The Nevada City Classic
Each year since 1960, commonly on Father’s Day, Nevada City hosts the Nevada City Classic, a 90-minute professional cycling race billed as the largest and oldest on the West Coast and the second-oldest in the nation. It is one of the premiere sporting events in the Sierra foothills.
The twisted, hilly 1.1 mile circuit includes 300 feet of climbing and is possibly the toughest one-mile criterium in the U.S. Prior winners include Los Gatos school teacher Bob Tetzlaff, Olympian John Howard, three-time Tour de France winner and California native Greg LeMond, Olympic gold medalist Alexi Grewal, and three-time Tour de California winner Levi Leipheimer.
Visit nevadacityclassic.com for race and course info, categories, and registration.
Tour of California
The Tour of California switches from February to May, and Mark Cavendish of Great Britain wins the opening stage from Nevada City to Sacramento. Seven-time Tour de France champion (and 2009 NC Classic winner) Lance Armstrong, defending Tour of California champion Levi Leipheimer and a host of top American and international cyclists compete in the event.
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.
Nevada City is getting ready for the 50th annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic race – to be held on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20th starting at 1:00 p.m.
A premier cycling event that was won by Lance Armstrong last year, the classic is also a Lance Armstrong Junior Olympic Race Series (LAJORS) event and will attract top national riders, both pro and junior.
Races will start at 1:00 p.m. with the junior race. The Men’s Pro race is expected to start at 5 p.m. and go for about an hour and half.
Details on the race history, the course, registration, rider bios and more is available on the Nevada City Bicycle Classic website.
The Amgen Tour of California went through some of the most scenic places in California. There’s a Slideshow on the Examiner.com showing the pack of cyclist along the coast, through small towns, and also Nevada City!
Souvenir Edition Map – $3
The new 2010 Street Map of Nevada City – Grass Valley – Alta Sierra is available at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. This is a Special Souvenir Edition map honoring the Amgen Tour of California and the 50th Edition of the Nevada City Classic. Maps are $3.
Amgen Posters – $3
Pick up a copy of the beautiful “It All Starts Here” Amgen poster designed by David McKay and Caylen Balmain. Posters are $3.
Short-sleeved white t-shirts with the “It All Starts Here” graphic, are on-sale at the Chamber Office. Sizes are Adult S, M, L, XL, XXL. T-shirts cost $25.
The Bike Blast, a fun family event, will take place Saturday, May 15th at Seven Hills School. This fundraiser for Nevada City Schools Foundation will feature road rides, a mountain bike trials course, a bike rodeo, carnival, a silent auction, and more.
Advanced registration is advised, (to assure lower fee, a T-shirt, etc.) however, folks may register the day of. Registration fees run from $10 for kids – $45 adults and include lunch and bike activities and carnival entertainment. All proceeds go to Nevada City Schools student programs. More information.
The 2010 Amgen Tour of California, America’s premier bicycling event, will start in historic downtown Nevada City on Sunday, May 16, 2010.
Seven-time Tour de France champion (and 2009 NC Classic winner) Lance Armstrong, defending Tour of California champion Levi Leipheimer and a host of top American and international cyclists will compete for the crown.
The Nevada City community is pulling together to host the best and most exciting start The Tour has ever seen. If you’d like to volunteer, call the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office at 530-265-2692.