World Champion Sven Nys to Race CLIF® Bar CrossVegas
The Cannibal from Baal Will Race in Las Vegas
In a move that will delight cyclocross fans across the world, CLIF® Bar CrossVegas has announced that reigning World Champion Sven Nys of Belgium will be racing in 2013. Nys returns to the U.S. after capturing his second World Championship title earlier this year in Louisville, Ky.
CLIF® Bar CrossVegas 2013, in its seventh year, is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18 in Las Vegas, following the first day of the Interbike Show.
Nys expanded on his upcoming race plans by saying, "I look forward to racing CrossVegas, and it’s great to start my season in front of the big crowds in Las Vegas. I saw at the World Championships that American spectators are so friendly. It gives me even more pleasure to bring the rainbow jersey to CrossVegas."
CrossVegas Race Director Brook Watts reacted to the news, “It’s fantastic; this is going to be a treat for fans to have the greatest cyclocross racer of all time racing in Las Vegas.”
Nys will be joined at CrossVegas by his fellow Belgian & Crelan-Euphony teammate, Sven Vanthourenhout. Nys commented on why he has not attended CrossVegas until now, "I have always wanted to race at CrossVegas after hearing about the big crowds from other riders, but until now I have not been able to arrange my schedule to allow it. My schedule is a bit more relaxed now, but I know the racing will be just as serious."
Watts reminded fans, “The seventh edition of CrossVegas should not be missed. I hope anybody who loves cyclocross makes plans to come to CrossVegas in September to enjoy several days of bicycle celebrations.” Fans will have an opportunity to meet Sven at a pre-race party on Tuesday September 17 at Las Vegas Cyclery. Additionally, for the first time, Interbike will open its doors to non-industry consumers on the last day of the trade show.
In 2012, CrossVegas attracted elite competitors from 10 nations and was won by 2012 U.S. National Champion Jeremy Powers and Sanne van Paassen of the Netherlands. Fans can expect the best U.S. riders to line up against some of the top European pros, including two-time World Champion Bart Wellens of Belgium, who announced his return to CrossVegas last month. Watts stated that more announcements of top riders would be forthcoming.