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Nevada City Classic extended into two-day Father’s Day weekend event

New for 2017, the traditional one-day bicycle race is expanding to a two-day affair which will also include Saturday cycling events and an urban running event on Sunday aptly named The Nevada City Mile.

The 57th annual Nevada City Classic returns to the foothills on Father's Day weekend, June 17-18.

New for 2017, the traditional one-day bicycle race, which has a reputation as perhaps the most challenging single day bicycle race in America) is expanding to a two-day affair which will also include Saturday cycling events and an urban running event on Sunday aptly named The Nevada City Mile.

Beginning on Saturday morning, Gourmet Gravel Nevada City will open the festivities with a Gravel Grinder event at 8 a.m. Saturday starting and finishing with a party at ol' Republic Brewery in the Seven Hills District of Nevada City. With so many pristine gravel and dirt roads a stones throw from Nevada City, the event will showcase what Nevada City has to offer for the newest and fastest growing segment of cycling in the U.S., gravel/mixed terrain riding.

Saturday evening will be a first for historic downtown Nevada City with straight-line bicycle street sprints up Broad Street. Starting in front of the Historical National Hotel and finishing approximately 225 leg-burning yards directly up Broad Street, cyclist will race flat out, four to a heat with two riders advancing and two being eliminated each round until a final dash for cash of four riders for both men and women battling head to head for top honors. The entire scene can be viewed from anywhere along the course.

Sunday will see an expanded day for the traditional Father's Day Classic.

Bicycling events will begin in the 10 a.m. hour with the kids ride followed by amateur and then professional women & men. Positioned before the pro-am women's event will be the inaugural Nevada City Mile running race. The course will be the Nevada City Cycling Classic criterium course which is a 1.1 mile, seven-turn, counter-clockwise loop with 110'+/- of climbing per lap through Nevada City's narrow Victorian streets.

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An urban course truly unique to running with a straight downhill finish, the same finish on which cyclists have in recent years have been clocked at over 60 mph.

KNOW & GO

WHAT: 57th annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18 (Full schedule of events at http://www.nevadacityclassic.com; Sunday’s events begin with children’s ride at 10 a.m., followed by first race at 11 a.m.)

WHERE: Downtown Nevada City

INFO: http://www.nevadacityclassic.com/