Professional Cycling


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.

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Tour of California

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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.


Tour of California

STAGE 2 – May 16
Nevada City to Sacramento

The Tour of California Stage 2 will leave Broad Street, Nevada City, @ 12:30 p.m. The riders are expected to arrive in Sacramento around 3:30 p.m.

The route will start in Nevada City, California (last year’s official Start City) and after working its way west for several miles, the peloton will turn south and head through one of the country’s premier military installations, Beale Air Force Base.

From there it will be a fast ride through the suburbs of Sacramento. Entering the circuit just past the finish line in Sacramento, the riders will begin the first of two circuit laps with a finish at the State Capitol building. You can expect the crowds in Sacramento to be some of the largest for the entire race.

The 50th Nevada City Bicycle Classic is Coming!

BikeRaceNevada 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.

Maps, Posters and T-Shirts on-sale at the Chamber

amgenposterSouvenir 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.

Amgen T-Shirts
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.

Fun Family Bike Event before Amgen

bikeblast_cardfront_xThe 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.

Nevada City Classic

nevada city classicJune 23 & 24, 2018

Official Race Website | Volunteer for the Classic

We are counting down the days!


A Beloved Father’s Day Tradition Since 1961…and a New Tradition in 2018

2018 marks the 58th anniversary of the Nevada City Cycling Classic, the second oldest continuously running bicycle race in the country. 2018 also marks year two of of the revitalization of this iconic Nevada City event.

For only the second time in history, the Nevada City Classic will be moved off the traditional Father’s Day date to the weekend of June 23-24, 2018. The date change allows the Chamber of Commerce to address a number of issues that were identified as factors to dwindling community support and engagement as well as falling race participation numbers.

Not only has the date been changed, but the course for 2018 will go back to the original that was designed by event founder Charlie Allert in 1961. Instead of riders going all the way to the bottom of Broad St., they will turn left onto N. Pine St., cross Commercial St. and proceed past the Courthouse and the relocated start/finish at N. Pine & Church streets before merging back to the course most people are familiar with at York & N. Pine streets.

2018 will continue to build on changes from 2017. The 2nd Annual Nevada City Mile running race that takes place on the same route as the bike race will be on Sunday as well. Saturday evening June 23rd will include an expanded edition of the 2nd annual Broad STREET Sprints: standing start, straight line, four riders at-a-time, head-to-head all out battle up Broad St. This event will be combined with a brewfest type event and free live music immediately after the sprints finish…right on Broad St.

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to Nevada City and the surrounding communities coming out to this all inclusive, family friendly event weekend.

Photo credit: Kris Wakefield

Photo credit: Kris Walefield

Photo credit: Kris Wakefield

Host Bike Shop
Tour of Nevada City Bike Shop
457 Sacramento Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-2187

Closest Airports
Sacramento-1 hour drive
Reno-1 1/2 hour drive
San Francisco-3 hour drive

Course Map

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Amgen Tour of California Starts in Nevada City

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.