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Father’s Day fun

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Father’s Day weekend is upon us fellow dads, and after breakfast in bed followed by the opening of hand-crafted presents from the little ones, what is a sports-loving dad to do this weekend?

Well, Nevada County offers a multitude of outdoor activities and events that will keep the athletic father busy.

As usual the big draw this weekend will be the Nevada City Classic bicycle race in downtown Nevada City. It’s the 53rd installment of this great race, which is the premiere cycling event in Northern California and the oldest bicycle race on the West Coast.

Nevada City Mayor and Tour de Nevada City Bicycle Shop owner Duane Strawser said this year’s event has drawn new sponsors, which in turn creates a higher winner’s purse and should draw some top-level riders. The Classic is sure to feature good food, good music and elite-level racing. There is no cost for spectators, and it provides a great experience for the whole family.

And for the father who simply can’t wait for Sunday to get your cycling fix, there is the Nevada City Dirt Classic, which has its first of three summer races, starting Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The Dirt Classic is an off road race at Osborne Hill in Grass Valley and will feature several categories of racers tearing through the track. The event is free for spectators and features music, food and a raffle.

But maybe cycling isn’t your thing. Maybe a ball game would better suit your Father’s Day needs. Well, there’s plenty of that going on and at multiple levels.

An adult fast-pitch softball tournament in honor of Larry Terronez Jr. will be going on all weekend at Les Eva Field at Memorial Park in Grass Valley. The highly competitive tournament will feature teams from all over Northern California, including several local teams. The tourney kicks off at 6:30 p.m. today and runs through Father’s Day with the championship being played at 3 p.m. Sunday. Food, beverages and a raffle all complement the memorial tourney.

For the baseball dad who is interested in the up-and-comers Nevada County has to offer, check out the Little League Major Division Tournament of Champions running this weekend. Games start Saturday at Living War Memorial Park in Colfax. The TOC tourney pits the best squads from around the area against each other to see who truly has the best team from District 11.

I know these suggestions have all been spectator sports, but maybe you’re the father who wants to do rather than watch.

Well, Father’s Day offers the perfect opportunity for a day on the links. There are still open tee times at most of the area golf courses, and with the temps projected to be in the low 80s, you can even sleep in before heading to the course. Between Nevada County and Auburn, there are multiple courses that meet the needs of most golfers.

If golf isn’t your thing, then a nature hike with the family might be what your looking for. The trails and sights are plentiful in Nevada County. Take a stroll along Hirschman Trail or trek through Empire Mine on the Hardrock Trail, or possibly one of my favorites is Bridgeport’s Buttermilk Bend Trail. If these don’t suit you, then check out the many in Nevada County at http://nevadacountygold.com/play/hiking.

So dads, I hoped this helped guide your activities on your day, and whatever you may end up doing this Father’s Day weekend, make sure it’s about you. Whether you barbecue with the family, head to the river or lake, go boating, take in a game, hike, camp or spectate, remember it’s your day. Relax if you want to relax, compete if you want to compete, but just remember, we only get one day a year, so make it worth while.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email wford@theunion.com.

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