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13. USA Cycling Cyclocross National Calendar leader Maureen Bruno Roy (Arlington, Mass./MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles) will be looking to improve upon her fourth place finish from last year, while current UCI World Cup leader Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Planet Bike) will be gunning for her sixth consecutive national title. The pair will be challenged by a star studded field from both road and mountain bike disciplines including criterium expert Laura Van Guilder (Cresco, Pa./C3 Sollay) and Olympian Mary McConneloug (Fairfax, Calif./Kenda Seven Cycles).
"I think I'll ride DuGast Rhinos [at Nats]," Compton said. "I love them in the snow: they're just super grippy. I'll wait until about 45 minutes before the race to decide on pressure you can never listen to what someone tells you in the morning."
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Trebon (Kona) and mountain bike Olympian Adam Craig (Giant) are among the nation's top cyclocrossers set to take the Nike Air Max Flyknit Black start in the elite men's race on Sunday.
The sport's top stars will be among those on hand competing for ultimate bragging rights in the Dec. 13 elite finale at USA Cycling's Cyclocross Nationals in Bend, OR.
About three inches of packed snow already covers the ground in Bend, Ore., after a big storm blew through. Temperatures will remain freezing for the rest of the week, with a mix of rain, snow and freezing rain forecast to begin Friday.
Find the full race schedule here and find information on late registration here. Read more about special events and free education seminars. For questions about rules, call up procedures and everything else, check out the main CX nationals page.
Elite men and women will race Sunday, when temperatures are expected to be in the 40's and there is a chance of rain. All this adds up to a slushy, moist mess of dirt perfect for racing.
Cross Nats Hit Frozen Bend
Snow, slush, and ice await a field of 1,600 pro and amateur competitors on hand for the 2009 USA Cyclocross Nationals in Bend, OR. Photo courtesy of Kristine McConnell, Central Oregon Visitors Association.
Check out a course preview video from the good folks at CXMagazine and check out this local news for a brief glimpse at the people already at the Cyclocross Nationals.
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