Categories for Cycling

USA Cycling awards Masters Road National Championships to Bend

USA Cycling has awarded the 2011 and 2012 Masters Road National Championships to Bend. Following the city’s successful hosting of the Elite/U23/Juniors Road and the Cyclo-cross National Championships, the cycling hotbed is now poised to host another round of the nation’s best. Held in Louisville, Kentucky 2008 through 2010, the USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships are scheduled to go off in Bend, Aug. 30 – Sept. 4, 2011 and…

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A lucrative finish line in sight

Building on the success of USA Cycling’s recent national championship event that pumped an estimated $1.5 million into the local economy, Visit Bend is in preliminary discussions with the cycling organization to host one of the organization’s annual national championship events in Bend each year through 2020, according to Visit Bend President and CEO Doug La Placa. In a board of directors meeting Tuesday for Visit Bend, the city’s tourism-promotion…

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Bend cycling attracts top riders while boosting region’s economy

Although the sun set Sunday on two weeks of top-level bike racing in the high desert, Bend’s opportunity to lay claim to the title of cycling capital of the United States is just dawning. By seamlessly hosting the nation’s longest running stage race one week and the national championships for elite, under-23 and junior road racers the next, the city burnished its bike-haven reputation and boosted its faltering economy as…

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USA Cycling Road Nationals up next for top cyclists

Just two days after the conclusion of the 30th annual Cascade Cycling Classic, Central Oregon is back in the bike saddle with the USA Cycling Junior/U23/Elite/Paralympic Road National Championships, which will be staged in and around Bend today through Sunday. Starting today at 9 a.m., national titles for multiple age groups in road races, time trials and criteriums will be decided. This is the first year the annual race series…

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Cycling races a boon for Bend

Tucked along the Deschutes River on the eastern edge of the Cascades, Bend is surrounded by some of the West Coast’s most rugged, breathtaking and adventurous terrain. From skiing and boarding on Mount Bachelor (22 miles from downtown), to road cycling, kayaking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, rock climbing and hiking — it’s got a little something for everyone. Named “Best Adventure Town” by Men’s Journal in 2005 and one of Outside…

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USA Cycling Awards Junior, U23 and Elite Road Nationals to Bend

Visit Bend today announced that USA Cycling has awarded the 2009 and 2010 Junior, U23 and Elite Road National Championships to Bend. Dates for the 2009 event are July 28 through August 2, and the announcement comes barely a month after Bend was awarded the 2009 & 2010 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. This marks the first time that two USA Cycling National Championships will be held in the same…

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Video: Bend wins Cyclo-Cross National Championships

Cyclist Carl Decker, from Bend, has been competing in Cyclo-Cross races since 1984. Tuesday the news came; the National Championships will be at the Old Mill District in December 2009 and December 2010. “I feel great about it, I’ll be able to just ride from my house, and not change in the car for once, and go straight to my own hot shower after a cold race,” Decker says. —…

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USA Cycling Awards Cyclo-Cross Championships to Bend

USA Cycling today announced that it has awarded the 2009 and 2010 Cyclo-cross National Championships to Bend. The announcement comes on the heels of a recent site inspection and city tour by USA Cycling’s national events manager Tom Vinson, and is the culmination of a yearlong effort led by Visit Bend and the Oregon Sports Authority to bring the event to Bend. “While all of the bids received by USA…

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Bend bids to host U.S. Cyclocross National Championships

Next year at this time, Central Oregon could be preparing to host the nation’s fastest cyclocross riders and one of the most fan-friendly of all bike races. Earlier this year, a local consortium announced its intention to try to bring the 2009 Cyclocross National Championships to Bend. And late last month the group submitted a formal bid on the event to USA Cycling, the governing body of cyclocross in the…

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3,000 walk, run and bike at LiveStrong Challenge

