Record field for 2010 Tour de Nez

June 17, 2010, 10:12 p.m. (ET)

When Tour de Nez race director Tim Healion met U.S. Handcycling Executive Director, Ian Lawless in 2006, they both shared the same vision: Put people with and without disabilities together, racing bikes. The Tour de Nez turned out to be a great venue for such a vision, and the 'Nez handcycle race is finally coming in to full focus in its fourth year in Reno. "Tim is a guy who was excited about handcycling from day #1, and his enthusiasm and dedication to supporting integrated cycling has made the Tour de Nez a staple event in the U.S. Handcycling Series." said Lawless. “It’s an important aspect of bike racing,” said Healion. “Many times it is either/or — it’s a disabled sports event or an able-bodied sports event. I think it is important to integrate the two.”

After developing a solid reputation among the handcycling community, this year's handcycle race will include 27 athletes, more than double the size from 2009. Much of this is due to new  involvement of the City of Reno's Therapeutic Recreation program, who provide local grassroots programs, as well as logistical support for the handcycle race. April Wolfe, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for the City, will take a group of national level handcycle racers on an outreach mission to Renown Rehabilitation Hospital on Thursday. “Handcycling is a great option for people to get active again and become a part of a larger community of athletes who enjoy the sport,” said Wolfe.

2002 World Handcycle Champion and former Tour de Nez winner, Monica Bascio (out with an injury this season) says the Tour de Nez is where it's at: "It's always at the top of my list events….the racing is great, the scenery is beautiful, and they really know how to treat you right in Reno, it's an awesome event!" Although not short on National and international talent, this year's handcycle field includes 13 first-time 'Nez racers, many of whom are in their first or second year of racing. "The Paralympic team members aren't getting any younger, and we have made a strong push to identify new talent…and that talent will all be in Reno this weekend…I remember back in 2006 when Oz Sanchez had a breakout race in Reno, and he's now a Paralympic Gold Medalist…the 'Nez is a hotbed!" said Lawless.

Handcyclists will race in Sparks for at time trial Thursday, a criterium in Reno on Friday, and the Northstar Circuit race on Saturday. For more details, including a full schedule, please visit:

2010 Tour de Nez Handcycle Roster

First Name              Last Name               City         State        HC Class

Chet        MILLER                 Santa Cruz              CA          H1

rick          MASON                 Davis       CA          H1

harold      BOSTICK               northridge                CA          H1

Anthony                 PEDEFERRI           Camarillo                 CA          H1

Thea        ROSA     Cool        CA          -

Carrie      FINALE pacifica    CA          H3W

Muffy     DAVIS    Salt Lake City         UT          H2W

Lynn       MURRAY              Placerville                CA          -

Geoff       KETTLING            Reno        NV          -

Will         LACHENAUER     Reno        NV          -

Alvin       MALAVE               West Hills               CA          -

Aaron      ROUX    tucson     AZ          -

Eric          STAMPFLI            DANVILLE            CA          -

Marc       WELLMAN           Truckee   CA          H3

Kevin      PREDOM                                               -

Brad        FRAZEE                                                 -

Martin     GERBER                Sacramento              CA          H3

Matt        BAILEY Reno        NV          H3

Kent        GILLIS    Sacramento              CA          H3

John        KIRSCH                 Reno        NV          -

Rodger     ROBINSON           Lodi         CA          H3

David      NELSON                omaha      NE           H3

Matt        FRITSCH               sacramento              CA          -

Kyle        MASSEY                Marina Del Rey      CA          H2

Robert     Ackerman                Salt Lake City         UT          H3

Craig        CORNWALL         Boise       ID            H2

Niel         HARDING             West Bountiful       UT          H3