U.S.Gran Prix of Cyclocross -The Deschutes Brewery Cup

The Old Mill District and Deschutes Brewery will host the 2012 Trek US Gran Prix of Cyclocross Deschutes Brewery Cup on December 8-9. The USGP races in Bend are the final races of the U.S. Gran Prix’s four weekend series that kicked off in September in Sun Prairie, WI and included races in Fort Collins, CO and Louisville, KY en route to Bend. "Bend is the perfect place for a big season finish. The atmosphere for the racers is tremendous. This year, with the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships taking place in the U.S. for the first time in the history of the sport, spectators are sure to see amazing battles on the bike as racers vie for selection on the World Championship team,” said series race director Joan Hanscom.

The Deschutes Brewery Cup will follow a course similar to the one used in last year’s USGP and includes features such as a fly-over, aclassic set of stairs and hopefully mud. Cyclocross consists of many laps on a short course, various terrain and numerous obstacles. Cold weather, mud and snow areall part of what makes Cyclocross as much fun to watch as it is to race.  Races run from 8am-4:30pm both days with Elite Pro races starting at 2:15pm and 3:30pm on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Food vendors and a Deschutes Brewery beer garden round out the weekend of races. Grab your cowbell and head to the Old Mill District to cheer on the youth, amateur,masters and professional racers.

Additional events include the free Clif Bar Kids Clinic on Friday,December 7 which provides kids aged10-14 an opportunity to ride with pro riders from the Clif Bar team and learn basic skills and practice technique on the race course starting at 4pm as wellas a numbers presentation party on Friday evening where fans can mix with their favorite pros.  For information on the 2012 US Gran Prix of Cyclocross and to register for these clinics and races visit USGP.