Minden OKs July bicycle race
Supporters of a bicycle race assured Minden Town Board members on Wednesday that the county would still be able to conduct business during the race.
The Little City Race Series event is scheduled for July 6 in Minden. Organizers said they expected 700-1,000 participants.
Minden Town Board members expressed concern that the race would occur on a Friday and that the route proposed by organizers would ring the historic Douglas County Courthouse.
That route would start at Esmeralda and Fifth Street heading east, turn around Minden Park at Fourth Street and then turn west on Mono Avenue to Ninth Street. The bicyclists would travel north on Ninth Street, then turn on Esmeralda Place, again on Eighth Street and then back onto Esmeralda Avenue.
Don Pattalock who serves on the races board of directors, told board members that the race would only shut down access to the courthouse for short period during the day.
“We’re not just going to show up with 1,000 people,” he said. “There will be a rotation of folks.”
Pattalock and Keith Hart of Big Daddy’s Bicycles explained that the road only needs to be closed when the main group of riders, also known as a peloton, comes through.
This is the first year a bicycle race has come to the town for approval of their route, but similar bicycle races have been conducted in town on Saturdays.
The race is one of three conducted by USA Cycling and the Northern California Nevada Cycling Association. There are two races in Reno on July 7 and 8.
In the schedule provided to town board members, the race would start at 8 a.m. and run until after 6 p.m.
There was some confusion about the route proposed for the race. Rather than delay the approval, they agreed that organizers and the town staff could work the issue out.
In other business, a stand of four cottonwood trees at Second Street and Mono Avenue will be cut down after Minden received a request from the homeowner.
Town arborist Greg Hill estimated they were about 75 years old, and that he was able to put a 4-foot probe into one of them without any resistance.
He told town board members that as the cottonwoods age, they tend to rot from the inside out. The town will pay $3,600 to take the trees down. The homeowner agreed to pay $1,500 to purchase new trees and have them planted in place of the cottonwoods.