day women’s cycling stage race. On Friday, May 8, 2015 Women’s Stage 1 will be held in South Lake Tahoe. Saturday’s Stage 2 race will again be held in South Lake Tahoe. Sacramento will host Stage 3 on Sunday, May 10th which coincides with the men’s overall start in Sacramento for Stage 1. The fourth day of racing for invited women that may include World and Olympic Champions will be held in Big Bear Lake on the same exact course that the men will be riding.
The Women’s Invitational Time Trial will have around 20 world class professional women racing on Friday, May 15th, 2015. The women will race prior to the men’s scheduled Stage 6 Big Bear Lake Time Trial. The course will be longer than the Redlands Classic Women’s and Men’s Time Trial route with the additional distance for the start and finish to be located in the Big Bear Lake Village area.
One new and very exciting recent development is the announcement that the 2015 Amgen Tour of California Women’s Big Bear Lake Time Trial has secured a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) 1.1 ranking. This 1.1 ranking is the highest classification for a non-World Cup single-day race on the UCI’s calendar. This ranking also makes the Big Bear Lake Invitational Women’s Time Trial the highest ranked UCI women’s race in the United States behind the World Cup scheduled in Philadelphia later in July. The high ranking should attract many of the world’s best women time trialists to travel to Big Bear Lake to compete for a very prestigious race win and honor.
The Big Bear Lake Time Trial will be very unique as compared to other Stage host cities with “Twice the Fun” spectator opportunities;
- Pro Women and Pro Men racing,
- Stage start and race finish are a short walk apart.
- Lifestyle Expo and Pro Team Bus paddock area also just a short walk away.
- The chance to possibly see each rider go by twice on their way out and on the way back.
- Ray Dicius, 2015 Amgen Tour of California Big Bear Time Trial Stage Local Organizing Committee Vice-Chair
Big Bear Lake Time Trial spectating and Big Bear Lake vistas – Twice the Fun!