The 2018 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals are being held January 9-14 at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno, NV.  We recently got the Reno 411 on the event from organizer Coby Rowe.

He also provided us with an early course preview video.

2018 Reno Cyclocross Nationals Course Preview Video

2018 Reno Cyclocross Nationals Course Preview Video

The video shows a layout with a more open first half that features a man-made sandpit and a small set of stairs and a second half that uses some of the trails at the park.

As always, it must be said that the wide-angle lenses of action cameras like GoPro Hero units do not accurately show elevation changes. One only needs to revisit the comments below our 2015 Cyclocross National Championships course preview from Austin to see what we mean. Comments like “grass crit” were proven to be totally wrong once racers arrived at the venue.

We have reached out to the course designers for more about the design, technical features and elevation change of the course.

The full video is below. Are there dinosaurs? Yes, there are dinosaurs.

2018 Reno Nationals course preview video

2018 Reno Cyclocross Nationals Course Preview Video

A preliminary course map is available on the event website if want to follow along with the video.

2018 Reno Cyclocross Nationals Preliminary Course Map

2018 Reno Cyclocross Nationals Preliminary Course Map

2018 Reno U.S. Cyclocross Nationals Course Preview Video