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Being new to Bend and new to cyclocross, I was thrilled to get to take in some up close and personal action at the USGP Deschutes Brewery Cup on Saturday, December 8th, at the Old Mill District.

Old Mill District - great venue!

USGP Deschutes Cup

USGP Deschutes Cup

Start of the Elite Women's race Saturday 12/8/12

Start of the Elite Women’s race Saturday 12/8/12

The rider in the picture below was the first casualty we spotted shortly after our arrival. Check out that wheel!

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For those unfamiliar with cylocross, I apologize in advance for the picture below as it won’t help you understand it at all. The course winds around back and forth all over the place.

Looking down at some of the vendors and part of the course.

Looking down at some of the vendors and part of the course.

I still don’t fully understand the details of cyclocross but the course itself consisted of riding on the grass at times, riding through the mud, up dirt hills then back down through more muddiness. There were ramps to ride up and over, obstacles that bikes were getting carried over, stairs that bikes were being carried up, and a little bit of pavement. That was what I could see while roaming around, I’m not sure what all else was out there on that particular course. Riders did several laps and, from what I understand, have a set time period where they complete as many laps in that time period as possible.

From Saturday, Dec. 8th.

From Saturday, Dec. 8th.

Elite Women - from Saturday 12/8/12 Elite Women 12/8/12 Elite Women 12/8/12 Elite Women 12/8/12 Elite Women 12/8/12 - love this pic! Elite Women 12/8/12 Elite Women 12/8/12 Elite Women 12/8/12 Elite Women 12/8/12 stairs! another view of the STAIRS Juniors

from 12/8/12

from 12/8/12

from 12/8/12

from 12/8/12

Of course, since we were at the Deschutes Brewery Cup we figured we should walk on over to the Deschutes Brewery. After all, we hadn’t been there before and they were one of the generous hosts of this event.  Did you know they give free samples there? Ah.. it was a delicious treat! Beware, you may spend lots of money. Well, we did.. and that was before we even started any sampling.

Took a walk on over to the brewery to check it out while. Base Camp heaven!

Took a walk on over to the brewery to check it out while. Base Camp heaven!

From what I’m learning about Bend, there seem to be many cyclocross events held throughout the year and this new girl in town is quite eager to take in some more.

See you out there!

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