Come on back to a real Classic |

Come on back to a real Classic

Maybe you’re new to town.

Or maybe you’ve lived here for years and just haven’t been out to one of the biggest events that hits this area in a few years.

Either way, take a look.

The 44th Annual Nevada City Classic Bike Race rolls back down Broad Street next week and, as always, there’s good reason to anticipate another celebratory Sunday.

I’m not much of a betting man – and considering the Kings’ finish the last two seasons, it’s a good thing I’m not – but I do know a can’t-miss winner when I see one.

And I’ve seen the Classic twice now, with both occasions well worth my time – and my boss’s dime.

My first Classic came in 2001, the year when cancer survivor Ernie Lechuga edged out a five-wide pack at the line to give my notebook one of the most inspirational stories to ever land in my lap.

Last year, I was amazed by Canadian Eric Wohlberg, who won the race by nearly two minutes even though he was all but removed from the field early on when his bike was sidelined with busted spokes.

Two races, two memorable finishes and two great days.

The party atmosphere I found in my first visit to the Classic had me wishing I wasn’t working, as onlookers raised their suds to the cyclists screaming down that hill.

On my second trip, though I again was on the job, afforded me a wonderful way to celebrate Father’s Day.

Duane Strawser, Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop owner and Classic organizer, promises there once again will be something for everyone this year – including the return of the big inflatable jumpy thing (I still haven’t learned its proper name) inside which kids can bounce their hearts content.

As for sports fans, I’ll promise that you won’t find an event of this caliber anywhere else in this area.

And if you give it a go, I actually would be willing to bet you’ll be back again next year.


Brian Hamilton is sports editor at The Union. Contact him via e-mail at brianh@theunion or by phone at 477-4240.

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