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On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, The City of Bend, and the entire community, welcome to the 2009 USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships! Since the beginning of the bid process to bring this event to Bend, our Local Organizing Committee has been committed to ensuring that this year’s National Championships are remembered as the best celebration of Cyclocross that this country has ever seen – both on and off the course. In addition to racing on our championship course, we hope you will also find time to explore the unique qualities and attributes that make Bend one of the country’s favorite playgrounds. Several events and activities have been created specifically for your visit, including a Bike Art Celebration in historic downtown Bend, the worldpremier of a highly anticipated Cyclocross film in our beautiful Tower Theatre, and several parties and celebrations. And where else but Bend can you race for a national championship in the morning, then ski a 9,000-foot volcano (Mt. Bachelor) in the afternoon? For updates and recommendations on what to see and do in Bend, visit us online at visitbend.com, follow us on Twitter at Twisit Bend, or call us anytime at (800)949-6086. Again, on behalf of the entire community, welcome to Bike Town USA, and best of luck at this year’s races. Sincerely,
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9 am - 1 pm & 2 pm - 8 pm
Packet pick-up and registration at 450 S.W. Powerhouse Drive Suite 429 in the Old Mill District. The office is located adjacent to REI and upstairs from Helly Hansen.

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S.W. Powerhouse Drive, Suite 429 in the Old Mill District. The office is located adjacent to REI and upstairs from Helly Hansen. Deschutes Brewery Beer Garden opens. Serving beer, nonalcoholic beverage and food; located adjacent to the race course.

8:30 am - 4:30 pm National championship racing in the Old Mill District. 9 am - 4 pm Cyclocross Vendor Expo:
See all kinds of cool gear at the ‘cross nationals expo in the Old Mill District near the start line of the race course.

8 am - 6 pm

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8 am - 4:30 pm National championship racing in the Old Mill District.

6:30 pm - 9 pm Giro & WebCyclery
present the world premier of “The Cyclocross Meeting” at the Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St. Join your friends to watch the world premiere of the brand new ‘cross film from the creator of “Pure Sweet Hell.” Giro pre-party at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $10. All ages welcome. Free shuttles to the Deschutes Brewery Warehouse provided after the film.

7:30 am - 3 pm Packet pick-up and

registration at 450 S.W. Powerhouse Drive, Suite 429 in the Old Mill District. The office is located adjacent to REI and upstairs from Helly Hansen.

9 am - 4 pm Cyclocross Vendor Expo:
See all kinds of cool gear at the ‘cross nationals expo in the Old Mill District near the start line of the race.

8 am - 6 pm Deschutes Brewery Beer Garden opens. Serving beer, nonalcoholic beverage and food; located adjacent to the race course. 8:30 am - 4:30 pm National championship racing in the Old Mill District. Cyclocross Vendor Expo: See all kinds of cool gear at the ‘cross nationals expo in the Old Mill District near the start line of the race course.

5 pm - 9 pm “CrossCulture: Art + Bike Love” in downtown Bend.
Experience numerous collections of cycling and cyclocross art at the shops of downtown Bend. Don’t miss the art reception at Tbd Loft featuring the extraordinary photography collection of the PDX Cross crew from Portland.

9 am - 4 pm

4:30 pm Meet-and-greet presentation
with Team CLIF Bar & Salsa Cycles ‘Cross Racers. Plus, a presentation and Q&A session with the riders and team staff of Sustainable Cycling.com. Location: WebCyclery, 550 S.W. Industrial Way #20, in the Old Mill Marketplace.

6 pm - late ‘Cross Nat’s Blow Out Bash presented by USA Cycling at Midtown Music Hall, 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., downtown Bend. Live music, tasty beer, prize giveaways and photo slideshow. Admission: Free for racers; $5 everyone else. All ages welcome.

8 pm - 1 am Deschutes Brewery and GIANT Bicycles invite you to get your funk on at the Saturday Night Warehouse Party, held at the Deschutes Brewery Lower Warehouse, 399 S.W. Shevlin Hixon Dr. Music, beer, dancing and fun. Admission: $5; free for racers with invitation from packet pickup. Proceeds benefit the Central Oregon Trail Alliance. 21 and older only.

CyCLOCROSS By The NUmBeRS
1,263 – Highest turnout recorded
at an Oregon cyclocross race in 2008, more than double the top figure reported by Oregon’s most well-attended road-bike race.

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6:30 pm - 9 pm CXing Barriers ’09, an
all-ladies party for masters women. Location: McMenamins, Old St. Francis School, 700 N.W. Bond St. Hosted by Winona Hubbard. Please RSVP to rsvpcxingbarriers09@gmail.com.

7:30 am - 3 pm Packet pick-up and registration at 450 S.W. Powerhouse Drive, Suite 429 in the Old Mill District. The office is located adjacent to REI and upstairs from Helly Hansen.
Deschutes Brewery Beer Garden opens. Serving beer, nonalcoholic beverage and food; located adjacent to the race course.

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7:30 am - 2 pm

Packet pick-up and registration at 450 S.W. Powerhouse Drive, Suite 429 in the Old Mill District. The office is located adjacent to REI and upstairs from Helly Hansen.

8:30 am - 4 pm National championship racing in the Old Mill District. 9 am - 4 pm Cyclocross Vendor Expo:
See all kinds of cool gear at the ‘cross nationals expo in the Old Mill District near the start line of the race course.

– Record turnout for a single-day cyclocross race set at round No. 1 of Oregon’s Cross Crusade series in October, which shattered the previous high mark of 1,263, set at the same race a year earlier. – Percentage increase from 2007 to 2008 of cyclocross-only licenses sold in Oregon. – Number of cyclocross races held in Oregon in 2008, an increase of more than 50 percent over the previous year. – Number of USA Cycling-sanctioned cyclocross races held in 2008, an increase of more than 100 races over 2005.

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– Percentage increase in rider participation at USA Cycling-sanctioned cyclocross events over the past three years (from 2005 to 2008).

