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Bend, Oregon, is the host of the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships again this year, and preparations are already underway to provide racers and spectators alike with a city-wide blowout of a party! For racers, there’s a lot on the line, and we’ll see a new Clydesdale Champion of the Universe crowned again this year. To give you an idea of what’s in store, take a quick flashback to Cyclocross Magazine‘s 2009 coverage, and then use this daily schedule and local guide to all things Nats for 2010:

Tuesday, December 7:

2:00pm – 8:00pm Registration/Packet Pick-up Old Mill District at 450 SW Powerhouse Dr. Suite 429, Bend OR 97702

Wednesday, December 8:

7:00am-2:00pm: Registration/Packet Pick-up Old Mill District at 450 SW Powerhouse Dr. Suite 429, Bend OR 97702
8:00am: Female Non-Championship/all – 40 min Old Mill District
9:15am: Male Non-Championship/10-29  – 40 min Old Mill District
10:30am: Male Non-Championship/30-39  – 40 min Old Mill District
11:45am: Male Non-Championship/40+  – 40 min Old Mill District

Beginning at 9:00am: TIME TRIALS – Northwest Crossing

Masters Male 60-64
Masters Male 65-69
Masters Male 70+
Masters Female 55-59
Masters Female 60+
Masters Female 45-49
Masters Female 50-54
Masters Female 40-44
Masters Male 55-59
Single speed Male
Single speed Female
1:00pm: Awards/Non-Championship Deschutes Tent

5:00pm-8:00pm: Registration/Packet Pick-up Old Mill District at 450 SW Powerhouse Dr. Suite 429, Bend OR 97702

6:00 – 8:30pm: CXing Barriers 2010 – Master Women have their very own party at McMenamins’ Rambler Room, 700 NW Bond St, Downtown Bend

6:00 – 10:00pm: 2010 VeloSprints Championships at Silver Moon Brewing Co. 24 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend – Fortify with great beer and act like a racer, men’s and women’s divisions will compete on 400-yard roller rides.

7pm: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones w/ special guests Alash – KPOV Bend Community Radio‘s Holiday Benefit Concert at Mountain View High School, 2755 NE 27th Street Bend

7:30 – 9pm: Get up close and personal with local Central Oregon talents Ryan Trebon, Adam Craig, Carl Decker, Ben Thompson and Damian Schmitt at Rebound Physical Therapy, 155 SW Century Drive
Bend. Enjoy a Q & A with beer, food, and raffles!

Thursday, December 9:

7:00am-2:00pm: Registration/Packet Pick-up Old Mill District at 450 SW Powerhouse Dr. Suite 429, Bend OR 97702
7:00am-8:15am: Course Open Old Mill District
8:30am: Masters Male 60-64  – 40 min Old Mill District
8:31am: Masters Male 65-69  – 40 min
8:32am: Masters Male 70+  – 40 min
9:45am: Masters Female 55-59  – 40 min
9:46am: Masters Female 60+  – 40 min
11:00am: Masters Female 45-49  – 40 min
11:01am: Masters Female 50-54  – 40 min
12:00pm: AWARDS
1:00pm: Masters Female 40-44  – 40 min
2:15pm: Masters Male 55-59  – 40 min
3:30pm: Single speed Male  – 40 min
3:31pm: Single speed Female  – 40 min
5:00pm: AWARDS Deschutes Tent
5:00pm-8:00pm: Registration/Packet Pick-up Old Mill District at 450 SW Powerhouse Dr. Suite 429, Bend OR 97702

TIME TRIALS – Northwest Crossing

Beginning at 9:00am

Junior Female 13-14
Junior Female 10-12
Junior Female 17-18
Junior Female 15-16
Junior Male 10-12
Junior Male 13-14
Junior Male 15-16
Masters Female 30-34
Masters Female 35-39
Masters Male 45-49

6:30pm: Sunnyside Sports Riders and Wrenches Party – Food, beer, yet another rider meet & greet with Lazer/Pedros athletes Tim Johnson, Jeremy Powers, Jamey Driscoll, Amy Dombroski, Georgia Gould, Mo Bruno Roy, Dillon McNicholas and Rebecca Wellons and their mechanics. Live music and giveaways, and all followed by a Wii Dance-Off…. Need we say more?

