Cyclocross lovers are anxiously awaiting the Deschutes Brewery Cup this weekend.
Joan Hanscom with the Trek U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross says about 200 professional racers will be in town for the race and many more amateurs.
But the surprising field will be the women. "I think our pro-women's field this year is insanely deep. When I first started working in cyclocross, maybe there were 3-5 women who were competitive. It’s not that way anymore. Now the fields are really deep, they're really fast. We’ve seen a lot of women come over from the “road” side; and they come with some really good horsepower on the bike."
The Deschutes Brewery Cup is also the finals for team selection of the U.S. World Championship Team to compete in Kentucky in February.
The event will be at the Deschutes Brewery grounds in the Old Mill; it's free to watch.