Four finalists named in bid process to host 2017, 2018 U.S. cyclocross nationals

Bend, Hartford, Louisville, and Reno all in the running for chance to host cyclocross nationals in the coming two years

USA Cycling announced Wednesday the four finalists to host the 2017-2018 cyclocross national championships, a list that has been narrowed from 11 applicants. Two of the final four cities will be awarded one-year championship contracts to host the 2017 and 2018 national championships.

The finalists are: Bend, Oregon, the site of the 2010 and 2011 nationals, on a similar course, but with more of the amphitheater area near the Old Mill District; Hartford, Connecticut, where the championships would run at Riverfront Park on banks of the Connecticut River, adjacent to downtown Hartford; Louisville, Kentucky, site of the 2013 UCI world championships; and Reno, Nevada, which would run at Rancho San Rafael County Park, one mile from the city center of Reno.

USA Cycling will finish site visits in the next month and announce the final location selections before the 2015 cyclocross national championships in Austin, Texas, January 7-11, 2015. The 2016 championships will be held in Asheville, North Carolina.