- A local race that is the equivalent to the Tour de France bicycle race in Europe
- A late July event
- Held on the streets of Downtown Bend
Overview: The combination of high quality racecourses, Central Oregon's natural beauty and the fun, friendly atmosphere continues to make the Cascade Cycling Classic a favorite. The five-day stage race attracts quality pro men and women riders to Bend. Top cycling names like seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, Canadian Alex Steida, the first North American to win a stage of the Tour de France, and 1984 Olympic gold medalist Alexi Grewal have raced in the Cascade Cycling Classic.
When: July 19th-23rd, 2017
Where: Held on downtown streets
Fees: Entry fees vary
Details: The first few years saw racers battling changing weather conditions in September. As it became apparent that September weather was unreliable, the race was scheduled to take place each year during a week in July.
Today the pro men's schedule includes two road races, a circuit race, a time trial and a criterion. The criterion is held at twilight on downtown streets and is Bend's top spectator event of the year. The criterion is a fast-paced ring around the closed-off streets of downtown Bend. Because the riders make many loops in the same area, it is the top spectator leg of the race.