The Big Bear 4 x24
It's not the Twenty-Four Hours of Big Bear. It's not the National Championships, and it's very much NOT a Granny Gear production. It IS The Big Bear 4 x 24, potentially one of the toughest (almost?) 100 mile races in the country!
Hosted by Big Bear Lake Camplands, the BB-4x24 will be a tough as hell, grass roots epic with a twist. Along with solo racers completing four 24 (maybe 25) mile technical single track loops, there will be two other class options to choose from! Experts will race as Duo teams in age brackets, completing two laps each. Sport Classes will race as 4 person teams and complete one lap each.
XXC Mag spoke with race director Mark Schooley on March 12th and he had this to say about the race-
"The race fees will be significantly less than the 24-hours and I would like to continue to have a festival atmosphere. Maybe live music in the evening as most racing will be over by nightfall. It will be a grass roots type of event with the venue and camping on the mountain. It will start early Saturday morning about 8:00. The 100 mile option may make this event one of the toughest in the country! I have a lot of details to work out but, I am positioned to smoothly continue an ultra type event at Big Bear."
There will be more information coming for sure, and XXC will post it as we get it. For me personally, I'm digging the vibe of this event and I believe that Mark is well on his way to filling the void that Granny Gear left in the east coast's early summer endurance schedule. Looks like he's approaching it the right way too. XXC wishes Mark the best of luck in his attempts at putting together and epic race on such short notice, and hopes to be in Bruceton Mills to throw down some laps in early June.
Stay tuned for more information....