24 Hours of Big Bear Race Course
At nearly 3,100 ft. (and only 4 miles off of Interstate 68) Big Bear Lake Campland is located on the same strata of conoquenessing sandstone that is typical of the top of Canaan Mountain. In fact, from the southern most edge of the course, you can look across the vast Allegheny plateau, some 35 miles, and see the slopes of Timberline Resort, the home of the original 24 Hours of Canaan. The soils are hard-packed and fast, even when wet. There is surface mud when it's wet but it has little or no clay content and falls right off your bike. Big Bear's environment is similar to Canaan, as well, characterized by mixed hardwood forest, ferns, rhododendron, and red spruce. The temperatures are cooler, due to the altitude and the shady woods. The site of many West Virginia State Championship races, Big Bear is a favorite destination for mountain bikers throughout Pennsylvania, Western Maryland and West Virginia.
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The venue is an all-camping and RV set-up with easy access to the start/finish area, just like our famous 24 Hours of Moab. There's easily enough room to host 500+ teams. There are finer accommodations for friends and family within 20 to 30 minutes drive.
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Big Bear has an awesome trail system and the course markings for The 24 Hours of Big Bear race will be up all season. The terrain has everything to offer, gradual climbs, large embedded rocks, tight slaloms, challenging rock gardens, and off the saddle downhills. You can pre-ride the course or ride the trails at Big Bear from January through October for $5/day.