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The nation’s top cycling authority made an unprecedented move Wednesday when it awarded Bend a second major bike-racing championship.

USA Cycling has named Bend the host city for the 2009 and 2010 Junior, U23 & Elite Road National Championships. Dates for this year’s event are July 28-Aug. 2.

Six weeks ago Bend was selected by USA Cycling to host the Cyclocross National Championships, also a two-year deal. The 2009 cyclocross championships are scheduled for Dec. 10-13.

USA Cycling officials stated in a news release that…  More info 

coyote-riderWHITE SALMON — Trails in the Coyote Wall-Catherine Creek area would be cut from 37 to 26 miles under the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area’s proposed plan for the popular hiking-mountain bike spot in western Klickitat County.

The Forest Service unveiled the plan and gathered public comment on Tuesday. A copy of the environmental assessment may be downloaded at www.fs.fed.us/r6/columbia/projects.

The agency has been working its way through the federal planning process since late 2007 for almost 4,700 acres it owns…  More info 

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When it comes to bicycles, now the operative word is “functional”.

Inside the Woodstock Bike Gallery store, up front by the entrance, are the bicycles that sell well these days — and they aren’t mountain bikes.

“The future is functional city bikes,” declares store manager Ryan Manner, as he gestures toward a display of road bikes…  More info

FIA president Max Mosley has dismissed the notion that replacing Formula 1’s points system with medals for the top three finishers would encourage overtaking and lead to better racing.

The medals scheme is being pushed by the sport’s commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone, who believes the current points structure offers insufficient reward for winning and therefore too little incentive to overtake…  More info


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