Katerina Nash wins Cross Vegas again, to the delight of the bike industry fans. © Cyclocross Magazine

Katerina Nash wins Cross Vegas again, to the delight of the bike industry fans. © Cyclocross Magazine

When did Nash know she had the win? Even with such a large gap, victory was never assured for the Czech racer. “There are so many times when things don’t go right at the end so I always hammer all the way to the finish and that’s where I celebrate.”

Nash’s win kept the title from the Americans yet again, after Dutch Sanne van Paassen’s win in 2012, and Canadian Lyne Bessettes victory in the first running of Cross Vegas.

Davidson, Nash, and Pendrel form the international podium for CrossVegas 2013. © Cathy Fegan-Kim, Cyclocross Magazine

Davidson, Nash, and Pendrel form the international podium for CrossVegas 2013. © Cathy Fegan-Kim, Cyclocross Magazine

 

The Cannibal Feasts in Vegas

Sound the horns. The King is coming. Cross Vegas 2013. © Cathy Fegan-Kim

Sound the horns. The King is coming. Cross Vegas 2013. © Cathy Fegan-Kim

It seemed as though every racer knew there was one man to beat: the King of ’Cross, the Cannibal himself, Sven Nys. Nys himself? He was afraid of getting beaten by the heat. “Today I stayed all day in my hotel, because I was afraid of the heat, and I waited for the sun to go down,” Nys said of his pre-race prep.

“I’ve done three laps, and I felt okay, and I felt ready for my first race of the season,” Nys recalled. But all the time, since I started my cyclocross career, you get nervous for your first race. With the jet lag and everything around this race, I was also nervous. With this jersey, it’s not so easy.” The winningest cyclocross racer also gets nervous, and also is afraid.