Brook Watt’s CrossVegas race keeps making history. From being the first famous American UCI night race, to Lance Armstrong’s first UCI cyclocross race on his return from retirement, to Sven Nys’ first race in the States outside of Worlds, to becoming the U.S.’ first UCI World Cup, the Vegas party continues to set milestones. Now the race scheduled during Interbike will return as a World Cup for 2016, as part of the 2016/2017 Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup, three days before the Jingle Cross World Cup in Iowa City. Press release below.
LONGMONT, Colorado—After a successful introduction to the world’s premier cyclo-cross series, CrossVegas returns as the first race of the Telenet 2016-2017 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup series. The schedule for the international cyclo-cross season was announced today in Zolder Belgium during the World Championships of Cyclo-cross.
World Cup CrossVegas will take place on Wednesday evening September 21, 2016 and will include World Cup racing events for Women Elite, Men Elite, as well as a USA Cycling category race and the ever-popular Wheelers & Dealers Industry race.
Racers from over 20 nations competed in 2015. Competitors included the world’s top-ranked men and women as well as multiple national and UCI world champions. Winners in 2015 were Katerina Nash (Luna) of the Czech Republic and Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) of Belgium.
CrossVegas Director Brook Watts commented, “We are honored to be selected again to kick off the World Cup season. It’s a task that requires a lot of work from a large team but the pay off comes on event day when the world’s best gather to race for the Telenet UCI World Cup series leader’s jersey.”
Perhaps no US city is better equipped to host a World Cup event than Las Vegas, “the entertainment capitol of the world.” The spectacle of CrossVegas – taking place under the lights with multiple course features designed to challenge racers and provide maximum spectator entertainment – is uniquely suited for Las Vegas. During the same week the city hosts Interbike, the largest bicycle trade show outside of Europe. CrossVegas provides a showcase for athletes and sponsors in front of the crowd of 12,000, including many bicycle industry representatives.
UCI Cyclo-cross Commission President Mike Plant added, “CrossVegas was a great addition to the 2015 UCI World Cup calendar. The United States continues to be a leader in expanding cyclo-cross event opportunities and we are thrilled to see the return of this prestigious event to the Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup calendar.”
“Last season CrossVegas proved that it could achieve UCI’s high standards for a World Cup. UCI is proud to announce that the Telenet 2016-2017 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup will return to CrossVegas,” said Peter Van den Abeele, UCI Deputy Sports Director, Head of Off-Road. “The honor of hosting the start of the Cyclo-cross World Cup season for the second time is a testament to the quality of CrossVegas.”
2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of CrossVegas. The organizers promise lots of excitement to mark the decade long milestone as the biggest cross race outside of Europe.