CrossVegas Announces Webcast Plans
Can’t make it to CrossVegas this year? Not to worry. A live webcast of the biggest cross race outside of Europe is just a few mouse clicks away. CrossVegas organizers Watts Marketing announced the race would be aired simultaneously on two websites: Bicycling.com powered by SRAM and BehindtheBarriers.TV presented by Stages Cycling. Behind the Barriers TV (BTB TV) will also produce the webcast this year.
The combination of BTB TV, with its season long cyclocross coverage and Bicycling.com, with its expansive reach of all things cycling ensures a broad audience for the nighttime race that has become a favorite with ‘cross fans and competitors globally.
“Cyclocross is our bread and butter, it’s where we continue to prove our products, including the newly introduced and world’s only cross specific groupset, SRAM Force CX1. Partnering with Bicycling.com at CrossVegas gives us a chance to reach a vast audience of fans who share our passion,” said SRAM’s Road Brand Director Chris Zigmont.
BTB TV executive producer Emily Powers commented, “We are extremely honored to produce and host CrossVegas live this year. Brook puts on an incredible event every year and we are excited to showcase it live. We have a great show in store for our audience, and it’s free to watch!”
The live webcast on Wednesday, September 10 will feature a pre-race show beginning at 7:45 (all times PT). Interviews and course previews will precede the Women’s Elite race at 8:20 followed by the Men’s Elite race at 9:30. The webcast concludes with the award ceremony for both categories. In addition, BehindTheBarriers.TV will offer pre-season features leading up to race day.
The webcast team will be led by BTB TV favorite Colt McElwaine who will be roaming the CrossVegas course features offering his unique insight. The commentary booth will be anchored by Dave Towle who will be joined by special guest Nicole Duke. Duke is sitting out the race this year exchanging her normal racer duties for expert insight.
Webcast Schedule (All Times Pacific Time)
Pre-race Show begins 7:45 pm
Women’s Elite begins 8:20 pm
Men’s Elite begins 9:30 pm
Award Ceremony begins 10:40 pm
Where to View the Webcast
ABUS Mobile Security offers BikeValet
BikeValet Makes Biking to Race a Great Transportation Option
ABUS Mobile Security is kicking off the 2014 cyclocross season in a big way by sponsoring Clif Bar CrossVegas as the presenting sponsor of the BikeValet.
“We are thrilled to be working with CrossVegas on making getting to the race even more bike friendly,”said ABUS Marketing Manager Joan Hanscom. “There is an excellent route to the race via the bike lane on Twain Avenue. It takes riders all the way from The Strip to the race where you’ll be able to leave your bike in a staffed, secured bike parking corral. To make it even more attractive - anybody checking their bike into the bike parking will automatically be entered into a drawing to win ABUS prizes throughout the evening.”
CrossVegas director Brook Watts commented, “We’ve seen an increase each year in the number of fans riding from The Strip to Desert Breeze Soccer Complex where the race is held. ABUS has stepped up to make it even more practical and Feedback Sports has provided the racks to simplify the storage.”
Route Map to CrossVegas HERE
Double Down Award
The dictionary says Double Down is to double your wager to get a greater return. That describes the Double Down Award for 2014. It's a showcase for the male and female riders who excel at both of cycling’s toughest disciplines-cyclocross and criterium racing.
The Double Down Award goes to the top male and female riders who compete in both CrossVegas and the Las Vegas Pedal PaLooza.
Winners get a Downtown Grand Vacation including:
- 2 nights stay at The Downtown Grand.
- 2 Person Travel for the Day with Pink Jeep Tours.
- Dinner for 2 at one of the top restaurants at Downtown Grand.
- Spa access during the stay.
- Full access to nightclub (TBD).
- NOTE: Prize may be used up to a year following the 2014 events.
Riders will be recognized during the awards ceremony following the Pedal PaLooza.
Complete details and points scale HERE
Duel in the Desert for Men's Field
#1 and #2 Ranked Men start the season at Clif Bar CrossVegas
In many ways, it’s another version of a classic Hollywood western movie with the young challenger calling out the legendary veteran in a dusty western town. Before the world’s #1 and #2 ranked men’s cyclocross racers start their European race schedules they have a duel in the Nevada desert to contend with.
Lars Van der Haar of the Netherlands, currently the #1 ranked cyclocross racer in the world, will be facing #2 ranked Sven Nys of Belgium at CrossVegas, the season opening cross race scheduled Wednesday September 10 in Las Vegas.
Van der Haar is a CrossVegas veteran who has raced the event 3 times, including a victory in the 2011 edition. The Shimano-Giant racer will be opening his season after the overall win of the World Cup Series last year. Van der Haar commented on his CrossVegas plans, “I will be racing CrossVegas now for the 4th time, I won it once and now I want a second win.”
Nys is also a former winner of CrossVegas. The Crelan-AA Drink racer took the victory in 2013 while wearing the World Champion’s rainbow-striped jersey. Said Nys of his plans, “I had a great time racing CrossVegas last season, I was pleased to win but more than that - I enjoyed the exciting atmosphere and the big crowds. It is a great spectacle for our sport and an important early season race on the world calendar ”
On meeting Nys in Las Vegas, Van der Haar said, “Racing against Sven will be hard, but it’s cool to meet him for the first race in America. We are both far away from home, so anything can happen.
When the sun sets on the edge of the vast desert sky on the eve of September 10, thousands of fans will que up at CrossVegas to watch the 2014 version as Van de Haar and Nys duel for the right to claim the cyclocross season’s first win. Van der Haar had the final word on the Las Vegas race saying, “When Elvis sings, you know the season has started!”
Voor Nederlands klik HERE
Registration Is Open
Registration for Clif Bar CrossVegas is open for the following categories:
- Elite Men (Application for Invitation) - STILL SPOTS REMAINING - Please read procedure HERE
- Elite Women - STILL SPOTS REMAINING
- Men's Wheelers & Dealers Race pb Road Bike Action Magazine - SOLD OUT - NO SPOTS REMAINING
- Women's Wheelers & Dealers Race pb Giant/Liv - STILL SPOTS REMAINING
- Calling all industry women cross racers. Separate start & special award ceremony courtesy of Giant/Liv - So sign up!
Registration takes place at GetEvent.com
Please note: Spots in all races are first-come first-served. There are no wait lists. You must have a valid USA Cycling or a license issued by a UCI-recognized national federation to register. There are no 1-day licenses.
Registration for the USA Cycling categories opens on Tuesday August 12 at 12 NOON Eastern Time.
- USA Cycling Categories include Men's Cat 1-3, Men's Singlespeed Cat 1-3, Women, Women Singlespeed