By Brian Hamilton
One of the strongest pro fields in recent history competed at the 48th Father’s Day cycling classic in the Sierra foothills town of Nevada City, California on June 15th.
As thousands of spectators lined the streets of this historic and bicycle-crazed town, it became clear with 10 laps to go in the men’s race that the 48th winner of the Nevada City Bicycle Classic was likely to be one of the two riders who had built a 30-second gap from the pack.
Either BMC’s Scott Nydam — the King of the Mountains winner in this year’s Amgen Tour of California, was going to score one of the biggest wins of his career, or Toyota-United’s Justin England — Nevada City’s 2004 champ — was about to become a two-timer.
England attacked with three laps to go, and Nydam watched him go.
“He looked back and stepped on it. And I just couldn’t respond,” Nydam said.
England attacked at what turned out to be just the right moment, earning a 10-second gap on the climb to the top of the course.
England’s emotions were running high after being handed the first-place hardware, proclaiming his love for the race and the city that serves as its host.
“This is, by far, the coolest race in the U.S.,” said England, who was without teammates at the race.
“The crowd here is amazing, the turnout and field quality is incredible, the course is unbelievably hard and, of course, there’s always the death march at the end.”
In the Women’s 1/2 event, a local racer — Erin Moeschler of Team SERT/FORD/TONC gave the crowd something to cheer for early on as she stayed in the front of the strong field, but it became apparent mid way through that neither Moeschler nor the rest of the field would stay in touch with Cheerwine’s Sarah Bamberger for long.
Bamberger broke away from the pack mid-way through the race and stayed away solo the rest of the way, finishing 45-seconds ahead of second place finisher Betina Hold and third place racer Ally Stacher.
1. Justin England, Toyota-United
2. Scott Nydam, BMC
3. Graham Howard, Bissell
4. Eric Wohlberg, Symmetrics
5. Jonathan Baker, Vitamin Cottage
6. Adam Switters, Rock Racing
7. Steven Cozza, Slipstream
8. Paul Mach, Davis
9. Tyler Dibble, California
10. Matthew Cooke, Health Net Maxxis
11. Omer Kem, Bissell
12. David Glick, Organic Athlete
13. Andres Gil, Pacific State Bank
14. Karl Bordine, 5 Star Waste
15. Cameron Hoffman, American RADD
16. Kyle Ward, Team WM
17. Eric Riggs, Unattached
18. Vincent Owens, Sierra Pacific
19. Jonathan Eropkin, VOS
20. Chris Turner, Above
21. Michael Sayers, BMC
22. Jd Bergmann, BPG
23. Adam Livingston, Team
24. Micah Herman, VOS
25. Patrick Briggs, California Berry
26. Peter Graf, Wells Fargo
27. Zack Sober, Wells Fargo
28. Joseph Pinkerton, Vitamin Cottage
29. Nick Schaffner, Cyclepaths/Wild
30. Nate Freed, Cyclepaths/Wild
31. Kevin King, Wells Fargo
32. Joseph Iannarelli, Davis
1. Sarah Bamberger, Cheerwine
2. Betina Hold, Unattached
3. Ally Stacher, Bobs-Bicycles.com
4. Sarah Maile, Ventana
5. Kelly Mcdonald, Touchstone
6. Erin Moeshler,
7. Jane Despas, Klein
8. Maria Monica, Touchstone
9. Taitt Sato, Unattached
10. Erin Dunn, Easton/SugarCRM/Specialized
11. Karla Kingsley, Easton/SugarCRM/Specialized
12. Trudy Bjornsen, davis
13. Mary Ellen, ASH
14. Yukie Nakamura, Unattached
15. Hanan Alves-hyde, Proman
16. Elis Bradshaw, Metromint
DNP. Sarah Kerlin, Velo
DNP. Elizabeth Hatch, Unattached
DNS. Kingsley Easton/sugarcrm/specialized,