2009-10 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Nationals awarded to Bend, Oregon

Colorado Springs, Colo. (December 23, 2008)—The 2009-10 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships have been awarded to the city of Bend, Ore., the national governing body announced today.
The USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships were last held in the Pacific Northwest when Portland hosted the 2003 and 2004 editions. Since then, the annual event has been held in Providence, R.I. (2005-06) and Kansas City, Kan. (2007-08). With scheduled dates of Dec. 10-13 in 2009 and Dec. 9-12 in 2010, the two-year commitment returns the national championships to one of the most popular hotbeds of cyclo-cross racing in North America.
With more than 2,000 athletes from around the nation expected to compete in Bend next year, 35 national titles will be on the line throughout several categories of racing; including junior, U23, collegiate, masters and elite divisions for men and women. 
“Bend is a special place and our entire community is honored to host the cycling world for the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships,” said Doug LaPlaca, president and CEO of Visit Bend and co-chair of the local organizing committee. “Anyone who has visited Bend understands the enormous enthusiasm and opportunity here – not just for cycling and cyclo-cross, but for sports and recreation in general.”
Considered by many to be a hub for outdoor sports enthusiasts, Bend also plays host to the Cascade Cycling Classic, a USA Cycling National Racing Calendar event, recently hosted the XTERRA Trail Running National Championships, and will host the USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championships next month. Additionally, the town has recently been named America’s Top Adventure Town by Men’s Journal, America’s Top Trail Running Town by Outside, one of the country’s Top-Five Ski Towns by Travel + Leisure, one of the Top-10 U.S. Triathlon Towns by Triathlete and “The Next Moab” by Mountain Bike.
The announcement of the 2009-10 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships leaves only three of next season’s national championship events yet to be determined: 
2009 USA Cycling National Championship Dates & Locations:
*All Dates and Locations Subject to Change
March 21: USA Cycling BMX National Championships – Desoto, Texas
May 8-10: USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships – Fort Collins, Colo.
June 28 – July 4: USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships – Louisville, Ky.
July 2-5: USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships – Carson, Calif.
July 4: USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships – Breckenridge, Colo.
July 8-12: USA Cycling Junior, U23 & Elite Road National Championships – Location TBD
July 10: USA Cycling Tandem Sprint Championships – Trexlertown, Pa.
July 16-19: USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships – Granby, Colo.
Aug. 15-16: USA Cycling Elite & Professional Criterium National Championships – Downers Grove, Ill.
Aug. 18-23: USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships – Indianapolis, Ind.
Aug. 29-30: USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships – Greenville, S.C.
Sept. 19-20: USA Cycling 24 Hour Mountain Bike National Championships – Payson, Ariz.
Sept. 30 – Oct. 4: USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships – Carson, Calif.
Dec. 10-13: USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships – Bend, Ore.
Date TBD: USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships – Location TBD
Date TBD: USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships – Location TBD
Date TBD: USA Cycling International Omnium National Championships – Location TBD
About USA Cycling   
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross.  As a membership-based organization and sanctioning body, USA Cycling consists of 64,000+ members, including 57,000 competitive cyclists, 1,500 coaches, 4,000 student-athletes, 2,200 officials, 350 professional cyclists, and 200 certified mechanics. USA Cycling also sanctions 2,500 competitive and non-competitive organized cycling events throughout the United States annually, as well as 1,800 clubs and teams. Associations of USA Cycling include the United States Cycling Federation (road, track & cyclo-cross), the National Off-Road Bicycle Association (mountain bike), the BMX Association, the National Collegiate Cycling Association and the United States Professional Racing Organization.  USA Cycling is also responsible for the identification, development, support and promotion of American cyclists through various athletic initiatives and programs including the USA Cycling National Development Team, the USA Cycling Women’s National Team, the USA Cycling Junior Development Team, Talent Identification and Regional Development Camps, domestic and international race calendars, direct athlete funding and support programs, and educational camps and seminars. USA Cycling also fields and supports U.S. National Teams for various international events, including the Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan American Games, Continental Championship and World Cups across all levels and disciplines of competitive cycling.  USA cycling further supports grass roots and locally-based initiatives through its 32 Local Associations and comprehensive network of licensed and certified coaches and officials. Additionally, USA Cycling conducts National Championship events for amateur and professional cyclists, awarding more than 600 national titles annually to men and women in junior, U23, masters, elite, professional and paralympic categories throughout the various disciplines of competitive cycling. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org. For media-related or general inquiries, please contact USA Cycling Director of Communications, Andy Lee at 719-866-4867 or alee@usacycling.org.   

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