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    Tour de Nez offers pro, amateur & enthusiast event

    The 14th Annual Tour de Nez Gears up for a Three Day Celebration of Cycling in Truckee, Tahoe City and Reno - The Fastest Growing Cycling Event in North America Satisfies the Bike Geek in Everyone-

    Reno/Tahoe, (Summer 2006)--The 14th Annual Tour de Nez, a true American style celebration of all things cycling, pedals into the Reno/Tahoe area June 22-24 for a who-rah good time filled with pro, amateur and enthusiast events. Expanding the celebration into Tahoe and Truckee for 2006, the Tour de Nez is geared up and ready to go. Grab a front row seat as some of the nations top cycling teams compete for a chance to take home more than $35,000 in prize money in the pro-cycling series and earn points on the National Racing Calendar. "This year's Tour de Nez, 'the worlds greatest Cycling Adventure' is going to be just that," said promoter and Race Supreme Commander Tim Healion. "We have put together three days of pro racing, kids and clunker racing, beach parties, live bands, cycling specific trade expos, century rides and the National Handcycling Criterium Championships. This will absolutely be the ultimate cycling oriented festival in the country."

    Dubbed "the coolest cycling adventure in the world," the Tour de Nez is one of the fastest growing professional cycling races in the United States and offers three days of fun for the whole family in Reno, Truckee and Tahoe City The Pro Series begins with the Verdi Time Trial and the Truckee Criterium on June 22nd, followed by the Tahoe Road Race on June 23rd and ending with the famous Mighty Tour de Nez Criterium on June 24th.

    This year will mark the beginning of the National Hand Cycling Criterium
    Championships in Reno on June 24th, cementing the Tour de Nez as an all-inclusive
    cycling event. The celebration continues all three days with the Biggest Little
    Kid's Race in Truckee, Tahoe City and Reno. The famous Clunker Classic also expands to all three locations, encouraging all alternative forms of two wheel
    transportation to take to the pavement and ride. Rounding off the celebration will
    be messenger races, century rides, expos, clinics and of course plenty of mint
    juleps at every corner!

    Started 14 years ago to celebrate the anniversary of Reno's first coffee house, Deux
    Gros Nez, the Tour de Nez has grown from a Masters Twilight Criterium to a three-day
    party in Truckee, Tahoe City and Reno. Revelers will enjoy live music, belly
    dancing, bike demonstrations, mint juleps, bike decorating contests, face painting
    and a world full of bike madness and mayhem. Highlights of this year's Tour de Nez
    will air on a one-hour show on the Outdoor Life Network. Fat Tire Amber Ale and
    Reno-Tahoe America's Adventure Place present the Tour de Nez. For more information
    contact 775-287-3599 or visit www.tourdenez.com.

    Tour de Nez Event Schedule

    June 22nd

    Prolog/Time Trial
    Time: 9-11 am at Verdi
    This is "the loop part of the Verdi Loop." The race is roughly five miles long and
    includes 300 feet of climbing. The Time Trial will start at 9 am and has
    participants riding individually against the clock in 30-second intervals.

    Downtown Truckee Criterium:
    Time: 6:30- 7:30 pm
    Taking place in historic downtown Truckee, this is a one hour timed race on a 0.6
    mile track. This early evening race combines the beauty of downtown Truckee with
    the speed of the pros.

    Truckee Kids Race
    Time: 6:20 pm
    One of the largest kids' races in the country the Tour de Nez Kids Race gets them
    hooked at a young age. Divided into three age groups each racer is awarded a medal
    at the end of the one-block race.

    Truckee Clunker Classic
    Time: 6:10 pm
    Anything over 35 pounds qualifies for the Fat Tire Clunker Classic. Revelers race
    their sting rays, choppers, low riders and sting rays around the same course that
    the pros follow. Cheating is encouraged.

    Tour de Nez Party Truckee Block Party
    Time: 8- 10 pm
    The best part is always the party afterwards-and the Tour de Nez knows how to throw
    a good party. Come meet the pros in downtown Truckee after the criterium and
    register to win great prizes from the Tour de Nez Sponsors


    June 23rd

    Tahoe/Truckee Road Race
    Time: Noon- 4:30 pm
    This race starts on Donner Pass Road in Truckee, CA and heads up toward Tahoe City and then East to Kings Beach. The race then proceeds over Highway 267 to Brockway Pass and West River Street in Truckee. The racers will ride this lap three times. Each lap is 36 miles for a total of 108 miles.

