31 May 2014
The Sierra Historic Omnium is set for 14 and 15 June 2014. With a $23,000 purse up for grabs, the 54th Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race combined with the Folsom Historic Criterium should prove an attractive Father’s Day Weekend draw, both this year and in the future.
Sponsors pitching in for prize money include Dignity Health, Folsom Tourism Board, Waste Management, and Subaru. Each race has $10,000 total in cash payouts with the additional $3,000 spoils going to eight categories of racers as the overall omnium winners.
The vision from Brian Joder, of BicyclingEvents.com, is to combine the two races in historic districts of Folsom and Nevada City. Joder’s early intention was for something big and grand in downtown Folsom, along the lines of Nevada City. In a conversation with Nevada City Mayor Duane Strawser, it came about there was a need to either grow or contract the classic 53-year old race. The goal now is to generate more interest through a two-day event.
The final formula is not quite there yet. The omnium was lined up for last year but fell through for lack of sponsorship. This year the funding is in place. However, there is another wrinkle and that is a fear of over exposure following the AToC City of Folsom Time Trial. This has forced the Folsom leg of the Omnium out of the historic district for 2014.
In describing the critical importance of taking the Folsom race to the historic district next year, Joder said, “My goal is not to bring another business park crit. I want to bring something to the racers and to the public that is on par with Nevada City Classic. I want to bring economy into Folsom as well as some excitement.”
“If people want to see something in Folsom,” continued Joder, “of the nature of my vision then they should come out and support [the omnium].”
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