Sacramento Area Cycling Through the Years

The Sacramento Bee published an article chronicling Sacramento area cycling throughout the years.  Many of the historic cycling events happened in Nevada City.

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Here are some of the highlights that happened in Nevada City:

nevada city classic history

Photo courtesy of Bob Wyckoff and The Union


The Nevada City Classic debuts, with about 50 riders and 1,500 spectators. Prizes include an outboard motor, transistor radios and gold nuggets. It’s now the country’s second-oldest annual race.


John Howard, a triathlon pioneer and three-time Olympian, laps the Nevada City Classic field by mid-race and nearly laps the field again en route to victory.


Greg LeMond, riding in the senior race as a junior, escapes from the field in mid-race and wins the Nevada City Classic.


Lance Armstrong wins the Nevada City Classic.


The Tour of California switches from February to May, and Mark Cavendish of Great Britain wins the opening stage from Nevada City to Sacramento.


A freak May snowstorm in South Lake Tahoe prompts the cancellation of Stage 1 of the Tour of California. The original second stage is shortened, and its departure point changes from Squaw Valley to Nevada City. Ben Swift of Great Britain claims the stage ending in Sacramento.