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9 9 A.M. - 1 P.M. & 2 P.M. - 8 P.M. Registration/Packet pick-up Time Event THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10 7:30 A.M. Course Open 8:30 A.M. B Women All 9:45 A.M. B Men U29 11:00 A.M. B Men 30-39 12:00 P.M. Awards/Course Open 1:00 P.M. Masters Men 55-59 2:15 P.M. Masters Men 60-64 Masters Men 65-69 Masters Men 70+ 3:30 P.M. B Men 40+ 4:30 P.M. Awards/Course Open FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 7:00 A.M. Course Open 8:00 A.M Junior Women 10-12 Junior Women 13-14 8:30 A.M. Junior Women 15-16 Junior Women 17-18 9:15 A.M. Junior Men 10-12 Junior Men 13-14 10:00 A.M. Junior Men 15-16 11:00 A.M. Single Speed 12:00 P.M. Awards/Course Open 1:00 P.M Masters Women 40-44 Masters Women 45-49 Masters Women 50-54 Masters Women 55-59 Masters Women 60+ 2:15 P.M. Masters Women 30-34 Masters Women 35-39 3:30 P.M. Masters Men 45-49 4:30 P.M. Awards/Course Open SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 7:00 A.M. Course Open 8:30 A.M. Masters Men 50-54 9:30 A.M. Master Men 40-44 10:30 A.M. Junior Men 17-18 12:00 P.M. Awards/Course Open 1:00 P.M. U23 Men 2:15 P.M. Masters Men 35-39 3:30 P.M. Masters Men 30-34 4:30 P.M. Awards/Course Open SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 7:30 A.M. Course Open 8:30 A.M. Collegiate Men D2 9:45 A.M. Collegiate M D1 10:45 A.M. Course Open 11:15 A.M. Elite/U23 Women 12:00 P.M. Course Open 1:00 P.M. Collegiate Women 1:45 PM. Course Open 2:30 P.M. Elite Men 4:00 P.M. Awards Duration -------45 Min 45 Min 45 Min -------45 Min 40 Min 40 Min 40 Min 45 Min --------

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Registration & packet pick-up
Riders who have registered for the 2009 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships online will need to make a stop at packet pick-up the day leading up to their race. Both packet pick-up and late registration will be held in the heart of the Old Mill District, at 450 S.W. Powerhouse Drive Suite 429, near REI and upstairs from the Helly Hansen store. While there, check out the ‘cross nationals competition venue by taking the short walk across the Old Mill footbridge. Haven’t registered yet but still want to take part in the national championship? Don’t forget that in addition to the 30 championship races, five nonchampionship races are part of the event line-up. For the price of an entry fee and a $10 one-day license from USA Cycling, men and women riders can choose from four “B” races scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10 or a singlespeed race on Saturday, Dec. 11. Join the festivities and get out and race! Packet pick-up and onsite registration is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, and from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 through Saturday, Dec. 12. On Sunday, Dec. 13, packet pick-up and onsite registration is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is strongly recommended that all racers in all categories go through packet pick-up on Wednesday, Dec. 9. For more information, contact SportsBaseOnline at 801-942-9989.

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FiLm: The Cyclocross meetin g

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Rolling Out the Red Carpet
The sport of cyclocross has always been about more than just fierce competition. Legions of zealous fans who embrace less-than-ideal weather conditions to cheer on their favorite riders all in a party-like atmosphere is what make cyclocross so unique. In the spirit of this tradition, organizers of the 2009 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships in Bend have rolled out the red carpet for the more than 2,000 riders from across the country who are expected to take part in the four-day event. To celebrate the cyclocross championships, the community of Bend has put together a nonstop line-up of events, including cycling art exhibits, the world premier of a much-anticipated cylocross film and several post-race parties -- all of which are held less than two miles from the competition venue in the Old Mill District. It’s all here – from championship racing to cycling-inspired art to gathering with friends at the Cross Natz Hangout Headquarters – in Bend.

What better way to relax after a rough day in the saddle than to take in a cycling flick with a few hundred friends and fellow racers? Indeed, it is time to take a load off those lacticacid-laden legs and find a little racing inspiration on the silver screen. Need another reason to go to the movies? How about the chance to be the FIRST to see Brian Vernor’s new cyclocross film? That’s right, the filmmaker of “Pure Sweet Hell” fame debuts his latest work, “The Cyclocross Meeting,” at the 1940’sera Tower Theatre in downtown Bend on Saturday, Dec. 12, courtesy of Giro and the gang at WebCyclery. Arrive at the Tower early for the pre-party presented by Giro at 6:30 p.m. followed by a musical performance by Portland-based band, Talkdemonic. The film is slated to begin at 8 p.m. ‘The Cyclocross Meeting” follows elite racers Adam McGrath and Barry Wicks, both of whom have strong Oregon ties, during the 2008 ‘cross season as they compete across the nation and around the globe. “I’m so happy that the Tower Theatre became available,” says Vernor, who resides in Santa Cruz, Calif., but had attended a ski film at the Bend performing arts venue last winter. “Even before cyclocross nationals was awarded to Bend, I already knew I wanted to do a screening here.” About half the footage in “The Cyclocross Meeting” was shot in Japan, which also provided the inspiration for the film title. “They call the races in Japan ‘meetings’,” explains Vernor. “It’s a dual meaning. Because it’s also about U.S. riders racing in Japan and meeting the cyclocross culture that exists there.” Those who are familiar with Vernor’s 2004 cyclocross film – “Pure Sweet Hell” – will notice some distinct differences between the two films. “In ‘Pure Sweet Hell’ the subject matter was the broad subject of American cyclocross. I filmed a lot of amateur racing,” notes Vernor. “This one, I wanted it to be all elite racing.” A threat in any elite field he enters, Wicks, 28, an Oregon native, owns a collegiate national title in cyclocross and was the 2006 U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross series champion. McGrath, 22, who recently relocated to Eugene, Ore., placed sixth at the 2008 cyclocross national championship in the

