Saturday, June 16, 2012
CLASSIC: Continued from A1 town,” Whittlesey said. While it is difficult to quantify, Strawser said various market estimates have indicated that between $200,000 and $500,000 comes to Nevada City through the race directly. He estimated that as much as $1 million or more comes in throughout the rest of year, based on studies of comparable events in similar communities, he said. “The regular merchants don’t see much that day,” Strawser said. “But we see people coming back continually for the rest of the summer and all fall for a full weekend and staying at hotels and shopping because they got exposed from the race.” As for the race day, in addition to the historic setting, the crowds that come year after year are an attractive element to racers, Strawser said. Like the chicken and the egg, Strawser said he isn’t sure if the tough
BANDY: Continued from A1 an early-bird walker or someone seeking the morning mail, but those pajamas in the brisk wee hours of the morning made her circle back. “It just didn’t look right,” said 24year-old Savannah. “I just thought, ‘You know what? I’m going to go back and make sure she’s OK.’” In a day when most folks won’t get involved, it’s a very good thing she did. "I asked her, ‘Are you OK?’” “No, I’m lost,” the woman answered. She said she was visiting her daughter but couldn’t find her way back to the house. Realizing this might take a while,
route has attracted the big names which in turn attracted the big crowds, or if the big crowds attract the big name riders. Either way, thousands of spectators and national media outlets converge onto the little mining town every year. “Year after year, racers are always talking about how electric the crowd is in big magazines,” Strawser said. The race route is a 1.1-mile loop with a 120-foot stair-step climb from York to East Broad streets and an additional rolling hill along East Broad Street that allows racers to reach speeds of up to 50 mph, Strawser said. “The setting is huge,” Strawser said. “That is what makes us one of the hardest and most unique races.” Last year Ian Boswell was the first competitor in 30 years to win the main men’s race back-to-back. Boswell is scheduled to return for this year’s race, although he has reportedly come down with an illness last minute and whether he will recover by race time remains to Bandy unloaded her hundreds of copies of The Union from the passenger seat and helped her new friend, dressed only in silk pajamas and socks, into her car to get warmed up. Not knowing where to start the search, Savannah took the most logical course of action: She called Mom. “She said, ‘Mom, this little old lady is out here in her pajamas!’” said Savannah’s mother, Heather Noe, who told her daughter that she’d have to start knocking on doors, no matter how angry it might make the folks answering them. “She was always raised that way. If you find somebody needing help, you don’t pass them by.” Fortunately, the first door belonged to Mike and Judy Rath. “Mike and I went outside and she
Center), located at 950 Maidu Avenue. This huge parking lot is less than a mile walk from the top of the race course.
be seen, Strawser said. Truckee resident Katerina Nash, racing for the Luna Chix Pro Team, is set to return to defend her own backto-back titles in the Women’s Pro race. “There is nothing like this race anywhere,” Strawser said. “It’s one of the reasons it has had the longevity and endurance.”
Parking With the tight race route through the small downtown’s narrow streets, parking is something worth planning ahead and allotting extra time for, race officials caution. Broad and Union streets are closed after noon for the race. For parking south of the course, take the Sacramento Street exit and turn left over Highway 49. Continue up Sacramento Street and park in the street around the Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop in the Seven Hills neighborhood. For parking just east of the race course, or on streets surrounding the course, take the Broad Street exit off of Highway 49 and turn right to public parking or turn left to public parking and streets surrounding the course. For parking north of the course, turn left on the Downieville/Highway 49 exit and turn right and drive 1/4 mile to the Nevada County Government Center (the Rood
said she was there visiting her daughter, but didn’t know which home was hers,” Judy said. “But this was a woman I recognized.” Once they got the woman to her home, no one was answering the knock at the door. But while they were on the phone with police dispatch, the woman’s husband finally answered at the door. Judy said the man was quite surprised to see his wife had been outside. “He asked her ‘What were you doing out there?’ and she looked at him and asked ‘Who are you?’” Wondering whether the woman is dealing with dementia or was just out of her sorts so early in the morning, she shuddered to think what could have happened to the woman, considering the mobile home park is surrounded by for-
est and the Highway 49 freeway. Judy considers the woman fortunate to be found and she set out to thank Savannah for her random act of kindness — despite the not-so-welcomed wake-up call — in a “Kudos” letter to The Union: “I didn’t get her name,” Judy Rath wrote, “but I wanted to express my gratitude to the young newspaper carrier that rescued my elderly neighbor last night. This young woman found her wandering in the street, stopped, put her in her car to warm her and drove around trying to find her home. The elderly woman was disoriented and couldn’t communicate well. “This young woman stayed with her until we found her home, woke her
husband and got her inside. I know that she was late with her deliveries, but she didn’t hesitate to stay. What a wonderful person you are. Thank you.” Savannah, though, seemed surprised by anyone drawing attention to what she did. “It’s just who I am,” said Savannah, a mother of “two small babies — a little boy and a little girl.” By writing the letter, of course, Judy Rath returned one act of kindness with another. “It was just wonderful to see someone that caring and kind,” she said, explaining why she took the time to write the letter to the paper. “I mean, that’s just above and beyond to me.”
