Between the USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships Aug. 30-Sept. 4 and the USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships Sept. 17, we're anticipating the arrival of more than 1,500 participants and 4,000 total visitors from every state in the country. The economic impact of these two events, including lodging, dining, shopping, and entertainment, is anticipated to exceed $2 million. That's a lot of money.
While it's true the bike races are entertaining to watch and fun for locals, tourists and riders, make no mistake about it - these events are great for Bend's economy.
It's also a chance for us to put our best foot forward as a community. Ideally, many of these riders and their supporters will be so impressed that they'll return to the area again and again.
In the coming weeks, you'll see an unusually large number of cyclists riding around town. You can do your part by simply being aware of their presence and giving them a little extra room on the road. And if you feel like thanking them for choosing to spend their discretionary time and money in Bend, that would be the icing on the cake.
So please join me in welcoming the participants, spectators and support staff of both races to Bend, and in wishing all racers the best of luck during the upcoming competitions. Let's show them what makes Bend so amazing.
Doug LaPlaca, President and CEO Visit Bend