men’s under-23 division. But this film is more than just never-ending racing sequences of fast guys riding impressively fast. “The film wouldn’t be that interesting if it was just about racing,” says Vernor. “You can see that on YouTube. If you’re going to make a film, you’ve got to see something beyond racing. “It is a travelogue as much as it is a racing film.” Vernor stumbled upon the cyclocross scene in Japan five years ago while he was there racing his road bike. “It’s not totally undiscovered, but people from the U.S. haven’t really gone over there much,” says Vernor. “Japan isn’t the first place that people think of as having a deep and rich racing culture. I think filming there was interesting for that reason.” Vernor selected McGrath and Wicks to be part of the film because of their colorful personalities, adventurous spirits and their willingness to “embrace life beyond racing.” “The reason why Barry and Adam are in this film is they are both very high-level racers in the United States,” Vernor explains. “While they maintain that kind of status in racing, they are also really unique people with an interest in what they get out of the sport besides the competition. They embrace the travel and meeting people and learning about the world as they travel.” Vernor shoots his cyclocross films with a minimal crew and a single camera, which he says fits his low-key and personable style. “I’ve continually been inspired by the cyclocross community,” he says. “I find the racing really beautiful.” Vernor, McGrath and Wicks are all expected be on hand at the Tower Theatre for the world premier of “The Cyclocross Meeting.” Two dollars from every ticket sold goes to the Central Oregon Trail Alliance, a local mountain bike trails advocacy group that builds and maintains Central Oregon’s renowned singletrack. Following the conclusion of the film, free shuttles will whisk partygoers off to the GIANT Deschutes Warehouse Party for a night of dancing, beer and music.

WHAt: Giro & WebCyclery present the world premier of “ the Cyclocross Meeting.” WHeRe: tower theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend. WHeN: Doors open at 6:30, show time at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12. ADMiSSiON: $10. All ages welcome. tiCketS: Available in advance at WebCyclery, 550 S.W. industrial Way, or online at www.webcyclery.com.

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Whe re the Arts and Cycling Collide

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Cyclocross nationals in Bend is way more than just a bike race. It’s a celebration of cycling. And what better what to extol the energy, camaraderie and grittiness that make cyclocross so colorful than to funnel those influences into art. Once a month in Bend, art and wine take over downtown. Shops stay open late to showcase the work of local artists and townspeople come out in droves for the First Friday Art Walk. But in December, a special art walk is on tap in honor of the 2009 Cyclo-cross National Championships. “I saw it as an opportunity to celebrate bike culture,” says Cassondra Schindler, organizer of “Cross Culture: Art + Bike Love” and an avid Bend cyclist. From 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, numerous businesses in downtown Bend will host local and regional artists exhibiting their cycling-inspired creations. The works of about a dozen artists are slated to be on display with more being confirmed every day as the championship race nears. “It’s really accessible art, it’s not stuffy,” says Schindler. “It’s playful … a way to get to know members of the Bend community and small businesses in a fun way.” One of the highlights of the show will be the works of PDX Cross, a collection of images from Portland photographers who capture the beauty, pain and quirkiness of cyclocross racing through their enormously popular black-and-white photographs (See related story). Other local artists include Chris and Sweet Pea Cole, both of whom are avid recreational cyclists and regular bicycle commuters. (Chris worked as a bicycle mechanic for more than 20 years.)

“There’s wheels and rims and spokes in my everyday life,” says Sweet Pea, who finds it natural to translate those shapes to her art. “Bikes are such a big part of our life and art is a bigger part.” Sweet Pea plans to share a series of bike-related works using five-color linoleum block printing. Meanwhile, husband Chris will display his metal sculptures, which incorporate bicycle parts and components. Look for a lamp composed of a fork, chain and cog. The work of local bicycle frame builder Wade Beauchamp of Vulture Cycles shouldn’t be hard to miss. Look for the “huge” bicycle on the sidewalk in front of jewelry maker John Paul Designs. “It’s going to be 8-feet tall, and based on a style inspired by what the hipster kids are doing … taking two or three bikes and welding them on top of each other,” describes Beauchamp, who builds custom steel mountain bike and cyclocross frames. Beauchamp goes on to say that his towering creation will maintain the character and quality of a traditional bike frame – only it will be much taller. “It’ll be this big, goofy bike that’s not practical, but really fun,” he says. After experiencing the bicycle art exhibits on Friday night, take the short walk to the Midtown Music Hall on Greenwood Avenue for the Cross Nat’s Blow Out Bash, an all-ages party presented by USA Cycling. The event includes live music, drinks and a photo presentation from the day’s racing action.

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One of the cannot-miss exhibits at “Cross Culture: Art + Bike Love” in downtown Bend on Friday, Dec. 11 is a collection of photographs presented by PDX Cross, a group of fi ve Portland photographers who document both the competition and the unique fl avor of Northwest cyclocross racing. Over the last two years, PDX Cross has unassumingly developed a devout following of racers and fans, many of whom are surely guilty of spending Monday mornings after the weekend’s ‘cross race scrolling through photos at www.pdxcross.com. Last December, the group published a collection of their best images from 2008 in a book titled, “Dirty Pictures.” two years ago, torsten kjellstrand, who works as a newspaper photographer, brought his camera to Portland’s Cross Crusade races to take pictures after competing in the masters fi eld. He and some other professional photographer friends began brainstorming the kind of creative effort they could put behind their shots and decided to create a Web site “mostly to show to our friends,” says kjellstrand. “ We did not expect the response we got from the cyclocross community,” he adds. “ We don’t know how that happened because we didn’t really tell anyone about it.” in addition to kjellstrand, PDX Cross includes Portland photographers Mike Davis, Jamie Francis, tim LaBarge and Pamela Royal. At the PDX Cross exhibit in downtown Bend, which will be held at tbd Loft, expect to see traditional racing photos as well shots that capture a more personal, human element. “ We’re going to have mostly pictures from this cyclocross season and hopefully a wide variety,” says kjellstrand, adding: “everything from straight-ahead, go-fast racing pictures to some of the quirkiness where there are no ‘cross bikes at all.” kjellstrand says the photographers are inspired by the combination of mud, obstacles and riders getting together every weekend to race and “act goofy”. “ You can go to anything and take race pictures,” he says. “it’s the culture of cyclocross that creates interesting photographs.” PDX Cross photographers shoot their work exclusively in black and white, which they blieve suits the “the muddy, dirty grittiness of cyclocross.” PDX Cross photographers expect to stay busy at ‘cross nationals. After a full day of shooting at the races, kjellstrand and company plan to create photo slideshows, which will be presented during the Friday and Saturday night parties.

