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This Week in Recreation... 

It's been a good week for recreating.
Thanks to Mother Nature, volunteers, and race organizers (and racers and fans), such fortune should continue through the week. Here's what's up:

Ian Boswell is off to Europe.
  • Ian Boswell is off to Europe.

The Boz is Out!
Local strongman and up-and-coming Tour contender Ian Boswell, who was picked up by Team Sky this fall, took off for Europe on Thursday. There was a send-off party at Sunnyside Sports the weekend before and he seemed fit and ready to go train and race with the big boys. He said he hopes to race in the Vuelta next year! The Boz is one stand-up 21 year old. We wish him luck.

More ‘Cross Zaniness
As we predicted (see volume 16, issue 49, page 35), locals ruled at last weekend’s Trek U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross Deschutes Brewery Cup. On both Saturday and Sunday Bend had two racers on the elite men’s podium. Ryan Trebon won Saturday’s race and on Sunday finished second to teammate Tim Johnson. Adam Craig, fresh off his Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championship win, was third both days. Serena Bishop Gordon was Bend’s best elite female racer and finished 17th and 16th, respectively.

Awesome Early-Season Snow
After a brief rainstorm battered Central Oregon last week and threatened to upend our pleasant early-winter conditions, Mother Nature took pity on us. A few inches of fresh followed and conditions have since been quite lovely for downhill, backcountry and cross-country users.
Mt. Bachelor was closed last Tuesday, due to torrential rains, but reopened Wednesday and can still boast a 45-inch base at West Village and 65 inches at mid mountain—the second deepest snow pack in the contiguous U.S. (Mt. Baker, our neighbor to the north, has the most snow). On Sunday Bachelor opened the Northwest Express chair and Andy Goggins, director of marketing and communications, said that they hope to open the Summit chair soon.

Shredding for a Cause
The sixth annual Dirksen Derby (December 15-16) is following on the heels of this positive snow report and event organizers are preparing for 300 competitors. The two-day snowboard parallel banked slalom competition acts as a fundraiser for Bend’s Tyler Eklund.
Racing is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Online registration closes Wednesday but you can still sign up on Friday or the day of the event.

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