Bikes and beer in Nevada City. Your guide to 52 days of pure bike heaven and locally brewed beer.

Visit May 1 to June 21st, 2015,  for 52 days of bike-related events, local rides, live music, great food, local atmosphere and great beer in Nevada City.

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On Friday, May 1st, Nevada City kicks off the inaugural Bike Nevada County, a grand 52-day celebration of pro, amateur and recreational road cycling and mountain biking in Northern California.

Nevada City is surrounded by National Forest, and is a spectacular destination for both road and mountain biking. Nevada City is also home to Ol’Republic Brewery, 3 Forks Brewing Co., and a number of restaurants pouring local craft beers.

Day 1

Friday, May 1st

Miners Dirt Series MTB Races
Race 1 of 3 (10-14 year-olds). Lyman Gilmore School, Grass Valley.
ybonc.org/events/miners-dirt-series

First Friday ArtWalk
Food, wine, & live music in downtown Nevada City from 5-9 p.m.
nevadacitychamber.com

first friday artwalk nevada city

Day 2

Saturday, May 2nd

Nevada City Dirt Classic Series
Race 1 of 3. Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City.
ybonc.org/events/dirt-classic

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m. Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen
sierraexpress.org

Beginning Mountain Bike Ride
4:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 3

Ride the Pioneer Trail & have lunch at the 5 Mile House
This mountain bike ride parallels Highway 20 and has a very nice flow. The best way to do this ride is to have a friend drop you off at White Cloud Campground (or shuttle a car). Then ride the Pioneer Trail west to the 5 Mile House and have lunch, and regional craft beers, on their patio. After lunch continue into downtown Nevada City on the Old Miner’s Loop Trail. Another ride option is to park at Harmony Ridge Market (across the street from the 5 Mile House, and ride the Scotts Flat Lake Trail).

5 mile house nevada city

Day 4

Monday, May 4th

Intermediate Road Ride
5:45 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 5

Ride the Deer Creek Tribute Trail & then eat at Jernigan’s
On your mountain bike from downtown Nevada City, ride behind the Miners Foundry and down Factory Street.  Keep to your left and look for signs for the Deer Creek Tribute Trail. Cross the Deer Creek Suspension Bridge. End your ride at the back of the Nevada City Tech Center and then ride down Zion Street to Argall Way. Look for Jernigan’s Grill & Tap House. Jernigan’s has 13 beers on tap and seeks out the very best, hard to find and eclectic brews that just don’t make it to mainstream, along with a number of local favorites. If you go on a Wednesday night it’s Pint Night where they showcase a handful of great beers and get you a cool pint glass along with your brew. If you want to make this ride a little longer, you could always do the Hirschmans Trail first, then ride down Indian Flat to Newtown Road. From there turn left onto Champion Mine, and the ditch trail that parallels it, then connect with the Tribute Trail.

deer creek suspension bridge

jernigans craft beers nevada city

Day 6

Wednesday, May 6th

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 7

Thursday, May 7th

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 8

Friday, May 8th

Miners Dirt Series MTB Races
Race 2 of 3 (10-14 year-olds). Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City.
ybonc.org/events/miners-dirt-series

Day 9

Saturday, May 9th

Nevada City Dirt Classic Series
Race 2 of 3. Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City.
ybonc.org/events/dirt-classic

Keeping Kids Safe Festival
GVFD Station #2, Grass Valley
more information

Gold Country Cycling Challenge
Ride the beautiful and historic backcountry of Nevada County. There are route options for all levels, ranging from 18 to 100 miles.
rotarygoldcountrychallenge.com

Day 10

Sunday, May 10th

Amgen Tour of California – Start
Drive to Sacramento (1 hour from Nevada City) and watch the start of the Tour. Then, on your way home, stop in Auburn, and have lunch at the Auburn Ale House. Be sure to try their Gold Digger IPA.
amgentourofcalifornia.com

Day 11

Monday, May 11th

Amgen Tour of California – Stage 2
11:00 a.m. start on Broad Street, Nevada City
nevadacitychamber.com

Intermediate Road Ride
5:45 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

May 11th-15th

National Bike to Work Week
bikeleague.org

Day 12

Go for a ride and have lunch at Lefty’s Grill
Sit outside on their patio, overlooking beautiful Deer Creek. Drink Ol’ Republic’s English Pale Ale (Gold Medal Winner).
leftysgrill.com

Day 13

Wednesday, May 13th

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 14

Thursday, May 14th

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 15

Listen to Live Music at Cooper’s
Cooper’s pours a number of regional craft beers including beers from Auburn Ale House, Ol’Republic Brewery, Knee Deep Brewery
coopersnclive.com

Day 16

Saturday, May 16th

The Union’s Community Bike Ride
theunion.com/communitybikeride

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m.
Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen
sierraexpress.org

Beginning Mountain Bike Ride
4:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Live Music with the Bonanza King Band
8:30pm 10:30pm
3 Forks Brewing Co.
threeforksnc.com/events/

Day 17

Sunday, May 17th

Amgen Finish
Follow the finish on social media, or watch it live on TV. The final stage starts at 9:15 a.m. and the estimated finish is around 11:45 a.m.
amgentourofcalifornia.com

Day 18

Monday, May 18th

Intermediate Road Ride
5:45 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 19

Go for a ride and eat at 3 Forks Brewing Co.
Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.’s well-balanced and tasty beer is brewed on-site in their Nevada City restaurant. A wood-fired pizza oven cooks thin-crust sourdough pizzas to perfection, and their food is made using fresh, organic and local ingredients.
threeforksnc.com  