See these artists and more showcasing their bike-inspired works at the “Cross Culture: Art + Bike Love” exhibits in downtown Bend from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11.

ARTIST Wade Beauchamp Brian Bulemore Hunter Dahlberg Nikki Hoke Brigit McGinn Sarah McPherson PDX Cross Byron Roe

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Other participating artists include: Alan Brandt, Chris and Sweet Pea Cole, Lisa Pounder and kaycee Anseth-townsend. Other participating downtown businesses include: Clutch, a handbag boutique, 125 N.W. Minnesota Ave; Bellatazza coffee, 869 N.W. Wall St.; and PoetHouse Art Studio and Gallery, 856 N.W. Bond St., Suite 2.

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After a heart-pumping day of championship racing, make the short jaunt to Greg’s Grill in the Old Mill District or to the Deschutes Brewery Public House in downtown Bend, the offi cial Hangout Headquarters of ‘Cross Nationals. Riders can share stories, talk smack with fellow crossers and fi nd the latest results posted from the day’s competition at these post-race gathering spots. in addition to offering their standard lineup of mouth-watering brews, the Deschutes Brewery Public House in honor of nationals will feature Belgianstyle beer and cuisine (you also can’t go wrong with the Spicy Mac and Cheese, the local’s favorite). From Deschutes Brewery, it is an easy stroll to check out the cycling art exhibits on display at nearly a dozen downtown shops. Be among the fi rst to see photos from the days racing at the Friday and Saturday night parties, or gather with fellow masters riders at the CXing Barriers event for women only. Greg’s Grill is the ideal hangout for ‘cross racers and fans who want to get off their feet and take a break from the day’s racing action. Located across the Deschutes River from the competition venue – and accessible via the Old Mill footbridge – Greg’s Grill is offering appetizer and drinks specials for ‘cross nationals participants.

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Cyclocross peeps, gear up for The Cross Nat’s Blow Out Bash on Friday, December 11! Sponsored by USA Cycling, the show will go down at The Midtown Music Hall at 6 p.m. Located at 51 NW Greenwood Ave, this is THE Party for the 2009 Cyclocross National Championships. Racers get in free and the cover is just $5 for everyone else. Bring your USA Cycling card and get a free beer. That’s right, free beer, courtesy of USA Cycling. So wipe off the mud from your face, grab your buddies and follow the crowd to Greenwood Ave. Midtown will be rocking the house with a killer lineup. Starting at 7, get ready for down-and-dirty rock-and-roll from The Dirty Words. Comprised of four local boys and influenced by everyone from Soul Coughing to Muse, The Dirty Words will get the crowd pumping. Then brace yourselves for The Sprockettes, the raucous, all-female synchronized mini-bike dance troupe from Portland. These girls have toured along the west performing on their mini bikes, promoting bicycle culture and all-around awesomeness. Bringing down the house will be local hip-hop legend MOsley WOtta. MOWO, as he’s known to his friends, is an eclectic emcee redefining hip-hop in the Northwest. His highenergy shows are the perfect way to celebrate the end of a great racing season. There will also be sick prize giveaways and a slideshow presentation from the day’s races. All of your fellow riders and Cyclocross enthusiasts will be out for the Cross Nat’s Blow Out Bash. So join the party and kick it with your old and new buddies from across the globe. This is a show you don’t want to miss.

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When masters rider Winona Hubbard of Santa Cruz, Calif., rolled up to the start line at last year’s cyclocross national championships in kansas City, she thought, “these women are so cool. i wish i had more time to get to know them.” Rather than go on wishing, Hubbard vowed to do something about it. At this year’s national championships in Bend, Hubbard is hosting CXing Barriers, a mixer for masters women ages 30 and older. Gather with your friends for this fun and empowering event, held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at McMenamins Old St. Francis School’s Rambler Room in downtown Bend. the women-only event will include a talk by pro racer Georgia Gould at 7 p.m. “Masters are tough ladies for whom sports are not a fad,” writes Hubbard. “Being competitive and active aren’t things left behind at college graduation. Career, family, life - don’t impede your dedication. You’re willing to cross barriers.” At CXing Barriers, meet women who like to talk about bikes, enjoy delicious food and shop for women’s cycling items. Partygoers could also win a custom frame from Abby Bicycles or other great raffl e prizes. For more information go to http://cxingbarriers09.blogspot.com . to RSVP to CXing Barriers, e-mail rsvpcxingbarriers09@gmail.com.

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Then on Saturday, head to the Deschutes Brewery Lower Warehouse for the GIANT Deschutes Warehouse Party! From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Deschutes Brewery and GIANT Bicycles invite you to get your funk on at their Saturday night Warehouse Party at 399 SW Shevlin-Hixon Drive. There will be music, delicious Deschutes beers on tap, a slideshow of the day’s races, Belgian-style fries and more. Racers get in free with an invite, and admission is $5 for everyone else. Proceeds go to the Central Oregon Trail Alliance, so do your part for Central Oregon mountain bikers and come get funky. This is a 21-and-older event. The Deschutes Brewery will also have their Beer Garden open all day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the races and free guided tours are available at the Brewery every day between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Race results will be posted each day at the Deschutes Brewery Pub in downtown Bend, where at least one Belgian-style beer will be on tap at all times. Bend is the host for the 2009 Cyclocross National Championships, and there’s good reason. This is BikeTown USA, and Bend is stoked to finally host the cyclocross national championships. Home to world-class bike trails, a bevy of outdoors enthusiasts and thousands of bicycle fanatics, this is the perfect town for cyclocross riders to gather and celebrate their love for the sport. So head to the races and we’ll see you at the after party.

