Katerina Nash stood atop a strong podium at the 2013 Clif Bar Cross Vegas. © CrossVegas.com

Katerina Nash stood atop a strong podium at the 2013 Clif Bar Cross Vegas. © CrossVegas.com

 In the last few weeks, we were able to catch up with Katerina Nash as well as Meredith Miller about their different preseasons leading up to cyclocross. While both elite women discussed scheduling plenty of domestic C1 races in the Fall, they both talked about targeting CrossVegas as the pinnacle early event they look forward to.

Nash and Miller, along with the rest of a fiercely competitive woman’s field that includes Helen Wyman, will be joined this year by Katie Compton.

The women’s field will be competing for a prize list equal to the men’s field with almost $9,000 in cash plus valuable UCI points as a result of the Category 1 status of the race.  Compton returns after an absence of several years.  “I’m looking forward to starting my season in Las Vegas this year,” she said. “I’ve skipped this race in previous years to delay the start of a long season but decided I couldn’t miss it again.”

Compton stood on top of the podium at the 2009 edition of CrossVegas. Courtesy Brook Watts.

Compton stood on top of the podium at the 2009 edition of CrossVegas. © Brook Watts.

“I’m sure this year will be super hard,” she continued, “with fast competition from the mountain bikers coming off their world champs as well as true cross racers dialing it up for the early season. I look forward to some suffering and being cheered on by some creative hecklers!”

Clif Bar CrossVegas: complete information including schedule, hotel information, sponsorship and admission is available at www.crossvegas.com.