BTB TV Presents headed to Bend, Oregon, for the frigid, snowy Deschutes Brewery Cup, the final Category 1 event on the USA Cycling Pro Cyclo-cross Calendar. Big points were on the line, with a triple dose of points on offer for the winner, a prospect that was sure to close up the overall rankings equation. Near sub-zero temperatures met riders on the start line, and what a start line it was, with nearly all of America’s best riders braving the cold and snow for a shot at victory. Leading the way in the women’s race was Luna Pro Team’s Katerina Nash, whose season would draw to a close after the Deschutes Brewery Cup. Hot on her tail were a trio of Cal Giant Berry Farms / Specialized riders, including Elle Anderson, Meredith Miller, and the briefly unretired Rachel Lloyd. Also hoping to play spoiler was Optum Pro Team p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies’ Crystal Anthony, who headed over from the East Coast for a shot at glory.
On the men’s side, the field was led in by the hot form of Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com’s Tim Johnson, and his Bend-local teammate, Ryan Trebon. Hoping to knock him off the top spot on the podium were Rapha-Focus’ Jeremy Powers and Zach McDonald, Raleigh-Clement’s Jamey Driscoll, Ben Berden and Allen Krughoff. Danny Summerhill was in town representing K-Edge / Felt Bicycles while Cal Giant Berry Farms / Specialized brought in a team led by Yannick Eckmann and Logan Owen.
Even if the temperatures were frigid, the racing was hot, and it was another classic weekend in Bend, Oregon. Needless to say, lots of riders and team staff will have quite the story to tell after this past weekend!