9pm: Spoke-N-Word storytelling at Portello WineCafe in Northwest Crossing, 2754 Northwest Crossing Drive, Bend

Friday, December 10:

7:00am-3:00pm: Registration/Packet Pick-up Old Mill District
7:00-7:45am: Course Open Old Mill District
8:00am: Junior Female 13-14  – 20 min Old Mill District
8:01am: Junior Female 10-12  – 20 min
8:45am: Junior Female 17-18  – 30 min
8:46am: Junior Female 15-16  – 30 min
9:30am: Junior Male 10-12  – 20 min
10:15am: Junior Male 13-14  – 20 min
11:00am: Junior Male 15-16  – 30 min
12:00pm: AWARDS Deschutes Tent
1:00pm: Masters Female 30-34  – 40 min Old Mill District
2:15pm: Masters Female 35-39  – 40 min
3:30pm: Masters Male 45-49  – 45 min
5:00pm: AWARDS Deschutes Tent

TIME TRIALS – Northwest Crossing

Beginning at 9:00am

Master Male 40-44
Junior Male 17-18
Master Male 35-39
Master Male 30-34

10am – 2pm: Paint and Pedal at the Art Station, 313 S.W. Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend. Not just for the kids, here’s your chance to express your cyclocross spirit. For more, check out Arts Central.

2:30 – 5:30pm: Thump Coffee downtown will have a Cappuccino Happy Hour for racers, and across the street High Desert Gallery will host “Bike On Art”, a painting demonstration by Jacob Norris. Art Walk follows both downtown and in the Old Mill District.

5 – 9pm: Lenses and Mud, Torches and Steel Special Exhibit at the Liberty Theater Building, 849 NW Wall St., Bend – Handbuilt frames, the season’s best photos from PDXCROSS, food from Kebaba and local brew from Boneyard Beer.

5 – 10pm: ARTCRANK at tbd loft, 856 NW Bond Street, Suite 2, Bend. “A poster party for bike people”, this event combines poster art with creative bike love – and it’s sponsored by Deschutes Brewery, along with VisitBend and Superfeet.

8pm – 12am: Midtown Ballroom – Live music and a fashion show with cyclocross riders, the Breast of Bend is a fundraiser for Keep a Breast Foundation.

Saturday, December 11:

7:00am-3:00pm: Registration/Packet Pick-up Old Mill District
7:00am-8:15am: Course Open Old Mill District
8:30am: Masters Male 50-54  – 45 min Old Mill District
9:30am: Master Male 40-44  – 45 min
10:30am: Junior Male 17-18  – 40 min
12:00pm: AWARDS Deschutes Tent
1:00pm: U23 Male 50 min Old Mill District
2:15pm: Master Male 35-39  – 45 min
3:30pm: Master Male 30-34  – 45 min
5:00pm AWARDS Deschutes Tent

11am – 3pm: Bike Rodeo – Just bring the kids, loaner bikes and helmets available at the obstacle course

7 – 8:30pm: WebCyclery hosts movie night at the Tower Theatre with Where Are You Go from Brian Vernor and Benny Zenga.

8pm: A Clydesdale Cyclocross Champion of the Universe will again be crowned in Bend. Party starts even before the registration (8:30), and well before the race at 9:30 – bring a headlamp!

