In the wake of the cancellation of the Deschutes Brewery Cup, a UCI-backed Pro CX event that was to be held Dec. 6-7 in Bend, Ore., Low Pressure Promotions and Waves For Water have joined to host the Waves For Water Cyclo-cross Collaboration, a two-day UCI-sanctioned Pro CX event held in Tacoma and Lakewood, Wash., Dec. 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.”
The Dec. 6 race, called The Liberia Project, will be held on the Pacific Lutheran University campus in Tacoma, Wash., while the Dec. 7 contest, called The Nepal Project, will run at Ft. Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, Wash.
The two-day event will create opportunities for UCI and Pro Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) points for elite men and women, which are crucial for national championships qualification spots. These races will also provide rankings points for masters and juniors riders who wish to compete at the 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships in Austin, Texas, Jan. 7-11.
“We are very pleased to be working with Zac and (Low Pressure Promotions co-founder) Terry (Buchanan) to bring back a weekend of UCI Cyclo-cross 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 have 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. The funds raised to positively impact these two nations will be a direct reflection of the financial participation from our cyclo-cross community. Race organizers ask that all participants invest in this weekend three times: twice for race entry and once to Waves For Water. Additionally, they seek support from all cycling enthusiasts who are watching the event from afar to please consider giving remotely.
Waves For Water Cyclo-cross Collaboration registration opens on www.usacycling.org Nov. 12.
Low Pressure Promotions produces the StarCrossed event as well as the Seattle-based cyclo-cross series, MFG Cyclocross.
Waves For Water is a nonprofit organization that works on the front line to provide clean water to communities in need around the world. To date, Waves For Water has helped provide access to clean water to over 7.5 million people. Learn more about Waves For Water at www.wavesforwater.org.
About USA Cycling: Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 64,000 members; 2,700+ clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions over 3,100 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit usacycling.org.