Scott SoCal said:I don't think this is quite right. The City of Big Bear is on the south side of the lake. The map shows the stage fininshing in Fawnskin. There is not much there and I can't think of how there could be an uphill finish as it is pretty flat.
I agree, the stage is most likely to finish in downtown Big Bear Lake, not Fawnskin as shown on this rumored route MAP. Regardless, unless they finish in the middle of the forest, there are going to be miles of flat before the line. Not to mention they could have gone to Big Bear in February (though not over Angeles Crest, part of which closes every winter and most of which is currently closed due to wildfire damage.)
I still say the last stage is where the fireworks will happen and will be much better finale than previous years'.
High Sierras would be great but those passes are usually still snow-covered in May. There are a lot of great cycling spots in CA but they gotta go where the people and sponsors are and to the cities that put out to host a stage - just like the real GTs.