Bend, Ore., gets 2011-2012 masters road championships

After hosting the elite road nationals and cyclocross nationals, Bend, Oregon, will host the masters nats in 2011 and 2012.

Bend, Oregon, is becoming a go-to spot for national championships.

The city that hosted the elite road championships and cyclocross championships last year also will host the 2011 and 2012 USA Cycling masters road championships.

Masters nats are scheduled to go off in Bend, August 30 – September 4, 2011 and August 27 – September 2, 2012.

According to a study by Oregon State University, the two championship events hosted by the city in 2009 brought Bend $2.5 million dollars in direct tourist spending.

“The National Championships we hosted here in 2009 left no doubt in USA Cycling’s mind that Bend’s enthusiasm for and appreciation of competitive cycling makes it unlike any other destination in the country,” said Doug LaPlaca, president and CEO of Visit Bend, a tourism group.

USA Cycling generally awards national championships to communities for two years at a time, and rotates them between the East, West and Central regions. Bend will host the elite road championships and cyclocross championships in 2010 in the second and final year of the agreement for those events.