The USA?Cycling Masters Road National Championships are being held in Central Oregon this year. The event runs through Sunday. Racing began on Wednesday with the Crooked River Time Trials. The out-and-back course went up the Crooked River then returned to the start/finish area, which were both located near the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Wednesday, racers competed in either 30K or 40K time trials with cyclists starting approximately one minute apart. Thursday and today featured road races in the Cascade Mountains south of Bend. Saturday and Sunday are criterium races that are being held in downtown Bend. Saturday’s races will run from 8 a.m. to about 7 p.m., with a loop course running in Old-Town including portions of Franklin and Wall streets. Racing continues on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m., with the course located in the Northwest Crossing development. ABOVE: Riders struggle to climb a hill near the finish line of Wednesday’s 30K time trial. LEFT: The first woman out on the course for the 30K race works to maintain her speed on a short climb.