In the wake of the cancellation of the Deschutes Brewery Cup, a UCI-backed Pro CX event that was to be held December 6-7 in Bend, Oregon, Low Pressure Promotions and Waves For Water will host the Waves For Water Cyclo-cross Collaboration, a two-day UCI-sanctioned Pro CX event in Tacoma and Lakewood, Washington, December 6-7.
“When we heard the news of the Deschutes Brewery Cup cancellation, we wanted to see if it was possible to bring that level of racing to Washington,” said Zac Daab, co-founder of Low Pressure Promotions. “We have a history of producing UCI races and appreciated the support and trust the UCI and USAC has in us to make this UCI weekend happen.
“We are extremely appreciative for the support from a friend on the West Coast with Waves For Water, who is providing financial title sponsorship support. He has simply asked that we bring awareness and help support an organization that he firmly believes in, Waves For Water.”
Waves For Water is a nonprofit organization that works to provide clean water to communities in need around the world. To date, Waves For Water claims to have helped provide access to clean water to over 7.5 million people.
The Saturday race, called the Liberia Project, will be held on the Pacific Lutheran University campus in Tacoma, and Sunday’s race, called the Nepal Project, will run at Ft. Steilacoom Park in Lakewood.
“We are very pleased to be working with Zac and [Low Pressure Promotions co-founder] Terry [Buchanan] to bring back a weekend of UCI cyclocross racing in the Northwest,” said Micah Rice, USA Cycling vice president of national events. “The UCI has also seen the importance of having these internationally-recognized events in this area of the United States and has supported our efforts to move these events to Washington State.”
In addition to providing two days of ‘cross action, each race day will focus on bringing financial support to two Waves For Water projects: Project Liberia and Project Nepal. Race organizers are asking for donations to Waves For Water.
Low Pressure Promotions produces the StarCrossed event as well as the Seattle-based cyclocross series, MFG Cyclocross.