While the international cyclocross season winds to a close in Belgium, planning for the largest ‘cross race in North America is at full speed. CrossVegas 2010, the highlight of the early season cross scene, is scheduled for Wednesday evening, September 22nd, in Las Vegas.
Heading into its fourth year, CrossVegas has become a fixture on the U.S. cyclocross calendar, attracting almost 10,000 spectators to the stadium-like setting of Desert Breeze Soccer Complex in Las Vegas. The race takes place after the first day of the Interbike Show and attracts bicycling industry members from around the world as well as cycling and ‘cross enthusiasts from throughout the U.S.
CrossVegas promoter Brook Watts calls the field of competitors “the strongest field gathered in a single race in the U.S. The international interest in CrossVegas grows each year with even more competitors who are attracted by the international ranking (Category 1 on the international schedule) and the desire to represent their sponsors during the all-important Interbike show. We’re also seeing more international fans who combine CrossVegas spectating with a trip to the entertainment capitol of the world.”
Highlights from the 2009 race included participation by three-time world champion Erwin Vervecken of Belgium. Vervecken finished with a strong fifth place in a race he termed “extremely fast and difficult.” The 2009 men’s race was won by American Jamey Driscoll of the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team. The women’s race was captured by American Katie Compton of the Planet Bike team. Compton was a repeat winner, having dominated CrossVegas in 2008 as well.
For the bicycle industry the battle for bragging rights takes place annually at CrossVegas in the “Wheelers & Dealers Race.” Starting off the evening’s schedule, bicycle industry professionals compete against each other in four different categories. Registration for the “Wheelers & Dealers” opens August 1st along with the Elite categories.
Watts concluded by saying, “Watch for lots of great developments and surprises between now and race day, it’s going to be a great year for CrossVegas.”
CrossVegas is co-sponsored by Clark County Parks and Recreation Department. Complete information at: www.crossvegas.com.