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Cyclocross 101
If you are new to the sport of cyclocross, you may be wondering what all the hubbub is about. Why are riders getting on and off a perfectly good bike? What’s the attraction of competing in crummy weather? And why are racers and spectators turning out by the thousands to participate in the 2009 cyclocross national championships in Bend? Cyclocross is a high-octane, lung-busting discipline of cycling that combines elements of road biking, mountain biking and steeplechase. Arguably the most spectator-friendly sport in all of cycling, ‘cross racing is also an excuse for grown-ups to play on an obstacle course while covered in mud, dust or grime. Over the years, cyclocross in the U.S. has developed a near-cultish following, particularly in the Northwest, and it is easy to understand why. Events are typically held in urban areas, such as schools or city parks, which don’t require a lot of travel. At 30 to 60 minutes, races are relatively short, making them attainable for riders with a small window of time to ride and train. And while 'cross racing is no less intense than other cycling disciplines, the camaraderie is strong and the atmosphere tends to be more laid-back. Oh, and everyone loves a good crash. Read on to learn everything you need to know to be a smart cyclocross fan.

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with two to four natural or manmade obstacles put in place to disrupt the rider’s rhythm. Riders dismount and then leap over obstacles on foot with the bike clutched in hand or draped over a shoulder as they scamper through unridable terrain. Riders who perform these maneuvers with gazellelike grace and ease have a considerable advantage over those with a more clunky approach. A ‘cross course covers a variety of surfaces, including pavement, grassy lawn, dirt and sand, so technical bike-handling skills are as important as a strong set of lungs.

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Cyclocross emerged around the turn of the 19th century in Europe as a way for professional road cyclists to stay fit through the winter months. The first national championships were held in France in 1902, while the inaugural world championships didn’t take place until 1950. Cyclocross was slow to gain popularity in the U.S. According to USA Cycling, races began popping up in the 1970s. It was in 1975 in Berkeley, Calif., that the first unofficial cyclocross national championship was held. Road and mountain bikers still use cyclocross as off-season training. However, many elite 'cross riders today are specialists in the sport.

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For the most part, a cyclocross bike looks similar to a road bike. But there are a few key differences. First, notice the bike tires. The tread is knobbier than the slick tires found on road bikes. The heftier tread provides the traction riders need to stay upright in dirt, mud and grass. On a cyclocross bike, the bottom bracket, or piece of the bike frame closest to the ground, is slightly higher than a road bike, offering more clearance over bumpy terrain and barriers. 'Cross bikes are also designed with more space between the tires and the frame to prevent mud from accumulating and becoming lodged. Like other bikes, 'cross bikes can be made of carbon, aluminum or steel. Riders looking for traction as they hoof it through steep running sections in the mud or snow will attach metal toe spikes to the soles of their bike shoes. While racing, most riders wear a tightly fitted Lycra outfit called a skinsuit. Because riders repeatedly jump on and off their bikes and constantly sling their equipment over their shoulders, looser apparel might easily becomes tangled or caught.

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Quite often in cyclocross racing, Mother Nature is a rider’s toughest opponent. Because cyclocross is a fall and winter sport, riders are exposed to a full spectrum of weather conditions – from sloppy mud and snow to freezing temperatures and pouring rain. “Why would we want to race in this horrible weather?” ponders Sue Butler, an elite rider from Portland, Ore. “I often ask myself that.” Competing in dismal weather has become a source of pride for cyclocross racers, who tout themselves as tough and rugged (some riders even complain when a course is dry and the sun is shining). And that may be part of the reason why cyclocross in the United States is so popular regionally in the Northwest and in the Northeast. “Some people love it and some people hate it,” says Butler, who has twice qualified for and competed in the cyclocross world championships. “It’s definitely more fun with some rain and mud, but it’s also harder. The toughness to overcome the weather and rain and mud is a mental thing. And you can have an edge over your competition if you enjoy it.”

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Cyclocross races are held on a closed circuit – typically two to four kilometers in length

The connection that cyclocross has with its fans is one of the key reasons for the sport’s recent surge in popularity. Simply put, cyclocross races are spectator friendly. Because races are held on a short circuit, the action is practically continuous. Fans can cheer on their favorite riders multiple times during the span of a 45-minute race. And, with challenging technical terrain that can cause riders to spill at any moment, races tend to be unpredictable. “Spectators are the heart of the sport,” says Butler. “You see people in Speedos …people are on the course heckling you and handing up beer instead of water. It’s fun to cheer on your friends and try to make them smile while they are out there suffering.” Spectators typically flock to race obstacles, such as barriers, stairs or run-ups, which can be the best spots to catch sight of a thrilling crash or quick momentum swing. Don’t be surprised to see rabid fans in costume as they cheer wildly for their favorite riders. And expect to hear the continuous ring of clanging cowbells throughout the fourday national championship. Don’t have a cowbell? Track down a member of the Bend Bella Cyclists club, a local advocacy group for women’s cycling. The Bellas will be wandering through the crowds selling commemorative national championship cowbells. What’s more, all proceeds from each sale benefit the Bend Bella Cyclists. Now, all you need is a cowbell and your favorite costume and you’ll fit right in at the 2009 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Nationals Championships.

