Cold and snow presents a whole new set of challenges that none of the American cyclocross field had yet encountered this season. That all changed with the Deschutes Brewery Cup last weekend in Bend, Oregon, which saw temperatures well below freezing, and a couple inches of snow lining the track. The new conditions meant a variety of techniques employed by a variety of riders, both from riding style to equipment choices. In the end, it was the best prepared rider on the day who stormed off to victory, and he even managed to keep his gloves on for nearly the entire race. With no more Category 1 races left on the USA Cycling Pro Cyclo-cross Calendar, there were few races in the country more important than the Deschutes Brewery Cup. Join Cosmo Catalano as he fills you in on How The Race Was Won! Have any comments, questions or rants about How The Race Was Won? Send them to Cosmo on his Twitter or check out the Cyclocosm Blog.