CXmas Party starts Bend USGP action

Dec 5, 2011 by

Ryan Trebon, pictured here in a Whit Bazemore photo from the 2009 cyclocross nationals in Bend, will be on hand Thursday at the CXmas Party.

Ryan Trebon, pictured here in a Whit Bazemore photo from the 2009 cyclocross nationals in Bend, will be on hand Thursday at the CXmas Party.

BEND — Former professional cyclist and elite cycling coach Bart Bowen is hosting a “CXmas Party” in conjunction with this weekend’s US Gran Prix of Cyclocross in Bend. All proceeds will benefit talented local junior racers who want to compete at the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Madison, Wis., this coming January.

The event takes place at Powered by Bowen on Thursday, Dec. 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“Junior cycling is alive and growing in Bend,” Bowen said. “But these future champions need our support to continue to develop as cyclists and great individuals. It takes a community effort to keep junior cycling thriving, and we hope youʼll join us at Powered by Bowen for the CXmas Party to help make this happen.”

Local cyclocross pro Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt), who began racing as a junior, and heads into the final two USGP races in Bend only six points out of the lead, will be a special guest and honored at the event with a presentation by Whit Bazemore, a former professional racecar driver and sports photographer. The CXmas Party will also feature the work of nationally known cycling photographers, including Daniel Sharp (ROAD Magazine, Bicycling, Nike) and Wil Matthews (VeloNews, ROAD, Zipp), who capture amazing images of cyclocross stars in action. And Colt McElwaine of cyclingdirt.org will present the newest episode of his popular cyclocross webcast, “Whoʼs #1.”

CXmas gifts for cyclists, courtesy of local retailers and cycling teams, will be on display and given away during the event, with all proceeds going to the CX Junior Fund. Suggested minimum donation is $5 per person at the door, and includes refreshments. Special thanks to our partners: Cascade Lakes Brewing Company, Sagebrush Cycles and Sunnyside Sports. Click HERE for more information on CXmas Party on Facebook.

WHAT: CXmas Party benefiting junior cyclocross, suggested $5 minimum donation includes refreshments.

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Powered by BOWEN, 143 SW Century Dr. Suite 101A, Bend

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