Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bend to Host USA Cycling XC and Enduro National Champs, 2015 and 2016

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Mt. Bachelors trails will be two years old when the races come to town.
  • Mt. Bachelor's trails will be two years old when the races come to town.

Visit Bend is doing a good job with the bike-race-hosting thing. It was just announced that our city would be the site of the USA Cycling 2015 and 2016 cross-country and enduro national championship mountain bike races.

What's most interesting about the news, though, is that BOTH races will be at Mt. Bachelor on the mountain's new trails (which, by late summer 2015, will be a mature two years old). That means the XC event will likely be a lap race, climbing up a mix of fire roads and singletrack and descending on new downhill trails. Should be fun and exceptionally tough—a lot more steep climbing than anywhere else in Central Oregon.

Here's the full USA Cycling press release:

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bend's Ian Boswell Kicking Ass at Paris-Nice

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Boswell crashed hard yesterday, but is soldiering on.
  • Boswell crashed hard yesterday, but is soldiering on.

Today Ian Boswell (Team Sky) successfully finished stage 3 of the 7-stage Paris-Nice road race, considered by most to mark the real beginning of the European racing season. Here's Boswell on today's stage, which was won by another American, Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp).

It ain't easy over there. Just finishing is a strong result. After today, Boswell was in 161st place at just over 12 minutes back from Talansky, the new GC leader. Follow Boswell's Paris-Nice debut on VeloNews—the cycling website has been posting regular updates from the Bend rider as he tackles the soggy spring race. You can watch the race each morning on

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Cyclocross Elite World Champs Now on Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Yes, true story. The elite races in Louisville, Ky. are now scheduled for Saturday. Race organizers and the UCI are concerned about the Ohio River flooding, which would put the race course underwater. Oh, and this is the first time ever 'CROSS WORLD CHAMPS have been held on AMERICAN SOIL.

The NEW schedule:


9:45 AM: 17-18 Junior Elite World Championships
11:00 AM: Female Elite World Championships
12:30 PM: U23 Elite World Championships
2:30 PM; Male Elite World Championships

And, GOOD NEWS! You can watch the races live, on the 'nets, at

Tune in, and you'll see Bend's Ryan Trebon fighting for a podium spot. American Katie Compton has a real shot at winning the women's elite race—which very well may prove to be the best damn race of the weekend. Compton will go head-to-head against Dutch crusher Marianne Voss. Bend's Damian Schmitt is there contesting the men's 35-39 masters worlds age group (racing today! 11:30am PST). And Matt Lasala and other Bend photographers are on hand to capture the scene. Central Oregon is well represented at the main event.

But back to the weather...
Here's a recent report from Cyclocross Magazine:

The parks department is laying more sandbags today to make sure that the races happen tomorrow as planned, however, the one worry is the course tear-down. The plan is to start from the bottom up, working to get generators and TV equipment out before the flooding starts.

As for the elite riders caught unaware, rider reg at opened at 9 AM so information is there when team managers register teams. We were actually alerted to the story by the manager of the Swiss team, who called us to get the scoop on the story, and we immediately began to follow up to find out what was happening.

The Europeans are less than thrilled, since pre-riding the course only opened on Thursday and is rumored to be canceled for today, meaning racers will only have seen the course once, and some not at all. Riders like Geoff Kabush were delayed getting to Louisville because of flight delays and cancellations from weather and because of that, he hasn’t been on course yet. US rider Danny Summerhill comes to Louisville today, and most likely won’t have a chance to pre-ride, though Belgians are telling news sources in Belgium that, “This is an outrage!”

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Story of Burly Bike Commutes

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 3:48 PM

How long is your daily bike commute? Is it like that of New York resident Christian Edstrom?

From a New York Times story published Jan. 25:

Fastening his helmet, Mr. Edstrom stepped outside and into early-morning indigo. In a minute he was rolling down the driveway of his snow-covered Cape-style house, his headlights aglow, on a 40-mile journey to his workplace, JPMorgan, at One Chase Manhattan Plaza, a trip he would make entirely on a Zanconato cyclocross bicycle.

