No Truckee leg in Tour de Nez this year
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Tour de Nez is set to bring professional bike racing and other fun events to the Reno-Tahoe region for the 18th year, but one of its anchor stages and#8212; a downtown Truckee leg and#8212; is missing from the lineup.
Tim Healion, founder and director of the multi-day bicycle event, said itand#8217;s a matter of money.
and#8220;I get a lot of sponsorships from Northstar and Reno, but not Truckee, and we canand#8217;t let Reno and Northstar pay for the race in Truckee,and#8221; Healion said. and#8220;Itand#8217;s too bad because itand#8217;s everybodyand#8217;s favorite day.and#8221;
He said the Truckee leg could come back in the future.
and#8220;Our bottom line is about $30,000 a day … contributing to production, staffing and prize money,and#8221; Healion said.
Town Clerk Judy Price said she wasnand#8217;t aware of the Tour De Nez approaching the town for money this year, but those requests usually go through the townand#8217;s partnership with the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce.
Lynn Saunders, president and chief executive officer of the chamber, said the Tour de Nez didnand#8217;t apply for its tourism grant this year, which had contributed between $1,000 and $1,500 to the race in past years.
and#8220;I think any time we have an event downtown itand#8217;s always good and#8212; it draws people downtown, especially from out of the area. Iand#8217;m not sure how much of an economic boon it was, but it was a nice event,and#8221; Saunders said.
To learn more about the Tour de Nez, go to http://www.tourdenez.org.
Starting June 17 this year, the Tour de Nez could include a time trial in Sparks, pitting racers against the clock one at a time, and fun messenger bike-style scavenger hunt could send teams of four cyclists around the Reno-Sparks area as well.
On the 18th, racers will go up against the Reno leg, a fast-pace multi-lap race, Healion said.
Wrapping up on Saturday, Healion said heand#8217;s hoping to draw a bigger crowd up to Northstar-at-Tahoe this year with more events like kids and clunkers races and a band playing during and after the races, along with the standard circuit race that takes professionals over the cobbles of the Village at Northstar.