Last February when Cyclocross Magazine talked with Trek’s Eric Bjorling about World Cup Waterloo, he said the folks in Waterloo would be pulling out all the stops for the event. One of the unique events they have put together for the September 22-24 weekend is the Lakefront Brewery Legends Races, where riders will have the opportunity to dress up and line up next to Sven Nys and Jens Voigt. The races will take place at the end of the day on both Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23. 

Read this release for more information about your chance to race against Sven and Jens. 

WATERLOO, Wisconsin—Trek has added two unique “Pros vs. Joes” racing opportunities for amateur athletes competing at the 2017 Trek CX Cup: the Lakefront Brewery Legends Race featuring Sven Nys and Jens Voigt on September 22 and 23.

After the dust has settled from the amateur races Friday and Saturday night, the former pros will suit up to try their hand against a horde of costumed cyclocross athletes. While all athletes are encouraged to race in the costume of their choice, creative attire is not required to compete in the Lakefront Brewery Legends Race. However, call-ups for the races will be determined base on costume creativity.

Sven Nys, the greatest cyclocross racer the world has ever known, will put his retirement on hold the evening of Friday, September 22 to race all those brave enough to toe the line against him.

Sven Nys takes his 50th World Cup win. 2015 Koksijde World Cup Men. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Fans will have the opportunity to impress Sven with their “Mudder Sven” costume at the Lakefront Brewery Legends Race. 2015 Koksijde World Cup Men. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Saturday night’s installment will feature the cyclocross debut of one of cycling’s most beloved figures, Jens Voigt. Revered for his audacious racing style, Voigt’s bike handling skills will be on full display as the affable racer attempts what is sure to be a memorable debut in an entirely new discipline.

“I have been calling Sven for advice almost every day,” future Masters 45+ Cat 4 competitor Voigt said. “Not so much about cyclocross, but I have many ideas about my costume and he has some really good feedback. Cyclocross has a lot of appeal for me. It’s an hour. I’m good for an hour.”

The cost of each race is $15 and includes a commemorative pint glass and post-race Lakefront Brewery beer. Registration for these once-in-a-lifetime racing experiences is open now. With over 1,000 racers committed to the 2017 Trek CX Cup, this year’s edition is set to be the biggest in the event’s history and racers are encouraged to register early to guarantee their spot.

The weekend culminates at 14:00 CDT with the inaugural Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Waterloo. In addition to a full slate of amateur racing and the Lakefront Brewery Legends Race, Trek has ensured that World Cup Waterloo will be the first World Cup in history to offer equal payouts for the men’s and women’s fields.

Registration for the Lakefront Legends Race is open

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Sven Nys and Jens Voigt will line up at the World Cup Waterloo Lakefront Legends Race. photo: courtesy