Lucas Martens, 3, was hot Sunday after walking 5 kilometers with his mom, Carolyn Martens, at the LiveStrong Challenge. “Mom poured water on my head,” Lucas said, smiling and wiping his head after crossing the finish line at Nike’s World Headquarters in the Beaverton area. But the little Portlander never thought about quitting the annual fundraiser for cancer awareness and research. He ran about half of the course and kept…

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Success of cycling race has backers dreaming

The sixth annual Mt. Hood Cycling Classic accomplished a trio of firsts. For the first time, the six-day, six-stage race offered women riders a chance to bolster their Olympic hopes. It reached beyond the Hood River and Mount Hood areas by showcasing the first two stages in Portland. And this summer, highlights of the race edited into a one-hour show will air on television for the first time. All told,…

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LIVESTRONG Day is May 13: half-price Challenge registration

Today is the day. May 13 is LIVESTRONG Day and in honor of the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s one-day initiative to raise awareness and funds for the cancer fight, the Lance Armstrong Foundation is offering ½ price registration for the 2008 LIVESTRONG Challenge. The LAF is gearing-up to register 2,000 new Challenge participants today, 500 more people than registered last year. They’re also attempting to raise $72,000 on this single day,…

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Bend vies to host cyclocross championships in ’09, ’10

Bend tourism and city officials, professional cyclocross racers and the Oregon Sports Authority have signed on to support a bid to bring a national bike race to the city next year that would provide an estimated $2.5 million boost to the visitor economy during an otherwise slow time for tourism. The Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau announced on Thursday the city’s bid for the 2009 and 2010 USA Cycling Cyclocross…

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Top professional cyclists converge on Tower Theatre for celebration

They spend the majority of the year traveling across the country and around the globe for bike races, but for similar reasons they all choose to call Bend home. And now, Bendites have a rare opportunity to hear firsthand what motivates these elite riders to compete, what they do to maintain top form, what their plans are for 2008 and why they choose to live and train in Bend. Scheduled…

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Survivors run and ride strong

Yellow was the color of the day Sunday as nearly 2,800 cyclists, walkers and runners — most of them cancer survivors or friends and family of survivors — raised money for cancer research as part of cyclist Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Challenge. They sported yellow shirts, socks, shorts, placards and, of course, Livestrong bracelets as signs that cancer (and pouring rain) could not stop them. Some wanted to recognize loved ones’…

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Velodrome bill gains traction

A bill that calls for the construction of two, and now possibly three velodromes, won unanimous support Thursday from a Senate committee. Velodromes are oval, highly banked bicycle tracks used for competitive cycling and training. The Senate Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources voted 4-0, with Sen. Alan Bates, D-Ashland, not present, to recommend the passage of Senate Bill 926.  — Excerpt from the Statesman Journal, March 30, 2007

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A golden opportunity for Oregon cycling

Oregon has a golden opportunity to build two new velodromes, to further solidify our reputation as the premier state for cycling participation in the country, and to build lasting links between our elected officials and the one love we all share; bicycles. All that’s missing is your voice encouraging legislators in Salem to support the Velodrome Bill. This is about much more than track racing. Two new velodromes in Oregon…

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Atkinson wants to build velodromes in Medford, Portland

A Jackson County state senator who used to be a semi-professional bicycle racer has introduced legislation to build two velodromes, one in Southern Oregon and another in Portland.  Sen. Jason Atkinson, R-Central Point, has lined up several co-sponsors, including Democratic Majority Leader Kate Brown, D-Portland.  And he has drawn enthusiastic support from the bicycling community. The bill would appropriate some $3.5 million from lottery funds allocated for state parks. But…

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Cyclists seek all-weather velodrome

Three members of the burgeoning Portland bicycle racing scene have launched an effort to build an indoor track racing facility. They plan to gather $1,000 pledges from 100 people, then solicit the city, businesses and others for support to replace the aging Alpenrose Velodrome in Southwest Portland. The 39-year-old outdoor facility at Alpenrose Dairy, which requires patches of paint and cement multiple times a year, literally is crumbling and probably…

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