KNOW & GO WHAT: 52nd Annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic
WHEN: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, June 17 (Father’s Day)
WHERE: Downtown Nevada City RACE ROUTE: Course starts at the intersection of Broad and Pine streets and continues counterclockwise to Union, Commercial, York, North Pine, Cottage, Main, East Broad streets, before heading back down Broad Street. For a copy of
the course map, see today’s Sports section, page B4.
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Pre-race party Starting at 5 p.m. today, racers, fans, volunteers and even some soapbox derby folks will be at the ‘ol Republic Brewery located behind SPD Market at 124 Argall Way in the Seven Hills business district. The event itself is free to all ages wishing to attend, while food and beverages will be available for purchase. In addition to spaghetti served in the brewery at a cost starting at $6, a handful of food venders will set up booths in the parking lot. Live music from Achilles Wheel will play. The event is put on by the brewery, Tour of Nevada City Bike Shop, the Chamber of Commerce and Real Wheels Bicycle Studio.
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John Kane, left, of Kane’s Restaurant; Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition Director Niko Johnson; and Joe Hevia Jr., founder of the Penny Pitch; are getting geared up for the ﬁfth annual event — slated for June 23 — which will beneﬁt DVSAC.
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Penny Pitch supports DVSAC
The KNCO & Kane’s Restaurant ﬁfth annual Penny Pitch will be held at Kane’s Restaurant on June 23. The fun begins at 11:30 a.m. and the games begin at 1 p.m. “The mission of the Penny Pitch is to provide a unique and fun promotional event for Nevada County Broadcasters and Kane’s Restaurant’s friends and valued customers,” Penny Pitch founder Joe Hevia Jr. stated in a news release. “Secondarily, our mission is to provide an event and venue for a nonproﬁt organization, such as Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition, to raise money by soliciting donations and contributions. And it is just a ton of fun.” Kane’s Restaurant will offer a special Penny Pitch menu of delicious entrees at great prices, live entertainment, and special drink prices.
Who: KNCO Radio and Kane’s Restaurant What: Fifth annual Penny Pitch When: 11:30 a.m. June 23 Where: Kane’s Restaurant, 120 E. Main St., Grass Valley Why: To beneﬁt the Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition Rafﬂe prizes are won throughout the afternoon. “We are thrilled to have DVSAC chosen this year,” said DVSAC Executive Director Niko Johnson. “My family and I attended the Penny Pitch last year and my nineyear-old daughter nearly won the thing! It was a great time with great food and rafﬂe prizes. We can’t wait until the pitch this year. I encourage everyone to form a team, come on out and pitch a penny for a great cause.”
The KNCO & Kane’s Annual Penny Pitch is designed to provide a fun and entertaining afternoon for individuals, groups, businesses and for friends and family of all ages. Register teams of 6 or get more information by visiting www.pennypitch-nevadacounty.com. Registration is also available at www.dvsac. org or by calling the DVSAC ofﬁce at (530) 272-2046. If you or your business is interested in sponsoring this year’s Penny Pitch, contact Joe Hevia Jr at (530) 272-3424. The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition was founded in 1978 and has been serving survivors in western Nevada County for 32 years. DVSAC mission is to offer resources for building healthy relationships and to work with community partners to provide services for healing the effects of interpersonal violence. Visit the website www. dvsac.org for information.
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8:00PM, Tickets available from $15 child to $65 adult premium, $100 Family Pass – 2 adults, 2 children Music in the Mountains Box Office - (530) 265-6124 • Center for the Arts Box Office - (530) 274-8384 Concert at 8:00pm, Gates open at 6:00pm, Festival seating on the lawn. Bring chair or blanket.