A local cycling icon passed away unexpectedly last week, just days before the 53rd Annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic. At the race on Sunday, Race Director Duane Strawser paid tribute to Don Drageset who was instrumental in developing and supporting competitive and recreational cycling in Nevada County.
In honor of Don Drageset the crowd generated donations and created a premium award for a racer in the Pro Women’s and Pro Men’s Categories where a racer in each event won a 60 dollar premium for winning a specific lap during the race.
In an ongoing effort to support the Nevada City Classic, Don Drageset was the person responsible for establishing the water station on the back side of the Classic course. He recruited volunteers and provided cold water for riders as they reached the top of the grueling climb each time around the circuit.
Don enjoyed all aspects of cycling and was a co-owner of the Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop in the 1980s.