World’s #1 and #2 Ranked to Race
Squaring off at Clif Bar CrossVegas will be the number 1 and number 2 ranked riders in the world, Katie Compton of the U.S. and Helen Wyman of Great Britain.
The women’s field will be competing for a prize list equal to the men’s field with almost $9,000 in cash plus valuable UCI points as a result of the Category 1 status of the race. In addition CrossVegas is part of the season long U.S. ProCX Calendar awarding $40,000 in prizes. Women from 6 nations competed in the 2013 version of the race at least that many nations expected for this year.
Compton, ranked number 1 in the world standings, is the overall winner of the World Cup and a two-time winner of CrossVegas. The Trek Cyclocross Collective rider returns after an absence of several years. “I'm looking forward to starting my season in Las Vegas this year. I've skipped this race in previous years to delay the start of a long season but decided I couldn't miss it again,” Compton commented.
Compton went on to say, “I'm sure this year will be super hard with fast competition from the mountain bikers coming off their world champs as well as true cross racers dialing it up for the early season. I look forward to some suffering and being cheered on by some creative hecklers!”
Wyman is currently ranked number 2 in the world standings following a stellar 2013 season that included a silver medal at the World Championships and a win in the European Championships. Wyman commented on her plans, “I'm really excited to be racing in Las Vegas in 2014. CrossVegas is a standout event on the world calendar.”
Team LUNA Chix brings their usual dominating strength to CrossVegas including Katerina Nash of the Czech Republic. Nash has taken a podium spot every time she lines up at CrossVegas with 3 wins including 2013. Joining Nash will be teammates Catharine Pendrel of Canada who was 3rd in 2013, Georgia Gould of the U.S. who is always among the top finishers, Teal Stetson-Lee and Maghalie Rochette of Canada who was 10th in her first CrossVegas in 2013.
Other notables vying for a win under the lights of Las Vegas will be:
- Rising American star Elle Anderson who comes to CrossVegas before departing on a European career with Belgium-based KDL Cycling Team. Anderson finished in the top ten at CrossVegas 2013 and capped her season with a silver medal at the U.S. national championships.
- Caroline Mani of France of the Raleigh-Clement squad who be looking to kick off her cross season using the fast start she is renowned for.
- The “ British Invasion” continues with Gabby Durrin who finished in the top ten in CrossVegas 2013 and Diane Lee who finished 3rd in the National Championships in 2013.
- Meredith Miller of the U.S. who is a perennial top ten finisher at CrossVegas riding in new colors for Noosa Professional Cyclocross Team.
ossVegas women’s podium from left Lea Davison (2nd),
Clif Bar CrossVegas Wheelers & Dealers Registration Opens Soon
Women’s Category Features Updates and Changes Courtesy of Liv
The race for bragging rights among the bicycle industry held annually at Clif Bar CrossVegas opens registration soon. Online registration for the Wheelers & Dealers Race presented by Road Bike Action Magazine begins on Tuesday August 5th at 12 Noon ET.
For the women’s category big changes are coming thanks to the support of Liv, a new cycling brand dedicated to women. The women’s Wheelers & Dealers field will have a separate start and will race solely against each other, and they will get a full podium presentation featuring the top-3 finishers. Previously the genders competed as a mixed group. Liv global product marketing specialist Amanda Schaper was a key driver of that change. “We wanted to highlight women competitors in the industry and convinced CrossVegas to change the format to reflect that,” said Schaper.
Liv is encouraging its retailers to get involved with a $15 registration discount for the women’s category. Special activities and gifts are planned for all women competitors.
Schaper added, “By separating the women’s category, we’re not only bringing special attention to the female racers in the industry, but we’re also making it less intimidating for more women to participate in CrossVegas. This is one of my favorite races of the season, and I’m excited to see the women’s field grow now that we’ll have a featured race. I’m expect that this year we’ll see the biggest women’s category in the history of Wheelers & Dealers—which means it will be that much more fun for everybody!”
Registration for the Wheelers & Dealers will be online at GetEvent.com
Kathy Savary of Blue Steel Cyclery and Christian Heule of SwissStop
celebrate their 2013 wins in the Wheelers & Dealers Race
Elite Men Registration Info
UCI Elite Men Registration Info
- All riders must have a current UCI Elite license. UCI Masters license is not permitted.
- Foreign riders with a UCI license are automatically invited to participate regardless of point standings.
- Entry is open to riders whose 2014-15 racing age is 19 and above (DOB as of 31 December 2015).
- No “Day of” Registration.
- Field limit: 80
You may apply for an invitation to race HERE
- If you are accepted you will receive a code by email to complete your registration online
- For UCI Ranking details check HERE
Please note your UCI License should start with 'USA' followed by 8 digits beginning with your birth year.
Helen Wyman Coming to Clif Bar CrossVegas
World’s #2 Ranked Women to Race in Las Vegas
On the heels of announcements about the strong men’s field of competitors expected for 2014, the organizers of Clif Bar CrossVegas have released the first names of the women’s field of competitors.
Helen Wyman of Great Britain, currently ranked #2 in the world following a 2013 season that included a bronze medal at the World Championships and a win in the European Championships, will be racing in the season-opening race scheduled Wednesday September 10 in Las Vegas.
Wyman commented on her plans, “I'm really excited to be racing in Vegas in 2014. Cross Vegas is a standout event on the world calendar. After a couple of years away from Vegas, its certainly made me keen to come back and perform well in front of one of the best crowds on U.S. soil.”
The women’s field will be competing for an equal prize list to the men’s field with almost $9,000 in cash plus valuable UCI points as a result of the Category 1 status of the race. In addition CrossVegas is part of the season long U.S. ProCX Calendar awarding $40,000 in prizes.
Race Director Brook Watts adds that more competitor announcements will be coming shortly on both the women and men’s side as racing schedules are finalized for the season.
Photo Courtesy Peloton Photos.com