NC Dirt Classic to wrap series Saturday |

NC Dirt Classic to wrap series Saturday

The Union Staff

Liam Ruff competes in the Nevada City Dirt Classic Race No. 1 in June.

The Nevada City Dirt Classic XC Series is hosting its third and final race of the series Saturday with elite mountain bikers from all over Northern California competing on the Pioneer/Hallelujah loop.

The cycling series features Professional, CAT 1( expert/semi-pro), CAT 2 (Sport), and CAT 3 (Beginner) divisions. The first wave of riders will get started at 10 a.m.

Registration will be open all the way up to race day for those who wish to compete. The cost to compete is $35 for adults and $25 for juniors who register on the day of the race.

The race course is approximately five miles and connects the Pioneer and Hallelujah trails. The majority of the course is under Tahoe National Forest canopy and is mostly single track, according to

In the series' first race June 14, Nevada City's Jason Moeschler won the professional category and Grass Valley's Chris Thibodeau took second. Thibodeau claimed the win in the second race of the series. Moeschler did not compete in the second race.

In the women's CAT 1 race, Nevada City's Erin Alders took the top spot in the first race and South Lake Tahoe's Ellen Sherrill took second.

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The series is in its third year and has grown slightly since its inception, said event organizer Jet Lowe.

"It's going up a little every year," she said. "We're not drawing hundreds. We're just a mom and pop race, but racers seem to like our trails and its shady. The riders that come from the valley seem to like that."

At the event there will also be a raffle drawing for a brand new 2014 Specialized Camber 29er or 2014 Specialized Saffire.

For more information on the Nevada City Dirt Classic visit

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