USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Nationals returns to Bend with new course

55-59 Masters winner Paul Curley drops into one of the short, steep descents at the 2009 Cyclo-cross Nationals. Photo: Ben Ross
55-59 Masters winner Paul Curley drops into one of the short, steep descents at the 2009 Cyclo-cross Nationals. Photo: Ben Ross

Bend, Ore. — Visit Bend and the organizing committee for the 2010 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships have unveiled a new national championship race course and a preliminary schedule of events for the five-day event that will take place in Bend, Oregon's Old Mill District from December 8-12, 2010.

Similar to the national championship course from 2009, the new 2010 race course includes a staircase run-up, two barriers, and challenging technical sections. New for 2010, the championship course is approximately 500 yards longer, includes three straightaways, three off-camber sections, and a ride-over bridge that will also serve as a spectator underpass entrance to the infield and beer garden.

"The race course we've designed for the 2010 National Championships will be the most complete and challenging cyclo-cross course the racers have ever seen," said Brad Ross, race director. "The new course will have similar technical challenges as the 2009 course, but now includes long straightaways and additional off-camber features that will challenge every type of rider and will definitely produce worthy national champions."

Click here to view the course map.

In addition to unveiling the new race course, event organizers announced the preliminary schedule of events that includes five days of championship racing, an expanded Cross Culture: Art+Bike Love Festival, parties, live music, film premiers, the Spoke-N-Words storytelling series and the much anticipated 2nd Annual Clydesdale Cyclocross Championship of the Universe.

"The 2010 Cyclo-cross National Championships in Bend will completely redefine cyclo-cross racing in the United States," said Doug La Placa, President and CEO of Visit Bend. "In addition to world-class championship racing , the five-day celebration of the cyclo-cross lifestyle will be something that every cycling fan will want to be part of from December 8-12."

For more information on the 2010 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships visit www.visitbend.com/cyclocross, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cyclocrossnationals2010 follow us on twitter at twitter.com/cxnats2010 or email us at info@visitbend.com.

Preliminary Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.: Registration and packet pickup in the Old Mill District

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Cyclo-cross time trials in Northwest Crossing to determine starting order for following day's races (stay tuned for more information and final race schedule).
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Non-championship cyclo-cross races in the Old Mill District (stay tuned for more information and final race schedule)

Danny Summerhill leaps the barriers on Day 3 of the 2009 'Cross Nationals. Photo: Ben Ross
Danny Summerhill leaps the barriers on Day 3 of the 2009 'Cross Nationals. Photo: Ben Ross

Thursday, December 9, 2010
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Cyclo-cross time trials in Northwest Crossing to determine starting order for following day's races (stay tuned for more information and final race schedule)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Championship cyclo-cross racing in the Old Mill District (stay tuned for more information and final race schedule)
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Cross Culture: Art+Bike Love Festival

Friday, December 10, 2010
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Cyclo-cross time trials in Northwest Crossing to determine starting order for following day's races (stay tuned for more information and final race schedule)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Championship cyclo-cross racing in the Old Mill District (stay tuned for more information and final race schedule)
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Cross Culture: Art+Bike Love Festival
7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Concert at the historic Tower Theatre in downtown Bend (Get info and tickets at www.WebCyclery.com)

Saturday, December 11, 2010
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Cyclo-cross time trials in Northwest Crossing to determine starting order for the following day's races (stay tuned for more information and final race schedule)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Championship cyclo-cross racing in the Old Mill District (stay tuned for more information and final race schedule)
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Cross Culture: Art+Bike Love Festival
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Cycling film at the historic Tower Theatre in downtown Bend (Get info and tickets at www.WebCyclery.com)
9:00 p.m. – late: Cross Nats Blowout Bash in the Deschuts Brewery Warehouse
9:30 p.m. – late: Clydesdale Cyclocross Championship of the Universe at the Deschutes Brewery Warehouse

Sunday, December 12, 2010
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Championship cyclo-cross racing in the Old Mill District (stay tuned for more information and final race schedule)

About Bend, Oregon
In recent years, Bend has been named America's Top Adventure Town (Men's Journal), America's Top Trail Running Town (Outside), one of the country's Top Five Ski Towns (Travel + Leisure), one of the Top 10 U.S. Triathlon Towns (#3, Triathlete), and #1 mountain biking town in the United States (Mountain Bike Action).

About Visit Bend
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