Masters Road National Championships get underway next week


Over 850 riders are registered for the 2011 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships which will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 31 in Bend, Ore. Cyclists 30 years and older will vie for more than 60 national titles in the road race, criterium, and time trial events. In addition to the individual events being awarded, USA Cycling will present a male and female Best All-Around Rider award for each age group, as well as crown the Best All-Around Team. Awards will be determined by total points accumulated throughout the event.
The 2011 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships begin in Bend, Ore., on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
The 2011 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships begin in Bend, Ore., on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
The five-day competition starts with time trials at Summit High School in southwestern Bend. Contestants will compete in the criterium over the next two days. Women 40-and-over and men 60-and-over will contest the criterium at Northwest Crossing near Compass Park in western Bend on Sept. 1. Men 30-59 and women 30-39 will race the criterium on Sept. 2 in downtown Bend. The road race, held at Summit High School, will be the featured event of the final two days in Bend.
Among those competing is 1972 and 1976 Olympian Wayne Stetina (Mission Viejo, Calif./Breakaway-UBS Elite Masters). Stetina, whose nephew, Peter, races for Garmin-Cervelo, contested the team time trial at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany and in 1976 at the Olympic Games in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Another prominent contestant is 84-year-old Link Lindquist (Foothill Ranch, Calif./Team Velosport Club), who found the podium three times in the men's 80-84 category, last year. In 2010, Lindquist won the criterium, earned the silver medal in the time trial and the bronze in the road race. Nine-time national champion Tracy Tolson (Louisville, Ky./Kentucky Flyers Cycling, Inc.), who won the women's 45-49 road race last year, will contest the women's 50-54 race this year. Tolson also finished third in the criterium in her hometown of Louisville.

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The Time Trial Course starting at Summit High School, which will be contested on Wednesday, Aug. 31, climbs varying distances before turning around and looping around Tetherow Golf Club and returning to the finish line.
The one-kilometer Criterium Course at Northwest Crossing, which will be contested on Thursday, Sept. 1, consists of four corners and two bends. The Criterium Course in Downtown Bend is a rectangular, four-corner course spanning 1.2 kilometers.
The road race, which also starts at Summit High School and will be contested on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, almost immediately goes into a steep descent, dropping over 1,000 feet of altitude in a nine-mile stretch before nearly recovering all of that altitude as it climbs Tumalo Butte to complete the circuit. Different age groups will perform different lap counts for their road race.
Click on the links below to check out the course maps:
·         18 km Time Trial course map
·         25 km Time Trial course map
·         30 km Time Trial course map
·         Downtown Bend Criterium course map
·         Northwest Crossing Criterium course map
·         Road Race course map
On-site registration will be available at the Old Mill District in south Bend beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 2 p.m.
Visit the official event webpage of the 2011 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships for more information on the event, including a complete schedule, tech guide, results, photo gallery and more. Follow the event on Twitter, using hashtag #RoadNats.

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