9 June 2014
Fifty-three years and still counting, this year’s Annual Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race is joined by the Folsom Historic Criterium for the inaugural Sierra Historic Omnium. The 2-day event is set for 14 and 15 June 2014. With a $23,000 purse up for grabs, the combination 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 payouta with the additional $3,000 in spoils going to eight categories of racers as the overall omnium winners.
The vision from Brian Joder, of BicyclingEvents.com, is to pair the two races from the 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 and grow both races through the two-day event.
The final formula is not quite there though. The omnium was lined up last year but fell through for lack of sponsorship. This year the funding is in place. However, another wrinkle came about with the fear of over exposure following the AToC City of Folsom Time Trial. This forces 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 please come out and support [the omnium].”
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