    Tahoe City Expo
    Time: Noon-6 pm
    For those looking to get the scoop on "what's hot" in the bike world, there will be
    an industry expo with booths, displays and demonstrations from top companies in the
    bike, outdoors and adventure sports industry.

    Tahoe City Clunker Classic
    Time: 3:15 pm
    Anything over 35 pounds qualifies for the Fat Tire Clunker Classic. Revelers race
    their sting rays, choppers, low riders and sting rays around the same course that
    the pros follow. Cheating is encouraged.

    Tahoe City Kids Race
    Time: 3:30 pm
    One of the largest kids' races in the country the Tour de Nez Kids Race gets them
    hooked at a young age. Divided into three age groups each racer is awarded a medal
    at the end of the one-block race.

    Tahoe City Road Race Party
    Time: 5-8 pm
    After the grueling 108 mile road race the New Belgium Brewing Company is sponsoring
    a beach party on the shores on Lake Tahoe in Tahoe City. Come enjoy beer, games,
    food and fun.


    June 24th

    Tour de Nez Century Ride
    Time: 8 am Century Ride Start
    Time: 9-11 am Ride with the Pros (invitation only)
    This race will test your skills. Starting at 8am at race headquarters and
    consisting of a 15-mile ride, metric century or a full 100-mile century, the Tour
    de Nez Century Ride is open to everyone who is up for challenge. This is the
    perfect race for the day rider, weekend warrior or just about anyone who wants to
    feel the wind beneath their wheels.


    Expo and Party
    Time: 10:00 am- 10:00 pm
    Wingfield Park is Tour de Nez headquarters. Revelers will enjoy live music all
    day long, belly dancing, unique food, mint juleps, bike decorating contests, face
    painting and a world full of bike madness and mayhem. For those looking to get the
    scoop on "what's hot" in the bike world, there will be an industry expo with
    booths, displays and demonstrations from top companies in the bike, outdoors and
    adventure sports industry.

    Bike Swap
    Time: Noon- 6pm
    Come check out the Tour de Nez Bike Swap at Barbara Bennett Park, across from the
    downtown kayak Park. The bike swap from runs from 12-6 pm and the drop off time is
    9-11 am. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway.

    Reno Clunker Classic
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Anything goes. If it weighs over 35 pounds and has a wheel it can be part of the
    Clunker Classic. This one lap race follows the Criterium.

    Reno Kids Race
    Time: 3:15 pm
    One of the largest kids' races in the country, the Tour de Nez Kids Race gets them
    hooked at a young age. This one block race is free and open to any kid with two
    wheels.

    The Reno Masters' Criterium:
    Time: 3:30-4:30pm
    The granddaddy of them all! That's where the whole Tour de Nez experience started
    and quickly grew into the most popular Masters' Criterium in the country. It's the
    heart of the Tour de Nez! All licensed riders over 30 years old that have a CAT
    1/2/3 license.

    US Handcycling Federation National Championships Criterium
    Time: 5:00-5:30 pm
    Taking place between the Masters Race and the Mighty Tour de Nez Criterium the US
    Handcycling Federation National Championships Criterium takes place on the
    Criterium course and consists of five laps. World-class athletics Candice Cable,
    Bruce Cornell and Mark Whelman are scheduled to compete in the event. There will
    also be hand cycles at the event for participants to try out.

    Mighty Tour de Nez Criterium
    Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
    Beginning in downtown Reno's Wingfield Park, the Mighty Tour de Nez Criterium
    follows a grueling 0.8 mile loop with 10 turns and steep climbs. The pros follow
    the course for one and a half hours and the master race for one hour

    Live Music and After Party
    Time: 8-10 pm
    After 3 days of non-stop cycling action, relax and enjoy the last Tour de Nez event,
    happening in Wingfield Park. Come enjoy live music, food, beer, and plenty of
    entertainment to get you pumped up for next year.

    Source: Abbi Holtom, Tour de Nez Marketing Team
    abbi@tourdenez.com or 775-851-7492/ 775-722-2254
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    Last edited by gregg; 04-17-2006 at 03:17 PM.

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