Mr. Edstrom, who works in JPMorgan’s operations division, bicycles round trip to work at least twice a week, logging approximately 600 miles a month. He averages 17 miles an hour and arrives at work by about 7 a.m. “The traffic in Lower Manhattan kills my time,” he said. When he doesn’t ride, he passes for an ordinary commuter, and takes Metro-North into Grand Central Terminal.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Lifespan of Local Lance Memorabilia?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Late last week, Lance told Oprah what we already knew: that he won all seven tours by doping and then lied about it.

While Lance continues to get hammered for his less-than-genuine responses during the Oprah interview, we're left wondering, what will his legacy be in Bend?

How many breweries, doctor's offices, bike shops, etc. will take down their Lance Armstrong posters, signed Tour jerseys, and other such memorabelia?

Will these stay up or come down?
  • Will these stay up or come down?

In Austin, Lance's hometown, action was swift at one 24-Hour Fitness location.

This is from an Esquire article on Jan. 15:

Even my spot for hoops, part of the 24-Hour Fitness chain, cleared away the memorabilia in a weekend sweep. According to a desk clerk, Livestrong picked up the valuables; the rest went in the garbage.

Bend loves all things cycling. In the office we've been joking that to make Portlandia's how-to-be-hip mantra more Bend-centric we could replace the word "bird" with "bike," as in: "put a bike on it."

How will "Bike Town USA" respond to Lance's admission? Time will tell. Does anyone care to hear any more about the disgraced cyclist? Probably not.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Oprah Talks to Lying Cheater, Gets Half Confession

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 9:50 AM

You know what's (kind of) funny (but mostly sad)?

When I just Google-ed "what did Lance tell Oprah," before I could type "Oprah," Google auto-fills in "kids." As in, "what did Lance tell his kids?" Ouch. In all this hoopla over Lance Armstrong's doping confession, his back-and-forth pre-interviews with Oprah in Maui over Christmas holiday (rough life), etc. I failed to remember that this D-bag has kids.
What did he tell them? "Remember when I said I won a lot of big, important bike races? I didn't, really. Remember when I said telling the truth is important? Well..."

BUT! That's for him to work out. In the meantime the rest of us can play BINGOStrong while we watch the two-day special on Oprah's OWN channel tomorrow night (6pm PST and showing at Crow's Feet Commons, if, like me, you not only lack a TV you sure as shit don't subscribe to the OWN channel).

Favorite: I owe Greg LeMond a phone call.
  • Favorite: "I owe Greg LeMond a phone call."

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Meissner Outlines Fat-Bike Policy

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Not this ski season.

That's the official decision of The Meissner Nordic Board of Directors, who just met to address the issue of fat bikes/snow bikes on Meissner's groomed terrain. In review: No bikes allowed on groomed trails THIS SEASON. There will be a sign posted very soon making this clear, Shawn McFadden, a Meissner offical, wrote in an email.

As much as we love bikes of all types, it makes sense to keep fat bikes off of the groomed ski trails. In other realms they make a lot of sense. The skating and classic skiing at Meissner has been tremendous this season and we're looking forward to more of the same in 2013.

But, in case you haven't been paying attention, fat bikes are taking over the universe.

Originally made to handle snow riding, they've become popular 'cause they can handle all sorts of terrain. In Bend, we've seen them at a number of shops and, this winter, we've seen them out on trails. Which makes sense—they're super fun.


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Monday, January 14, 2013

Jade Shines as Oregon Men Falter at 'Cross Nats

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Bend's Ryan Trebon was a favorite going into yesterday's USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championship race in Verona, Wis. And Chris Jones and Adam Craig, two more Bend residents, both had very real chances at finishing on the podium.

It would not have been surprising to see at least two Bend racers inside the top five. Instead we got none.

After a brief stint at the front of the race Treefarm faded and eventually finished seventh. Craig, who has also shown good form as of late, struggled at the start and ended in 16th. Chris Jones did not start due to an injury during his pre-ride. Among the Bend pros, Barry Wicks rode perhaps the best race and claimed 10th.

Amazingly, it was southern Oregonian Jade Wilcoxson who had the best result of the day. In the elite women's race the neo pro fought all day in the frozen mud and finished second to Katie Compton, one of the best 'cross racers in the world.

