Over the past several years, we have seen the National mountain bike scene move from beautiful mountain
resorts to small and possibly obscure towns. What used to be held in Big Bear at Snow Summit resort in Southern California– the first race of the NORBA National Mountain Bike Race Series– is now at Bonelli Park in San Dimas and is the Pro season opener. And to add a healthy amount of confusion to the idea of National mountain bike race series, this particular race at Bonelli Park is a part of the Pro XCT Tour from USA Cycling, the US Cup Pro Triple Crown series (ad isn’t the US Cup it’s own mountain bike race series?), Team Big Bear Series and the Kenda Cup West. There may be another series, however we’re unaware at this time. For the most part, the Pros race for the Pro XCT Tour and the Triple Crown, and everyone else can participate in the California series and the Kenda Cup West.
Welcome to San Dimas, California! You may know of San Dimas from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Beyond that, a cyclist needs to know where to find food. And perhaps where to go for fun, but really, where to find good food.
One important ting beyond food is of course a bike shop that can provide those last minute items such as CO2 cartridges, race nutrition, the gloves you left behind, and a derailleur hanger to replace the one bent from the plane ride to ONT. The best bike shop in town, and right next door is Incycle Bicycles. Incycle San Dimas (there are 4 locations) is right next to Bonelli Park on Arrow Highway and Bonita. Refer to the map below.
San Dimas is also a Route 66 town. Motels and googie signs still sprinkle the landscape, although you’re more likely to see a Starbucks or McDonald’s than an old diner– The Golden Spur excepted (it’s technically in Glendora, though).
You’ll be traveling to the San Gabriel Valley, and therein can find amazing food, great rides and a few fun landmarks along the way.
Frank G. Bonelli Park offers myriad activities for the family. From horseback riding to fishing, if your support staff needs to do something while you are pre riding the course, they can even hit a few holes on the Mountain Meadows Golf Course. Need to relax after the race, or settle the legs after a hard pre-ride? hit the Hot Tubs at at Puddingstone Resort!
A fun stop for movie buffs is the modernist church from the final scene of The Graduate. Remember Dustin Hoffman pressing his face against the glass screaming “Elaine!”– the original Wedding Crasher!
A stroll down Bonita Avenue at San Dimas Avenue will present you with gift shops, small cafes and antique stores. The street is reminiscent of the original cowboy days of San Dimas, with brick walkways and old style building facades. This is also the scene of the criterium of the San Dimas Stage Race, which attracts the top talent from across the Nation.
Stay tuned all week for more information about where to eat, shop and relax during your stay in Southern California.