Team Tactics Win The Day At 2017 Clif Bar CrossVegas
Laurens Sweeck and Katerina Nash Rocket to Victory
Las Vegas, Nevada – September 20, 2017 – A stellar field of world and national champions lined up for both the Elite Men’s and Elite Women’s races at the final Las Vegas edition of Clif Bar CrossVegas. Ultimately it was team cooperation that determined who would own the top two podium spots in each race; Belgian brothers and ERA-Circus teammates Laurens and Diether Sweeck for the Elite Men, and for the Elite Women, Clif Pro Teammates Katerina Nash, of the Czech Republic, and Catharine Pendrel, of Canada.
In the men’s race, Laurens Sweeck opened a gap on his first run up the course’s challenging sand pit and kept at least 30 seconds ahead of the chase group for the rest of the race. His brother and teammate Diether Sweeck marked every move by the five chasers, before propelling himself to 2nd place, well in front of four-time U.S. national champion Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing), who took 3rd.
“Diether was just able to sit on the whole time and capitalize from all the work I was doing up front,” said Powers. “That’s racing…they for sure had power in numbers.”
Katerina Nash Closes Out CrossVegas with Her 5th Win
Fresh off her World Cup victory three days ago, Katerina Nash handily beat out the competition for her 5th CrossVegas win. She and her teammate Catherine Pendrel spent two laps in a group of eight, before taking off together and establishing a solid and impenetrable lead over the others, who spent the rest of the race making small attacks and jockeying for position. It wasn’t until the last time up the final barriers that American Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) made the move that would put her in 3rd place.
“Halfway through on the stairs, Catharine went into a little attack… and I went around and jumped on one of the fastest wheels in the world, so we teamed up and worked together,” said Nash, who is also an Olympian and World Cup champion.
The deep grass and windswept terrain at the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex in Las Vegas, and the course that race director Brook Watts and team have perfected over 11 years, is well known for its flyovers, obstacles and sand pits. Said Laurens Sweeck, “It was like there was still a brake on my wheel with the grass here, so…it was hard.”
Next year, CrossVegas will be held September 19, 2018 in Reno, Nevada.
“It’s been such an amazing event...definitely a great addition to Interbike,” said Nash. “There were maybe people in the bike industry who had never seen a cross race before, and this was a chance for them to… pick up a cross bike and go ride it and realize how cool it is.”
Full Results for all events can be found HERE
Last Tango in Las Vegas
Clif Bar CrossVegas Prepares for the 11th Edition
Key Racers Announced Meet the Pros on Tuesday Evening
It’s been called Velcro-grass for its sticky nature. Pro rider Jonathon Page described it after the first edition in 2007 “like riding on 5 layers of carpet,” and it’s caused pain to each and every competitor who has lined up in the 11 years since. It’s the grass surface of Desert Breeze Soccer Complex, the home of Clif Bar CrossVegas. Race organizers Watts Marketing today announced prominent racers who will line up in the final edition of America’s biggest cyclocross event. In 2018 the event moves north to Reno, Nevada.
Race Director Brook Watts commented, “If you’re a veteran of CrossVegas, you have to come see the final Las Vegas edition. And if you’re just discovering this wonderful event for the first time, you better come check it out in person.”
UCI Elite Men
Prominent racers in the men’s field include riders from both sides of the Atlantic. Spectators can cheer on 2012 CrossVegas winner and perennial American favorite Jeremy Powers of Aspire Racing. From the European side, the powerhouse brothers duo from the Belgian ERA-Circus team, Laurens and Diether Sweeck promise to stir things up. Laurens finished 3rd in the 2016 edition of World Cup CrossVegas, and had two podium finishes in Iowa City this past weekend - including 2nd at the World Cup and 1st in the C1 Race. and is currently ranked 4th in the world. Four-time US national champion Jonathon Page and current US U-23 Men’s Champion, Lance Haidet of the Donnelly Sports Team round out the top spots.
UCI Elite Women
Not to be outdone by the men’s multinational field, the Elite Women’s field also shines with an international presence, led by Czech racer Katerina Nash of the Clif Bar Pro Team. Nash is the event’s only 4-time winner and was winner of the 2015 edition, the first ever UCI World Cup race held in the USA. With her win at the season’s first UCI World Cup in Iowa City, she’s already in top form. But also watch out for Nash’s Clif Bar Pro Team Canadian teammate Catherine Pendrel who is coming off of a stellar World Cup MTB season. Also competing will be 2016 World’s silver medalist French racer Caroline Mani of Van Dessel/Atom Composites, and Ellen Noble of Aspire Racing, silver medalist at the 2017 World Championships in the Women’s U-23 category. And don’t rule out 2014 winner Meredith Miller of Rapha/Canyon, who is emerging from retirement to line up “for fun” as she describes it.