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With a blanket of snow covering the course, Don Leet lined up to race in the 2005 cyclocross national championships in Providence, R.i.. During the first lap of the race, the masters rider from Bend suffered an unlucky punctured tire and was forced to run with his bike slung over his shoulder for half a lap before reaching the pit, where he could swap in a new wheel. At that point, Leet recalls, he was positioned dead last in the men’s 55-to-59 race. Pedaling skillfully through the snow over the next 40 minutes, Leet went on to catch and pass 25 riders to finish in 10 th place. “ that was one of my best races ever,” he remembers. it’s no wonder why Leet looks forward to the 2009 cyclocross championships in Bend with a hope that Old Man Winter might get in on the action. “if it snows, i’ll be stoked,” says Leet, 58, a longtime bike racer and co-owner of Sunnyside Sports, a bike and ski shop on Bend’s westside. While the stars of the show may be lining up on Sunday, Dec. 13 for the men’s and women’s elite race, a full supporting cast of junior, colllegiate, under-23 (U23) and masters racers from the across the country will also be vying for a coveted stars-andstripes jerseys throughout the four-day event. thirty-one national title races for men and women are up for grabs during the 2009 USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships, including competition in 16 masters divisions. Masters riders, starting at a racing age of 30, compete in age categories grouped by four-year increments (30-34, 35-39 … ), and extend to the oldest divisions – those for 60-and-older women and 70-and-older men. And with riders as young as 10 eligible to compete in the junior contests, the cyclocross national championship is truly an event for all ages. the 2009 race in Bend will mark Leet’s seventh time participating in a cyclocross national championship. He competed in the event each year from 2001 to 2006, and posted a personal-best sixth-place finish at the 2002 race in Napa, Calif. While Leet says cyclocross isn’t his best cycling discipline – he tends to be more competitive in mountain bike races – it is his favorite. “For me, ‘cross is a celebration of all cyclists in Oregon – the road racers, track riders and mountain bikers all together in one venue,” Leet says. “ it’s a race and a party at the same time. i think nationals here will be very similar: hard racing and a lot of fun.” With six championships appearances, Leet has seen just about every weather condition Mother Nature can throw at the annual December races: driving rain, coursecovering snow and freezing temperatures. “in Napa (at the 2002 championship), it rained over 20 inches in the time that we were there,” Leet recalls. “Mainly, we ruined a vineyard. it rained so much that we cut into the dirt when we rode and cut into the roots of the grapevine. the weather was so awful that we were just laughing. it was hilarious how bad it was. We didn’t have any clothes left that were dry.” After two wet and muddy years that followed in Portland, Ore., the national championship moved to Providence, where Leet remembers that organizers shoveled snow all night to make the course rideable. “in Providence, they had a Nor’easter – it dumped eight inches of snow on the course the night before,” Leet says. “ the people that raced on Friday, even the winner, a lot of them were treated for hypothermia after they finished. it started to snow and then it started to rain. Part of (the course) was frozen and part of it was mud. “ the next year,” he adds, “we raced in Providence and it was in the 60s. We raced the same course and you’d never know it because it was so different.” Of course the most significant change Leet has noticed year over year hasn’t been the unpredictable weather, but the rapid increases in rider participation, which he credits in large part to the spectator-friendly style of cyclocross racing. “it’s not an elite weird sport in the mud...it’s fun for everyone,” Leet contends. “ it’s a different kind of craziness. i don’t think there’s anything like it.” Leet is just one of dozens of Bend locals who are expected to compete in the national championships. And of course bike racing “locals” in Bend can refer to some of the fastest guys in the country. in addition to Bend’s Ryan trebon, professional mountain bikers Adam Craig and Carl Decker, also of Bend, are planning to suit up for the men’s elite race.

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When retired pro cyclist Bart Bowen wanted to relocate with his young family, he sought a cycling-friendly community big enough to grow his coaching business. At the same time, raising his kids in a small town was also important to him. The list of criteria didn’t stop there. Bowen, a two-time pro road race champion who three times finished on the men’s elite podium at the cyclocross national championships, also wanted to be near both snow and a thriving cyclocross scene. The list of qualifying communities was – understandably – short. “One of the things that surprised me when I came here on a visit was the progressive nature of the town,” recalls Bowen, who moved to Bend from Albuquerque, N.M. with his wife, Deb, and their two small children in 2006. “It’s just different than other parts of the U.S. It really feels cycling friendly. That’s a huge plus.” It was that same feeling that prompted USA Cycling to award an unprecedented two national championships in the same year to Bend. Decision-makers at the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based association cited the town’s long tradition of community-wide support and passion for cycling as convincing factors in the unprecedented move, earning Bend the moniker BikeTown USA. And the accolades continued to grow when in its February 2009 issue VeloNews called Bend, “the cycling capital of the United States for the next two years.” This last summer, the Junior, U23 and Elite Road National Championships were successfully staged in Bend. Both that event and the Cyclo-cross National Championships will return to the High Desert in 2010. The weeklong road championships in August came on the heels of the Cascade Cycling Classic, a National Racing Calendar event, which in 2009 attracted the largest pro fields in the race’s 35-year history. But it’s not just world-class racing that has qualified Bend as BikeTown USA. There are also plenty of world-class cyclists who call the area home. In fact, the current and former professional cyclists who hang their helmets in Bend are a virtual list of who’s who in the cycling industry. Bend’s most famous cycling resident is Chris Horner, a three-time finisher of the Tour de France, who has served as chief lieutenant to some of the world’s top stage racers and more recently signed with Team RadioShack to assist Lance Armstrong in his quest for an eighth Tour title. Retired pros like Bowen, the late Steve Larsen, downhiller April Lawyer and hallof-fame mountain biker Paul Thomasberg moved to Bend to raise families or to start new businesses. While others, like cyclocross and mountain biking national champs Ryan Trebon and Adam Craig, say it’s the frequent days of sunshine, the opportunity to ride year-round, and the good trails that drew them here. “I was pretty stoked about having a bunch of trails out my front door,” says Craig, who moved to Bend from Maine in 2004. “That was a big selling point. Plus, there’s a bunch of stuff to do here. You can go kayaking, biking and skiing in the same day. The riding’s pretty paramount though.” With hundreds of miles of snaking singletrack, Central Oregon’s reputation as one of the country’s top mountain biking destinations is no secret. Mountain Bike Action named Bend the country’s best mountain biking town earlier this year, and Mountain Bike recently hailed Bend as “the next Moab.” And when the snow flies, it is a short drive north or east of Bend to trails that are rideable year-round. Bend’s heralded network of trails is in large part due to the work of the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA), a volunteer-driven nonprofit group that builds and maintains the area’s pristine singletrack. COTA has forged a positive working relationship with officials from the Deschutes National Forest, which has been instrumental in expanding Bend’s vast trail system. What’s more, local volunteers turn out by the hundreds to lend a hand at bi-annual trail work parties. “The mountain biking trails are probably better than our road riding,” contends Bowen. “Maybe there’s not the huge climbs like Colorado, but a lot of people can go out and ride. My 7-year-old can ride at Phil’s Trail and not kill himself.” According to local bike shop owner Beverly Lucas, who operates Bend Bike ‘N Sport with her husband Allen, Bend cannot be experienced from a magazine. “You just have to come here … it’s life changing,” says the native Brit. “I never stumbled on a place that had everything that I used to enjoy back in Yorkshire, which is a huge cycling population, drivers that tend to share the road, and altitude that is perfect for training.”

