The 2008 Northstar at Tahoe Tour de Nez is expanding its pro field to include a women’s race and on-mountain circuit race, plus a master's criterium, an open time trial and an almost century ride.
“The Northstar-at-Tahoe Tour de Nez is the perfect event for those cycling geeks that want to part of an awesome festival, epic race and ride in one of the most beautiful place in the USA,” said race director Tim Healion. “The new village is the perfect base camp for the race and we’ve expanded the series this year to include a wide variety of family events, enthusiast events and additional race events.”
Almost Century Ride: June 21
The 92-mile Northstar-at-Tahoe Tour de Nez “Almost” Century Ride begins and ends at Northstar-at-Tahoe, including a route into historic downtown Truckee, along theTruckee River and into Tahoe City. The ride Continues around Lake Tahoe’s untouched West Shore and passes through South Lake Tahoe, Incline Village and then heads down the 8,200-foot Brockway Summit and back into Northstar-at-Tahoe. The cost is US$65 and includes event shirt, water bottle, lunch and entry fee plus free festival entry.
Master’s Criterium: June 21
The 2008 Tour de Nez classic criterium is now open to those 35 plus only and who are registered with the USCF as CAT 1, 2, 3 riders. The two-mie circuit course has more steep uphill climbs and steep downhill grades than before and the cobbled streets of the Village at Northstar add a new element to this already challenging criterium.
Time Trial: June 21
Beginning in the Village at Northstar, the course starts out with a slight downhill, but soon heads into three miles of uphill riding with a seven percent grade and finishes at the mid-mountain lodge. Riders will be up against great climbers such as Andy Bajadali from the Kelly Benefits Metafest Strategies, Justin England of the Toyota United Team and Aaron Olson of the BMC Team.
For more information, visit http://www.tourdenez.com.