Lards van der Haar leads a European sweep of the 2011 CrossVegas podium © Cyclocross Magazine

In 2011, Lars van der Haar led a European sweep of the CrossVegas podium © Cyclocross Magazine

LONGMONT, COLORADO — Clif Bar CrossVegas organizer Watts Marketing announced changes to qualification and registration procedures for the annual race scheduled Wednesday September 19, 2012 in Las Vegas. The biggest cyclocross event outside of Europe continues to draw worldwide attention with racers from 11 different nations competing in 2011. Last year, U23 Euro racer Lars van der Haar took the win in the men’s race, with Katerina Nash taking the win in the women’s race. To see our full coverage from last season, check out our CrossVegas page.

2012 Changes Announced
Chief among the changes for 2012 is participation in the Elite Men’s category will be by invitation only. Race Director Brook Watts described the move as an effort to bring CrossVegas in greater alignment with other international races. “The race continues to attract the upper tier of cyclocross and both the field size and quality needs to respond to that,” explained Watts.

To provide additional racing opportunity for domestic cyclocross racers, a USA Cycling race for Men and Women has been added to the schedule. The 40-minute race will provide an opportunity for both Men and Women Category 1-3 racers to compete at the start of an exciting evening of racing.

The popular “Wheelers & Dealers Race presented by Bicycling Magazine” will again be the highlight for many Interbike attendees. The race for bragging rights among industry members has become hotly contested in recent years. The addition of the Raleigh Single Speed Challenge and the Feedback Sports Mechanics Challenge opened the race to a larger portion of the industry.

Complete information and detailed qualification procedure is available on the website Registration for all categories opens August 1.