This Wednesday, RenoCross makes its debut after the race and Interbike moved from Las Vegas to the biggest little city in the world.
RenoCross will be held at Rancho San Rafael Park, which was the host for the 2018 National Championships, under the director of the Reno Cyclocross organization. Race director Coby Rowe and his organization purchased the race from Brook Watts after Watts oversaw an 11-year run of Cross Vegas in Sin City.
One thing we were definitely curious about for this year’s RenoCross was how the course would be laid out. The course at Reno Nationals was fairly spread out and took advantage of the large hill in the northeast corner of the park. With the race taking place at night, using parts of the park that lights can reach became a major consideration for the organizers.
The RenoCross technical guide shows the course layout:
For reference, here is the course layout from Nationals:
The RenoCross course is much more compact than the one at Reno Nationals. The sand pit now represents the furthest west point of the course, whereas the Nationals course out past the parking lot to the Belgian stairs.
The “Pasture Loop” on the map was the elevated hardpack section where the start/finish straight was located. The maze of turns in the northeast part of the layout represents the biggest addition to this year’s layout.
The other big question we had was who was going to show up for the UCI C1 race. With racing in Waterloo, Wisconsin starting on Friday, travel and scheduling is difficult for those hoping to do both.
A look at the Women’s and Men’s start lists shows impressive fields for both races.
With Clif back as a sponsor, Katerina Nash (Clif Pro Team) will be looking to become the all-time leader in RenoCross (1) and Cross Vegas (5) wins. Women’s starters also include 8 of the top 15 finishers at the 2018 U.S. Nationals and former and current U.S. and Canadian national champions.
On the Men’s side, the field is headlined by Jeremy Powers (Pactimo-Fuji-SRAM), Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz / Donkey Label Racing) and Michael van den Ham (Garneau-Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare). Other starters also include top U.S. Nationals finishers and U.S. and Canadian national champions.
The full start lists are below.
Women race at 7:25 p.m. PDT and the men start at 8:30 p.m. PDT. A live stream of the race is scheduled to be available via the FloBikes subscription service.
Women's Start List: 2018 RenoCross
|Crystal||Anthony||New England Bicycle Racing Association||Newbury Park, CA|
|Ivy||Audrain||Speedvagen Workshop Racing Team||Portland, OR|
|Haley||Batten||MTB PRO Team: Clif Pro Team||Park City, UT|
|Lisa||Cordova||Cycle Sport - Specialized p/b Muscle Milk||Chico, CA|
|Hannah||Finchamp||MTB PRO Team: Clif Pro Team||Salt Lake City, UT|
|Sofia||GomezVillafane||Stan’s Pivot Pro Team PB Maxxis|
|Serena||Gordon||Liv Co-Factory Off-Road Team||Bend, OR|
|Clara||Honsinger||Team S&M Pro CX||Portland, OR|
|Kristen||Legan||Tenspeed Hero p/b Bitchstix||Longmont, CO|
|Monica||LLoyd||Olympia Orthopaedic Associates||Olympia, WA|
|Caroline||Mani||Raleigh Clement||Colorado Springs, CO|
|Cassandra||Maximenko||Van Dessel Factory Team||Watertown, CT|
|Courtenay||McFadden||Pivot/Maxxis pb Stans/DNA Cycling||Bellingham, WA|
|Katerina||Nash||MTB PRO Team: Clif Pro Team||Emeryville, CA|
|Amanda||Nauman||Laguna Hills, CA|
|Beth||Ann Orton||Point S Nokian||Bend, OR|
|Turner||Ramsay||Alpha Bicycle Co.- Groove Subaru||Rutland, VT|
|Maghalie||Rochette||CXFever p/b Specialized|
|Campbell||Steers||Santa Cruz, CA|
|Sarah||Sturm||Specialized - Tenspeed Hero||Durango, CO|
|Chelsea||Weidinger||San Francisco, CA|
Men's Start List: 2018 RenoCross
|William||Allen||Feedback Sports Racing||Golden, CO|
|Nicholas||Beechan||MTB PRO Team: Trek Factory Racing||Idyllwild, CA|
|Molly||Cameron||Point S Nokian||Portland, OR|
|Clinton||Claassen||El Dorado Hills, CA|
|Anthony||Clark||Feeding Hills, MA|
|Carl||Decker||Washington State Bicycle Association||Bend, OR|
|James||Driscoll||Park City, UT|
|Brannan||Fix||Alpha Bicycle Co.- Groove Subaru||Fort Collins, CO|
|Mark||Flis||Park City, UT|
|Anastasio||Flores||La Selva Beach, CA|
|Jules||Goguely||NBX Bikes||Palo Alto, CA|
|Benjamin||Gomez Villafane||Garneau-Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare||Scotts Valley, CA|
|Lance||Haidet||UCI CT: Aevolo Cycling, Inc.||San Luis Obispo, CA|
|Sean||Haidet||Schnur Racing||San Luis Obispo, CA|
|Noah||Hayes||Bear Development Team||Oakland, CA|
|Christian||Husband||Team Velosport Junior & U23 Development - Rock n Road Cyclery||Corona, CA|
|Max||Judelson||Rock Lobster||Berkeley, CA|
|Geoff||Kabush||Yeti Maxxis Shimano|
|Cody||Kaiser||LangeTwins / Specialized||El Dorado Hills, CA|
|Allen||Krughoff||Chocolove Specialized||Boulder, CO|
|Brendan||Lehman||Santa Cruz, CA|
|David||McNeal||D9 Foundation / DNA Race Team||North Hollywood, CA|
|Gannon||Myall||Coureur - Canyon Elite Cycling||Lafayette, CA|
|Jon||Okenfuss||L5Flyers Cycling Team||Suwanee, GA|
|Tobin||Ortenblad||Northern California/Nevada Cycling Association||Santacruz, CA|
|Steve||Ouzounian||Reno Devo ( Reno Tahoe Junior Cycling)||Reno, NV|
|Matthew||Paez||GEAR FIX||Bend, OR|
|Dean||Poshard||San Rafael, CA|
|Michael||Potter||Pactimo p/b Mock Orange Bikes||Winston Salem, NC|
|Jeremy||Powers||New England Bicycle Racing Association||Southampton, MA|
|Ryan||Rinn||San Francisco, CA|
|Hector||Fernando Riveros Paez||CZ Racing Team||Texas, TX|
|Russell||Stevenson||Trek Cyclocross Collective||Seattle, WA|
|Lucas||Strain||Point S Nokian||Portland, OR|
|Justin||Thomas||Reno Wheelmen||Reno, NV|
|Tristan||Uhl||Team CCR Roofing||Austin, TX|
|Michael||van den Ham||Garneau-Easton Cycling|
|Troy||Wells||TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling||Durango, CO|
|Tim||Wollenberg||Stevens Racing Team|
|William||Youngman||Revs Road Race p/b Kinetic Cycles||Rocklin, CA|