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Q&A with Race director, Brad Ross
Brad Ross is known around these parts as the king of cyclocross. The race director for the 2009 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships in Bend also reigns over the hugely popular Cross Crusade, an annual Portland-based race series that has evolved into the country’s most popular cyclocross series. He’s been around the sport for some 20 years, and was at the helm when the ‘cross national championships were held in Portland earlier this decade. Ross, who moved to Portland in 1989, says he never intended to work as a race promoter. In fact, it was his volunteer efforts at Oregon’s original ‘cross race, the Mud Cyclcocross Series, which set the stage for an eventual career. “At first I just started helping to mark the course in the morning,” says Ross, who in 2000 assumed the role of race director of the newly minted Cross Crusade series. “There was never really anything formal about who was in charge of what. Then it was much less formal because it was much less big.” High-level bike race promotion is nothing new for Ross, who was race director of Bend’s long-running road cycling stage race, the Cascade Cycling Classic, from 2001 to 2006. He continues to serve as technical director for that event as well as for the Tour of Utah. We talked with Ross the week following round No. 1 of the Cross Crusade series, which attracted 1,438 racers and set a new U.S. record for participation in a one-day cyclocross event, about the popularity of the sport and about the national championships coming to Bend. Q: You were race director when the 2003 and 2004 Cyclo-cross National Championships were held in Portland. How have you seen the sport change in the last five years. A: It’s gotten bigger for sure in Oregon at
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least. We had a combined 2,000 competitors at Nationals in ‘03 and ‘04 and now we get 1,400 at Alpenrose (Cross Crusade series race) in a one-day event. The popularity of the sport has grown dramatically. For better or worse, it’s also gotten much more figured out...there are many more rules. At the Cross Crusade we still kind of make things up. One of the cool things about ‘cross is that it’s this weird sport that can’t be pigeonholed. You never know what they’re going to hit you with each week and that’s what makes it fun. Q: Why do you think that cyclocross racing in Oregon continues to grow and maintain such a devoted following? A: Maybe it goes back to the community feel of the thing. We do everything we can to get people to tailgate, have parties, set up their team tents. I think the way we do it is try to promote cyclocross as not just a race, but a day. Bring your family, drink beer, barbecue, race, and cheer on your teammates. Q: Do you recall your immediate reaction when you first heard that Bend was being considered to host the 2009-2010 Cyclocross National Championships? A: I was part of the process so my name was placed on the bid. I thought it was a good idea but I didn't think we'd get it. Last time nationals was on the West Coast it was in Oregon. I was really surprised that we got it because I thought, 'this is a total long shot'. I was blown away when we won that bid. Q: Why do you think Bend was ultimately successful in winning the bid? A: We just submitted the best bid. It was not only supported by the cycling community but embraced by the entire city. We did a video with Adam Craig and Carl Decker and Ryan Trebon, along with the political elite and the business owners throwing out the welcome

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wagon for it. A national championship is a major thing for the City of Bend in terms of revenue. It cracks me up that there’s not this fight for it. Q: How do you explain to nonracers that Bend is hosting a national championship bike race in December – a time of year when most locals are hitting the ski slopes at Mt. Bachelor? A: I think it’s a little weird, too (laughing). Who knows what weather we’re going to get for it. We’ll deal with it. But the cool thing about cyclocross is that it takes place in all different weather conditions. That’s part of the sport. Q: What can riders expect from the course? Will it be typical of past championship courses in Kansas City (Kan.) and Providence (R.I.) or can we expect some unique features in Bend? A: One half of the race will take place on Old Mill District land, which is unimproved. I call it feral turf – riding through the juniper trees which is typical of what I think of riding through Bend, Oregon. The other half takes place on the Deschutes Brewery side of the street, which is golf-course quality grass. The course is definitely a very typical cyclocross course. One third on pavement, one third on extremely well-maintained grass, and one third on typical Bend high desert dirt. There are going to be three running sections

per lap: a flight of stairs, a set of barriers and a run-up, which will be steep enough that most riders will have to dismount and run. Q: Will the course play favorites? In other words, is the course particularly suited to one type of rider over another? A: It’s not particularly hilly. The venue itself is relatively flat. It’s going to have some technical sections to it, but for the most part I’d call it a real nontechnical course. Here, weather conditions will make all the difference in the world. I think it’s a real fair course. There are not any sections where you’re going to get log-jammed. The entire course is 12 feet wide and all 12 feet is rideable course. Q: For fans, where is the best place to catch the racing action. A: The Old Mill District side of the course is going to be off in the trees a little bit and not as spectator-friendly because it’s the part of the course where you won’t see the riders for a minute or so. Once they’ve crossed the road to the Deschutes Brewery side of the course, you’ll be able to stand in one place and watch the riders for half a lap. Basically, where the beer garden will be. We’re building a staircase and that’s always the kind of stuff fans gravitate toward.

