Carl Decker racing close to home- Nationals in Bend © Janet Hill

Carl Decker racing during the last time Nationals took place in in Bend, both in 2010 and 2011. © Janet Hill

Yesterday, USA Cycling announced the four finalists for the 2017 and 2018 Cyclocross National Championships, which will follow in this year’s championships in Austin and 2016 in Asheville, North Carolina. Three are deeply-rooted in American cyclocross, having hosted previous Nationals, Worlds, and one centered in the hotbed of New England. The fourth is is a less-traditional location, although growing cyclocross in non-traditional areas has certainly been a theme in some of the past selections.
In USAC’s own words:
The finalists are: Bend, Ore., which was the site of the 2010 and 2011 Cyclo-cross National Championships. The course in Bend would be similar to the 2010-11 National Championships courses, but would utilize more of the amphitheater area near the Old Mill District; Hartford, Conn., where the Championships would run at Riverfront Park on banks of the Connecticut River, which is adjacent to downtown Hartford; Louisville, Ky., site of the 2013 UCI World Championships; and Reno, Nev., which would run at Rancho San Rafael County Park, one mile from the city center of Reno.USA Cycling will finish site visits in the next month and will announce the final location selection before the 2015 Cyclo-cross National Championships in Austin, Texas.

Stay tuned to and or more information.