3 forks brewing co

Day 20

Wednesday, May 20th

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 21

Thursday, May 21st

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 22

Friday, May 22nd

Miners Dirt Series MTB Races
Race 3 of 3 (10-14 year-olds). Nevada Union High School, Grass Valley.
ybonc.org/events/miners-dirt-series

Day 23

Saturday, May 23rd

Big Brothers Big Sisters Endurance Ride
Starts in Pioneer Park, Nevada City
bigsofnc.wordpress.com

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m. Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen.
sierraexpress.org

Day 24

Sunday, May 24th

Strawberry Music Festival
Festival runs from May 21st-25th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds
strawberrymusic.com

Day 25

Monday, May 25th

Local Hero’s Memorial Day Bridge Ride
9:00 a.m. at Pioneer Park
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 26

Tuesday, May 26th

Free Maintenance Class (Repairing Flat Tubes) 
6:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City.
tourofnevadacity.com

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Day 27

Wednesday, May 27th

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 28

Thursday, May 28th

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 29

Friday, May 29th

The Pat Travers Band
This band always delivers tangible energy and infectious enjoyment. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. at The Miners Foundry.
minersfoundry.com

Day 30

Saturday, May 30th

Nevada City Dirt Classic Series
Race 3 of 3. Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City.
ybonc.org/events/dirt-classic

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m.
Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen
sierraexpress.org

National Trails Day
Family Mountain Bike Ride. 9:00 a.m. at the Rood Center. Bear Yuba Land Trust.
bylt.org

Day 31

Day trip to Truckee. 
Go for a ride then then have lunch at either Knee Deep Brewing Co. and 50/50 Craft Brewery.
fiftyfiftybrewing.com & kneedeepbrewing.com

Day 32

Monday, June 1st

Intermediate Road Ride
5:45 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 33

Go for a ride and enjoy beers at Ol’Republic Brewery
Ol’ Republic Brewery is a commercial brewery with a taproom. Their ales include an English-style IPA, a Celtic Red and the blackest Export Stout you will ever encounter. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnic basket, or order food from a variety of menus provided by local restaurants offering take-out. Children are welcome in the taproom, and dogs (on a leash) are allowed in the beer garden.
olrepublicbrewery.com

ol republic brewery

Day 34

Wednesday, June 3rd

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 35

Thursday, June 4th

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 36

Friday, June 5th

First Friday ArtWalk
Food, wine, & live music. Downtown Nevada City from 5-9 p.m.
nevadacitychamber.com

Day 37

Saturday, June 6th

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m. Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen.
sierraexpress.org

Day 38

Sunday, June 7th

Ride the Amgen Tour of California Route
Sierra Express Bicycle Club
sierraexpress.org

Day 39

Monday, June 8th

Intermediate Road Ride
5:45 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 40

Go for a ride and enjoy dinner at Bistro 221
Bistro 221 has four taps, and pours only local beer. Try Ol’Republic’s Black Bavarian, California Common, and Lucky Joe IPA, or Auburn Alehouse’s Fool’s Gold.
bistro221nevadacity.com

Day 41

Wednesday, June 10th

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 42

Thursday, June 11th

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 43

Friday, June 12th

Classic Cafe Parisian Friday Night
Every Friday Night from 6pm to 9pm join local musicians Maggie Mc Kaig, Luke Wilson and their pals for a community/family bistro soiree that is typical of European life. Enjoy traditional French crepes and savory European foods, served with wine and beer.
ncclassiccafe.com/fri-nights

nevada city classic cafe

Day 44

Saturday, June 13th

BONC Gala Ride
bonc.org

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m. Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen.
sierraexpress.org

Opening of Farmer’s Market in Nevada City
Celebrate summer Nevada City style! Enjoy live music, local farmers, vendors, and artists, freshly baked treats and more. Shop for healthy food, locally grown with care and pride. Come, feel the energy and live the goodness! 8:30 a.m. t0 1:oo p.m.
nevadacitychamber.com

Nevada City Soapbox Derby
Teams will race nearly 1/2 mile downhill (powered only by gravity) on Nimrod Street in Nevada City, while being judged for creativity, speed and team spirit! Proceeds benefit Pioneer Park. Starts at noon.
nevadacitychamber.com

Day 45

Sunday, June 14th

Ride the Amgen Tour of California Route
Sierra Express Bicycle Club
sierraexpress.org

Day 46

Monday, June 15th

Intermediate Road Ride
5:45 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 47

Go for a ride and then enjoy dinner and live music at Matteo’s Public
After your ride enjoy dinner and live music at Matteo’s Public. Every night Matteo’s has live music (outside on the patio when the weather is warm). They also have a great selection of regional craft beers on tap, that rotates weekly, including beers from Ol’Republic, Three Forks, Mammoth Brewing Co., Auburn Alehouse, and Loomis Basin Brewing Co. If you like to try new beers, you’ll love their 4 oz Ale Tasters where you can try seven (7) beers on draught for $13.00.

matteo's public nevada city

Day 48

Wednesday, June 17th

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 49

Thursday, June 18th

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com

Day 50

Friday, June 19th

Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival
Festival runs from June 18th to 21st at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
fathersdayfestival.com

Day 51

Saturday, June 20th

Folsom Historic Criterium
Race #1 of the Sierra Historic Omnium
folsomhistoriccriterium.com

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m.
Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen
sierraexpress.org

Farmer’s Market in Nevada City
Enjoy live music, local farmers, vendors, and artists, freshly baked treats and more.
nevadacitychamber.com

farmers market nevada city

Day 52

Sunday, June 21st

55th Nevada City Classic
Race #2 of the Sierra Historic Omnium
Broad Street, Nevada City
nevadacitychamber.com

nevada city classic

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