8pm  -1am: Cross Nat’s Blowout Bash at Deschutes Brewery Warehouse

Sunday, December 12:

7:00am-2:00pm: Packet Pick-up Old Mill District
7:00am-7:45am: Course Open Old Mill District
8:00am: Collegiate Female/D1 & D2  – 45 min Old Mill District
9:00am: Collegiate Male/D1  – 45 min
10:00am: Collegiate Male/D2  – 45 min
11:30am: AWARDS – COLLEGIATE Deschutes Tent
11:30am-12:15pm: Course Open/Elite-U23 only Old Mill District
12:30pm: Elite/U23 Female  – 40 min Old Mill District
1:30pm-2:15pm: Course Open/Elite-only Old Mill District
2:30pm: Elite Male 60 min Old Mill District
4:15pm: AWARDS Deschutes Tent

Multi-day Events: Be sure to check out VisitBend’s site for special lodging deals and a guide to the town!

Cross Culture: Bike + Art Love
– Join the community of Bend for a bike-inspired arts celebration, with poster art from ARTCRANK, storytelling, and parties galore!

BikeYoga at CX Nationals – Uma Kleppinger will host a series of cycling-specific yoga classes throughout the week.

Grub Guide

Bend cyclocross racer Matt Fox has put together a “Grub Guide” with a focus on local businesses, visit his recommendations below:

Deschutes Brewery – The beer is amazing, food is amazing, tons of options, right downtown. They are nice enough to let the nationals course run all over their property and they are big bike supporters, be sure to thank them!
Jacksons Corner – Amazing food (handmade pasta, sandwiches, wood fired pizza), great casual atmosphere, awesome beer selection, very reasonable prices. Kombucha Mama on tap!
Common Table – A non profit restaurant with farm to table food…every meal you purchase provides a subsidized meal for someone that can’t afford it. Great food and beer. Downtown.
Spork – Globally inspired green conscious mobile streetfood kitchen. Amazing food and a big supporter of cyclocross. Check the website for details of where they are and what they are up to.
Kebaba – Amazing middle eastern food, tempeh burritos, falafel, lots of veggie options…sooo good.
Chow – A great breakfast spot! They serve lunch too.
Parilla Grill – Burritos, cheap, healthy, PBR tall boys for $1.
Sparrow Bakery – Stumptown coffee, pastries, and excellent sandwiches. Not far from the Old Mill.
Taste of Thai /Thai on the Fly – Hard to find, super extra friendly delicious take out thai, cheap. Next to the expresslube in a little shack…really.
Pizza Mondo – Downtown Pizza.
Ariana – Upscale Mediterranean.
900 wall – Posh downtown, good happy hour.
Brother Jon’s – Sandwiches, beer, mac and cheese, excellent beer selection!!! Lots of good food cheap.
Nancy P’s – Baked goodies.
La Rosa – Creative Mexican/Latin by the TT course in Northwest Crossing…Excellent Margaritas!

Thump – Our go to coffee shop, Stumptown coffee, espresso, baked goodness. Big bike supporter. I was worried about coffee in Bend till I found this place. Pick up some Kombucha mama here too.
Strictly Organic – Excellent, local, organic. Try the Sunnyside espresso blend. Don’s favorite.
Towsends Tea House – If you’re into tea…Downtown!
Lone Pine Coffee Roasters – Tin Pan Alley excellence. French-pressed goodness.

Newport Market – Great beer and wine selection, gourmet groceries, cheese, bakery, more.
Natures – In the Wagner Mall on 3rd St. Health food, juice bar, vegan goods, teas, herbal medicines, local meat and poultry, bulk goods.
Devores– Small grocery, deli, produce, take out, veggie and vegan options.

Action Dynamix Massage – Sports massage by Amber, a cyclocross racer from TEAM BEER who will give Nats racers a discount! Make your appointment soon!
Ben & Jerry’s – Not cold enough? Need an ice cream fix? They are in the Old Mill and really support the bike community, drop in and say thanks.
Silverado – A jewelry gallery, but a great place to get a souvenier…a big bike supporter, that’s why we list them here. Stop by and say thanks!

There’s all the typical other grocery stores and a Trader Joes as well. You’ll see em. Rays and Safeway are close to the Old Mill on 14th.