Jade crushing the New Years Revolution race in Medford.
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  • Jade crushing the New Year's Revolution race in Medford.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Craig Wins Singlespeed 'Cross Nats

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 9:37 AM

On a sloppy, cold and, in places, frozen Madison, Wisc. track, Bend's Adam Craig rode away from his competition on the first lap and won the USA Cycling 2013 Singlespeed National Championship yesterday afternoon.

AC in his trademark jeanshorts yesterday.
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  • AC in his trademark jeanshorts yesterday.

Craig, who won the Singlespeed 'Cross World champs in Dec., rode alone during most of yesterday's race. Bend's Brennan Wodtli also lined up in the men's elite field and finished 43rd out of 54 finishers.

Watch Craig's post race interview on

Racing continues today and runs through the weekend, culminating with the elite men and women's races on Sunday afternoon. Aside from Craig and Wodtli, Bend's Ryan Trebon, Barry Wicks, Alex Candelario and Chris Jones will also toe the line on Sunday.

And, you can, allegedly, watch the races live here on Sunday:

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Compton is the Best

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 4:49 PM

After finishing second in Rome this weekend cyclocross racer Katie Compton achieved what no other American—man or woman—has ever done. She won the World Cup Overall.

Katie Compton
  • Katie Compton

This is a big deal (If you don't believe me, see this website for evidence).

Cycling, and 'cross in particular, has long been a Euro-dominated sport. Aside from Lance (who, by the way, now seems poised to admit to his cheating ways so he can continue racing triathlon and such) Americans have struggled on cycling's grandest stages. Recent American performances, however, are evidence that U.S. racers are stepping up their game.

This 'cross season, Jeremy Powers finished seventh in Tabor, Czech Republic—the best-ever World Cup result by an American man. Young racers are also making the U.S. relevant on both the road and the dirt.

This is good news for American cycling, especially in the wake of so many doping controversies and negative press.

Compton will continue to crush, but we may not see her anytime soon, as Nationals is in Madison, Wis. this year. And there is still World Champs...

One of the last times Compton was in Bend was 2010 when she won what was her seventh National Championship in 'cross. The last couple of years she's skipped out on the USGPs in favor of World Cup races abroad.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Junior 'Cross Racers Heading to National Championship

Posted By on Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The 2013 Cyclocross National Championships kick off in Madison, Wis. next week and at least four Oregon junior racers will be on the start line.
The long trip to middle America might not have happened for the youngsters. But thanks to a local business, the little leg-breakers are making the trek, as each of the four junior racers received a boost in the form of an $800 travel stipend.
On the Friday before December's USGP races in Bend, Sports Performance Powered by Bowen hosted a CXMas party fundraiser, featuring local and visiting 'cross pros, local 'cross photography and beer and snacks. Powered by Bowen also hosted a 'cross race fundraiser in September in Bend, Future Cross, to further assist the young racers' goals.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bend 'Cross Racers Poised to Dominate at Home

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 7:00 AM

The two-day U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross scheduled for this weekend (yes, the same big crazy two-day event as last year) could sport an all-Bend podium.

As was evidenced by this weekend's races in L.A., Bend's pro 'cross racers are in fine form. On Saturday four Bendites finished inside the top 10 of the national level race: Ryan Trebon (2nd); Chris Jones (7th); Adam Craig (8th); Chris Sheppard (9th). Sunday was similar as a Trebon, Jones and Craig all repeated their top-10 performances. Bend's Brennan Wodtli finished inside the top 20 on both days and Barry Wicks took 17th on Saturday.

In the pro women's races, Bend's Serena Bishop Gordon finished 12th on Saturday and 10th on Sunday.

Absent from the races was Alex Candelario, who, like Jones, is another recent Bend transplant who's posted impressive results this 'cross season. Carl Decker was also not in attendance.

But, the most hilarious news of the weekend came from the annual Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC), staged in conjunction with the CXLA races.

Bend vs. Bend at the SSCXWC in L.A.
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  • Bend vs. Bend at the SSCXWC in L.A.

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