CYCLING: Riekert wins mens pro race at 57th annual Nevada City Classic
June 18, 2017
On a sweltering day in Nevada City, Chris Riekert put on a dominant performance to win the men's pro race at the 57th annual Nevada City Classic.
"This is the best race on the calendar," Riekert said. "The way the course is laid out, how fast the finish is, how loud the crowd can get at the finish — It is unlike anything else. Very special."
On a day where temperatures hovered in the upper 90s, Riekert, representing Mike's Bikes, pulled ahead of the pack early and led by a wide margin before being joined by teammate Cameron Bronstein about halfway through the 75-minute criterium race that traverses downtown Nevada City. Riekert and Bronstein stuck together the rest of the way without being challenged.
On the final lap Bronstein yielded to Riekert as they came down Broad Street, and as the two neared the finish line the crowd roared as Riekert raised his hands in celebration.
"It's huge," the 32-year-old Riekert said of the win. "I'm slowly coming to the end of my racing career, so this race above all else was one of the most important races on my calendar. After so many years of trying to be up at the top, it's something special."
Bronstein, 23, would take second place.
Taking home the crown in the women's pro race was Amy Cameron from team Folsom Bike/Trek.
"It's awesome," Cameron said after the race. "This is one of the premiere races. So much history at this race. I love being able to get a win here. It's very special."
The women's pro race had a very small field with just five pro racers tackling the 1.1 mile course.
"It would be great if some more of our fellow racers would come out and support it," Cameron said. "This is such a cool race. It would be awesome to have a bigger field."
The win for Cameron is her first in the Nevada City Classic. She took third place in 2016.
In lower level races at the Nevada City Classic, winners were: Benjamin Gomez-Villafane (men's elite 3-4), Jeremy Pond (men's elite 4-5), Jonathan Baker (men's masters 35+ 1-2-3), Joseph Sullivan (men's masters 35+ 3-4-5), Robert Pasco (men's masters 45+ 1-2-3), Carolina Gomez-Villafane (women's elite 4-5), Colleen Chew (women's masters 35+ 3-4-5), Kia Kohler (women's junior 17-18), Parker Rous (men's junior 15-18 1-2-3), Saul Chaplin (men's junior 15-18 4-5), McKay Kinsey (men's junior 13-14), Walter Rozek (men's junior 11-12), and Massimo Morson (men's junior 9-10).
The Classic added some extra events this year including a gravel ride and sprint races on Saturday, and a Sunday run dubbed the "Nevada City Mile" in which runners take on the same course the cyclists ride.
Winning the Nevada City Mile was Davis Olsen who finished the race in 5 minutes and 38 seconds.
"I just wanted to contribute to the whole thing and have a little fun out here," Olsen said. "A lot of hills, but the downhill was refreshing. A nice way to end it."
Marley Mueller was the first female to finish the run, coming in at 7:27.
Event director for the Nevada City Classic Kurt Stockton said he was pleased with how the new additions played out.
"I would say all the new events went well," he said. "It was the first year, so I didn't really know what to expect, but they did exceed my expectations."
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