Weekend packed with OBRA races

Jul 21, 2011 by

The 32nd Cascade Cycling Classic, the longest running stage race in North America, has been filling up the roads in Bend since Tuesday as pro and elite riders from around the country vie for National Race Calendar points, prizes and glory. The USA Cycling NRC racers tackle the Skyliners Time Trial today, hit the Cascade Lakes Road Race Friday, invade downtown Bend for a twilight criterium Saturday, and wind up with the Awbrey Butte Circuit Race Sunday.

But while the big boys and girls are have their fun in Central Oregon, a slew of OBRA events offers plenty of participatory action for Oregon racers. Check out the weekend schedule below.

FRIDAY

Cascade Cycling Classic OBRA Races, Bend
Although the pros have been racing since Tuesday, the amateur OBRA races begin Friday for the Cat 4s, Cat s, and Masters 35+ and 45+. The Cascade Lakes Road Race kicks off the three-day, four stage OBRA race. The Saturday doubleheader features a morning time trial on the same Skyliners course the pros covered on Thursday, and then an afternoon criterium. The OBRA races conclude Sunday on the same Awbrey Butte course as the pro races.

SATURDAY

Race Across Oregon, Hood River
This 520-mile endurance road race starts Saturday in Hood River before heading for the Columbia Basin and back. Leah Goldstein, fresh off her solo win in the Race Across America, will return this year to defend her 2010 Race Across Oregon women’s title. She covered the same course in 2010 with a time just under 40 hours. Mick Walsh, winner of last year’s men’s race, will be back to try and win another RAO title. Riders start Saturday morning and finish back in Hood River throughout Sunday. The race has categories for solo riders and for teams of two or four.

High Cascades 100, Bend
This 100-mile mountain bike endurance event starts at 5 a.m. Saturday morning at the base of Mt. Bachelor. Sue Butler won last year’s Pro women’s event in nine hours, 31 minutes and 33 seconds. Cary Smith won the Pro men’s race in eight hours, nine minutes and 15 seconds.

BMC-Shimano Cascade Cycling Classic Junior Criterium, Bend
Using the same course that the Pro men and women will cover later Saturday evening, the Shimano and the Bend Memorial Clinic present a criterium race for five different Junior categories. Racing starts at noon with the 13-14 event and concludes with the 17-18 boys’ 25-minute race beginning at 1:30. Entry fee is just $10.

SUNDAY

OUCH, Larch Mountain
The Oregon Uphill CHampionhips will be decided with the usual blast up the road to Larch Mountain, which climbs 3,816 feet over 16.53 miles. Riders begin leaving the start house at 9:30 a.m. from the staging area at Corbett School.