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Tour de Nez Bicycle Racing

Pro Cycling Criterium in the Streets of Downtown Reno


Tour de Nez Bicycle Racing
Photo © Stan White

Tour de Nez Event Update

The on again, off again Tour de Nez is back on for 2013. Long-time Tour de Nez rider Bubba Melcher has taken over as executive director of the bicycle race, replacing event founder Tom Helion. Melcher plans to continue the event under its original name. The 2013 Tour de Nez will be on Sunday, July 28, centered at its traditional location in downtown Reno's Wingfield Park.

About the Tour de Nez

The Tour de Nez is a series of bicycle races and other events staged in the streets of downtown Reno. The main events are criterium races for men (no women's race in 2013) and handcycling races. The event has been scaled back a bit, but there will still be many of the traditional features we know and love - kids' race, Clunker Classic, and relay race. A new feature will be a 5K run in the morning before the bikes take to the streets. The 2013 Tour de Nez will be a one-day event staged in Reno on Sunday, July 28.

2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of The Tour de Nez. The event has come a long way since 1992 and now attracts top bicycle racers. The purpose of the Tour de Nez was to celebrate the anniversary of Reno's Deux Gros Nez coffeehouse (since closed). Feeding on its initial success, the Tour de Nez has grown into a major Reno / Tahoe event. Come out and enjoy pro and amateur bicycle racing, live music, great food and drink, bike decorating contests, face painting, and an expo with displays from bike, adventure sports, and outdoor gear companies. The community is invited to join the Tour de Nez fun by participating in events like races for clunkers and kids, and parties at the event venue and various other downtown Reno locations.

Tour de Nez Venue

For 2013, the Tour de Nez will be staged during the morning and afternoon on Sunday, July 28, with the men's pro criterium ending at around dusk. As before, the center of activity will be Wingfield Park and the start-finish line on the Arlington Avenue bridge over the Truckee River.

Fans of past Tour de Nez bicycle races will recognize the criterium course through downtown Reno, though it is somewhat different than in 2012. It will follow these streets in a loop, with the start / finish on the Arlington Street bridge - 1st Street, Sierra Street, Island Avenue, Rainbow, Court Street, Hill Street, Liberty Street, Flint Street, and Arlington. This course affords up close and personal views from just about anyplace along the route. My favorite spot is the tight S turn at Flint Street - Court Street - Arlington Avenue (by the Lake Mansion). The racing here is fast and exciting, and it's a good spot for some action photos.

This same course route will also be used for handcycle racing, the clunker classic and kids' racing. On Saturday, July 27, there will be a handcycling time trial at 10 a.m. in Cold Springs Valley, north of Reno on U.S. 395.

Tour de Nez Schedule of Events

Things sometimes change, so refer to the official Tour de Nez schedule of events for the latest information.

Sunday, July 28 – Criterium and Other Events in Reno, NV

  • 5K Running Race: 9 a.m.
  • Handcycles: 10:30 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.
  • Men's Category 4 / 5: 11:15 a.m. - 12 noon
  • Men's Category 3: 12:10 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
  • Masters (ages 45+) 4 / 5: 1:20 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.
  • Kids Race: 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
  • 21st Annual Clunker Classic: 2:55 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
  • Relay Race: 3:35 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.
  • Masters (ages 45+) 1 / 2 / 3: 4:15 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.
  • Masters (ages 35+) 1 / 2 / 3: 5:20 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
  • Men's Pro 1 / 2: 6:25 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.

Register to Ride in the Tour de Nez

Online registration is available through USA Cycling. You can also register on the day of the event, at least an hour before your race or other event is scheduled. The maximum field size for all 4 / 5 races is 75. It is 130 for other events.

Related Events at the Tour de Nez

The Annual Reno Bike Project Bike Swap will be at the park during the Tour de Nez on Sunday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get great deals on bikes and other cycling gear, or sign up as a vendor and unload some of your excess bike stuff. They will also help you sell bikes.

Bike Tour through Old Reno is an Artown event from the Historic Reno Preservation Society. Meet at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 28, at My Favorite Muffin, 340 California Avenue in Reno. The tour last until 10:30 a.m. and is free for HRPS members, $10 for everyone else.

See Tour de Nez Pictures & Videos

Photographers and videographers will find the Tour de Nez a colorful and challenging event. Check out my collection of Tour de Nez pictures and video clips and you'll see what I mean.

Truckee River Gran Fun-Do

The Truckee River Gran Fun-Do will take place on Saturday, June 22, 2013. This is a family-friendly biking event that also includes a 30 mile route for the more enthusiastic riders. The starting point for all three Fun-Do rides will be at Washington Street and Riverside Avenue in Reno. Online registration is available. Proceeds will go to benefit the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway.

Sources: Tour de Nez website, Reno Gazette-Journal.

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