Jun 20, 2016

On Sunday, the nation celebrated Father’s Day, and Nevada County celebrated the 56th racing of the Nevada City Classic. Eighteen-year-old Jason Saltzman of Team Illuminate had a huge breakthrough in his victory in the men’s Pro-1-2  race.
The men’s pro race has delivered some of the most memorable moments in the Classic’s storied history, and this year’s edition was no exception. Team Mike’s Bikes brought the heat early on with a series of attacks on the steep uphill section of the backside of the course, eventually breaking the field into several groups and forcing many riders to retire under the excruciating pace. 
The resulting select group of three comprised of Chris Reikert and Cameron Bronstein of the Mike’s Bikes team as well as the young Jason Saltzman of Team Illuminate turned up the heat as the sun began to lower in the sky and the excitement grew to a fever pitch. Reikert fell back slightly and settled for a hard won third place on the day; at the front of the race Saltzman and Bronstein threw blow after blow and move after move at each other over the course of the last several laps, with Saltzman biding his time until a scintillating move over the top of the hill gave him the slight advantage he needed to close out the race. 
Duane Strawser, the race’s director, was not surprised by the breakout performance from Saltzman. 
“We know all about him; he may not be a Greg LeMond in the media, but he’s one of the most amazing riders we’ve had in Northern California in several years,” said Strawser. 
The Classic is Saltzman’s first major Northern California victory, and the rider made sure to give his father a call as soon as he could after getting off of his bike. 

“It’s Father’s Day, my dad is the reason I’m racing a bike. He’s been racing 35, 40 years at this point and it’s just incredible,” said Saltzman.

Athlete: Jason Saltman  Cat: Pro 1-2   
Race: Nevada City Classic, Nev City, Calif.  6-19-2016
Jason is coached by Peaks Coaching Group Coach Scott Monniger


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