The Cannibal from Baal Will Race in Las Vegas. © Golazo Sports

The Cannibal from Baal, Sven Nys, will race in Las Vegas. © Golazo Sports

LONGMONT, COLORADO – In a move that will delight cyclocross fans across the world, reigning World Champion Sven Nys of Belgium will be racing CLIF® Bar CrossVegas in 2013.  Nys captured his second World Championship title earlier this year in Louisville. CrossVegas 2013 is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18 in Las Vegas  following the first day of the Interbike Show.

Nys commented on his plans by saying, “I look forward to racing CrossVegas, it’s great to start the season in front of the big crowds in Las Vegas. I saw at the World Championships that American spectators are so friendly. It gives me even more pleasure to bring the rainbow jersey to CrossVegas.”

CrossVegas Race Director Brook Watts reacted to the news, “It’s fantastic, this is going to be a treat for fans to have the greatest cyclocross racer of all time racing in Las Vegas.”

Nys will be joined at CrossVegas by his Crelan-Euphony teammate Sven Vanthourenhout. Nys commented on why he has not attended CrossVegas until now,  “I have always wanted to race at CrossVegas after hearing about the big crowds from other riders, but until now I have not been able to arrange my schedule to allow it. My schedule is a bit more relaxed now but I know the racing will be just as serious.”

Watts reminded fans, “The seventh edition of CrossVegas should not be missed.  I hope anybody who loves cyclocross makes plans to come to CrossVegas in September to enjoy several days of bicycle celebrations.” Fans will have an opportunity to meet Sven at a pre-race party on Tuesday, September 17, at Las Vegas Cyclery.

In 2012 CrossVegas attracted competitors from 10 nations and was won by 2012 US National Champion Jeremy Powers.  Fans can expect the best US riders to line up against some of the top European pros. CrossVegas previously announced the return in 2013 of two-time World Champion Bart Wellens of Belgium. Watts stated that more announcements of top riders would be coming.