Prineville Bike Park
Kick up the dirt in Prineville! After a combined three years of planning and construction, Prineville Bike Park officially opened this past Saturday, July 16. The bike park is the first of its kind in Central Oregon and was designed to be versatile for all types of bikes and all skill levels. Amateur bikers ride small moguls and curved paths, while experienced riders can launch off dirt jumps and build up speed on wooden ramps.
The bike park is open to the public seven days a week, but closed during inclement weather to protect the integrity of the dirt and jumps. Fundraising efforts are still underway to pay for maintenance and additional features. Visit the Prineville Bike Park Facebook page to learn more.
Downtown Twilight 'Crit
Saturday night, July 23, the roads of Downtown Bend will belong to cyclists, when the Downtown Twilight Criterium takes over. Part of the Cascade Cycling Classic, it consists of several quick races, starting at 5:30pm with the women's Pro group, followed by the men at 7pm. The race path will loop around Bond and Wall Streets between Oregon and Idaho Avenues. This penultimate event is perfect for spectators, who line the sidewalks to cheer on the riders. For more information about the Cascade Cycling Classic, as well as the Crit, visit cascade-classic.org or CCC Downtown Twilight 'Crit on Facebook.
Bend Classic Mile
Put foot to pavement at the Bend Classic Mile this Saturday, July 23. This is Bend's first downtown mile, and it will take place during the Cascade Cycling Classic. The Classic Mile starts at 6:30pm., taking advantage of the 15 minutes between the women's and men's 'Crit races and following a similar path. The race is open to 100 community runners, while around 30 elite runners compete for fame and fortune and $5,000 in prize money to be awarded among the top 10 finishers—five men, five women—with an extra $500 awarded to the overall winner. Be sure to catch this fast-paced and exciting race for the first time ever.
Spots are limited but may still be available leading up to the race. Registration is $25, and runners must be able to complete a mile in under 9 minutes. For more information, visit footzonebend.com.