Race Director Brook Watts commented, “It’s a bittersweet year for CrossVegas. We’ve planted deep roots in the park and it’s not easy to move on.”
Meet the Pro at The Double Barrel Roadhouse located “Strip-side” Plaza at The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Tuesday September 19. It’s a chance to meet some pros, get an autographed poster and enjoy a cold beer.
Men and Women Elite Start Lists available HERE
CrossVegas Heads to Reno in 2018
America’s Biggest Cyclocross Race heads to the “Biggest Little City in the World”
Clif Bar CrossVegas announced today that the annual race will make a move to Reno, Nevada in September 2018. The move of the biggest cyclocross race in the US follows the announcement by Interbike, the annual bicycle tradeshow, to relocate to the northern Nevada city beginning in 2018. CrossVegas has been a part of the annual Interbike week of activities in Las Vegas since 2007.
CrossVegas 2018 will take place on Wednesday evening, September 19, 2018 following the 2nd full day of the Interbike show.
Brook Watts, owner and organizer of CrossVegas commented, "Although the backdrop will change from the glitzy Vegas Strip to the stunningly beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains, the event will remain the same world-class Clif Bar CrossVegas that racers and spectators have loved for 11 years. CrossVegas will still provide industry bragging rights for the Wheelers & Dealers, VIP hospitality for sponsors, opportunities for bike industry participation at all levels and top level competition among the pro women and men."
Watts also announced the iconic CrossVegas name would remain despite the change of location to Las Vegas’ sister city to the north. “So many people know that name and the associate it with a great evening of fun that we decided to hang onto it as part of the heritage of the event.”
Preliminary plans include staging the evening event at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, site of the upcoming 2018 US National Cyclocross Championships. The park has been home to other cross events and is conveniently located close to the downtown Reno area including the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and dozens of hotels.
Coby Rowe, Director of the Local Organizing Committee for US National Cyclocross Championships quote: “For me this is the best of all worlds. I’m a proud resident of Reno, where I love to race cyclocross. But I’ve had the honor of being involved in CrossVegas for the past few years. It’s a world class event in every sense of the word and I am thrilled to see the event move to my backyard.”
Watts added, "We’re looking forward to being part of Interbike’s next phase as well as the vibrant and blossoming cycling-friendly metropolitan area of Reno.”
Competitors in CrossVegas’s UCI, USAC, Wheelers and Dealers categories, and a new E-Bike fun race, will have their last chance to experience the lush grass and challenging course at the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex in Las Vegas on Wednesday September 20, 2017.
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Clif Bar CrossVegas Announces 2017 Plans
11th Edition of America’s Biggest Cross Race Scheduled September 20
January 27, 2017 (Longmont Colorado, USA) Watts Marketing, owner and organizer of Clif Bar CrossVegas, announced plans today for the 11th edition of the biggest cyclocross race in America. The race will be held on Wednesday September 20 in Las Vegas.
The kick-off event of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup series for the last two seasons, CrossVegas will be a Category 1 event on the 2017 international calendar announced today by the International Cycling Union during their annual meeting in Luxembourg.
CrossVegas director Brook Watts commented, “We decided to return to our roots in 2017 with a focus on racing for all categories. The racing will be just as exciting and the fun will be at the same level of intensity as expected for CrossVegas.”
CrossVegas will take place on Wednesday evening September 20, 2017 and will include 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 2016. Competitors included the world’s top-ranked men and women as well as multiple national and UCI world champions. Winners in 2016 were Sophie De Boer of the Netherlands and Wout Van Aert of Belgium.
Perhaps no US city is better equipped to host an event like CrossVegas than Las Vegas, “the entertainment capital 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.
In related news, Watts Marketing will be the organizer of World Cup Waterloo, a new race of the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Series scheduled for Sunday September 24, 2017 in Waterloo Wisconsin. The World Cup race, part of a weekend of cyclo-cross races and activities for all abilities, takes place on the grounds of Trek Bicycles world headquarters located a short distance from Madison Wisconsin.
Watts commented, “We’re excited to be part of World Cup Waterloo. Having brought World Cup cyclo-cross to the US it’s great to have a role in the further expansion of the World Cup series to new areas of the country”
Watts concluded by saying “We’ll have more announcements about both CrossVegas and World Cup Waterloo in the coming months.”