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Cyclocross nationals in Bend will be one of only a few chances for fans to watch the queen of American cyclocross on her home turf this year. Katie Compton, one of the most dominant figures in U.S. women’s cyclocross racing, is competing on the World Cup circuit in Europe throughout most of the fall. The five-time cyclocross national champion plans to return from racing in Belgium just in time to chase after a sixth elite women’s title in Bend. Despite coming into the 2009 'cross season a bit slower than in past years, Compton has already claimed at least one World Cup win this season and swept the first two rounds of the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross series. “This year I’m trying to do a little less and have a little more rest,” says Compton from her home in Colorado Springs, Colo., during a break in her racing schedule abroad. “I’ve backed the training off a bit … so there’s still room to build as the season progresses.” At nationals, Compton will face another dominant force, Alison Dunlap, a six-time stars-and-stripes jersey winner who recently returned to the national cyclocross scene after a three-year layoff. The women’s elite field is particularly deep this year with Compton and Dunlap joined by other top contenders Georgia Gould, Amy Dombrowski, Maureen BrunoRoy and Oregon darling Sue Butler, all of whom are expected at the start line. “There are five to seven women who will be fighting for the top spots,” Compton predicts. “I think the women’s race this year will be exciting.” Come snow, ice or mud, Compton says bring it on; she’s ready for whatever weather and course conditions are thrown at her for the championship race in Bend. “I’m pretty adaptable,” she says. “Lately I’ve been good in the mud and sand, but I really like the fast dry races, too. I get excited when the conditions are crap because I like having tough, technical, hard conditions.” Can anyone dethrone Compton? Keep an eye on these title contenders in the elite women’s race when the gun goes off on Sunday, Dec. 13: Maureen Bruno-Roy – The winner in the master women’s 30-to-34 age division at the 2008 national championships, Bruno-Roy went on to finish sixth in the elite women’s

race that year. By midway through the 2009 season, Bruno-Roy was leading the National Cyclo-cross Racing Calendar standings. Sue Butler – A latecomer to cyclocross, Butler won a masters cyclocross title in the 35-to-39 age division in 2007. Since then, she has twice been selected for the U.S. team that competed at worlds. Butler finished among the top 20 at the 2009 world championships. Amy Dombrowski – The reigning U23 women’s cyclocross national champion has fond memories of Bend. Back in August, Dombrowski claimed the U23 title in the women’s road race at the U23 Road National Championship held here. She is also the current U23 cross-country mountain bike national champion. Alison Dunlap – The six-time national cyclocross champion (19972001, 2003), two-time Olympian and former world mountain bike champion retired from professional cycling in 2005, but decided to return to cyclocross this fall. Georgia Gould – A top-10 finisher in mountain biking at the 2008 Olympic Games and reigning national champion in mountain bike’s short-track, Gould was runner-up in the elite women’s race at last year’s cyclocross nationals.

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In cyclocross, anything can happen. Because races are so short, there is little time to make up ground following a mistake. A crash, a flat tire or a bobble over a barrier can eliminate a rider from contention in the blink of an eye, which is part of the reason why cyclocross can be such a thrilling sport to watch. So while hometown boy Ryan Trebon of Bend earns the go-ahead nod as the favorite to repeat in the men’s elite race, even he knows that any number of guys will have a strong shot to capture the title. And with a field stacked with former and current cyclocross national champions, expect to see a star-studded and unpredictable race to the finish in the elite men’s contest on Sunday, Dec. 13. And unlike the elite women’s crown, which has been virtually held captive by just two riders for more than a decade, maintaining a grip on the elite men’s title has proved more elusive. Since 2000, the starsand-stripes winner’s jersey has been worn by four different riders: Trebon, Todd Wells, Tim Johnson and Jonathan Page, each of whom has earned at least two championship titles. Trebon, who lived on the East Coast, in Corvallis, Ore., and in Southern California before planting roots in Bend in 2007, won his first

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elite men’s cyclocross national championship in 2006. That same year he also rode to victory at the national championship for cross-country mountain biking. After relinquishing the stars-and-stripes jersey in 2007 (he was knocked out of race when another rider crossed the course into his path), Trebon reclaimed it in Kansas City last year. Wearing the national champion’s jersey is a source of pride for Trebon, especially when he competes in Europe. “It’s always a good way to set yourself apart from the other Americans there,” says Trebon, whose lean, 6-foot 5-inch frame makes him easily identifiable in just about any field he enters. “It gives you a little bit of extra notoriety.” With nationals in Bend following on the heels of the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross finale in Portland, Ore., Trebon says he’s looking forward to a rare three weeks at home, which he says, for him, is “virtually unheard of” during the cyclocross season. Trebon is not expecting a major shake-up to this year’s men’s elite podium. In fact, he’s forecasting that the same riders who have owned the race over the last decade will once again be in the title hunt at the 2009 championship. . “I think it will be the same five guys on podium as it was last year,” Trebon predicts. “And hopefully,” he adds, “in the same order.” Jamey Driscoll – The reigning collegiate national champion on the road finished second to Trebon at last year’s cyclocross national championships. Driscoll competed with the U.S. team at the cyclocross world championships earlier this year. Tim Johnson – The 2007 cyclocross national champ has represented the U.S. at world championships in mountain biking, cyclocross and on the road. He took fifth at the 2008 nationals in Kansas City, the same year in which he won the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross series title. Jonathan Page – A three-time cyclocross national champion, Page finished third at nationals in 2008. Page was the silver medallist at the 2007 cyclocross world championship. Jeremy Powers – The top American finisher in the men’s race at the 2009 cyclocross world championships, Powers finished last season ranked second in the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Calendar standings behind Trebon. Todd Wells – A two-time Olympic mountain biker, Wells finished just off the podium in sixth place at the 2008 cyclocross nationals. Wells has twice stood atop the podium at cyclocross nationals – winning the men’s elite crown in 2001 and 2005.

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