New courses and categories for Cascade Classic

The Bend, Oregon Columbia River Bank Cascade Cycling Classic (July 6-10) has announced new courses and category changes for this year's edition, the 26th running of what organizers claim is the longest-running US elite stage race.

The men's pro/elite field will race a new course, the 125 mile Prineville Crooked River Road Race and the men's masters' field will have a $5000 total purse, not including primes. A new category structure has been established to fall more in line with other NRC races as well. The categories will be elite men pro/1, master's men 35+, elite men category 2/3 and elite women pro 1/2/3. The women's race will have a purse of $7500, not including primes, and travel grants provided through contributors to the Nicole Reinhart Tribute Fund.

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